The former Dancing With the Stars regular, who stars in Tom Cruise's new movie Rock of Ages, admits she can't believe she beat out other leading ladies to portray a Christian evangelist with burns over two-thirds of her body.
She tells WENN, "I play a burn survivor trying to find out who she is all over again. It was one of those movies where you become so grateful and you just want to be a really nice person and know everybody's name. It was one of those times in my life where I will always remember that role.
"I went back to a time when I was five years old, when I loved life; the film changed me. Every day I told Diablo, 'Thank you so much for giving me this role because every girl in Hollywood wanted it.'
"She could have had anybody she wanted and she went with a dancer chick."