“My whole insides, I have to be honest, were screaming, ‘No,’ ” the actress said in a taped segment on Monday night’s episode.
What Moore, 52, didn’t realize, however, was that the show would give her daughter a newfound sense of confidence. “One of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed is watching her passion become greater than her fear.”
She continued: “It has nothing to do with her being my kid or Bruce’s kid. It has everything to do with just who she is.”
Added 23-year-old sister Scout Willis, “I’ve seen Rumer grow more since she’s been on Dancing with the Stars than I have in maybe, like, the past four years. It’s really, really special that the world is falling in love with her.”
“Who knew she could dance? And then here she is – an incredible dancer,” sister Tallulah Willis, 21, said. “Just give her something to try and she’s going to kill it.”
Said dad Bruce Willis, “I love her.”
And Rumer nailed that evening’s dances, pulling off a particularly steamy Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired Viennese waltz and a Black Swan-like dance for the Judges’ Choice.
“It was great,” she later told reporters of watching her family’s emotional tribute. “I’m so appreciative and grateful for my family, and feel so blessed that they have such nice things to say about me.”
She added: “It’s a funny thing, you can have your parents tell you those things your whole life, but if you have them say it, and they’re not necessarily saying it to you, I feel like in a weird way you sometimes listen more.”
• Reporting by GABRIELLE OLYA