'Dancing with the Stars' Finale: Child Star Frankie Muniz Reflects on His Return to the Spotlight

The Season 25 finale of Dancing with the Stars airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC

More than 10 years since Malcom in the Middle‘s end, Frankie Muniz took center stage again on Dancing with the Stars, and he’ll compete in the finale Tuesday night.

While the actor, 31, hasn’t completely shunned Hollywood in the last decade — appearing in Criminal Minds, The Mysteries of Laura, and Sharknado 3 — Muniz shifted his attention to other interests.

“Since Malcom ended, I raced cars professionally for a while, and I was really focused on that,” he told PEOPLE in September at the Dancing With the Stars season 25 cast party at New York City’s Planet Hollywood. “Then I was in a band for a long time, and I was really focused on that.”

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Then, he joined DWTS pro Witney Carson to fight for the Mirrorball Trophy on the upcoming season of the reality competition.

“The timing was kind of right for me,” Muniz explained of his decision. “This was the first time I was like, I can really do what I want.”

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The Agent Cody Banks star also sought advice from previous DWTS contestants.

“I’ve had a lot of friends who’ve done the show, and they’ve honestly said it was the best experience they’ve ever had,” he said. “A lot of people were really talking it up and how much fun it was, and I thought it looked like fun and here I am.”

Carson, 23, said Muniz’s experience as an athlete and a musician paid off in rehearsals.

“Him being able to keep on beat and hear the beat in the music is so helpful,” she said. “Sometimes with celebrities, I’ll have to sit with them and play the music and like clap to the beat, but that stuff we can skip.”

So, Muniz just had to overcome his nerves, which he named as this season’s the biggest competition.

“I’m so nervous to dance in general,” he admitted. “My first biggest fear is dancing in public.”

The Season 25 finale of Dancing with the Stars airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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