Maksim Chmerkovskiy became well known after many seasons as a pro on the hit series Dancing With the Stars. It didn’t take long for his good looks, commanding presence and outspoken nature to take center stage on the show, and while he has definitely earned himself a certain reputation, his skill and confidence made him a hit with fans! Maks, along with some of the other pros, quickly became bigger stars than the celebrities they get partnered with. We decided to get to know him a little better, and dug up 9 things not widely known about the charismatic star!
9. Early Life
Maksim “Maks” Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy was born on January 17, 1980 in Odessa, Ukraine (then the USSR) to Aleksandr “Sash” Chermkovisky and Larisa Chmerkovskiy. The family welcomed his little brother Valentin in 1986 and in 1994 they all immigrated to Brooklyn, New York. The transition wasn’t easy for a then 14-year-old Maks who was faced with language and culture barriers, and the family also struggled with finances. With his native language as Russian, he did not understand any English when his family moved to New York, so he learned English from reading street signs in Brooklyn.