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Q+A: Colt Prattes, lead dancer of Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love Tour’

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Colt Prattes, who plays Mitch, models an outfit during a media preview of "Surf the Musical" at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The new production show, featuring the songs of The Beach Boys, is expected to open at the resort in mid-June.

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Cast members, including Nikki Tuazon (center, top) and Colt Prattes (center, bottom), perform in the "Dance, Dance, Dance" scene during a media preview of "Surf the Musical" at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The new production show, featuring the songs of The Beach Boys, is expected to open at the resort in mid-June.

You might not know his name, but his body is definitely recognizable.

Colt Prattes, whose resume includes acting, singing, dancing, Broadway and bodybuilding, is the lead dancer of Pink’s “The Truth About Love Tour,” which stopped at MGM Grand Garden Arena nearly a year ago and ends the tour tonight with a sold-out show in the same venue.

Prattes, whose Las Vegas connection includes living here while starring as Mitch in the short-lived The Beach Boys production “Surf the Musical” at Planet Hollywood in 2012, garnered national attention for his awesome acrobatics and fit physique alongside Pink in the music video for her hit “Try.”

They performed the routine to “Try” on the American Music Awards two years ago, again drawing widespread attention, and this past weekend at the 2014 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Prattes spoke on the phone from L.A. ahead of tonight’s final show — he was enthusiastic and sweet, said nothing but nice things about Pink and is very much in love with his new wife, Angelina Mullins.

Let’s start with the obvious: Your body is incredible. Seriously, what is your regimen for looking so amazing?

(Laughs) thanks! I get up at 6 or 7 in the morning for my first workout of the day. At 8 to 9, it’s my first meal. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., I’m training clients, then it’s the second workout. I work out to wake up my body with a lot of resistance training and cardio.

It varies depending on if I want to be bigger or smaller or just maintain. I have off days, too, when my body or the universe tells me to take a day off. We know our bodies better than we think we do.

Have you always looked this good and been so health-conscious?

Absolutely not! I used to be only 160 pounds, but with very little muscle on me. I was a little sick growing up. My mom and dad are both police officers in Georgia and in great shape, and that inspired me in my teen years.

Dad is 67, and I can’t keep up with him. His abs and arms are better than mine; it’s crazy!

Good genetics then?

Genetics plays a part of it, but it’s really about hard work. At lunchtime, my dad would sprint up and down the stairs at work. Genetics counts, but it’s about hard work and desire and to be armed with as much knowledge as possible.

Favorite foods? Guilty pleasure foods?

My wife makes this amazing baked lasagna. She is an amazing chef. When we dine out, she returns home and deconstructs and rebuilds things we’ve ordered. She breaks it down and makes it even better. I can’t tell you the secrets, but it’s incredible. I’m smiling like a child right now thinking about her baked lasagna!

How did it feel performing “Try” with Pink on the American Music Awards and then garnering national and global attention afterward for the performance and the video?

When we’re little kids, we all want something big in our lives. As children, we dream and believe that we can become astronauts and comic book artists and scientist and superhero philanthropists. That was me, anyway! It was a dream come true to perform with Pink, someone who is a true artist and a really good person.

Your resume includes bodybuilding and Broadway. Are you still involved with either?

I am focuses on RippedTogether.com with my wife, and I just won a bodybuilding competition in my class. I’m focusing on clients and a new fitness company in L.A, as well. Fitness is everything to us; it is a big part of our lives, along with dance and Broadway.

When and why did you launch your website RippedTogether.com?

We launched in Feb. 1, 2013. As I saw changes in clients in New York, with them quietly and then them getting bigger and bigger, and then moving to Las Vegas, I wanted a place where we could share our transformations and happiness. The website also is a place to check in when we are out of town.

This is the final show of the tour. What’s next for you?

One of my favorite quotes is, “With the wind, we are always headed home.” I don’t know what’s next, and I don’t mind it. It always works out. I’ll continue to train clients in L.A. I’ll continue to dance and model.

How did you become Pink’s lead dancer, and what is it like to work with her?

I knew a choreographer from “Surf” who had worked on other music videos, and he suggested that I try out. I drove to L.A. not knowing that the video was with Pink and that we would be the only two people in the video. I drove back to Las Vegas, found out that I got it, drove back the next day for rehearsal and rehearsed for three weeks. She is an amazing person.

What’s the best part of touring? And the worst?

In every show, you give so much of yourself as a dancer every night, and it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s an honor — and it’s crazy. And the worst. Well, I’m co-dependent, and I miss my wife and dogs while on tour. The worst was when we were on tour in Australia for three months.

What do you do during time off while on tour?

I train clients, dancers and members of the band, crew and management team on my days off on the road. And I love going to the movies by myself.

What was the last movie you watched?

I wish that I could say it was a more Oscar-worthy movie, but it was “Anchorman 2” (laughs). I’ve also seen “Frozen” recently and “Saving Mr. Banks.”

What can audiences expect from the final show?

It’s going to be epic! It’s going to be an amazing time with high energy. The last show is going to be emotional for us. Be ready!

Tell me something your wife and fans don’t know about you.

Here’s one: I love training, but I really often do not want to go to the gym. I wake up and don’t want to go. I also have this unhealthy obsession with cars. I love cars and comics books.

A popular annual New Year’s resolution is to get in shape and become healthier. What would you tell someone who has made this resolution?

I called it the resolution revolution. Make resolutions as a daily promise, not for the New Year.

Resolutions for 2014?

You know what? It’s to be the best husband I can be as a newlywed. Paying as much attention to things I say and do and about what she needs, what we need as a family. It’s not just about me, and I want to surprise her.

Oh, and I love Las Vegas. I heart Las Vegas!

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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