Karina is teaming up again with Ralph Macchio, her Season 12 partner, but this time it is off the dance floor.
Karina is currently filming a new movie written and directed by Ralph. The story is about a 10-year-old boy who becomes fascinated with a beautiful yet troubled woman he sees dancing in a nearby house. Karina plays the part of the woman.
"It is a dream come true to have this opportunity to work with Ralph again," Karina told a reporter in a recent interview. "He wrote such an inspiring script, and I'm grateful to be a part of it. The story is sweet but profound and my character is very compelling. I'm excited to show a different side of myself to the public," she said.
While this is Karina’s first major-character movie role, it is not her first appearance in a feature film. She acted and danced in Shall We Dance starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. "I feel like I've always acted within a dance," Karina says. "Now I get to just act, and I'm extremely excited for the opportunity."