WATCH: J.R. Martinez Talks to Anderson Cooper About Being One of the "Sexiest Men Alive"

By now, many know people know about the struggles that J.R. Martinez went through in Iraq. 

During a deployment in 2003, the part-Salvadorian Army veteran and new champion of Dancing With the Stars drove over a landmine and found himself trapped inside. Martinez suffered burns that covered 40 percent of his body and had to undergo a physical surgery and more than 30 surgeries and physical therapy. 

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Now, the breakout star of Dancing With the Stars has been called one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” In a video interview with the show Anderson, Martinez spoke to host Anderson Cooper about his life-altering struggle and new title as one of the sexiest men alive.

“When they ask me, ‘Did you ever think that would be possible?’ – I say absolutely!” Martinez joked, “33 surgeries, I better be listed as one of the sexiest men alive!”

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Check out Martinez’s interview on Anderson below: