The Ricky Butcher star, who split with TV presenter Polly Parsons in April, claims that friends also attempted to dissuade him from partaking in the ballroom reality show.
"I've been toying with the idea for a few years now," Owen told PA. "Everyone I've spoken to has said, 'Don't be silly, don't do it because you've got two left feet and you can't dance'.
"My ex-partner told me that too, and whatever she tells me not to do, I want to do."
The 40-year-old went on: "I'm really excited and looking forward to it because I've got nothing to lose. Hopefully I will become a dancer by the end of it.
"I'm going to work hard. I think that's the key so we'll see what happens. I'm doing all right with the steps so far."
Reserving special praise for London 2012 athletes Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, the actor added: "Everyone seems really laid-back and having a laugh. It's been great to see the Olympians. Hats off to them for doing this."
Owen recently ruled out a return to EastEnders, declaring that he had "retired" from acting and would not live in the UK again. He runs a restaurant in France.
Owen's Strictly partner is Latin specialist Ola Jordan, whom he was unveiled alongside in last Saturday's (September 15) launch show. The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 live shows begin on October 5.
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