The former Waterloo Road star - who was confirmed to appear in the latest series yesterday (September 2) - said that he views the show as an "adventure".
On why he chose to participate, he said: "I just thought that it would be fun. I've never thought about doing one of these types of shows before, but out of all of them this is the one to do.
"I like to start a job thinking 'I'm not sure if I can do this' and I really love a challenge. It's very easy to get comfortable when you are an actor, so I like to look at taking part in Strictly as an adventure.
"I must also remain positive and keep my fear under wraps. It's nice to try and learn a skill and maybe get a bit fitter too, which is another great reason to take part."
Benton admitted that he is nervous ahead of the launch show on Saturday (September 7).
"I'd love to say that I have been waking up at 6am and doing yoga each morning, but the truth is I have been waking up at 6am in cold sweats!" he said. "Seriously though, I have been doing Hairspray where I dance every night, so I suppose that has been my preparation.
"Aside from that I am a blank canvas," he added.
Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson, Ben Cohen and Deborah Meaden are also taking part in the new series.
Strictly's launch show kicks off on Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One.
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 lineup: