Nina Dobrev plays a pale (and gorgeous) vampire on The Vampire Diaries, but she has something major in common with always-tanned-up Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who got her start in TV on MTV’s Jersey Shore. You might want to sit down for this one — or maybe go cartwheeling around your room. You be the judge.

It turns out that Nina and Snooks both were gymnasts in high school. Nina competed in rhythmic gymnastics (in addition to ballet and jazz classes) at J.B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School in Toronto, Ontario, and Snooki was a competitive gymnast from the ripe age of 4 until she was 14!

Snooki’s combination of gymnastic skills and everything she learned during her high school cheerleading days led her to high scores on Dancing With the Stars 2013 this season, but unfortunately, she was eliminated. Nina, on the other hand, did rhythmic gymnastics (aka using ribbons and hoops instead of doing back handsprings), so we doubt Elena, Katherine, or Amara will need her skills. Well, maybe some team spirit at college for Elena?

Nina charms us enough with just her adorable personality, but if we saw her gliding across the floor with all the bells and whistles of rhythmic gymnastics, we’d certainly be in awe. While Snooki doesn’t have the same set of skills, together they could take on the world of gymnastics.

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