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Before he was Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley was just another struggling actor in Los Angeles. One of his first features was a 2006 comedy called Cloud 9, and it was anything but angsty!

The film followed a “washed out former star in need of money” who starts “a volleyball team whose players consist of group of beautiful athletic strippers.” Um, OK? In the flick, Paul played a character named Jackson Fargo, and while we’re not entirely sure if he was a stripper, we do know that his co-star in the film was none other than Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore! (Maybe Hollywood is smaller than we thought…)

Kenya may be “Gone With the Wind fabulous” now, but back in 2006, the former Miss USA was flexing her acting muscles… playing a stripper named Champagne.

We’re glad to see that both Paul and Kenya have moved on to bigger and better things since Cloud 9, but we can’t help but wonder if Kenya taught Paul how to twirl on set. Now that’s a DVD extra we’d pay money to see!

Did you know about Paul and Kenya’s surprising connection? Sound off in the comments!

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!