Keyboard Drool: 13 Hot Actors You Didn’t Know Started Out as Athletes

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It's no secret that some of the hottest people in the world are athletes. They're strong, confident, and gorgeous! Thankfully, Hollywood understands our love for athletes and they've been responsible for casting a lot of them in movies and television shows. Clearly, Hollywood knows what we want!

Did you know that some of your fave actors and actresses used to be athletes? That's right, stars like Taylor Kitsch, Zac Efron, and Julianne Hough are just a few actors who started out as athletes. Want to know who else was hitting the gym before rushing to acting class? Check out our list below! We found 13 athletic actors that we think will surprise you. Let us know which star is your fave in the comments below!

1. Taylor Kitsch actually started out as a professional hockey player. After a knee injury forced him to change his career path, Taylor got into modeling and acting!


2. Zac Efron grew up playing baseball, but at the age of 11 he got tired of the sport. He then focused all of his energy on acting and his career took off!


3. Taylor Lautner was a martial arts expert before getting his break in Hollywood. He can be seen showing off his skills in many of his movies!


4. Kaley Cuoco gave up her tennis career to make a name for herself in acting and we're glad she did! Seriously, this girl is hilarious!

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5. Tyler Hoechlin turned down a lot of acting jobs in order to play baseball! After an injury forced him to choose between his two passions, Tyler made the decision to be a full-time actor. Lucky for us!


6. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was a linebacker for the University of Miami before he made a name for himself in the wrestling world. After dominating the competition, Dwayne left wrestling to become an actor!


7. Julianne Hough was a professional dancer before getting her break on Dancing with the Stars. Since leaving the dancing show she's been in many major Hollywood films!


8. Derek Hough was also a pro dancer before making a name for himself on DWTS. He's now an actor too! Derek can be seen in Make Your Move out later this year!


9. Gina Carano was a mixed martial artist before staring in films such as Fast & Furious 6 and Haywire.


10. Stacy Keibler was a professional wrestler before getting her break in the modeling and acting world.


11. Shaun White is a pro athlete, but he's also made a name for himself in movies. Remember him in Friends with Benefits? Scene stealer!


12. Ryan Lochte should probably stick to swimming, remember his cameos on 90210 and 30 Rock? Definitely not Oscar-worthy!


13. Nelly was in the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association before hitting big in music, TV, and film.


Which athletic actor is the hottest of them all? Sound off in the comments!

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