Emilie De Ravin was on course to become an Olympic gymnast as a child - but the gruelling schedule to maintain her talents became too much to bear.
The former Lost star won a place in an Olympics training group in her native Australia when she was eight and had dreams of one day representing her country.
But she tells WENN, "It was just too much and it wasn't fun anymore."
De Ravin became a ballet dancer instead and studied with the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne.
She adds, "I went there until I was 16 and I was classically trained."
De Ravin recently returned to her dancing roots to prepare for her role as a line dancer in new movie Love and Other Troubles.
She reveals, "I've taken ballet classes somewhat recently and it's muscle memory. I'm playing a line dancer in Love and Other Troubles and that's a lot easier than doing pas de deux and point work! I play an American girl who goes over to Finland to escape a bad relationship.
"Line dancing, they're really quite serious about it; it's quite cool. And the group of people we got to work with are so lovely. They're a group of characters and lovely people. They get together every week; it's their social thing and a little bit of exercise."