They’ve been together for three years but actress Stacy Keibler tells PEOPLE working with boyfriend Geoff Stults on his show, October Road, was like meeting for the first time.
The former female wrestler and Dancing With the Stars finalist guests on part one of the two-hour March 10 season finale on ABC. Keibler plays Stults’s character Eddie’s ex-girlfriend, Rory, a woman who broke his heart and then comes back into town hoping to rekindle.
“We had our moments where it was kind of awkward,” Keibler, 28, admits. “We had to kiss and both of us were like ‘This is the weirdest thing ever.’ I was so nervous. I had Listerine strips on hand in my backpack for the kissing scene.”
Keibler says if the show is picked up for a third season she is hopeful she will get to reprise that character. Meantime she’s reading scripts (she has a development deal with ABC) and excited about the new season of DWTS.
“DWTS was such a blessing for me,” says Keibler, whose career shifted from pro wrestling to acting (she had recurring roles on ABC’s What About Brian? and George Lopez) after her 2006 ballroom stint. –Monica Rizzo