'The Bachelor' Star Jake Pavelka and 'Diet Tribe' Star Jessie Pavelka are Cousins
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
This isn't exactly breaking news but we've stumbled upon an interesting fact about Jake Pavelka, a former contestant on The Bachelorette season 5 who now stars as the new love searcher on The Bachelor 14. Most of us already know that this commercial pilot from Dallas, Texas used to be an actor earlier in life known as Jake Landrum, but evidently, being in show business is something that runs in the family.

According to ETonline.com, Jake Pavelka and Diet Tribe's hunky trainer Jessie Pavelka are cousins. Unfortunately, they've never met before.

"My dad explained it to me," Jessie told ET, but also admits he doesn't quite remember how the family tree grows. "My dad met his dad, but I never knew him growing up. I went to college in the same town where he grew up, but I have never spoken to him."

Still, Jessie, who has also appeared on the TV series Friday Night Lights, thinks that Jake is going to be a great Bachelor.

"Hopefully, he does a good job and finds love," said Jessie, who just tied the knot recently on September 18 to Canadian actress Sitara Hewitt, who stars on the CBC TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie.

While Jessie continues to land various acting gigs (he'll next be seen in the Lifetime TV movie 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth), he's still focused on his work on Diet Tribe, now in its second season.

"It just worked out that Diet Tribe came along and I was able to use that and put the fitness thing on a pedestal, where I could help more than just the people I was training," he said of the show in which he takes five ladies on a weight-loss journey over a four-month period.

"Each one of them has a story and all of them have a struggle in life," he explained. "We give them all these tools. You know when you figure something out about yourself, it just hits you. We get to see that happen. The most rewarding part of my job is when they realize: I am a totally different person than I used to be."

Fans can catch Jessie on Diet Tribe every Friday at 8pm on Lifetime, and Jake on the new season of The Bachelor in January 2010.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of Lifetime TV/ABC)