Vampire Diaries: discover the actors of the series in their very first role

At what age did the cast of ‘Vampire Diaries’ debut? In which series or which film? And what did they look like then? An overview of the first steps on the screen of Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and the others.

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Ian Somerhalder

Before playing Damon Salvatore in Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder obviously played in Lost, in The Laws of Attraction, in season 3 of Smallville, or in the horror film Pulse. But do you remember his very first major role in 2000? That year, after two or three furtive appearances in series, Somerhalder indeed landed one of the main roles in Young Americans, the Dawson spin-off, which was unfortunately canceled after only 8 episodes. But it’s enough for the young actor to get noticed and his career to be launched.

The credits of Young Americans:

Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley, who will soon be back with the CBS series All Access Tell Me a Story, made his debut in front of the cameras in 1999 in the soaps Another World and Haine et passions, in which he appeared for a handful of episodes. In 2001, the one who was still called Paul Wasilewski at the time ended up landing his first regular role thanks to the series Wolf Lake, which unfortunately did not last long and ended after 9 episodes.

Paul Wesley in an episode of the soap Haine et passions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPu1-kTp0gk

Nina Dobrev

Before landing the role of Elena Gilbert in Vampire Diaries in 2009, Nina Dobrev made a name for herself thanks to the series Degrassi: New Generation, in which she took her first steps as an actress in 2006. She played Mia, a young high school student who becomes a mother while she is still a teenager, alongside Drake in particular, and can therefore boast of having played in quick succession in two successful teen series.

A glimpse of Nina Dobrev in Degrassi:

Candice King

Unrecognizable at the time with her red hair, Candice King, the interpreter of Caroline, appeared for the first time on the screen in 2007 thanks to a small role in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and a second film area titled Pirate Camp.

Candice King takes care of Marshall’s hair in an excerpt from How I Met Your Mother:

Kat Graham

More than ten years before landing the role of the witch Bonnie Bennett in Vampire Diaries, Kat Graham debuted in front of the camera in 1998, at the age of nine, in Nancy Meyers’ film The Four of Us, where she plays the role to a very young Lindsay Lohan during the scenes taking place within the summer camp.

A scene from The Four of Us featuring Kat Graham:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgdW4RpyiZ8

Steven R. McQueen

If Steven R. McQueen is obviously revealed in 2009 thanks to the role of Jeremy Gilbert that he will hold in Vampire Diaries for six seasons, the young American actor really begins on American television four years earlier, when he is not old. only 17 years old, in the family series Everwood, where he played the character of Kyle Hunter during seven episodes of the fourth and final season.

Steven R. McQueen in a 2005 episode of Everwood:

Zach Roerig

In 2005, four years before the start of the Vampire Diaries adventure, Zach Roerig, alias Matt Donovan, stood out for the first time in the soap opera As the World Turns, in which he played for two years and more than 200 episodes the Casey Hughes character. One of the many American actors to have started in a soap.

Check out Zach Roerig in As the World Turns:

Joseph Morgan

Before causing a lot of trouble for the heroes of Vampire Diaries in the skin of Klaus (who will then inherit his own spin-off, The Originals), Joseph Morgan landed in 2003, at the age of 22, his very first role in the feature film Master & Commander: on the other side of the world, carried in particular by Russell Crowe.

The Master & Commander trailer:

Matt Davis

Seen in Pearl Harbor, Revenge of a blonde, Blue Crush, or even the series What About Brian before obtaining the role of Alaric in Vampire Diaries, Matt Davis (still credited as Matthew Davis at the time) made his first screen appearance in 2000 in the film Urban Legend 2: Coup de Grace, in which he played one of the main roles opposite Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) and Eva Mendes.

The trailer for Urban Legend 2, in which Matt Davis debuted:

Michael Trevino

Michael Trevino, the interpreter of the werewolf Tyler Lockwood, began in front of the camera in 2005, at the age of 20, by winning successively small roles in an episode of the final season of Charmed (photo above) and in an episode of Summerland where he lends his features to a young shirtless surfer.

Michael Trevino in an episode of season 8 of Charmed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IWYmOaZn7o

Ian Somerhalder


Before playing Damon Salvatore in Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder obviously played in Lost, in The Laws of Attraction, in season 3 of Smallville, or in the horror film Pulse. But do you remember his very first major role in 2000? That year, after two or three furtive appearances in series, Somerhalder indeed landed one of the main roles in Young Americans, the Dawson spin-off, which was unfortunately canceled after only 8 episodes. But it’s enough for the young actor to get noticed and his career to be launched.

Paul Wesley


Paul Wesley, who will soon be back with the CBS series All Access Tell Me a Story, made his debut in front of the cameras in 1999 in the soaps Another World and Haine et passions, in which he appeared for a handful of episodes. In 2001, the one who was still called Paul Wasilewski at the time ended up landing his first regular role thanks to the series Wolf Lake, which unfortunately did not last long and ended after 9 episodes.

Nina Dobrev


Before landing the role of Elena Gilbert in Vampire Diaries in 2009, Nina Dobrev made a name for herself thanks to the series Degrassi: New Generation, in which she took her first steps as an actress in 2006. She played Mia, a young high school student who becomes a mother while she is still a teenager, alongside Drake in particular, and can therefore boast of having played in quick succession in two successful teen series.

Candice King


Unrecognizable at the time with her red hair, Candice King, the interpreter of Caroline, appeared for the first time on the screen in 2007 thanks to a small role in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and a second film area titled Pirate Camp.

Kat Graham


More than ten years before landing the role of the witch Bonnie Bennett in Vampire Diaries, Kat Graham debuted in front of the camera in 1998, at the age of nine, in Nancy Meyers’ film The Four of Us, where she plays the role to a very young Lindsay Lohan during the scenes taking place within the summer camp.

Steven R. McQueen


If Steven R. McQueen is obviously revealed in 2009 thanks to the role of Jeremy Gilbert that he will hold in Vampire Diaries for six seasons, the young American actor really begins on American television four years earlier, when he is not old. only 17 years old, in the family series Everwood, where he played the character of Kyle Hunter during seven episodes of the fourth and final season.

Zach Roerig


In 2005, four years before the start of the Vampire Diaries adventure, Zach Roerig, alias Matt Donovan, stood out for the first time in the soap opera As the World Turns, in which he played for two years and more than 200 episodes the Casey Hughes character. One of the many American actors to have started in a soap.

Michael Trevino


Michael Trevino, the interpreter of the werewolf Tyler Lockwood, began in front of the camera in 2005, at the age of 20, by winning successively small roles in an episode of the final season of Charmed (photo above) and in an episode of Summerland where he lends his features to a young shirtless surfer.

Vampire Diaries: discover the actors of the series in their very first role