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.

1. Ian Somerhalder
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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.

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Ian Somerhalder

Before playing Damon Salvatore in Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder obviously played in Lostin the laws of attractionin season 3 of Smallvilleor even in the horror movie 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 Americansthe spin-off of Dawson, which is 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 Wesleywho will soon be back with the CBS All Access series Tell Me a Storymade his debut in front of the cameras in 1999 in the soaps Another World and hatred and passions, in which he appears 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 Lakewhich unfortunately does not last long and stops 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 became known through the series Degrassi: Next Generationin which she took her first steps as an actress in 2006. She plays Mia, a young high school student who becomes a mother when she is still a teenager, alongside in particular drakeand can therefore boast of having played back-to-back in two successful teen series.

A glimpse of Nina Dobrev in Degrassi:

Candice King

Unrecognizable at the time with his red hair, Candice Kingthe interpreter of Caroline, appeared for the first time on screen in 2007 thanks to a small role in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and a second rate movie called 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 made his debut in front of the camera in 1998, at the age of nine, in the film by Nancy Meyers the four of uswhere she plays the role of a very young Lindsay Lohan during the scenes taking place within the holiday camp.

A scene from The Four of Us featuring Kat Graham:

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

Steven R. McQueen

Whether Steven R. McQueen is obviously revealed in 2009 thanks to the role of Jeremy Gilbert that he will play in Vampire Diaries for six seasons, the young American actor really started on American television four years earlier, when he was only 17 years old, in the family series Everwoodwhere he plays the character of Kyle Hunter for 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 Roerigaka Matt Donovan, gets noticed for the first time in the soap opera As the World Turns, in which he played the character of Casey Hughes for two years and more than 200 episodes. 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 worlddriven in particular by Russell Crowe.

The Master & Commander trailer:

Matt Davis

seen in Pearl Harbor, A Blonde’s Revenge, Blue Crushor the series What About Brian before getting 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: Finisherin which he plays 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 Trevinothe 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

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