The Vampire Diaries Cast/ Character Trivia feat. Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino, Sara Canning & Katerina Graham.
From left: Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Ian Somerholder (Damon Salvatore).
1. Paul Wesley’s character Stefan Salvatore has been turned (to a vampire) when he was 17, in 1864. In real life, Paul was born in 1982.
2. The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley’s real name is Paul Thomas Wasilewski, and he is of Polish descent. His grandparents live in Poland, where the show also airs. He visits them whenever he can, also practicing his Polish.
3. Stefan has one brother, Damon. Damon Salvatore is played by Ian Somerhalder. Somerholder was born in 1978. He has one brother and sister in real life.
4. Ian Somerhalder’s looks is compared to actor Rob Lowe’s youth.
5. Ian worked as a model. He also co-starred in the 30 episodes of the hit show Lost.
6. Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder both say that their fans want them to bite them all the time. During one TV show interview, the host joked that she was way over 18 and more then consenting, so Ian did get up and pretended to bit her neck. The interview video is below (If the video doesn’t work for some reason, the link is here).
7. Nina Dobrev plays 2 parts: Elena and Katherine. Elena is a high school student who recently lost her parents to a car crash. She is considerate, loving and emotional. Katherine is a centuries-old vampire. In fact, she is the vampire that the Salvatore brothers fell in love with in 1864. Both Damon and Stefan agree that Katherine is a selfish, manipulative and self-serving woman, pretty much Elena’s opposite in every personality trait possible.
From left: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Steven R. McQueen, Katerina Graham, Ian Somerhalder & Candice Accola.
8. Many actors of the cast play classmates but they were born in different years. Zach Roerig (plays Matt) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) were born in 1985, Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) in 1989, Katerina Graham (Bonnie) in 1989, Candice Accola (Caroline) in 1987 and Paul Wesley in 1982.
9. Candice Accola, who plays Bonnie and Elena’s good friend Caroline is actually the same age with Sara Canning, who plays Elena and Jeremy’s Aunt Jenna.
10. Nina Dobreva was born Nina Constantinova Dobreva, in Bulgaria. Her descent suit her character Katherine’s roots, as Katherine was born Katerina Petrova.
11. Just like Ian Somerhalder, Nina also comes from a modeling background.
12. The Vampire Diaries TV Show’s three leads- Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are often invited to interviews as a trio.
13. Paul Wesley jokingly calls Ian Somerhalder Ian Smoulderhalder.
14. Dobrev has lived in Canada since the age of 2. Sara Canning is Canadian.
15. Steven R. McQueen, who plays Jeremy Gilbert - Elena's brother- is Steve McQueen's grandson.