Blood-thirsty? Sink your teeth into these 20 Vampire Diaries facts…
1) Stefan and Damon’s surname was going to be “Whitmore” but producer Plec decided it was best to stay true to the books and keep the name “Salvatore”.
2) Tyler Lockwood’s character began as a “supporting role”. It was his future werewolf/hybrid storyline that kept him around. We thank all the TV Gods for saving Tyler’s character!
3) Supernatural abilities aren’t all they can brag about! Nina Dobrev can speak Bulgarian and French, Paul Wesley can speak Polish and Kat Graham knows Spanish, French and Hebrew.
4) Ian Somerhalder (Damon) auditioned for the role of Jason Stackhouse on HBO’s hit show True Blood. We’re glad he didn’t get the role because we can never imagine anyone else playing the role of Damon. #sorrynotsorry
5) All episode titles in Season 6 are named after 90s songs. That makes sense considering that’s where Bonnie and Damon got trapped.
6) James Van Der Beek (aka Dawson Leery) could have played the role of Alaric. That would have been weird because James will always be Dawson to us no matter what.
7) Jeremy is older than Elena in real life. Steven McQueen is 6 months older than Nina Dobrev so she’s basically his younger sister. Well, not really, but you get what we mean.
8) Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) and even Paul Wesley (Stefan) all originally auditioned for the role of Damon. We’re glad they didn’t get the part because no one else can ace that sarcasm and mystery like Ian Somerhalder can!
9) Delena was real! Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev dated from 2011 until 2013.
10) Nina Dobrev is of Bulgarian nationality. That explains why Katerina Petrova speaks the language so well.
11) Kat Graham is not only an actress but also a singer. She’s a witch of many talents!
12) In Season 2, episode 12, Isobel’s phone number was shown. Fans that actually called her number at 919-399-2507 were treated with a recorded message from Stefan, Elena and Damon. Damn it, we’re 4-years too late!
13) There are more than just vampires and werewolves in the book version of the series. The books feature other supernatural things like angels and foxes. Well, there’s always room for these supernatural beings next season!
14) Caroline has gone from Matt to Klaus to Tyler but in real life she’s dated Steven McQueen and Zach Roerig!
15) The network originally wanted to cast Ashlee Simpson as Elena Gilbert. Just imagine someone else other than Nina Dobrev playing our favourite damsel in distress!
16) Paul Wesley experienced a real-life love triangle behind the scenes. It began when he married co-star Torrey DeVitto (Meredith Fell). After splitting in July 2013, he soon got together with Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley Marshall) in September 2013 and they are still going strong.
17) Taylor Kinney who plays Mason Lockwood is engaged to pop superstar Lady Gaga. Isn’t she lucky!
18) Steven McQueen is the grandchild of actor Steve McQueen! So that’s where he gets his talent from!
19) Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) has a daughter in real life. The mother of his child was incarcerated in a federal prison.
20) Katherine Pierce was only supposed to be around for beginning of season 2. Does that mean Caroline would still have been human now?