Before they became a roving band of witches, werewolves, vampires, vampire hunters, and a lone human, The Vampire Diaries cast racked up some pretty impressive (and awkward) resume entries.
You can watch The Vampire Diaries online to get all caught up before the Season 6 premiere, but before you do that, click on the gallery above to see the cast before they were stars.
When you do, you'll find out some of the same interesting things we did.
Ian Somerhalder had some really unfortunate haircuts before he landed his breakthrough role of Boone Carlyle on LOST. Really, truly unfortunate haircuts.
His blue eyes, however, have always been piercing. Right into our souls. His vampire brother Paul Wesley, meanwhile, has a very Six Degrees of Separation background.