The Vampire Diaries Cast Before They Were Stars!

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As we gear up for The Vampire Diaries Season 6, take a look at the cast before they were stars.

1. The Vampire Diaries Cast

The Vampire Diaries Cast
The Vampire Diaries Season 6 returns October 2! Take a look at the TVD cast before they were stars!

2. Ian Somerhalder in Young Americans

Ian Somerhalder in Young Americans
One of Ian Somerhalder's early roles was as Hamilton Fleming in Young Americans. Fleming thought he might be gay, but as it turned out, he was in love with a girl hiding her sex to gain admission to an all-boys school.

3. Ian Somerhalder on LOST

Ian Somerhalder on LOST
Ian Somerhalder's big break came from his portrayal of stranded rich guy Boone Carlyle on LOST. He was sort of in love with his stepsister. It was weird.

4. Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder's most famous role, aside from being an environmentalist, is that of Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries. Damon Salvatore. SWOON!

5. Paul Wesley on Guiding Light

Paul Wesley on Guiding Light
Paul Wesley appeared as Max Nickerson on Guiding Light under his birth name Paul Wasilewski. He's not the only TVD star to have gotten his start on a daytime soap opera.

6. Paul Wesley on Everwood

Paul Wesley on Everwood
Wesley played badboy drug dealer Tommy Callahan on Everwood and nearly stole Amy's innocence.

7. Paul Wesley on American Dreams

Paul Wesley on American Dreams
Wesley played another Tommy, DeFelice, on American Dreams, a football player, which makes a nice transition to his role on TVD Season 1.

8. Paul Wesley in The Vampire Diaries

Paul Wesley in The Vampire Diaries
TVD fans will remember when Stefan Salvatore played football for Mystic Falls High School in an effort to appear more normal. He's come so far since then.

9. Nina Dobrev in Too Young to Marry

Nina Dobrev in Too Young to Marry
Nina Dobrev played Jessica Carpenter, a teen who gets married (and divorced) in Too Young to Marry before landing her most famous pre-TVD role on...

10. Nina Dobrev on Degrassi

Nina Dobrev on Degrassi
Degrassi!! Dobrev played single teen mom Mia Jones on several incarnations of Degrassi before leaving the series for fangs and international fame.

11. Nina Dobrev in Never Cry Werewolf

Nina Dobrev in Never Cry Werewolf
But before TVD, there was this, a tv movie called Never Cry Werewolf. Looks like Neens needed to test out the supernatural waters before she decided on Team Vampire.

12. Nina Dobrev on The Vampire Diaries

Nina Dobrev on The Vampire Diaries
The role that launched Nina Dobrev into the stratosphere of superstardom has to be Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries. Where will we find a heartbroken Elena in TVD Season 6?

13. Steven R. McQueen on Everwood

Steven R. McQueen on Everwood
Steven R. McQueen's big break came from his role as Kyle Hunter, a piano prodigy tutored by Ephraim Brown, on Everwood. (Fun fact: One of Julie Plec's favorite shows is Everwood.)

14. Steven R. McQueen on The Vampire Diaries

Steven R. McQueen on The Vampire Diaries
Jeremy Gilbert is all grown up, and man, do we love it! Steven R. McQueen's first few appearances as Elena's little brother had us wondering if he would survive in this supernatural world.

15. Candice Accola in Pirate Camp

Candice Accola in Pirate Camp
Candice Accola's first onscreen role came as she played a camper in Pirate Camp! And she was a RED HEAD!

16. Candice Accola in Dating Rules For My Future Self

Candice Accola in Dating Rules For My Future Self
Prior to playing everyone's favorite control freak, Candice Accola was attempting to control her destiny as Chloe Cunningham on Dating Rules For My Future Self.

17. Candice Accola on The Vampire Diaries

Candice Accola on The Vampire Diaries
Now Candice Accola is best known as Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries. She developed feelings for her best friend Stefan during Season 5.

18. Michael Trevino on Summerland

Michael Trevino on Summerland
Michael Trevino's first role was as Tim Bowser on Summerland. And yes, of course he was shirtless. That's why we remember his one-episode appearance.

19. Michael Trevino on CSI: Miami

Michael Trevino on CSI: Miami
Before he landed a recurring role, Michael Trevino filled his resume with guest appearances, like the time he visited CSI: Miami as Matthew Batra.

20. Michael Trevino in 90210

Michael Trevino in 90210
But we can't forget his days as Ozzie Cardoza in The CW's 90210 reboot. That role paved the way for...

21. Michael Trevino in The Vampire Diaries

Michael Trevino in The Vampire Diaries
Michael Trevino started his tenure on The Vampire Diaries as jerky jock Tyler Lockwood. His role was expanded when writers decided to pursue a werewolf storyline. Now he's human again.

22. Kat Graham in The Parent Trap

Kat Graham in The Parent Trap
Kat Graham's first screen appearance came when she played Jackie, a camper, on The Parent Trap with a pre-crazy Lindsay Lohan.

23. Kat Graham on Hannah Montana

Kat Graham on Hannah Montana
Then Kat Graham played Allison on Hannah Montana with a pre-crazy Miley Cyrus. We're sensing a trend here...

24. Kat Graham on The Vampire Diaries

Kat Graham on The Vampire Diaries
Now Kat Graham plays a maybe-dead-for-good Bonnie Bennett on The Vampire Diaries.

25. Zach Roerig on As the World Turns

Zach Roerig on As the World Turns
Zach Roerig's first big break came as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns. He also played Hunter Atwood on One Life to Live.

26. Zach Roerig on Friday Night Lights

Zach Roerig on Friday Night Lights
But then he donned a cowboy hat and some boots and traveled to Texas to play Cash on Friday Night Lights.

27. Zach Roerig on The Vampire Diaries

Zach Roerig on The Vampire Diaries
Now he's a burger-slinging friend of supernaturals on The Vampire Diaries. Just how long will he stay human? Or alive?

28. Matt Davis in Legally Blonde

Matt Davis in Legally Blonde
Oh, Matt Davis. He first wowed us with the role of Warner, Elle Woods' boyfriend on Legally Blonde. You know, the one who told her she couldn't become a lawyer? Yeah.

29. Matt Davis on What About Brian

Matt Davis on What About Brian
Then Matt Davis went on to play a lawyer--Adam Hillman--on What About Brian.

30. Matt Davis on Cult

Matt Davis on Cult
Between his stints as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries, Matt Davis starred in The CW's Cult, which never really made it off the ground because it was so freaking confusing.

31. Matt Davis on The Vampire Diaries

Matt Davis on The Vampire Diaries
If there's ever a character we're happy to see come back from the dead, it's Alaric Saltzman. Matt Davis, you complete us!

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