Are you one of the Vampire Diaries’ suffocating victims? Do you think you are familiar with the Salvatore brothers? Maybe you even know Caroline’s preferred blood type. Read more Facts About The Vampire Diaries here!
However, there are some facts that fans don’t know. You don’t know the details of a true love triangle or how one character would be written off so you can see them behind closed doors.
Blood-thirsty? These 22 Vampire Diaries facts will make you scream…
1. The pilot episode was the first in CW history.
It was the premiere with the biggest audience since 2006 when the network started.
2. The Salvatore brothers nearly had a different last name.
Their names were listed in the original script as Whitmore. However, the executive producers changed the name to Salvatore to match the words in the book series.
3. The Vampire Diaries initially rejected Kevin Williamson as a co-creator and executive producer.
“A very long time ago, Alloy brought the books to me and said, ‘What about a movie? Williamson explained to The Hollywood Reporter that he had not read the books. “I rejected the idea and the premise. In the wake of Twilight, it just seemed that this shouldn’t be my direction. The CW was there for me years later.”
4. Nina Dobrev failed to pass her audition.
Entertainment Weekly’s Julie Plec, TVD co-creator and executive producer, stated that Nina didn’t make an impression. “None of us remember seeing her for the very first time.”
Dobrev confessed she was sick during the audition. She later sent them a new audition tape. They loved her.
5. Fans were upset when Nina Dobrev was cast as Elena Gilbert.
Elena Gilbert, a book series character, has blonde hair with blue eyes. Dobrev is, of course, the exact opposite.
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PopSugar’s Dobrev said that Kevin specifically informed him that the angle he wanted was the relatable, nice girl next door. This is the person the audience root for. He made the conscious decision to change this.
6. Ashlee Simpson, Ashley Tisdale, and Ashley Gilbert were both considered.
Ashlee Simpson was initially been the first choice of producer for Elena Gilbert. However, after seeing Dobrev’s audition tape, this idea was thrown out the window.
Ashley Tisdale was also being considered. However, she ended up landing a show called Hellcats on The CW, which lasted only one season.
7. Damon Salvatore auditioned several cast members.
Paul Wesley auditioned initially for Damon Salvatore. He was eventually cast as the lead role. Others from the Vampire Diaries cast also auditioned for the position of Damon Salvatore, Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), Zach Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), and Nathaniel Buzolic(Kol Mikaelson).
8. David Gallagher was considered to play Damon Salvatore.
David Gallagher, Simon from 7th Heaven, tried it. Julie Plec explained to E-News that he impressed us initially…but with the 7th Heaven stuff, I was curious if he would ever be able to get over that.” After seeing him in Super 8, Plec cast him later as a werewolf.
9. Ian Somerhalder failed to appear for his audition.
Who knows if it was too much coffee or the B12 shot I took myself? It was a disaster,” Somerhalder stated during a panel. “I had no choice but to retest. It was a tedious process, but I got the call. It was only after 10 days of virtual hell.
10. Ian auditioned for another vampire show.
Newsweek’s Somerhalder stated that he has always wanted to be an actor. “I auditioned to True Blood (Ryan Kwanten’s role: Jason Stackhouse). Alan Ball was not convinced that this was my role. Then I couldn’t understand it and was devastated. “I couldn’t even watch True Blood up to now.”
11. Tyler Lockwood was not meant to be a significant character.
Plec stated to THR that he was only in a supporting role. Plec noted that he was someone we couldn’t have done without in the beginning of the series. We knew his werewolf/hybrid storyline was important, so we included him in our regular series group.
12. Co-creators of Vampire Diaries thought that the show would fail.
Plec stated to THR that Kevin and I believed that the launch would be embarrassing and that we would be dead. “We believed this would be the event that would spawn 1,000 articles about vampires.”
13. Nina Dobrev knew the show would be a success.
Nina believed so strongly in the future of the series that she purchased a house in Atlanta where it was filmed.
“It felt right. Dobrev said that everyone laughed at me because I bought an Atlanta property when the series began. “Five years later, I’m still the only one who didn’t have to rent for five years.”
14. There were many romantic relationships on the set.
Apart from the apparent love connection between Nina Dobrev (and Ian Somerhalder), and the marriage (and dissolution) between Paul Wesley (Dr. Meredith Fell), there was a lot more romance on set.
Candice King was a friend of Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Steven R. McQueen. (Jeremy Gilbert). She is now married to Joe King of The Fray.
Paul Wesley was a lover of Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley Marsh). He is now married to Ines De Ramon.
Joseph Morgan (Klaus) met Persia White (Abby Bennett Wilson) during Season 3. Later, they were married in 2014.
15. The show was not too supernatural, according to the co-creators.
Plec and Williamson were both inspired by the book series, but they created the TV show. There are many differences between the TV show and the book. Plec and Williamson chose to limit the presence of supernatural beings in the series.
They distinguished when “angels,”, foxes and mystical creatures were included in the book.
16. Equal pay was earned by the main cast.
Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley earned $30-40K each for each episode.
17. Nina Dobrev has a younger age than Steven R. McQueen IRL.
Steven R. McQueen is Nina Dobrev’s younger brother, Jeremy Gilbert. (later, it was revealed that Gilbert was her biological cousin). McQueen is six months older than Dobrev.
18. Katherine Pierce was originally going to be a minor character.
Katerina Petrova, Elena Gilbert’s Doppelgänger (Katherine Pierce), was initially supposed to appear in Season 2, but fans immediately fell for her character.
19. The roles of Katherine Pierce and Elena Gilbert were reversed.
Elena is the mean-girl, popular type in the books while Katherine is innocent and naive. Their personalities are reversed in the series.
20. Katherine Pierce is a Bulgarian because of it.
Katerina Petrova is Katherine Pierce. Katherine Pierce is also known as Katerina. Dobrev’s real name was actually Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva. Katherine von Swartzschild is Katherine, as she was born from German roots.
21. Season 6 was dedicated to the ’90s.
Remember how Liv Parker sent Damon Elena back to the 1990s to save Bonnie. Producers thought it would be fun for each episode to be named after a song from the ’90s.
22. Episodes were directed by Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, and Ian Somerhalder.
Wesley directed five episodes, including “Resident Evil” and “Things We Lost In the Fire,” while Somerhalder directed three episodes, including “The Downward Spiral” (We Have History Together).