Bloody Facts about 'Vampire Diaries'

Hollywood is bloodthirsty for vampires -- and they're getting their fill tonight with "The Vampire Diaries." The show revolves around a girl who is torn between handsome (and undead) brothers. "Extra" has some little-known facts about the hot, cold-blooded stars and the show!

Bloody Facts about 'Vampire Diaries'

Blood Brothers

Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder star as Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore, vampire brothers who are pining after the same girl, Elena.

Caught in the Middle

Nina Dobrev stars as Elena Gilbert, a high-schooler who finds herself torn between brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore.

The Bad Boy

Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, fashion model and producer.

Jersey Boy

Paul Wesley was born on July 23, 1982 in New Jersey.

Leading Lady

Nina Dobrev was born January 9, 1989, in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to Canada at the age of two and has lived in Toronto since then.

Promoting Education

Nina traveled to Africa with five other members of the “Degrassi” cast to build a school in Kenya with the renowned organization, "Free the Children." A documentary about the trip aired in Canada on MTV in 2007.

Surrounded by Gals

Wesley grew up with 3 sisters.

Single Parent

Ian grew up with his mother, whom he has described as being “very spiritual.”


Dobrev is fluent in French, Bulgarian and English.

On the Small Screen

Paul landed roles on shows such as “Guiding Light,” “Smallville,” “The O.C.,” “8 Simple Rules,” “Wolf Lake,” “Cane” and “American Dreams” before starring as Stefan in “The Vampire Diaries.”

Daytime Star

Wesley made his television debut as Sean McKinnon in a 1999 episode of the long-running daytime soap opera, “Another World.”

Off the Market

Paul is rumored to be engaged to actress Torrey DeVitto.

Religious Education

While growing up, Somerhalder attended Catholic school.

Model Man

Ian has posed for clothing brands like Calvin Klein, American Eagle Outfitters, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace and Guess?

Escaping the Island

Somerhalder is well-known for his role as Boone on J.J. Abrams’ critically acclaimed drama series “Lost.”

Recognizing Talent

Dobrev attended the Dean Armstrong Acting school where she was discovered by many different talent agencies in Toronto.

Award Recipient

Ian — along with the cast of “Lost” — nabbed a 2005 SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.” The thrilling series also won the 2005 Emmy Award for “Best Television Series — Drama.”

The Great Outdoors

Nina is an outdoorsy girl — she enjoys playing volleyball, soccer, swimming, rock climbing, wakeboarding, snowboarding and horseback riding.


Somerhalder caught the eye of a talent manager while working as an extra in a crowd scene in the James Toback feature “Black and White” (2000).

From 'Degrassi' to Vampires

Nina played the role of Mia Jones, the single mother on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” since the show’s sixth season. However, she left the ninth season of the show to work on “The Vampire Diaries.”

'Lost' and Found

Ian was the first actor to be cast as one of the survivors in “Lost.” His character, Boone, died in the first season, but later appeared in flashbacks.

College Departure

Dobrov has recently started her post secondary studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, majoring in Sociology. She dropped out in 2008 to pursue her acting career.

Military Man

Wesley starred in Lifetime’s “Army Wives” as the soldier boyfriend of Emmalin Holden.

Assassin at the Box Office

Ian Somerhalder will next appear on the silver screen in “The Tournament,” scheduled for a 2009 release in the UK.


Nina loves to travel and has often visited Europe both for pleasure and gymnastics competitions.

'Dolphin' Sequel

On the big screen, Paul just completed production on “Beneath the Blue,” the sequel to the award-winning feature “Eye of the Dolphin.”

Heiress Love

Ian dated heiress Nicky Hilton in 2004.

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"The Vampire Diaries" premieres tonight on the CW.