It's been 10 years since the premiere of The Vampire Diaries.
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1. The pilot episode made The CW history.At the time, this show generated the biggest audience since CW opened in 2006.
2. The Salvatore brothers almost had a different last name.In the original script, their names were actually listed at Whitmore, but they decided to change it to Salvatore to match the book series.
3. Co-creator and executive producer, Kevin Williamson, initially turned down The Vampire Diaries pitch.
Originally he turned down the series comparing it to another Twilight and that wasn't in his interest, but he eventually accepted it when CW came to him with the idea.
4. Nina Dobrev bombed her audition.
"The first impression of Nina is that she didn’t make an impression," TVD co-creator and executive producer, Julie Plec, told Entertainment Weekly. "None of us remembered seeing her for the first time."
Dobrev admitted that she was sick during her audition and she later sent in another video for her audition in order to make up for it.
5. Casting Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert caused backlash from fans.In the book series, Elena is actually blonde with blue eyes and clearly, Nina doesn't fit that description.
6. Ashlee Simpson and Ashley Tisdale were considered for the role of Elena Gilbert.Ashlee Simpson was the first choice for Elena Gilbert, but after watching Nina's audition that went right out the window. Ashley Tisdale was also another consideration for the part.
7. Several cast members auditioned for Damon Salvatore.Paul Wesley, who got the role of Stefan actually auditioned to be Damon Salvatore at first.
8. David Gallagher was considered for the role of Damon Salvatore.
9. Ian Somerhalder bombed his audition.
"Whether it was too much coffee, that B12 shot I gave myself, who knows? I bombed it," Somerhalder said during a panel.
"I had to go back and re-test. I went in and did it and oddly enough, ended up getting the call. But it was after 10 days of virtual hell."
10. Ian actually auditioned for a different vampire show.
"I always wanted to play one," Somerhalder told Newsweek. "I auditioned for True Blood (Ryan Kwanten's role: Jason Stackhouse).
I just couldn't convince Alan Ball that was my role. And then I didn't get it, and I was very bummed.
I couldn't watch True Blood until now."
11. Tyler Lockwood wasn't supposed to be a major character.
"He was strictly in a supporting role," Plec told THR. "He is somebody who we could have done without, perhaps, in the beginning of the show.
We knew [his werewolf/hybrid storyline] was going to be really important, so we wanted to include him in the series regular group."
12. The Vampire Diaries' co-creators thought the show was going to tank."Kevin and I were convinced that the launch would be the most embarrassing thing that ever hit network television and we would be dead in the water," Plec told THR. "We were convinced this would be the thing that spawned 1,000 articles about how vampires are over."
13. But Nina Dobrev had a feeling the show was going to be a hit."It felt right. Everyone made fun of me because I was the only one who bought a property [in Atlanta] when we first started shooting the series," Dobrev told THR. "Cut to five years later and I'm the only one who didn't have to pay five years of rent."
14. There were A LOT of romantic relationships happening on and off the set.
Candice King dated Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) and Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert). She's now married to The Fray's Joe King.
Paul Wesley dated Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley Marshall). He's now married to Ines de Ramon.
Joseph Morgan (Klaus) met Persia White (Abby Bennett Wilson) during Season 3. They later married in 2014.
15. The co-creators didn't want the show to be too supernatural.The creators were of course inspired by the book series but they had a goal to keep the supernatural theme of it out of their series.
16. The main cast earned equal pay.Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder made $30-40K per episode.
17. Nina Dobrev is younger than Steven R. McQueen IRL.On the show, Steven R. McQueen plays Nina Dobrev's younger brother, but in reality, Nina is younger than him.
18. Katherine Pierce was orginally going to be a minor character.Katherine Pierce was originally only supposed to be in the show for Season 2, but fans were immediately drawn to her character.
19. Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce's roles were reversed.
In the books, the personalities of both girls are switched. Elena, in the book, is more so the mean girl type, but in the series, she's actually the quiet reserved one and Katherine is the mean girl type.
20. Katherine Pierce is Bulgarian for a reason.Katherine Pierce speaks Bulgarian frequently because Nina Dobrev is actually Bulgarian.
21. Season 6 was dedicated to the '90s.
When Liv sent Elena and Damon back to the 90s the producers thought it would be fun to name each episode in Season 6 after a popular 90s song.
22. Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder directed episodes.Wesley directed five episodes while Somerhalder directed three videos.
23. There's a Fifty Shades of Grey connection in the series.Somerhalder auditioned for the movie Fifty Shades Of Grey but didn't get the part. You can see him reading the book right here.
24. There's also a Dawson's Creek connection.James Van Der Beek auditioned for the role of Alaric.
25. Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley didn't connect off-screen in the beginning."Paul and I didn't get along at the beginning of the show." Dobrev told Candice King and Kayla Ewell on their podcast, Directionally Charged. "I respected Paul Wesley, I didn't like Paul Wesley."
26. Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down The Vampire Diaries."She was very appreciative but just said no," Williamson told the New York Post. "She was the only stunt casting we'd have ever agreed to. [Laughs.]"
27. Lexi Branson was inspired by Taylor Swift.
"I'm desperate to have [Swift] come play a vampire," Williamson told E! News. "Wouldn't she make an amazing Kirsten Dunst circa Interview with the Vampire-type?
Oh my God, I cannot tell you how hard I'm trying to get her. I would kill to have her on the show!"
28. The Mystic Grill was a real hangout spot off-screen.The Mystic Grill was inspired by a real bar in Vancouver, Canada, so when they filmed the rest in Georgia they built one to replicate it. This became a popular hangout spot for the cast when they weren't filming.
29. Season 8 paid homage to Season 1.All of the episode titles in Season 8 are lines from Season 1.
30. Several series endings were discussed."Both brothers should die in the name of saving their girl and then be watching her like ghosts—because we had introduced the Other Side—as she went off into the sunset to live her life," Plec revealed to EW, "and maybe marry Matt Donovan or maybe become a doctor, but that those brothers would be side-by-side watching her live."
31. Nina Dobrev's exit changed their series finale plans."There were two pitches on the table: one that gave perfect closure to the season and then another that gave closure to the whole series," Plec explained to EW, adding they had "just as many discussions over killing Damon as we did over killing Stefan, and let me tell you, for a very long time the pendulum swung the other way."
32. The final words in the series sounded a little different too."Hello, brother" were the first words Damon spoke in the pilot episode and they just so happened to be the final words spoken in the series, after the Salvatore brothers were reunited.
33. The Vampire Diaries is the longest running vampire show...ever!
If you are a Vampire Diaries fan hen you may have known some of these things and if not, then I'm sure it was super fun hearing about all the behind-the-scenes secrets. Overall I definitely think hearing the untold facts about TV shows is quite entertaining.
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