Vampire stories have been around in the film industry since… forever. It goes from things like Nosferatu and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, all the way to Twilight. The most modern and most dearly loved vampire stories currently is The Vampire Diaries. Even though this show has given girls many reasons for a Netflix subscription, and some pretty big crushing over Ian Somerhalder and all the others, the show sadly ended in March 2017. It’s sad to see an 8-season show with such a big following end, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be rewatched by the ones who loved the show all the time.
Anyways, for those big fans of TVD, here are 15 behind the scenes secrets you may not have known.
Oh, right. Spoilers ahead. In case you’ve never seen this, but you plan on starting now.
1. Damon and Elena
These two weren’t meant to be seen together until much later. The viewers were meant to wait three or four seasons, but she gave into the fans and human Elena got together with Damon.
2. Isobel’s cell phone number
If you were to dial the number 919-399-2507, which was Isobel’s phone number in Season 2, it actually worked and you would hear a recorded message from the cast. How cool!
3. Nina Dobrev’s hair
Although Nina’s hair is amazing when she played Katherine, the doppelganger of Elena, with those gorgeous curls, she actually wears a wig.
My whole life was a lie!
4. Vampire transformation
It took around three hours for the actors to be transformed into vampires. Prostehtics, makeup, special contacts and the list goes on.
5. Paul Wesley’s auditions
This fine hunk had to audition 15 times before he actually landed the role of Stefan. When they saw him and Nina Dobrev act together, the producers of the show decided that he should take up the role of Stefan.
6. The blood
The fake blood that was used on set (plenty of it) is actually edible. It was apparently made with corn syrup, salt, peppermint extract and some red food coloring. That doesn’t sound like a tasty combo…
7. Good guy Damon
Ian Somerhalder hated the fact that his character became a good guy, because he really enjoyed playing the villain. But then he changed his mind, because he liked the close relationship between Damon and Elena.
8. Tyler the jerk
Tyler was almost cut from the show due to how much of a jerk he was, but apparently, they kept him because they really liked Michael Trevino.
9. Nina had to quit
Nina Dobrev had to quit the show because she couldn’t stand being around Ian any longer. They actually dated while the show was going on, but then he broke up with her and started dating her used-to-be BFF, Nikki Reed.
10. The cast’s friendship
All the actors are actually quite close to each other. After they finished filming each season of the show, they had a big party and they handed out yearbooks with behind-the-scenes photos. So cool!
11. Ashley Tisdale as Elena
Ashley Tisdale turned down the role of Elena.
12. The Rohrig brothers
These three all auditioned to play Damon.
13. Ian Somerhalder as a different vampire
Before TVD, Ian almost played a different vampire in a different series. He auditioned to play Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, but was denied due to looking too old.
14. Salvatore and Whitmore
Before Damon and Stefan wore the famous Salvatore last name, they originally were Whitmore. I think it’s pretty obvious why they changed from Whitmore to Salvatore.
15. Nina Dobrev returned for the last season
I would have loved to see the expression on fans’ faces when they heard this news for the first time.