How Vampire Diaries Brought about a Breakup for Nina Dobrev

4. Search for Salvatores

After finding their leading lady, TVD need the two male components of the essential love triangle. There is no easy task.

“We looked high and low to cast Stefan and Damon,” Julie explains, noting that Nina “read chemistry after reading chemistry with multiple actors,” Julie explains.

Some actors read for either (and sometimes both!)? Zach Roerig (who will play Matt Donovan), Michael Trevino (who will play Tyler Lockwood), Nathanial Buzolic (later cast as Kol), and 7th Heaven star David Gallagherwith Julie admitting later, “He impressed us a lot initially…but the whole 7th Heaven thing, I wonder if he can get through that. “(Then she will turn him into a werewolf after seeing super 8.)

And then, at last, they found their boy.

“Paul and Ian were late in the process. Paul auditioned 15 times, and Ian seemed to come out of nowhere,” Julie said. For her part, Nina recalls Paul (who was the first to read to Damon!) Standing out from the rest of the readers opposite her in the reading chemistry: “The only one who didn’t try too hard, it didn’t. told me at any point unless we were filming, it was Paul Wesley — so it’s funny to think he got it right,” she said. tell EW.

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