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The Vampire Diaries: 7 Actors Almost Cast in the Series
2024/04/10

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The Vampire Diaries, a hit teen TV series from the 2010s, became a fan favorite and made stars out of Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder. But did you know that some other big-name celebrities almost landed roles on the show?

First off, imagine David Gallagher, known for his role on 7th Heaven, playing the charming and dangerous Damon Salvatore instead of Somerhalder. Producers were hesitant about Ian at first, but eventually went with him after some convincing.

Then there’s Ashlee Simpson, who was a top choice to play Elena Gilbert. However, producers ultimately decided on Dobrev, who became a household name.

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James Van Der Beek, best known for his role on Dawson’s Creek, was considered for the role of Alaric Saltzman. And Ashley Tisdale was offered the role of Elena before she opted for another project.

Even Taylor Swift was considered for a role, but her busy schedule didn’t allow for it.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, famous for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, declined a role in The Vampire Diaries, and Lauren Cohan ended up taking her place.

Lastly, Pedro Pascal, from The Mandalorian, was almost cast as Marcel, but the role went to Charles Michael Davis instead due to age differences.

The Vampire Diaries could have looked a lot different with these stars in the mix, but ultimately, the show’s success with its main cast speaks for itself.

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