How Vampire Diaries Caused a Breakup for Nina Dobrev

4. The Quest for the Salvatores

After they found their leading lady, TVD needed the two male components of the essential love triangle. Not an easy task.

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

Some actors reading for one (and sometimes both!) roles? Zach Roerig (who was going to play Matt Donovan), Michael Trevino (who would get the role of Tyler Lockwood), Nathanial Buzolic (later cast as Kol), and 7th heaven star David Gallagherwith Julie admitting the latter: “He impressed us so much at first… 7th heaven thing, I wonder if he’ll ever get over that.” (She would later cast him as a werewolf after seeing him Super 8

And then, at last, they found their boys.

“Paul and Ian got a little late in the process. Paul auditioned about 15 times, and Ian showed up a little out of the blue,” Julie said. For her part, Nina recalled Paul (who was reading to Damon for the first time!) who stood out from the rest of the guys sitting across from her in chemistry reading: “The only one who didn’t try too hard, who spoke not against me anytime unless we were filming was Paul Wesley – so it’s funny to think he was doing the right thing,” she told EW.

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