The Vampire Diaries: Cast Relationships in Real Life
The Vampire Diaries has earned a cult-like following throughout its 8 riveting seasons. Apart from the drama of the relationships on the show, the series has inspired friendships and relationships off-camera. Let's take a walk down memory lane to remind you of the break-ups, make-ups, and frenemies between the castmates.
NINA DOBREV AND PAUL WESLEY
Their on-screen chemistry was so strong that people kept asking them if they were actually dating in real life! However, we are going to disappoint you: these two hated each other off the screen! Nina revealed this in the podcast Directionally Challenged.
According to her, she and Paul hated each other so much that many viewers confused those feelings with chemistry! Fortunately, that only lasted for 5 months, and then the negativity was gone. Now, Paul and Nina are good friends, and we have no idea how they've managed to turn their mutual hatred into a wonderful friendship!
A bit later, Nina appeared on Chicks in the Office and said that they all were like a big family back then because they spent so much time on the set together! Paul reacted to Nina's words and told Us Weekly:
"I think sometimes when people work together nonstop, do press nonstop for years and years on end, you're just — you don't appreciate the person that's in front of you. You're like, 'Oh, you know, I'm exhausted and tired.'"
According to him, it is such a cute story as they've become friends!
NINA DOBREV AND KAT GRAHAM
These two portrayed best friends, but what is their relationship like in real life? Thankfully, there were no misunderstandings here. The two liked each other from the very beginning and started a good friendship. During filming, the actresses kept posting pictures together on their accounts, and we had no doubts that they spent time together even off the set.
When Nina left the project 2 seasons before the finale, Kat publicly supported her, saying:
“It’s very bittersweet. We’re all family, you know, and you always want to stay together forever, but everyone has their journey and all you can do is wish them well and support them."
According to her, Nina made the decision to leave long before her actual departure. After Nina left the show, the actresses stopped communicating as much, and now it's hard to find pictures of them together on their accounts. But the two are probably as nice to each other as they used to be!
CANDICE ACCOLA AND ZACH ROERING
Candice and Zach's relationship is somewhat similar to the relationship of their characters in The Vampire Diaries. Yes, these two used to date! Back in 2011 the pair suddenly started posting pictures of each other and there was suspicion that something was going on between them.
Their relationship didn't last long though and they broke up in May 2012 however, they managed to remain friends and started working on the filming of season 4.
The story would've seemed quite innocent if it wasn't for one small detail...Candice and her now-husband, musician Joe King, met in February of 2012. Either Candice and Zach had broken up before that, or Candice was dating two men at once...However, we are glad this ended amicably!
KAT GRAHAM AND IAN SOMERHALDER
We've got another couple of actors who used to hate each other at first but became best friends later! In an interview with AOL, Kat revealed that during the filming of season 1, she and Ian couldn't stand each other!
Perhaps, Kat didn't even have to act while expressing her emotions towards Ian's character! However, the times have changed, and now these two don't have any bad blood between them. Graham says it all came down to their different levels of maturity.
"I was still finding myself, and throughout the years, he's helped me find myself and is now one of my greatest inspirations."
In 2014, she even stated that Ian was her best friend among the rest of the cast members. Moreover, Kat made friends with Ian Somerhalder's wife, actress Nikki Reed. According to the actress, they are very close! And she seems to be absolutely crazy about this couple!
“I mean, they’re really perfect together,” Graham said. “I’m like, thank God you guys found each other because I don’t know what you would do without each other. They’re perfect.”
IAN SOMERHALDER AND PAUL WESLEY
Even though these two actors have never revealed the details of their relationship, we know they are on good terms. For instance, Paul was one of the few colleagues that Ian invited to his wedding with Nikki. Of course, Kat Graham and Matt Davis were both there, too!
Ian and Paul keep posting pictures of themselves together and surprise their fans with different moments from the set of The Vampire Diaries. Paul wished Ian a happy 40th birthday in a very creative way.
However, their friendship went on a whole new level when they decided to launch a new project together and that was, what else, but... bourbon. On his IG account, Ian revealed that he had worked a lot on creating a new product with Paul:
"Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming!"
Well, they definitely like working together!
DANIEL GILLIES AND JOSEPH MORGAN
The Vampire Diaries lost A LOT when these two went on to their own show, The Originals. Although Klaus and Elijah's relationship has always been quite difficult, it is very different in the real world.
These two are such good friends that they kept pulling pranks on each other on the set! Joseph Morgan recalls the pranks started when Daniel Gillies began parking his Jeep diagonally across his parking spot. Joseph got his revenge by hiding Daniel's Jeep!
Another prank that the friends did was locking each other outside of their dressing rooms on the set. Daniel Gillies also tried to park really close to Joseph Morgan's so that he wouldn't be able to open the door and get out of the vehicle, but the actor hit the car and damaged it. The pranks ended, but their friendship hasn't!
NINA DOBREV AND IAN SOMERHALDER
Let's talk about the most famous relationship on this list. All of us know these two used to date in real life - just as the chemistry between their characters was at its peak. When they broke up in 2013 and Nina later revealed her decision to leave the show, the public was shocked.
The fans assumed that Nina Dobrev decided to leave the show as she was unable to maintain a professional relationship with Ian Somerhalder. We don't know if that was true or if Nina Dobrev left the project for other reasons, but the actress says it had nothing to do with Ian.
In her interview with E-Online, she revealed that she and Ian had been friends long before they started dating, and they remained friends even after their break-up. Coincidence or not, but she wasn't present at her ex's wedding, although she did say in an interview she was glad to see Ian happy. She also said there was no animosity between the two of them.
"The drama is in the media, it's not with us. But of course, we're on a teen drama show, everyone's going to look for drama. If there's no drama, there's nothing to write about. I just ignore it."
For what it's worth, it has been many years since their separation, and the drama is long gone. Sometimes Nina even posts pictures with Ian showing that the two are all good.
NINA AND DOBREV AND CANDICE ACCOLA
Their friendship on the show had its ups and downs, but it's totally different in real-life. Nina and Candice are good friends and remain in touch. Candice Accola was present at Nina's 30th birthday party, and the picture of them together tells us a lot about their relationship.
Thanks to Nina, Candice got her shot at true love. Candice Accola first met her future husband, Joe King, at a football game, but she was too shy to give him her phone number. Nina, however, was more courageous and gave Joe, Candice's phone number herself, which changed their lives. Who knows if Candice and Joe would have ever met again if it wasn't for Nina!
KAT GRAHAM AND MICHAEL TREVINO
We don't know much about Kat and Michael's relationship, but it seems they have been friends for quite a while. In the interview with AOL, Kat mentioned she'd known Michael for 10 years already!
"One person I've actually known for 10 years is Michael Trevino, and he's someone I wish after six seasons I had more time with. But it's also how they're writing. If I'm doing more scenes with one person, I might be closer with them."
During the shooting, the two used to post funny pictures of themselves together showing they got along well. For instance, in one of the posts from 2014, Michael called Kat "the lovely Kat Graham."
PAUL WESLEY AND PHOEBE TONKIN
Another big romance and big break-up. When Phoebe Tonkin first appeared on the set of The Vampire Diaries, Paul noticed her right away. They looked sweet together but their relationship was hardly an easy one, as the couple was on and off most of the time.
They dated for 4 and a half years and even attended Ian Somerhalder's wedding together! However, they broke up, later on, unfollowed each other on social networks and claimed they remained friends. In an interview with InStyle Australia a year after their break-up, Phoebe shared how she got over it and moved on:
"There's a lot of change, but it's good change. I'd gone through a break-up last year and I wanted to branch out and explore other things and 'Furlough' felt like the perfect opportunity to do that."
In 2018, Phoebe wrote and directed her own film called Furlough and it proved to be quite a therapeutic experience for her because it helped her work through their break up.
"Everything has sort of fallen into place ... I just feel more confident now in myself and in my passions." the actress added. It's been many years and we are glad that Phoebe has become more confident in herself at the end of this journey!