Stars of the hit television series “The Vampire Diaries” have since moved on with their lives, some pursuing an acting career and others becoming parents. Here's what they have been up to since.
When “The Vampire Diaries” premiered in 2009, it became an instant hit amongst fans who liked supernatural characters in an exciting storyline.
With its massive success, the show produced two more spinoffs, “The Originals,” also a fan-favorite show that premiered in 2013, and “Legacies” in 2018.
All three franchises had crossover episodes to show how the stories are intertwined. Sadly, “The Vampire Diaries” franchise has officially come to an end with the cancellation of “Legacies.”
The show's fourth season will be it's last and will bring the 13-year run of the franchise to a close. Before announcing its cancellation, there was speculation about the show's end following Kaylee Bryant's, an original cast member, departure.
Fortunately, the franchise won't end without giving fans a last chance to see the Mikaelson family, the original set of vampires, having a reunion. The episode that aired on April 15 starred Rebekah (Claire Holt), Freya (Riley Voelkel), and Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic).
WHERE ARE “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” ACTORS NOW? GET TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO NINA DOBREV, IAN SOMERHALDER, AND OTHER STARS OF THE SERIES
Candice Accola was among the main casts of “The Vampire Diaries” and reprised her role as Caroline Forbs in the spinoff, “The Originals,” where she was a recurring character until 2018.
She also appeared in “After We Collided” and “Splitting the Bill.” Apart from her on-screen roles, Accola launched a podcast with her co-star, Kayla Ewell, titled “Directionally Challenged.”
The actress is currently a mom to two children, Florence May and Josephine June, who she welcomed in 2016 and 2020, respectively, with her husband, Joe King.
Candice King during the Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala Benefitting FCancer at Warner Bros. Studios on October 13, 2018 in Burbank, California. | Source: Getty Images
Kat Graham, who brought to life the fictional witch Bonnie Bennet, continued her acting career after the show, starring in “Where's the Money” and “How It Ends.”
When the series premiered, it garnered the largest audience of any premier in the history of CW shows.
She also tried her luck in pursuing a music career and released some albums and singles, including the track “Sometimes.”
Kat Graham during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Her colleague, Paul Wesley, whose character, Stefan Salvatore, first captured Elena's heart, was one of those who reprised his role in “The Originals.” He also starred in “Tell Me a Story” and “Killer Movie.”
Aside from his on-screen roles, Wesley tried working behind the scenes as a producer and director. His name credits include “Anna," "Ashmina," "Batwoman,” and “Legacies.”
Like Accola, the actor is married to Ines de Ramon. Before their relationship, he dated his “The Originals” co-star, Phoebe Tonkin. They ended their relationship in 2017.
His on-screen brother also entered married life and famously tied the knot with “Twilight” star Nikki Reed in 2015.
Both stars have since become philanthropists and active participants in their charity, “Ian Somerhalder Foundation,” which “works to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”
They are also proud parents to their daughter, Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder, who they welcomed in 2017.
On the other hand, his leading lady, Nina Dobrev, remains a bachelorette. Dobrev left the show in 2015 but appeared in the 2017 series finale.
She pursued her acting career and appeared in “Lucky Day," "Run This Town," "Fm,” and “Flatliners.” Her most recent project was the Netflix movie “Love Hard.”
Dobrev and Somerhalder dated for three years during their time in “The Vampire Diaries.” She later started a relationship with snowboarder Shaun White.
“LEGACIES” CANCELLATION MARKS THE END OF AN ERA
“The Vampire Diaries” became a pop-culture phenomenon following a few vampire-centered movies and television shows. Show writer Kevin Williamson said:
“There had been all this 'Twilight' success, and here comes the show that really puts the nail in the coffin of the vampire trend. I just didn't want to be the end of a trend.”
When the series premiered, it garnered the largest audience of any premier in the history of CW shows. So when “The Vampire Diaries” had two unique spinoffs, it became a significant achievement for the network.