Where “The Vampire Diaries” Cast is Today.

Five years after The Vampire Diaries ended with its eighth season, the cast have all begun unique new journeys. Here is your catch-up guide to see what everyone is up to!

Even though The Vampire Diaries first aired in 2009 and ended back in 2017, the show remains a popular binge. Read on to learn what the cast has been up to lately.

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Founded Brothers’ Bond Bourbon

The pair of actors played the iconic Salvatore brothers on our screens for nearly a decade, and it seems they’re just as close in real life. Their characters in the show, Damon and Stefan, always drank bourbon to curb their vampire cravings, which in part inspired the actors to start their own bourbon brand. The pair toured around the country to promote the brand in the past year, and the sales are growing rapidly.

Candice King and Kayla Ewell started the Directionally Challenged Podcast

In 2018, Candice King, who played high–schooler-turned-vampire Caroline Forbes on the show, and Kayla Ewell, who played the ill–fated sister of Matt Donovan, the crew’s only remaining human in the end, created their podcast, Directionally Challenged. The show explores themes of reinventing yourself and learning from people from all walks of life. Recently, the pair interviewed Bernice A. King, in honor of her father Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Nina Dobrev Created a Wine Company and Starred in a Netflix film.

The actress who played the dual role of high school sweetheart Elena Gilbert and her doppleganger, the villainous Katherine Pierce, has had numerous different ventures lately. Just a few days ago, Dobrev was on the Ellen Show to promote her wine company, Fresh Vine Wine, a gluten free and vegan-friendly brand, which she founded with best friend Julianne Hough. This past holiday season, she also starred in Love Hard, a romantic comedy on Netflix that follows a woman falling in love with her catfish on Christmas.


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Kat Graham has become a UN Refugees Ambassador, and releases new music this week.

Graham played Bonnie Bennett, the loyal yet apprehensive witch who would always save the day. After the show’s eight-year run, Graham also appeared in a Netflix holiday movie, The Holiday Calendar. Most recently, she has been working as an ambassador to the UN Refugee Agency, and releases new music under her dance–pop alter-ego, Toro Gato, this week.


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Michael Trevino Stars in Roswell, New Mexico on the CW

Trevino played Tyler Lockwood, the son of Mystic Falls’ mayor, and a reluctant werewolf. Since the show’s wrap, he’s starred in Roswell, New Mexico on the CW, a science fiction show about the strange extraterrestrial happenings in town that his character witnesses. Back in June, Trevino also directed his first indie film, Two Roads.


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Matt Davis’ Alaric Saltzman lives on in Legacies

Davis played history teacher and vampire slayer Alaric Saltzman, who ironically finds himself best friends with the town of Mystic Falls’ vampires. The series has two spinoffs– The Originals, which ended in 2018, and Legacies, which is currently airing its fourth season on the CW. Davis is back as Alaric Saltzman in the latter, which finds him the new headmaster of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The school now occupies the Salvatore brothers’ former home, and was funded by the original vampire Klaus Mikaelson. Mikaelson’s daughter, Hope, is an orphaned student at the mysterious private school, and of course, Alaric takes her in as if she were one of his own.


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It’s great to see all of the creative new ventures this cast has taken on since The Vampire Diaries wrapped–we now have so many ways to keep up with some of our favorite actors!

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Madison Goldberg

Madison E. Goldberg is a senior at Emerson College majoring in journalism and minoring in publishing and photography. She’s covered numerous topics in news and entertainment as a multimedia journalist.