'The Vampire Diaries': Audition Secrets and Season 2 Updates

Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder all have proven to be worthy of playing their respective characters on The Vampire Diaries. But here's a little trivia for you, courtesy of Eonline. Did you know that they weren't exactly the first choice during the auditions?

It turns out Elena /Katherine was supposed to be played by Ashlee Simpson. Wesley, on the other hand, was gunning for the role of Damon several times before the role finally fell in the hands of Somerhalder. Can you imagine if Ashlee Simpson got the part of Elena? Luckily, it all worked out for the best.

"We all independently looked at a bunch of [audition] DVDs," co-executive producer and director Marcos Siega told the crowd at a recent Screen Actors Guild event for The Vampire Diaries. "We couldn't find the girl we wanted. The network wanted us to hire Ashlee Simpson...But Nina [Dobrev] sent this DVD back and we all were home looking, searching, and we came in the next day saying, 'We should look at Nina again.' We showed it to Peter Roth, and Peter only saw her on that tape and he said, 'That's her.'"

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