17 Surprising Things Most People Don’t Know About The Vampire Diaries.

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2/17 Actor Paul Wesley actually believes in the supernatural. While renting a home in Cape Cod, Rhode Island with family he woke up in the middle of the night to see a woman standing in his bedroom with her arms crossed. He called out to her but when she turned to face him she faded away. It took years for him to realize that it was a ghost, but he's believed in them ever since.

3/17 The Vampire Diaries has won 25 of the 61 Teen Choice Awards it has been nominated for, and 5 of the 23 People's Choice Awards including Favourite TV Drama Actress for Nina Dobrev, Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor for Ian Somerhalder, Favourite On-Screen Chemistry for Damon & Elena, and Favourite New TV Drama the year it premiered.

4/17 The pilot episode of the series attracted the largest audience for the network, CW, of any series premiere since the network began in 2006. It was the most-watched series on the network before Arrow came along in 2012.

5/17 The show had so severely deviated from the original book series that a specific end date wasn't in sight. Executive producer Julie Plec had explained that she would end the show when Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are done, saying "As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won't walk away from telling the story." At the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con it was announced that season 8 would be the last season of the show.

6/17 To acknowledge Bonnie and Damon being trapped in the 1990s, all episode titles in the series' sixth season are named after 90s songs like "I'd Leave My Happy Home for You", "Black Hole Sun", and "Welcome to Paradise".

7/17 In their last season together Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder were the only actors on the show to be $40,000 per episode.

8/17 Though she's left the show to pursue other opportunities, actress Nina Dobrev looks back fondly on the experience saying, "There were daily challenges, there were yearly challenges, there were character challenges. The whole show was challenging in different ways throughout the six years. The multiple characters, the hours, creating characters, deaths. I was constantly crying, it felt like. But for that reason, it kept me occupied, I was never bored, it never felt stale. I always came to work excited, and looking forward to the next thing I got to do. It was almost like actor boot camp, or a college experience. I started college in real life, but I never finished. I went to high school in real life, and then went to Degrassi high school, and then four years as Elena - 12 years is a long time to go to school. I need to graduate! I'm ready now. I'm ready to go into the real world. I've literally grown up on this show. I was a baby when I started, and now I'm a woman. I feel like I've learned so much and have grown so much because of every single person, and every single character, and person I've worked with. They made me who I am, and I'm excited to apply that to the next chapter."

9/17 To honour the format of the novels and the origin of the series' name, Vampire Diaries showrunners gifted the entire cast journals to chronicle their experience during the pilot shoot in Vancouver.

10/17 Transforming the actors from humans to vampires is an arduous process. The show's makeup artists refer to the process as "vamp mode" which includes putting on contact lenses, fitted fangs, and prosthetics. A special team comes in after to airbrush and add finishing touches like blood effects.

11/17 In the books Damon and Stefan's last name is Salvatore but at the initial table read for the pilot it was changed to Whitmore because Salvatore sounded too Italian for a small-town American audience. Before the pilot aired they changed it back to Salvatore because it simply sounded better, and Whitmore became the college that Elena and friends attended later in the series.

12/17 In the books, the story is set in Fell's Church but it was changed to Mystic Falls for the TV show because executive producer Julie Plec wanted to distinguish Vampire Diaries from other supernatural shows that embraced religion and spirituality.

13/17 The blood on the series is actually edible. It's made daily by one of the makeup artists and contains corn syrup, food colouring, salt, and peppermint extract to add flavour.

14/17 In the novel series by L.J. Smith Caroline Forbes is impregnated by Tyler and births twin werewolves. A solution was needed to accommodate Candace King's pregnancy in the seventh season but with Tyler's absence from the show, writers chose to have Caroline be a surrogate to Alaric's twin witches.

15/17 The original Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith not only features werewolves, witches, and vampires, but angels, foxes, and hell dimensions. Executive producer Julie Plec put a limit on how supernatural things got on the show, though they did entertain dimensions in the seventh season.

16/17 The fictional Mystic Falls is located in Virginia, United States, but the show was initially shot in Vancouver, Canada. New Moon was also shooting in Vancouver at the time, making it quite the vampire hub. Eventually tax breaks allowed the producers to move the show to Covington, Georgia, which has more of a small-town American feel.

17/17 In the second season episode "The Descent", Isobels' phone number (919-399-2507) is briefly shown on screen. Many fans were delighted to find out that if they called the number they heard a pre-recorded message from Stefan, Elena, and Damon.

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