Why We Heart Zach Roerig

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Meet Zach Roerig. He plays Matt Donovan, the cute high school football star, on this season's smash show, The Vampire Diaries.

His character still has feelings for his ex, Elena. Unfortunately, she's kind of into vampires now. Yeah, sucks to be Matt.

We talked to Zach on Monday and learned a lot actually. Like he still believes in ghosts, almost auditioned for a part in Twilight and he wouldn't mind filming a kissing scene with one of his costars, but it's surprisingly not on the top of his list.

Get to know more about Zach in our full Q&A below.

And don't miss a NEW episode of The Vampire Diaries tonight!




JSYK: Congrats on the show's success. It just got picked up for a full season?

Zach: Yep, a full 22. Now I just have to hope I don't get killed off before then.

Do you think that is a possibility?


You never know. Every time I read that script and it's says, "Matt enters the room and Damon follows" I'm like, 'Oh my God...'
You're character is still in the dark about the whole vampire thing...

He has no idea what's going on. I honestly thought my character would be aware sooner, but they're just drawing it out.

Do you think you'll find out soon?

I would assume pretty soon. I haven't read or been told anything specifically or definitely. But there have been a lot of things that have happened fast on the show.

Like your sister getting turned into a vampire. That was fast. Do you think more Mystic Falls residents will get vampire'd?

I would say definitely. Yes. With two vampires in town and one of them being a crazy and murderous, I would assume there are going to be a lot more vampires running around.

Last week on the show, Vicki died. That seemed pretty permanent...

Anythings possible. We are on a show with vampires. Someone coming back from the dead isn't that unrealistic. We saw her die, but did we really see her die?

I don't know. I thought we did.

I thought we did too. I still think we did. But you never know.

Did you audition for any other parts on the show?

When I first went in, I read for Damon actually, funny enough. It was a mix up. I think I read for Stefan too, but it ended up coming down to Matt.

You were instantly the "ex-boyfriend." Were you bummed you didn't get any kissing scenes with
Nina Dobrev?

You know, there would be no complaints if I did have to have a romantic scene.

[Zach stops to ask someone for directions]


Wait, are you driving?

[Laughs] Yeah, I am actually. Anyway, I would love to have a romantic interest on the show because all the girls on our show are obviously beautiful. But that's not the most exciting you can do on a show, you know?

Is it true when you were younger your family's business was making gravestones?

Yeah, it still is. When I was a kid I was always into anything scary, anything to do with ghosts. And witches. Witches really fascinated me. I still believe in ghosts I would say.

Have you read the Twilight books?

I have not read the books. All my girl cousins have. I've seen the movie. It's not something that I would go to for enjoyment really. I mostly just went to see it because I read the script back when it was being cast. But I'm sure New Moon is going to be excellent.


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