I did not read any of the books and I'll tell you why. All of my girl cousins had read the books before I had even auditioned for it and when I told them I was going up for Matt, they said 'Oh I don't know if you should read it because Matt's kind of a ... really nice guy but a bit of a weenie'. And I kind of wanted to bring a little more swag into Matt and not follow the books.
— Zach Roerig

Zachary George "Zach" Roerig (born February 22, 1985) is an American actor who portrays Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. He is best known for his roles on TV series As The World Turns and One Life To Live.



Zach Roerig

Zachary George Roerig was born on February 22, 1985 in Montpelier, Ohio to Daniel and Andrea Roerig. He attended Montpelier High school where he played both football and was also a wrestler. While he was growing up, Zach worked for his dad and grandpa at Fackler Monuments, a place where they make gravestones. Zach also has a younger sister named Emily who was born in 1989. While Zach is technically bi-coastal, he considers New York his first home.

Roerig dated co-star Candice King, who played his character's former love interest Caroline Forbes.

He has a two year old daughter with Alanna Turner. Alanna has been sentenced to prison and he seeks custody over his daughter.[1]

During the eighth season he started dated the guest star Nathalie Kelley. [2]


Year Title Type Role
2018 Legacies TV Series Matt Donovan
2009-2017 The Vampire Diaries Matt Donovan / Silas / Gregor / Ethan Maxwell
2017 Rings Carter
2016 2BR02b Short Edward Wehling
2016 The Originals TV Series Matt Donovan
2015 Field of Lost Shoes Jack Stanard
2010 When Vampires Don't Suck Video
2008-2009 Friday Night Lights TV Series Cash
2008 Official Selection Short The American Soldier
2008 Dear Me Adam
2008 Assassination of a High School President Matt Mullen
2008 The Prince TV Movie Taft
2007 One Life to Live TV Series Hunter / Hunter Atwood
2005-2007 As the World Turns TV Series Casey Hughes
2007 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Teenage Joe
2007 Guiding Light TV Series Alex
2006 Split Decision TV Movie Grady Love
2006 Reba TV Series Man at wedding
2005 Flutter Kick Short Jason Matthews
2004 Law & Order TV Series Rollerblade Messenger


The Vampire Diaries

Season One
Season Two
Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
Season Seven
Season Eight

The Originals

Season Three


Season One



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