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    18 Side-By-Sides Of "The Vampire Diaries" Cast Then Vs. Now

    They've aged like fine wine.

    Back on Sept. 10, 2009, the first-ever episode of The Vampire Diaries aired on TV — making the series 12 years old this year.

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    And to celebrate, let's see what the cast looks like now:

    1. Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce

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    What else you've seen her in: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Final Girls, Let's Be Cops, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Fam, and more

    2. Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore

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    What else you've seen him in: Tell Me a Story, Before I Disappear, 24, Army Wives, Fallen, Cane, American Dreams, and more

    3. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore

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    What else you've seen him in: Lost, V-Wars, Smallville, Tell Me You Love Me, Young Americans, Pulse, The Rules of Attraction and more

    4. Candice King as Caroline Forbes

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    What else you've seen her in: The Originals, After We Collided, Dating Rules From My Future Self, Deadgirl, Juno, and more

    5. Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett

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    What else you've seen her in: How It Ends, Cutthroat City, All Eyez On Me, Operation Christmas Drop, The Holiday Calendar, Hannah Montana, 17 Again, and more

    6. Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert

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    What else you've seen him in: Piranha 3D, Club Soda, Chicago Fire, Legacies, Chicago P.D., Everwood, and more

    7. Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman

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    What else you've seen him in: Legacies, The Originals, Legally Blonde, Blue Crush, Cult, Damages, What About Brian, Pearl Harbor, and more

    8. Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood

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    What else you've seen him in: Roswell, New Mexico, The Factory, Cane, The Originals, 90210, The Riches, Cow Belles, and more

    9. Marguerite MacIntyre as Liz Forbes

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    What else you've seen him in: Red Dragon, Little Fires Everywhere, Kyle XY, Loving, The Shield, and more

    10. Sara Canning as Jenna Sommers

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    What else you've seen her in: Nancy Drew, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hospital Show, Big Sky, 9-1-1, Remedy, Hell on Wheels, and more

    11. Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan

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    What else you've seen him in: Legacies, Dare Me, Rings, As The World Turns, Assassination of a High School President, Friday Night Lights, One Life to Live and more

    12. Kayla Ewell as Vicki Donovan

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    What else you've seen her in: Freaks and Geeks, Roswell, New Mexico, The Bold and the Beautiful, Batwoman, Me and My Grandma, Entourage, The O.C., and more

    13. Joseph Morgan as Klaus Mikaelson

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    What else you've seen him in: The Originals, Brave New World, Immortals, Animal Kingdom, Casualty, Doc Martin, Hex, and more

    14. Michael Malarkey as Enzo St. John

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    What else you've seen him in: Project Blue Book, The Oath, Mr. Sloane, Raw, and more

    15. Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson

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    What else you've seen her in: The Originals, 47 Meters Down, H2O: Just Add Water, Blue Like Jazz, Aquarius, Pretty Little Liars, and more

    16. Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson

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    What else you've seen him in: The OriginalsVirgin River, Spider-Man 2, Saving Hope, SEAL Team, Street Legal, Coming Home in the Dark, and more

    17. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Jo Laughlin

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    What else you've seen her in: She's All That, Legacies, Hit the Floor, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Prison Break, Two and a Half Men, The Evidence, Boston Legal, Nash Bridges, Whatever It Takes, and more

    18. And finally, Chris Wood as Kai Parker

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    What else you've seen him in: Supergirl, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Legacies, Containment, The Carrie Diaries, Girls, The Flash, and more