Zach Roerig Dishes on Vampire Diaries Character

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Zach Roerig hasn't received nearly as much attention for his role on The Vampire Diaries as co-stars such as Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.

But the actor plays a critical role on The CW hit, portraying Elena's ex-boyfriend Matt.

In a new interview, Roerig spoke to Fancast about his character's past, present and possible future. A few excerpts...

On Matt's attraction to Elena: I think it’s just one of those cases where he doesn’t know any different. Elena’s the only girlfriend he’s ever had. She’s his childhood best friend who was the first for everything.

Matt and Tyler

On Matt and Stefan: Matt doesn’t like Stefan right at the get-go because he’s going after his girl. As time goes on the natural good guy in Matt kicks in where he has to admit he’s a pretty nice guy. I can’t really hate him.

On hopes for Matt: I think that every family [in Mystic Falls] is going to have some kind of secret. I think it would be cool if Matt killed a vampire. I think once Matt realizes that there are vampires he will definitely be involved in the killing of vampires.

Sadly, there's no new Vampire Diaries episode this week. But next Thursday night looks to be a doozy!

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


You are literally the best person I've ever known. And for me to think I could ever change you was giving me way too much credit and you way not enough… you're the good. And I need a little good in my life.

Damon [to Elena]