Amazing Vampire Diaries Casting News: Melinda Clarke as Matt's Mom

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For the duration of The Vampire Diaries run, we've questioned the presence of Matt Donovan.

Elena's ex-boyfriend has seemed too tame, too nice. On a show about vampires and witches, he's been too... normal.

But now we're thankful he's around - because we're about to meet Matt's mother, Kelly, and she'll be played by one of our favorite, fun-loving actress: Melinda Clarke.

Best known for her role on The O.C., Clarke has also appeared on CSI and Entourage. She'll debut in March as Matt's irresponsible, hard-drinking, absentee mom.

Melinda Clarke Picture

According to Entertainment Weekly, Clarke has signed on for at least three episodes.

Here's to hoping that number grows exponentially larger as viewers fall in love with the actress.

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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.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon