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.

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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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i also want Vicky back, is that possible?

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i miss u so much Julie Cooper from The O.C.
welcome back

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

Hey, Blondie. Today isn't the worst day of your life. Today and tomorrow, it's a cakewalk. There'll be people around you day in and day out like they're afraid to leave you alone. The worst day? That's next week when there's nothing but quiet. Just a heads up.

Damon