He's practically the only human in a town full of supernaturals.
He's lost his sister. His mother ran away. He's stuck serving drinks to his classmates at the Mystic Falls Grill.
No, life is not easy for Zach Roerig, but at least today the actor has a reason to celebrate: he's 28 years old!
In honor of the occasion, we invite readers to watch The Vampire Diaries online in order to relive some memorable Matt moments and to click through 28 photos of the birthday boy now...
1. Matt and Nadia
Matt looks unusually happy in this Vampire Diaries scene. What spell does Nadia have over him?
2. Matt Donovan Image
Matt is in deep thought in this Vampire Diaries scene. It is from the episode "The Devil Inside."
4. Down Goes Matt!
Matt is down... and out?!? This is a photo from The Vampire Diaries episode "True Lies," and an intriguing one at that.
5. Mystic Falls Graduation Day
It's graduation day in Mystic Falls! This is a photo from The Vampire Diaries season finale.
6. Matt Donovan Close Up
Ah, good ol Matt Donovan. He keeps The Vampire Diaries as human and as grounded as one can.
7. Fancy Matt Donovan
Looking dapper, Matt Donovan! This Vampire Diaries character is all dressed up here for a ball thrown by Klaus.
8. Matt Donovan Photograph
Matt hasn't been involved a lot on season three. But look for that to change as he learns more about Vicki.
9. Matt and Rebekah at the Prom
Matt is a lucky man. He's interacting here with Rebekah at the Mystic Falls senior prom.
10. TVD Bromance
It's our favorite Vampire Diaries bromance! Matt and Jeremy take it easy in this scene from "My Brother's Keeper."
11. Matt and Jeremy
We'll be seeing a lot of Matt and Jeremy together on season three of The Vampire Diaries. The latter tells the former about his returning sister.
12. Jer and Matt
It's nice to see Matt smiling, isn't it? This Mystic Falls senior has been through a lot.
13. Close Up of Matt
Does anyone else feel badly for Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries? Nothing ever goes right for this guy!
14. Jeremy and Matt Toast
Cheers! Jeremy and Matt share a toast in this scene from The Vampire Diaries installment "Do Not Go Gentle."
15. Matt and Caroline Scene
This is a bit awkward. Matt and Caroline try to act normal during Elena's 18th birthday party.
16. Matt and Caroline Picture
What a cute couple. Somehow we don't see a lot of smooth sailing ahead, unfortunately.
17. Matt in the Woods
Matt goes on a trek in this scene fro The Vampire Diaries. It's courtesy of the episode "Our Town."
18. News for Matt
Jeremy has rather major news to break to Matt on season three of The Vampire Diaries. Remember Vicki? She's not so dead anymore.
19. Questioning Jeremy
Matt has many questions for Jeremy and for good reason. His sister is back? What?!?
24. Smiling Matt
What is making Matt smile on this photo? A Mystic Falls Grill performance by Caroline.
25. Matt and Jules
This is a photo of Matt and a new character named Jules. It's from the episode "By the Light of the Moon."
26. One Cute Couple
Caroline and Matt are simply adorable. But will both survive the events of The Vampire Diaries season one finale?
27. Serious Stefan
Stefan is the calmer of the two Salvatore brothers. But Matt sees his intense side here.