Somerhalder's first credited role was in an episode of the TV version of The Big Easy in 1997. Two years later he played Brian in an episode of the CBS series Now and Again starring Eric Close and Heather Matarazzo.
Somerhalder got his first series regular role in Young Americans in 2000, where he played Hamilton Fleming, a prep school boy who thought he fell for another boy (she was a girl hiding her sex to get into the school!). More series roles in Smallville (2004), Tell Me You Love Me (2007) and Lost propelled him to stardom on The Vampire Diaries.
Wesley started hanging around with werewolves in his fourth credited role as Luke Cates in Wolf Lake. After that, he guest starred in Smallville and The OC before landing a larger role on Everwood and then on American Dreams where he played along side Brittany Snow who he frolicked with back on Guiding Light!
McQueen's first credited role was in the sci-fi thriller Threshold, but he next played a boy named Kyle Hunter struggling with his sexuality in seven episodes of Everwood during it's fourth season. The photo is from a very special episode where Ephram talks him into accepting who he is.
Do blondes have more fun? Ask Accola, who's first credited role was in a movie called Pirate Camp in 2007 -- as a red head! She guest starred in Juno, Supernatural and Drop Dead Diva on her way to stardom.
Roerig's first credited role was as "Rollerblade Messenger" in an episode of Law & Order in 2005. His big splash, however, was as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns, and you can see how cute he was in the part in the photo. Yes, he also starred in Friday Night Lights, but does that count as a before?
Trevino got his big break in 2005 as Tim Bowser in an episode of Summerland. From there he guested in Charmed, Commander In Chief, Without a Trace, Cold Case, CSI Miami, Bones and then got regular roles in Cane and The Riches (the latter meaning he worked with Eddie Izzard!).
Kat was a camper named Jackie in 1998 in the remake of The Parent Trap with none other than Lindsay Lohan! She went on to guest on Lizzie McGuire, Malcolm In the Middle, The OC, Hannah Montana and more!
Matt didn't spend a lot of time on the bottom of the entertainment ladder. His first credited role was costarring with Colin Farrell in a critically acclaimed war movie called Tigerland in 2000. He moved on to Urban Legends: Final Cut, Pearl Harbor and Legally Blonde. In his first TV series he played Adam in What About Brian.
I wanna say thank you for giving me everything I always wanted. A love to consume me, and passion, and adventure. There's nothing more I could ever want than for it to last forever, but it can't. This is the last time I'm gonna see you. This is goodbye, Damon.