Zach Roerig

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Zach Roerig

In "The Vampire Diaries," Zach Roerig stars as Matt Donovan, an all-American guy struggling to do the right thing in a town full of mystery and violence.

Many viewers will remember Roerig from his high-profile arc as Tyra's (Adrianne Palicki) bad boy beau, rodeo star Cash, on the critically acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights."

While "The Vampire Diaries" marked Roerig's true introduction into primetime television, he is no stranger to hard, steady work. Born and raised in Northwestern Ohio, Zach assisted in his family business and played competitive sports, including football and wrestling. Growing up in a small, rural town, Roerig has always been an avid outdoorsman. In his later years of high school, he caught the acting bug and began commuting to Cleveland (the closest big city) to begin formal training. Upon graduation Zach moved to New York to pursue his dream of a career as an actor.

Within a matter of months, he landed the role of Casey Hughes on the daytime serial "As the World Turns," where he made such an impression on the producers and fans that he was soon offered a long-term contract. His two-year stint on the soap allowed him to continue honing his craft while enjoying steady work as an actor. As he delved more into the world of acting, he discovered a passion for producing and developing his own projects at the same time. With one short film already completed, Zach remains excited about taking on other stimulating television and feature projects, whether acting or producing.

Roerig currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where "The Vampire Diaries" is filmed.

Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan, Elena's ex-boyfriend, is the perfect boy-next-door. He has his fair share of family issues and heartbreak, as well as a complicated relationship with Caroline, but he never lets his problems bring him down.

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