The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries Cast: How Old Are They Really?

The cast of The Vampire Diaries my play high schoolers or newbie college students on TV, but in real life, they aren't teens at all, and most haven't been in a while. In probably less shocking news, none of them are actually hundreds of years old, either (unless there's something we don't know...). Basically, TV is a lie. Though you probably knew that already.

So, how old are the cast members, really? Are they in their 20s? Their 30s? Are the characters who are supposed to be the same age at least portrayed by actors who are similar to each other in age, even if that age is significantly older than the people they play on TV?

We've gathered the birthdays of our favorite The Vampires Diaries actors in one place, so you can see how real life compares to fiction.

Click through this gallery to find out how old the TVD stars really are, and then let us know who's age surprised you the most in the comments below!

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!