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The Vampire Diaries

Before They Were Famous: See The Vampire Diaries Stars as Kids! (PHOTOS)

It’s not breaking news that The Vampire Diaries has one of the hottest casts in the history of television — hello, have you seen Nina Dobrev lately? Whether you’re trying to make the impossible choice between Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder (seriously, how do you choose?), it’s good to appreciate the genetic lottery these folks have hit.

But these actors and actresses haven’t always oozed sex appeal — they were once babies like everyone else. There’s nothing we love more than a good throwback photo to make us go aww, so prepare to have lots of feels seeing your favorite CW stars when they were much younger.

Click through to see everyone from Kat Graham to Candice Accola (and even some of your favorite Originals stars) in their rugrat days. Be warned, it’s a cuteness overload! Prepare to have your hearts melt.

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 premieres Thursday, October 2, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.