Michael Trevino and Zach Roerig may be bros now, but back in 2009, these two Vampire Diaries stars couldn’t stand each other.
“Initially, we didn’t get along. I didn’t like Zach,” Michael told fans during the ATV Festival panel discussion in Atlanta on February 8. “Long story short, we get on a flight, we get on the plane, and Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec are sitting there, and I’m reading the book of Vampire Diaries, which, as you all know, we didn’t really stick to, but I’m like, ‘I’m doing my homework, I’m ready to go!’ and then in comes Zach, sitting next to me, and what is he lugging? A big ass snowboard because we’re going to Vancouver. And I’m wondering, ‘Bro, we’re here to work. We’ve got to book this job. This pilot isn’t picked up yet and you’re trying to snowboard? So initially, it’s just like, ‘Ugh, this guy is gonna cost me this job, my bank account’s gonna get lower because I gotta worry about this kid.’”
But that all changed once Michael and Zach became roommates at The Sutton Place during filming. “We really bonded in that we both — even though we didn’t like each other, we thought we were cool — we both got screwed over,” explained Zach. “At the time The Vampire Diaries decided to film in Vancouver, it was like this hot bed of filming. Twilight was there, Percy Jackson… so this hotel, The Sutton Place, otherwise known as The Sluttin’ Place, was booked up. So I’d already been at The Sutton Place before, and I’d already gotten that dirty, gross apartment side of the hotel, but it’s big and it’s spacious. Trevino and I were stuck on the hotel side in a small room with a mini fridge for three or four weeks.”
Imagine how things would have worked out if they had booked a room the size of Elena and Caroline’s dorm room… things could have turned out very differently. But it all worked out for the best because now Michael and Zach are the best of bros. And luckily for us, Tyler is finally back in Mystic Falls, which means there’s plenty of bromantic moments for Tyler and Matt ahead. That is, if Nadia doesn’t get in the way.
Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!