Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images Photo: Miss Teen USA Shelley Hennig at the NYC Premiere of The Island on July 11, 2005

Get to know Shelley Hennig, the brunette beauty behind The Secret Circle’s Diana Meade.

1. She’s a beauty queen! In November 2003, she won the Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2004 title in her first-ever state pageant. The following August, she nabbed the Miss Teen USA 2004 title, becoming the first Louisianan to win a national title since Ali Landry sashayed her way to Miss USA fame in 1996. The grand prize included a one-year modeling contract with Trump Modeling Management and a scholarship to The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

2. She made her acting debut in 2007. The Louisiana native joined the cast of Days of Our Lives as Stephanie Johnson in April 2007. After three years on the hit soap, she received a 2010 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

3. The Secret Circle is only her second acting gig! Shelley, who is also an avid dancer, left Days of Our Lives in early February 2011. Less than two months later, she booked her Secret Circle role.