Credit: Saye/Seventeen Photo: Zach Roerig Plays in the Hay in Seventeen Magazine, November 2010

As nice-guy Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries, Zach Roerig plays one of the few remaining humans in Mystic Falls. Zach turns 27 today, February 22. So we wanted to pay tribute with 10 things we love about the humble hottie. 

Credit: Nina Dobrev's Twitter Photo: Zach Roerig and Candice Accola Are Toddlers and Tiaras for Halloween 2011

10. He looks hot in glasses.
9. He’s proud of his Ohio roots.
8. Much like us, he’s not afraid to admit when he gets star struck: he was totally excited to see Val Kilmer on the red carpet.
7. A bit of a romantic, Zach says he doesn’t think Matt will ever truly be over Elena because, “You never get over your first.” Aw.
6. Zach says he’s honored to hold down the human fort in Mystic Falls even if everyone else gets to do exciting stuff
5. Growing up, Zach had horses. Can you say hot farm boy alert?
4. Would it surprise you to learn he’s outdoorsy? He loves doing everything outside, even reading!
3. He had a role in Friday Night Lights. We love that show.
2. As a former male model, he has a pretty convincing sexy face.
1. He looks hot without glasses, too.

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Credit: You Tube Photo: Flashback Friday! Zach Roerig Strips Down for a Shower on One Life to Live