Kayla Noelle Ewell-Novlan (born August 27, 1985) is an American actress who plays Vicki Donovan on The Vampire Diaries TV series. She was a main character in the first seven episodes of season one. She returned in the season two finale and appears as a recurring character in the third season. She is best known for her work on the TV soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Recently, Kayla has had roles on the TV series' Entourage and The O.C..
Ewell was born August 27, 1985 in Long Beach, California and raised in Seal Beach. She studied dance, singing, and acting at the Orange County Song & Dance Company in Westminster. Ewell was spotted by a talent agent while taking an acting class around 1999, and asked to go on an audition. She graduated from Los Alamitos High School in 2003. Ewell first appeared on the television series Freaks and Geeks in 2000, playing Maureen Sampson in the episode "Carded and Discarded", directed by Judd Apatow. She starred on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful from 2004–2005, and has guest-starred on the TV series The O.C., Boston Public, Veronica Mars, Close to Home and Entourage. She had a role in the film Just My Luck, starring Lindsay Lohan, and in Material Girls, starring Hilary and Haylie Duff, in 2006. She had a starring role in the film Senior Skip Day. Ewell co-starred in The CW television series The Vampire Diaries for the first seven episodes in 2009. Ewell described her character, Vicki Donovan, to Star magazine as "a really slutty high school student", and "a troublemaker". Vicki was the first human on the series turned into a vampire. Ewell was killed off the show when her character was staked in the heart by Stefan (Paul Wesley) in order to save Elena (Nina Dobrev) in the Halloween-themed episode "Haunted". Ewell hinted in November 2009 that she was still under contract for the role and might return to the show. Series creator Kevin Williamson stated in November 2009 that there were no plans to bring her back, but her character returned in the second season finale, and at the start of season 3. Ewell played a children's fashion designer in the Hallmark Channel TV movie Keeping Up With The Randalls, alongside Thad Luckinbill, Roma Downey, Marion Ross and McKenna Jones. She appeared as a waitress suspected of murder on the A&E television series, The Glades, in the episode "Beached". As of 2009, Ewell lives in Los Angeles, California. She stated to Sophisticate magazine in 2005 that she enjoys painting, rock climbing, and rappelling in her free time. She also includes dancing and whitewater rafting among her hobbies. She was on her high school's surfing team. Ewell was arrested for disorderly conduct on August 22, 2009 in Smarr, Georgia for loitering on a bridge during a photo shoot with Candice Accola, Sara Canning, Nina Dobrev and photographer Tyler Shields. The charges were later dismissed. Ewell previously dated her The Bold and the Beautiful co-star Kellan Lutz. She married her boyfriend Tanner Novlan, on September 12, 2015.
- Bloodhounds Inc. (2000)
- The Sullivan Sister (2000)
- Profiler (2000)
- Freaks and Geeks (2000)
- Boston Public (2004)
- The Bold and the Beautiful (2004-2005)
- The O.C. (2005)
- Veronica Mars (2006)
- Just My Luck (2006)
- Material Girls (2006)
- Close to Home (2006)
- Entourage (2007-2008)
- Senior Skip Day (2008)
- Impact Point (2008)
- Fired Up (2009)
- Bones (2009)
- The Vampire Diaries (2009-2011, 2014)
- CSI (2010)
- House (2010, 2011)
- The Glades (2011)
- Keeping Up With The Randles (2011)
- Like Malese Jow, when she was asked to return for Season 2 they had to keep it a secret, so therefore if anyone asked her why she was back in the city, she responded by saying "I'm here to visit, Nina."
- Kayla Ewell, Sara Canning and Ian Somerhalder (on-screen) are the only cast members among the main cast that haven't played a 2nd role.
- Kayla is best friends with cast member Candice Accola.
- Kayla is a Delena fan but switches back and forth.
- Special appeared in 500 Years of Solitude (100th episode of The Vampire Diaries), along with David Anders, Sara Canning, Matt Davis, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Bianca Lawson and Joseph Morgan.