|“||I did not read any of the books and I'll tell you why. All of my girl cousins had read the books before I had even auditioned for it and when I told them I was going up for Matt, they said 'Oh I don't know if you should read it because Matt's kind of a ... really nice guy but a bit of a weenie'. And I kind of wanted to bring a little more swag into Matt and not follow the books.||”|
— Zach Roerig
Zachary George "Zach" Roerig (born February 22, 1985) is an American actor who portrays Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. He is best known for his roles on TV series As The World Turns and One Life To Live.
Zachary George Roerig was born on February 22, 1985 in Montpelier, Ohio to Daniel and Andrea Roerig. He attended Montpelier High school where he played both football and was also a wrestler. While he was growing up, Zach worked for his dad and grandpa at Fackler Monuments, a place where they make gravestones. Zach also has a younger sister named Emily who was born in 1989. While Zach is technically bi-coastal, he considers New York his first home. Roerig dated co-star Candice Accola, who played his character's former love interest Caroline Forbes. He has a two year old daughter with Alanna Turner. Alanna has been sentenced to prison and he seeks custody over his daughter.
|2004||Law & Order|
|2005/7||As the World Turns|
|Tie a Yellow Ribbon|
|One Life to Live|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Matt Mullen|
|Friday Night Lights|
|2009||The Vampire Diaries||Matt Donovan|