Zach Roerig

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Zach Roerig
Zach Roerig by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Zachary George Roerig
(1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 32)
Montpelier, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Nathalie Kelley (2016–present)
Children 1

Zachary George "Zach" Roerig /rɔːrɪɡ/ (born February 22, 1985) is an American actor who is known for his roles as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns, Hunter Atwood on One Life to Live and Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries.

Early life[edit]

Roerig was born in Montpelier, Ohio, to Andrea and Dan Roerig. He has a younger sister, Emily, who was born in 1989. Roerig attended the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Cleveland[1] and went on to participate in the International Model and Talent Association where he signed with his late talent manager. He graduated from Montpelier High School where he was both a football player and a wrestler. While he was growing up, Roerig worked for his father and grandfather at Fackler Monuments making gravestones.


Roerig played the role of Casey Hughes on As the World Turns from January 18, 2005 to May 2, 2007. Casey was the son of legacy couple Tom and Margo Hughes and, during his time, Casey was part of a popular couple with Alexandra Chando. After his departure, Roerig accepted a role on the soap One Life to Live, as Hunter Atwood. He departed again later that year. Roerig then made a few appearances on Friday Night Lights as Cash the cowboy. Most recently, he portrayed Matt Donovan in The Vampire Diaries, ending on March 10, 2017.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Roerig has a daughter who was born in January 2011.[3] In June 2013, Roerig filed legal papers in Georgia, seeking full custody of his daughter after her mother, Roerig's ex-girlfriend, Alana Turner, was incarcerated in a federal prison.[4] Zach Roerig met actress Nathalie Kelley on the set of The Vampire Diaries in 2016. They have been in a relationship since November 2016.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Flutter Kick Jason Matthews Short film
2007 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Teenage Joe
2008 Assassination of a High School President Matt Mullen
2008 Dear Me Adam
2008 Official Selection The American Soldier Short film
2014 Field of Lost Shoes Jack Stanard
2016 2BR02b Edward Wehling Short film
2017 Rings Carter


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Law & Order Rollerblade Messenger Episode: "All in the Family"
2005–2007 As the World Turns Casey Hughes Role held: January 18, 2005 – May 2, 2007
2006 Reba Man at Wedding Episode: "Two Weddings and a Funeral"
2007 Guiding Light Alex Season 55, episode 154
2007 One Life to Live Hunter Atwood 15 episodes
2008 The Prince Taft Television film
2008–2009 Friday Night Lights Cash 6 episodes
2009–2017 The Vampire Diaries Matt Donovan Main cast
2016 The Originals Episode: "Behind the Black Horizon"


  1. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting - Zach Roerig". Barbizon Modeling. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Schneider, Michael (March 25, 2009). "Somerhalder joins 'Vampire Diaries'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "'Vampire Diaries' Star: I Have a Kid! & My Baby Mama's In Jail". TMZ. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ravitz, Justin (July 8, 2013). "Zach Roerig Fighting With Convict Ex-Girlfriend Over Secret Daughter, 2". US Weekly. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Zach Roerig & Nathalie Kelley Dating: 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Confirm Romance — Pics". Hollywood Life. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 

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