Movie and TV Vampires Through the Years: Ian Somerhalder, Megan Fox and More Fanged Favorites

Like flared jeans and choker necklaces, vampires always come back in style eventually. It’s no surprise — especially when Hollywood keeps finding such great actors to play them.

Megan Thee Stallion revealed that she has a soft spot for vampire TV shows in July 2021, tweeting that she loved Nina Dobrev‘s character Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries and even stopped watching when the actress left in the sixth season. (Dobrev returned two years later for the 2017 series finale.)

Though Ian Somerhalder‘s Damon Salvatore was Megan’s favorite on the CW show, it’s actually another bloodsucking drama that holds a special place in her heart: True Blood. “I’ve watched every season like 10 times… might be my favorite show lol,” she told a fan who asked if she’d seen it.

Not everyone sees how vampires are romantic. The entire Twilight cast has offered plenty of hilariously shady commentary about the blockbuster franchise over the years, and the most biting remarks are usually from Robert Pattinson.

“I guess the books are very romantic, but at the same time, it’s not, like, The Notebook romantic,” he said during a November 2019 conversation for Variety’s Actors on Actors. “The Notebook is very sweet and heartbreaking, but Twilight is about this guy, and he finds the one girl he wants to be with, and he also wants to eat her. I mean, not eat her, but drink her blood or whatever. It’s not that other people are telling them they can’t be together, it’s his own body telling him that.”

Check out Pattinson and more celebs who have have donned fangs as vampires in movies and TV:

Gallery Update: Most Memorable Movie and TV Vampires Through the Years

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Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis

As Juliette Fairmont and Calliope "Cal" Burns in 2022's First Kill

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Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid and Bailey Bass

As Louis de Pointe du Lac, Lestat de Lioncourt and Claudia in 2022's Interview With a Vampire

From Page to Screen! 'Vampire Academy,’ More TV Shows Based on Books

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Daniela Nieves and Sisi Stringer

As Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway in 2022's Vampire Academy series

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Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak and Mark Proksch

As Laszlo Cravensworth, Nadja, Nandor the Relentless and Colin Robinson in season 3 of What We Do in the Shadows in 2021

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Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston

As Eve and Adam in 2013's Only Lovers Left Alive 

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Jared Leto

As Dr. Michael Morbius in 2022's Morbius 

Megan Fox in Night Teeth

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Megan Fox

As vampire Grace in Netflix's 2021 movie Night Teeth

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Brad Pitt

As Louis de Pointe du Lac in 1994's Interview With the Vampire

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Robert Pattinson

As Edward Cullen in 2008's Twilight

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Ian Somerhalder

As Damon Salvatore in the first season of The Vampire Diaries in 2009

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Zachary Quinto

As Charlie Manx in NOS4A2

James Marsters as Spike on 'Angel,' a 'Buffy' spinoff

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James Marsters

As Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

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Wesley Snipes

As the title character in 1998's Blade

Night Teeth stars Debby Ryan as Blaire and Lucy Fry as Zoe.

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Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry

As vampires Blaire and Zoe in Netflix's 2021 movie Night Teeth

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Evan Rachel Wood

As Queen Sophie-Ann Leclerq in the second season of True Blood in 2009

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Stephen Moyer

As Bill Compton in the first season of True Blood in 2008

David Boreanaz on Angel

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As a title character in TV's Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff which ran on the now-defunct WB network from 1999-2004

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Paul Wesley

As Stefan Salvatore in the first season of The Vampire Diaries in 2009

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Jamie McShane

As Dr. Tim Fanning in The Passage

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Joseph Morgan

As vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson on The CW's Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals

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Kiefer Sutherland

As David in 1987's The Lost Boys

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David Bowie

As John Blaylock in 1983's The Hunger

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Cam Gigandet, Edi Gathegi and Rachelle Lefevre

As James, Laurent and Victoria in 2008's Twilight

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Kristin Bauer, Alexander Skarsgard and Patrick Gallagher

As Pam, Eric Northman and Chow in the second season of True Blood in 2009

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Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz

As Rosalie and Emmett Cullen in 2008's Twilight

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Gerard Butler

As Count Dracula in Dracula 2000

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Gary Oldman

As the title character in 1992's Dracula

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Tom Cruise

As Lestat de Lioncourt in 1994's Interview With the Vampire

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Kirsten Dunst

As Claudia in 1994's Interview With the Vampire

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Monica Bellucci

As Dracula's Bride in Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1992

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Eddie Murphy

As Maximillian in 1995's A Vampire in Brooklyn

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As Queen Akasha in 2002's Queen of the Damned

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Stuart Townsend

As Lestat de Lioncourt in 2002's Queen of the Damned

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Salma Hayek

As Santanico Pandemonium in 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn

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Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene

As Jasper Hale and Alice Cullen in 2008's Twilight

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Alex O'Loughlin

As Mick St. John in TV's Moonlight from 2007-2008

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Kate Beckinsale

As Selene in 2006's Underworld: Evolution

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Scott Speedman

As the Lycan-Vampire hybrid Michael Corvin in 2003's Underworld

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Willem Dafoe

As Schreck in 2000's Shadow of the Vampire

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John C. Reilly

As Larten Crepsley in 2009's Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

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Nicolas Cage

As Peter Loew in 1988's Vampire's Kiss

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Johnathon Schaech

As Kit in the 2001 thriller The Forsaken

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