Candice Rene Accola (born May 13, 1987) is an American actress, singer and songwriter who was born in Houston, Texas. She is best known for her starring role as Caroline Forbes on The CW series, The Vampire Diaries.
In December 2006, she released her debut album, It’s Always the Innocent Ones having co-wrote thirteen out of the fourteen tracks on the record. In 2008 the album was re-released in Japan and achieved greater success. Accola then toured as a backing singer for Miley Cyrus’s Best of Both Worlds Tour and appeared as herself in the 2008 3D concert film Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert. In February 2011, Accola performed a cover of “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles on The Vampire Diaries.
Accola has guest appeared in a number of television series such as How I Met Your Mother, Supernatural and Drop Dead Diva. In July 2009 she starred in the independent horror film Deadgirl which centers on two high school boys who discover an immortal woman in an abandoned asylum. In 2009 she was cast in The CW television series The Vampire Diaries as Caroline Forbes, a teenager who eventually becomes a vampire. In June 2012 Accola joined the YouTube series Dating Rules From My Future Self as the lead role Chloe Cunningham, a 26-year old girl who believes love does not exist. The series centers on a girl receiving romance advice from herself ten years in the future via text message.
In May 2013 she became engaged to her partner, Joe King, who is the lead singer of The Fray. She is a supporter of the It Gets Better Project, which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.