“I’m buying you tequila shots!” jokes Nina Dobrev, upbeat but contrite. She’s a little late meeting me for dinner, but not because she’s a star who’s unconcerned with the clock. It’s because, despite her nine years in the business, the sprawl of Los Angeles is new to her: She’ll be living here full-time in just a few weeks but doesn’t know the roads quite yet. Still, says the 26-year-old actress, every new route holds its own excitement. She joins me at the table, wearing a navy silk jumpsuit, black cardigan and sandals, fluttery false eyelashes still glued to her lids. “We shot until 6 a.m., and then I flew here,” she says. “I forgot to take them off.”
Since 2009, Dobrev has spent 10 months of every year living in Atlanta, shooting her 22-episode-per-season CW series, The Vampire Diaries. Treading in the scripted world of doppelgängers and the undead, Dobrev deftly took on the highly dramatic coming-of-age story of an innocent-at-first high school student named Elena Gilbert. Over the years, Gilbert fell in love with not one but two members of the bloodthirsty Salvatore brood (while in real life, Dobrev dated Ian Somerhalder, who played the older Salvatore brother, Damon). Gilbert would eventually die, come back to life and become a vampire herself—and a vampire premed student, no less.
As Gilbert, and sometimes as her immortal nemesis, Katherine Pierce (born in 1473), Dobrev developed a massive and dedicated fan base, including nearly 5 million Instagram followers, many of whom were crushed in April when the actress used the same medium to announce her imminent departure from the show. Shooting her final scenes, she says a few weeks prior, will be emotional: TVD represents not only Gilbert’s coming-of-age but her own. “It’s important for me that it be epic and powerful,” Dobrev says. “I feel like I’m a completely different person than I was and I’ve grown so much. It’s been a big part of my life, and I want it to be beautiful. I want it to end well.”
Having signed a six-year contract at the show’s onset, Dobrev knew from the beginning that this year might mark the end of her run. TVD‘s seventh season will commence filming later this year, but without its star, whose take on all of it is forward-looking and optimistic, not nostalgic or fearful of change. Never once does she say leaving is scary; she does, however, call it bittersweet. “I’ve loved working on this show,” she says. “It’s been such a crazy, awesome adventure, and I’ve been surrounded by so many people who I consider family. I know this is a new exciting step in the right direction for me, but it’s going to be so strange not to be with them.” Continue Reading at SELF
May 11th, 2015 Nina News
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After six seasons, 133 episodes and four characters, Nina Dobrev is saying goodbye to The Vampire Diaries.
When Dobrev scored the lead role in the book series adaptation, she had just one significant role on her resume with the Canadian hit Degrassi: The Next Generation. Over the course of the next six years, viewers would watch the actress show incredible range as she transitioned from orphaned teen to newbie vampire, all while experiencing love for the first time and, yet, much more loss. She would also play a badass 500-year-old vampire, Katherine, and a vampire with her humanity shut off after the death of her brother. She’d later become a college freshman and, finally, she’d become human again. With just one final episode left, Dobrev, like her character, prepares to leave one significant chapter behind, and in her own words looks back on the journey that got her here.
In 2009, Dobrev flew to Vancouver to film the CW pilot.
I remember the first day on set like it was yesterday, which freaks me out! We shot in Vancouver, and I was with Kat Graham. We basically spent the whole day shooting in the car. Kat was driving and she had straight hair that was so weird looking and so did I. We kept having to crash because of the crow and we didn’t really know each other that well, but we were getting to know each other, and Kat’s a terrible driver, I just want to throw that out there. When we almost fake-crashed we almost real-crashed. It was a good day and we were all really excited. That pilot turned into six years of great memories that I will have with me for the rest of my life.
Early on, the cast began doing press and appearing at Comic-Con. Still, it took awhile for enormity of the show’s reach to set in.
It was a gradual feeling. Look, we shoot in Atlanta so for years we didn’t really understand the magnitude. It wasn’t until we started doing press tours and began traveling across the globe to promote the show that we realized how popular it was and how big the fandom was. Also, I don’t feel any different and I surround myself with people who don’t treat me any different. So I know the show is very popular, but I don’t have people who give me special treatment by any means. But I think one of the first few times I realized was when a friend of a friend’s kid in high school said our poster from the show was on their locker and all over their rooms. I was like “Really?” And they were like, “Yeah, unless you watchThe Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights you have nothing to talk about on Fridays.” When somebody told me that I was like, “We’re a pop culture reference now; that’s so cool!” Continue Reading at TV GUIDE
May 11th, 2015 Nina News
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“Anything for the first time, the unknown, the fear, those are all emotions that are so exciting, ultimately,” Dobrev told THR. “I love that feeling, and I really want to feel that again. That’s why I’m excited about this next chapter: I have no idea what’s going to happen, and that means anything can happen. That’s what’s most exciting to me — the prospect of anything.”
The Vampire Diaries is poised to head into a new phase as leading lady Nina Dobrev (Elena) exits the series this week following a six-season run.
For Dobrev, Thursday’s season finale is bittersweet. “The fairy tale has to end, and the next chapter has to begin,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I knew this was my time, and I’m excited for the next step.”
Dobrev spoke with THR about her first — and last — days on The CW vampire drama, fan reaction to her departure, the excitement of starting something new and saying goodbye to her TVD family.
With your final episode just a few days away, has it hit you yet that your time on Vampire Diaries is nearly over?
It wouldn’t have hit me if it didn’t come out the way that it had. It leaked a little earlier than we anticipated, which forced us to make a statement prematurely. But it was a blessing in disguise, in retrospect. It didn’t hit me; I got to say goodbye with my family and with the fans. People made videos of — what was in their opinion — the best moments of the last six years. It helped me relive the last six years, and be nostalgic, grateful and look back at those moments and celebrate this experience as it ends, instead of mourn it after I left. I got to say goodbye to my family, and spend my last moments with them, and look back and remember how awesome it has been.
What was the day your exit leaked like for you?
I’ve known [I was leaving] for such a long time — for a couple of years — so it’s been a big secret I’ve been having to keep for a while. But once people finally knew, people were really upset and outspoken. But ultimately, supportive, which I was very appreciative of. It was strange, one of the days after it was announced, I had people come up to me in the street, crying, like, “What are you doing?” and angry. And then I told them and they were like, “You go, girl. Do your thing. We support you. We can’t wait to see what you’re doing next.” It’s 50-50 [support]. Continue Reading at THR
May 10th, 2015 Gallery
,Vampire Diaries Comments Off on The Vampire Diaries 6×22 Episode Stills let’s take a moment as this is Nina’s Final Episode.
Nina’s Final Episode of The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday Night on The CW. I’m going to miss this, updating with Vampire Diaries related things, Elena Gilbert has been in my home for 6 years now, it’s going to be so sad saying goodbye, but not just goodbye to Elena, but all the roles that Nina has played over the years, she really put so much into her job, it was amazing and out of this world. We will all miss seeing her every Thursday Night. Now we get to watch her branch out to other acting jobs, and support her upcoming roles.
Episode Stills from The Vampire Diaries 6×22 I’m Thinking of You All The While have been added to the gallery, check them out and enjoy.
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May 8th, 2015 Appearances Comments Off on Nina Dobrev on Conan May 11th
Be sure to Tune into Conan on Monday May 11th on TBS to catch Nina on it. The show begins at 11:30pm Central Time.
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Apr 28th, 2015 Gallery
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Nina Dobrev’s Vampire Diaries run is coming to an end, just 3 more episodes and that is a wrap on the beloved character Elena Gilbert. Though that doesn’t mean we aren’t in for some really great stuff coming up for Damon and Elena, but we all know the end is really near, and our hearts are already breaking.
Gorgeous Episode Stills have been released courtesy of The CW for the upcoming wedding of Jo and Alaric titled “I’ll Wed You in the Golden Summertime” Airing May 7th. Elena and Delena fans you are not going to want to miss this episode.
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Apr 28th, 2015 Gallery
,Vampire Diaries Comments Off on The Vampire Diaries Episode Stills for 6×20 I’d Leave My Happy Home For You
I have added Episode Stills for Thursday’s All New Episode of The Vampire Diaries so check them out.
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