Nina Dobrev’s Seventeen cover story

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Vampire trivia with Nina Dobrev

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Check out these exclusive pics and quotes from Nina Dobrev’s Seventeen cover story. The Vampire Diaries star dishes on meeting her on-screen hottie vampire BF Paul, ignoring petty high school drama, and why she’s a little bit like Twilight’s Bella Swan!

“Even though my grandparents live overseas and are so far away and we talk as much as we can, we don’t see each other that often. They just go on YouTube, or they go online and watch the episodes that I’m in, and read the articles I’ve done. It makes them feel like we’re closer because they get to see me daily, or weekly, or however often they want to see my face. And they’re proud of me — they collect all of the articles in a book.”

“We had a couple six-year-olds who came to a signing and actually thought that Ian Somerhalder [who plays Damon] was a vampire, and they were terrified of him. We had this one little girl go up to him, and she was really shy, and her mom was like, ‘She has something to tell you.’ And Ian leaned over and was like, ‘What is it, sweetheart?’, and the little girl says, ‘Try to be a good boy.’ And he was like, ‘Okay, sweetie…for you I’ll try.'”

“I did Degrassi for four years. It was my constant, no matter what movie I would do on hiatus or whatever I would do elsewhere, every year I would always go back to Degrassi, to my family, and they really sort of taught me all the groundwork and got me started. Before that I was really green, I didn’t know what I was doing, so it kind of helped ease my path into the whole industry.”

“Even though Elena’s going through all this stuff, has to keep all these secrets, and has all these responsibilities, she’s just learned to cope and figure things out and deal with a lot that most people don’t at a young age. She has to take care of her brother with a drug problem and be a parental figure in the household, her boyfriend’s a vampire, and her best friend’s a witch! A lot of stuff is going on, everyone’s trying to kill her all the time, so she’s very strong, she always rises to the occasion, and she always fights back. I think that she is a very strong woman, and she can take on anything and everything that comes her way.”

“Looking back on high school, I just remember specific scenarios and thinking, Wow, that was such a big deal at the time, but right now it feels like it never even happened. So I guess if I can give any advice, I would just say that everything will pass, and it’ll feel like it was a big deal over nothing. Life goes on and then you change and other things happen, and everything feels like it’s so much worse afterwards. It’ll always get better.”

“The first time Paul [Wesley] and I met, I met nine other guys as well because I had already been cast and they were deciding for the Stefan role. I had to read with like 30 studio executives, and they were just kind of watching and analyzing because that was the whole point of the test…they wanted to see who had the best chemistry. And everyone was great, but Paul had this old soul, like a history that you could feel…he seemed like he’d been around longer, and knew more, and he had a grasp for the character different from anyone else.”

“We all play pranks on each other, and if we’re shooting in a dark, mysterious house or something, I’ll run up and scare the boys out of nowhere or pop out of a closet and just freak them out. One thing that all of us do is cut out pictures from magazines of really funny things and post people’s faces on them and hide them in different places on the sets.”

“To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of TV. It’s kind of ironic because I’m on TV. I have a television, but I haven’t been home during business hours to have the cable guy actually connect it, so it’s just kind of sitting there like a decoration in my living room. I don’t mind; I have two shows that I watch religiously on Hulu, and that’s Grey’s Anatomy and Flash Forward.”

“I think that Elena has more awareness of her friends and family, and everyone around her, and looking out for everyone’s best interests. But Bella reflects that unconditionally in love, the blinded love that girls really do experience sometimes. They fall in love with someone, and they’ll do anything and everything for that one person. I think I’m more like Elena, but I have a little bit of Bella in me. When I’m in love with someone and they’re really important to me, I will definitely take care of them, but at the same time, I’m not going to throw everything away for a relationship — I still have my friends, and I still have an awareness of everything around me.”

Sources: Adoring Nina Dobrev, Seventeen, Vampire Diaries Online

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