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Nina Dobrev on Vampire Diaries

Published February 1, 2010 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of CW
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The Vampire Diaires didn’t make viewers wait for the confrontation between Elena and Stefan. The holiday cliffhanger had Elena discover that she looks identical to Stefan’s old ex. They had it out the first episode back.

Nina Dobrev Talks Vampire Diaries


“I think that it’s shocking,” said Nina Dobrev who plays both Elena and Katherine. “It’s one thing to have a crazy ex-girlfriend and come to terms with that. It’s like, ‘Okay, you have a past? That’s fine.’ It’s another thing to look identical to the crazy ex-girlfriend. I think Elena will always feel like, ‘Why are you dating me? Do you want to replace her with me? Isn’t that selfish of you?’ There’s a lot going on. You don’t want to look like someone else, especially an ex-girlfriend.”

It’s up to Dobrev to play both characters, but they’re so different that it’s easy to compartmentalize. “Playing Katherine takes so long. Getting into the character, there’s the hair and make-up process, and just getting dressed, alone, takes half an hour because there’s corsets and pantaloons. There’s so many layers that it takes half an hour to put the outfits on, so I couldn’t play both in one day. It’s very good because it takes a lot of energy. When I’m in that corset for 17 hours, at the end of the day, I feel like I’ve done a work-out. I remember looking at my stomach and thinking, ‘I should get myself a corset for every day.’ It really tones you up. You’re sucking in, all day.”



In the rest of the season, you’ll see a lot more Katherine. “You’ll see a lot more Katherine coming up, and I had a lot of fun shooting all of that. There was a lot of blood and teeth. Just getting into that world and being crazy is always fun when you’re so different from the character.”

It only took half a season to make Dobrev a star though. “I’m one of those people that appreciates and never takes anything for granted. Every morning, every scene, every place I get to visit is just so cool. I’m so lucky, and I realize that and don’t take it for granted at all. I went to London for the first time, and I got to go to Elton John’s charity event, and I got to go to the premiere of Sherlock Holmes and meet Rachel McAdams, who’s a fellow Canadian and idol of mine, and Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey, Jr. I’m in such a great position, I really love my life and I’m really lucky, and I know it.”

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