Nina Dobrev with the TV Addict’s trusty sidekick Mac
WHY YOU KNOW HER: Before heading south of the border to headline THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, Nina Dobrev was perhaps best known for her portrayal of DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION’s very own version of ‘Juno MacGuff,’ full-time high school student/mom and part-time model (natch!) Mia Jones.
ON THE SUCCESS OF HER FELLOW DEGRASSI ALUM: Not that Dobrev really needs to remind us, but many DEGRASSI grads have a knack for going onto even bigger and better things. “Drake [Aubrey Graham] is doing music, Shenae [Grimes] is on 90210 and Jake Epstein is starring in Spring Awakening. We’re all kind of moving on to new chapters in our career, yet DEGRASSI still remains a huge part of our lives. [Prior to starting shooting THE VAMPIRE DIARIES] I went back and did a couple of episodes for the new season.”
ON THE DARK SIDE OF STARDOM: As fellow Canadian Shenae Grimes discovered first hand, there is a downside to fame. One that Dobrev doesn’t want to think about, at least not yet. “Nobody knows who I am yet and I don’t event want to think of the media criticizing me yet,” Jokes the actress, “Don’t believe whatever it is. If it’s bad it’s not true!”
ON HER VERY OWN SOPHIE’S CHOICE: Based on the hit series of young adult novels by L.J. Smith, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will soon find Dobrev at the center of a love triangle, sandwiched between two mysterious brothers named Stefan and Damon (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder respectively), But don’t ask Dobrev to choose, seriously, we tried. “Apples and oranges my friends, I can’t make that choice, I love them both like brothers.”
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES premieres Thursday September 10 at 8PM on the CW, CTV in Canada