How well do you know Nina Dobrev? You may recognize her as Elena Gilbert, the human girl who fell in love with both brothers Stefan and Damon on The Vampire Diaries, or as Clare Edwards on the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Here are five things you might not have known about this awesome actress and humanitarian. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nina Dobrev
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1) Grew up on a farm
Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her father, Nikolay Dobrev, is a professor and her mother, Nadya Veselinova, works in cosmetics sales. She has an older brother named Borislav. At age four she began figure skating; at age 10 she switched to competitive ice dancing. In 2004 she had finished school and began working as a model in Paris and Milan. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career at 18 years old.
2) Was 12 years old when she moved to Canada
Born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, she and her family moved to Brampton, Ontario when she was 12 years old. Because of a bad experience at an audition for commercials, she resisted doing auditions until 2006. She was originally booked for four episodes on The Vampire Diaries (2009) but due to fan reaction to her character Elena Gilbert they extended her contract.
3) Has two older brothers
Christopher and Alex, in real life Dobrev is friends with her brother’s daughter. Had a crush on one of her Vampire Diaries co-stars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore). Both actors are married now. In April 2016, she began dating former The Vampire Diaries co-star and recent Ghost Wars co-star Stephen Amell  for about 3 months. Was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 9th, 1987.
4) Her parents are both professors at the University of Guelph
From 2012 to 2015, Dobrev starred in three different TV series: playing Mia Jones on Degrassi, Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries and Tatiana on The Originals. However, her big break came when she landed a role in her first movie project – Remember Me (2010). In an interview with Look magazine at that time, Dobrev said that acting had always been her passion since childhood. She and a friend had made their own movie using a video camera belonging to her father back then.
5) She studied at Ryerson University
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dobrev moved to Canada when she was a teenager. At 15, she took up acting lessons at Ryerson University’s extracurricular theater program. After her final high school exams, she went on to star in Camp X-Ray (2014), which received mixed reviews. Since then, she’s appeared in The Grudge 3 (2015) and Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
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In addition to being a famous actress, she is also: A Good Heart: In December of 2013, during her break from shooting The Vampire Diaries season 4, Dobrev returned to Bulgaria to visit and make a $10,000 donation to a children’s hospital in Sofia. Kind-Hearted: Earlier that year she had done an AMA on Reddit and visited Kayser-Roth headquarters in New York City.
1) She was on Deal or No Deal
During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she revealed that she actually was on a game show before The Vampire Diaries. She went on Deal or No Deal in Canada and ended up winning $100—and her future agent. If you’re curious what it looked like, you can find a clip of her appearance here!
2) She is the first Canadian actress in history to become a series regular on two network shows simultaneously: The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother.
While filming for The Vampire Diaries, Nina lived in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. When not working on either series, she flew back to her home in Toronto, Canada to film episodes of How I Met Your Mother and was able to continue with her studies at York University.: One day while filming an episode of The Vampire Diaries, Nina needed help and was assisted by none other than Ashton Kutcher who just happened to be visiting sets.
3) Her favourite TV show is Dawson’s Creek
Nina told Entertainment Weekly that she would watch Dawson’s Creek every night in high school, and it still holds a special place in her heart today. I was obsessed with [Dawson] and Joey, so much so that I forgot how many times I watched it! she said. She also loves Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. When asked about Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hit show on Watch What Happens Live, Nina gushed about how much she adores it.
4) Nina Dobrev studied her role as teen angst-filled Katherine Pierce before filming began on The Vampire Diaries by watching ten old episodes of Dawson’s Creek while having headphones in, listening to loud music.
I’d get really stressed out and had to take my headphones off and watch TV, she says. I was like, Oh my God, I can’t believe how good I am! [Laughs] It made me go home and be like, Okay, that was it. I got it. And then I would do it again. She’s done a lot of work with her own charity organization called We Can So Kids Can, which is dedicated to empowering youth through education.: We Can So Kids Can is a charity organization for young girls in Bulgaria. The name of our foundation means We can so kids can. Basically we empower girls through education because there are some countries where women are not allowed to pursue higher education or they don’t have access to schooling because they have to stay at home and help their families or they don’t have any money for school supplies or uniforms or books…the list goes on and on. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nina Dobrev
5) She was born on November 9, 1989
It’s probably no surprise that most of our favorite TV shows and movies are filled with actors we have an immense crush on. But when it comes to The Vampire Diaries’ Elena Gilbert, many fans might actually have a crush on her portrayer, Nina Dobrev. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about her
Q & A
Are you a fan of your character, Elena Gilbert? In a word: yes. I think Elena is pretty awesome. She is strong and vulnerable at times but never lets her weaknesses hinder her from doing what she believes in or going after what she wants. That’s kind of my philosophy on life as well, which might explain why I loved playing Elena so much.
How did Nina Dobrev play Elena and Katherine at the same time?
It is not easy for an actor to take on two distinct roles, but in The Vampire Diaries Dobrev played Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce at various times throughout the series. As Elena, she was confused by a love triangle between herself, Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore; as Katherine, she was vengeful towards Damon after he killed her more than 200 years earlier. With so many complexities, one can imagine how tough it was for Nina to play both roles seamlessly.
Who else played Elena Gilbert?
After she left The Vampire Diaries in season six, not only did showrunner Julie Plec recast Elena with Katherine McNamara for spinoff Legacies, but she also hired another actress to play her—the first actress who ever played her. That would be Torrey DeVitto, who joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as Meredith Fell in season one and stayed through four seasons.
Who played Elena Gilbert in season 8?
After playing Elena Gilbert for six seasons on TV, Nina Dobrev is finally calling it quits with The Vampire Diaries. The actress announced her departure in March 2017 via Instagram, thanking everyone involved with making TVD a success and revealing she’ll make one final appearance at season 8’s end. Meanwhile, we learned where her character will be headed: to do her best Bonnie Bennett impression in London.
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In 2010, she won her very first award for her performance as Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries. Her character was originally going to be killed off at the end of season one, but fan outcry convinced showrunners to change their minds and keep Elena around. Since then, Dobrev has portrayed Elena through seven seasons of The Vampire Diaries and two seasons of its spinoff series, The Originals.
What episode does Elena get pregnant?
In season 3 Elena gets pregnant with Damon’s baby in episode 7. A lot of fans were angry with Elena not knowing what she was doing, but Nina says it wasn’t like that at all. She says that they played it just right, because if you look back on your teenage years you don’t have much control over what goes on either. Elena was a bit immature and curious and she wanted to explore her first love experience, she said. So I think it worked out very well for them.
What episode and season did Caroline and Elena throw the party at the pond/lake?
There were two lake parties on The Vampire Diaries—the first one was in season 1, episode 6 (the pilot) and then again in season 2, episode 4. That first one with Matt, Jeremy and Vicki probably isn’t what you’re looking for since it’s a little before Caroline appears on screen. For that, we have to wait until season 2, episode 4 when Elena invites her to be her date at Klaus and Elijah’s party at Lake Mälaren. This is where Caroline gets jealous of Elena dancing with Stefan, which is why she kisses Damon later that night.
How many times did Elena get bit by a Salvatore brother?
Elena was bitten twice by Stefan, four times by Damon. (Source: Wikia)