Born January 9, 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria, Nina Dobrev moved to Toronto, Ontario with her family when she was two years old. Growing up, she had a fondness for the arts and had her heart set on acting. Aside from participating in international gymnastics competitions as a teen,…more
• Books - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
• Movies - Knocked Up, Schindler's List, Juno, The Notebook, Transformers
• TV Shows - House, Gossip Girl, So You Think You Can Dance, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Grey's Anatomy
One of Nina's hobbies is making jewelry. She plans on starting her own jewelry line in the future.
Being a huge fan of the musical film Chicago, Nina derived inspiration from "Cell Block Tango" for her performance of "Survivor" in American Mall.
To keep in shape, Nina does everything in moderation and maintains a balance when in comes to exercise. She is also into Moksha yoga.
Before being cast as the love interest of two vampires in CW's The Vampire Diaries, Nina was a fan of the Twilight book series and dreamed of playing the part of Bella in the movie. She is also a huge follower of another vampire show, HBO's True Blood.
Nina is 5' 6½" (1.69 m) tall. She has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Film and TV Movie Credits:
• You Got That Light (2009) as Girl
• Degrassi Goes Hollywood (2009) as Mia Jones
• The American Mall (2008) as Ally
• Never Cry Werewolf (2008) as Loren Hansett
• My Daughter's Secret (2007) as Justine
• Fugitive Pieces (2007) as Bella
• Too Young to Marry (2007) as Jessica Carpenter
• The Poet (2007) as Rachel
• How She Move (2007) as Tall Girl in Bathroom
• Away from Her (2006) as Monica
• Playing House (2006) as Young Frannie
• Repo! The Genetic Opera (2006) as Teenage Zytrate Addict
Nina went into a general audition for Degrassi: The Next Generation and read the part of Manny. Later, she was called back, read the part of Mia, and got the role.
Nina watched all of the previous seasons of Degrassi before she auditioned. Her favorite character was Craig.
Nina attended Wexford Collegiate, an arts school in Toronto. In 2007, she began her post secondary studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she is majoring in Sociology. Nina also trained at the Dean Armstrong Acting Studio in Toronto, Ontario.
Nina and other Degrassi stars spoke at Me to We Day in the Ricoh Coliseum. More than 7,000 students from across Canada attended.
Nina traveled to Kenya where she built a school with fellow Degrassi castmates through Free The Children (a non-profit organization). She also wore a top promoting the cause towards the end of her movie, American Mall.
She is fluent in Bulgarian, French, and English. For her role as Bella in the World War II drama Fugitive Pieces, Nina had to learn Yiddish phonetically.
Nina was in a Family Channel commercial about standing up against bullying.
When not on set, she enjoys playing Rock Band and engages in water sports including swimming, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and scuba diving. Nina also loves to travel and often visits Europe. Among her other activities are playing volleyball, soccer, horseback riding, snowboarding and rock climbing.
Nina has competed internationally representing Canada in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics. In 2005, she joined both the Senior World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Junior World Championships in Plzen, Czech Republic.
With acting being her true passion, Nina has shown love and talent for the other arts as well (dance, gymnastics, visual arts, theater, and music).
Nina: (on what she takes with her over the summer) I will always have a bikini in my bag because you never know when you're going to want to go skinny dipping, or for a midnight swim. I'm a classy skinny dipper. I dip with minimal skin showing. I like flip-flops, all kinds of strappy flip-flops, and my color contacts!
Nina: (on her style in red carpets) I like hats. I have a lot of great booties. Leather jackets for sure. I never used to wear much jewelry, but I like subtle jewelry. It's fun. Last week at the Upfronts, I wore these really cool Eve & Co. arrows that literally goes through your ears. And then I have a safety pin one, too. It's fun to accessorize. It's fun to change it up. It's fun to try different colors. I've turned into such a girly-girl. But I'm such a tomboy.
Nina: (on her style and her relationship with her stylist Ilaria Urbinati) When I wake up, I'm normally very much a tomboy. Ilaria and I are fashion rebels. We like to take risks and have fun. When it gets too serious, then it's no fun.
Nina: (on how changes in styles helps her play different characters) As an actress, that's one of the things I love the most is playing different characters. What helps me while I'm doing that is to look and feel different because I'm playing a different person.
Nina: For like everyday, just kind of hanging out, I love flannels. Part of my closet, there's a whole section of flannels because I love them so much. Slouchy, oversized hats and fedoras. I just got these 2 amazing hats that I really love, blue and gold trim with woven material by D&Y. I love D&Y hats.
Nina: Starving to be skinny isn't my thing. When I don't eat, it affects my mood! On-set, I fuel up with small meals and I'm always grabbing high-protein snacks, like almonds. Chai lattes with espresso also keep me going.
Nina: 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.
Nina: People aren't defined by their relationship. The whole point is being true to yourself and not losing yourself in relationships, whether romances or friendships.
Nina: I've reached a point where I'm comfortable in my own skin, and I do what I need to do, to feel good, but I'm built the way I am. The dancer's feet, the bruises on my legs, they're not going to go away. I think real girls have bruises. Tough chicks get bruised. They get dirty. And they have fun.
Nina: I'm constantly trying to make myself better, to learn more. I didn't finish college, so I feel like I'm always having to prove myself. I don't want to feel like the smallest person in the room.
Nina: I read the 'Twilight' books before the movie and the whole craze happened. And then I loved it. I was in love with Edward before every other girl that says she's in love with him was. Because I read them a long time ago shooting a movie in Salt Lake City, and one of Stephenie Meyer's friends said, 'Make sure you read my friend's book.'
Nina: I know a lot of people dread going to work every morning, but my work is playing pretend and doing stunts and screaming. It's a lot of fun and I get to play dress up. Every day is exciting and different and new and cool. I couldn't be more grateful.
Nina: I haven't personally in my real life had many people close to me die, but my characters have, and I've had to live that as though it's real. And it can take a really big emotional toll on someone.
Nina: I have a flat tummy, but I'm not rock hard. If I'm going to be in a bikini, I'll train more and skip desserts for a couple of weeks. But usually, I work out to feel good.
Nina: I could be a yoga instructor. I'm not certified, but I could do it. Once I did a class where the instructor didn't show up, and I just went to the front and did it, and everyone followed. So I've done it before, and I love it.
Nina: I am a fan of the vampire shows, especially 'True Blood.' I'm obsessed with it. I got to meet the entire cast at Comic-Con and hang out with them. And that was awesome. I basically died and went to heaven.
Nina: Girls' weekend with the 'Vampire Diaries' girls has become a big deal! It's our quality time. It's so much fun to unload and not feel guilty complaining or talking about your insecurities or bonding over things that you thought you were on your own about.
Nina: The 'Degrassi' producers were very supportive. They sent me flowers when I got 'The Vampire Diaries,' and then as soon as it premiered and got the great numbers that it did, I got another large bouquet of flowers from them. Every time I go back to Toronto, I see them and hang out with them.
Nina: Part of life and part of the enjoyment of life is a croissant and a chocolate cake and eggs and milkshakes and oatmeal. There's so many things, you have to learn to appreciate it all. When I don't eat as much as I should, I'm not fun to be around; I'm fussy.
Nina: I really want to be associated with great projects and character driven projects and films. I have to feed my soul, and keep feeling like an artist and keep being challenged.
Nina: I love yoga because it's very calming for your body and your spirit. It gives you that meditative state, and its 90 minutes where you can get away from the world and just be, and exist in the moment. I need yoga. It's part of my life, and I can't imagine not doing it.
Nina: Cole Haan is like high fashion Nike, so you feel like you're wearing Nike shoes, but you're wearing heels. Every time I'm on a red carpet, I always either wear Cole Haan or Stuart Weitzman. You end up having to walk around all night in these heels and you want to be comfortable and not look like you're in pain. It definitely shows in pictures.
Nina: When I work out, I feel happy, confident, and accomplished.
Nina: To be honest, I don't watch a lot of TV. It's kind of ironic because I'm on TV.
Nina: A man in a suit looking put together and dapper is very attractive, but I also kind of like the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed, a-little-bit-of-scruff, effortless, not-trying-hard-but-still-sexy guy. If a guy spends more time looking in the mirror than I do, that's problem!
Nina: You either have chemistry or you don't, but a lot of what attracts me is a guy's mind and humor and talent. I need to get to know all those things before I fall for someone.
Nina: I have one mascara that I use religiously, and I refuse to try anything else, and if they discontinued it I would probably cry. Cover Girl lash blast, in the orange tube.
Nina: My whole mentality is that I eat what I want within moderation, and I have a little bit of everything. If you deprive yourself, you get moody and unhappy, and you have to enjoy life.
Nina: I was kind of a jock in school. Beauty wasn't something I spent a lot of time on.
Nina: I was kind of a jock in school. Beauty wasn't something I spent a lot of time on.
Nina: I'm progressive in some ways, old-fashioned in others. I like it when guys hold the door open and are sweet and thoughtful.
Nina: Even though I'm big on recipes, I love to make up my own dishes and when you take a risk in the kitchen, you learn a lot about food!
Nina: I mean, I love to try and cook. I'm pretty good, but I'm not saying I'm great.
Nina: If I feel confident wearing something, I think it translates in photographs. It changes my demeanor and posture.
Nina: There's just something about vampires that's sexy. It's the same reason why women go for the bad boy - you want them but you shouldn't have them.
Nina: 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.
Nina: I do a lot of yoga. I practice yoga three or four times a week. It's an escape for me.
Nina: I like to keep some things to myself, because its called a private life, not public.
Nina: I think you have to draw from any character and bring it to yourself as much as possible.
Nina: I try not to read best-dressed lists or anything like that. For every good thing, there will often be a not-so-nice thing people would say.
Nina: I try to eat healthy.
Nina: It's just a great brand with great clothes. I'm just excited they asked me to be part of Penshoppe.
Nina: Over the holidays is when I have the most occasions to cook and bake.
Nina: There's nothing worse than sleeping in makeup. You wake up looking like a painting that's been left out in a rainstorm.
Nina: Running is my solo time; working my muscles outside in fresh air is therapeutic.
Nina: I'm kind of a globetrotter. I've been traveling since I was born and living in different locations.
Nina: I try not to read best-dressed lists or anything like that.
Nina: I literally pass out when I see blood.
Nina: Exercising gives me endorphins and energy. I do it four days a week.
Nina: My way of discovering of what I like was to create a restaurant list and eat my way through it, and I call it my 'inner fat girl bucket list.'
Nina: I mean everybody's got ex-boyfriends and girlfriends. Everybody's got baggage.
Nina: I've realized skinny isn't necessarily attractive. Guys like girls with curves.
Nina: Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun.
Nina: (if given a chance at immortality) I don't know if I'd want it. I live a pretty cool life, so I'm happy where I am.
Nina: I think everyone's dream is to be an actress, but I never really thought it was going to happen. Now that it's happening, it's incredible. I do a lot of other things, too. I'm not stuck in this little world. I'm aware that we're in the middle of an economic crisis in the U.S. There's a lot going on in the world, and I'm really happy and excited about what I have and I don't take it for granted. I'm pretty lucky.
Nina: (in a 2009 interview) I came to L.A. for the first time in January of this past year. The Vampire Diaries was actually my first audition for a pilot. I read the script, and I loved it. I thought it was really cool and I'd just gotten off a series, so obviously I was trained and ready, and I knew the drill and everything to do with it. It just sort of worked out.
Nina: I didn't have a stage mom at all. I was the one who planned out my auditions and drove myself an hour and a half into the city.
Nina: (on being compared to Emmanuelle Chriqui) People tell me that I look like her a few times a day. I think she's gorgeous.
Nina: (on being recognized for her role on "Degrassi: The Next Generation") To be honest, I don't get recognized here (Canada) that much. But when I go to the States, that's where it gets crazy. They're so forward and they love the show there, so it's really cool to know that people see your work and they like the work you're doing.
Nina: I film so much and I'm working so much that when I do get even a Saturday off or a Sunday off or any time off, I just literally -- I'm a hermit -- just watch movies or sleep or just hang out with my close friends and relax.
Nina: When I have an audition I don't pick up the phone, I sit at home and I dissect the scenes to the bone. There's a lot of time and work that goes into it.
Nina: (on being part of "Degrassi: The Next Generation") It's changed my life a lot, in many different ways. I came into it really new to the business, didn't really know much. I learned everything on set here, made some really good friends. Everyone's really positive - I love it.
Nina: Every role is a challenge. I want to keep doing everything... I want to try to do things that aren't similar to one another.
Nina: (referring to playing a teenage mother) It was challenging because it's not me. I went to a lot of web sites that dealt with teenage pregnancy. I read a lot of stories about girls having to go through what Mia did [Mia is Nina's character on Degrassi]. There's the alienation factor and there are all the stories and rumors, having everybody judge you. It isn't easy.
Nina: (talking about a strange fan experience) Okay, my strangest fan experience was when I was in LA with Miriam [McDonald] and Cassie [Steele]. We were in a restaurant, and I went to the washroom and at one point when I walked out of the stall, this girl took a picture of me with her cell phone! And then after that, another girl came up to me and said, 'Why did you kill JT?!' Obviously I was shocked. I didn't kill JT! It's a character and my character's fictional. It was very strange.
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