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: (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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