Nina Dobrev: Elena is a "Real Person"

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Less than two weeks before the series premiere of The Vampire Diaries, star Nina Dobrev spoke to about her character of Elena.

From the role's relatability to her interaction on screen with her co-stars, here's a look at what the actress had to say:

On Elena: I think that she has a relatability and an innocence, and something that really gives her somewhere to go. She's a real person. She has problems, she's hurting and she falls in love, and the relationship is complicated, just like every relationship is. And then, you find out, on top of everything, it's not an average relationship that's complicated to begin with, but he's also a vampire, so there's another little bump in the road.

Nina Dobrev Promo Photo

Get even more up close and personal with Nina Dobrev when The Vampire Diaries premieres on September 10.

On the love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon: That's what's so intriguing. The thing about our show is that it's not something that we're going to drag out. They're really going and hitting all the stops, right from the beginning. The second episode is really intense. And, by the third one, we were shocked at how fast everything was moving along and how much action there was. We're also definitely pushing a lot of envelopes with the show.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.