More from Nina Dobrev: Elena is "Trying to Cope"

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Nina Dobrev is Canadian.

This fact doesn't seem too important, except that The Vampire Diaries star thinks it may have helped her land the role of Elena Gilbert in the new CW series. She told

"The Vampire Diaries was my first audition for a pilot. I came to L.A. for the first time in January. I read the script, and I loved it. Loved it. Thought it was really cool... the fact that I'm Canadian, maybe that had something to do with it."

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As for her character, Dobrev says in the interview that Elena is "trying to cope" because (spoiler alert!) her parents recently died in a car accident.

"Elena has a lot of myself in her, and I feel I'm a lot like my character. But she has to be innocent. She's a very different character in the books. We really wanted somebody who had a vulnerability and had a reliability and looks for the good in everyone. Things aren't good for her right now - she's in a tough place; she lost her parents; her brother is on a downward spiral - but she's still trying to find the good in everyone and fix things and be optimistic."

It doesn't help that a pair of attractive vampires comes in to her life. Who will she ever choose?!?

"Stefan (Paul Wesley) is the man who tries to reach out to her soul. He cares about her, and he takes care of her. Whereas Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has that bad-boy quality, and every girl likes a bad boy at the end of the day. So it's a toss-up."

The Vampire Diaries premieres on The CW on September 10.

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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.