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

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.

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.