Nina Dobrev: biography
Nina Dobrev first played bit parts, and then she became famous overnight. By her own admission, she just got lucky. The young lady has become well-known and has millions of followers on Instagram for the roles of “crazy bitch Katherine and nice Elena."
The actress described so the heroines of the famous TV series The Vampire Diaries. The media loves the brown-eyed brunette for her communication style and willingness to discuss in an interview both personal life and film partners.
Childhood and youth
Nina was born on January 9, 1988, in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Her mother is an artist; the father is a computer specialist. The actress claims that she inherited a love for art from her mother, and tough-mindedness and a sense of purpose from her father. Nina is not the only child in the family. She was raised with her older brother Aleksandar, who became an engineer.
In 1990, Nina, together with her parents, moved to Canada. The family settled in Toronto. She spent most of her life in this country. Thus, besides Bulgarian, she speaks English and French fluently.
As a child, Dobrev studied at J. B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School. At school, the girl was interested in dancing, ballet, music, drawing, but Nina liked acting and rhythmic gymnastics most of all.
The parents saw their daughter's desire for creativity and transferred her to Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. There, Nina had the opportunity to try her hand at different directions, but over time she realized that an acting career was her passion.
Later, Dobrev entered Armstrong Acting Studios. Agencies could not but pay attention to the attractive and charismatic girl. Then Nina went to Ryerson University, majoring in Sociology. But in 2008, the actress had to choose between the desire to get a "serious profession" and the increased number of invitations to film. Dobrev quit studying.
From a young age, Nina Dobrev attended auditions, “just got on a bus and went to audition, and the family supported her in any endeavor.” Producers and directors of commercials paid attention to an interesting oriental appearance, good figure, photogenicity.
In 2006, Nina got the first significant job. The actress was cast in the role of 14-year-old single mother, Mia Jones, in the popular TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation, which was broadcast on television in Canada and America since 1979. The project was the beginning of Nina’s career in the world of show business, and she worked there until 2009. Nina starred in 53 episodes of the series.
After Degrassi: The Next Generation, Dobrev became famous in Canada and the USA. The girl received more invitations to various television projects. In 2006, the actress signed a contract to participate in the drama film Away from Her. The actress played only in a dozen episodes, and the work was included in the program of international competitions, where critics appreciated it highly.
2007 was fruitful for Nina. The young actress starred in the films How She Move, The Poet, Too Young to Marry, Fugitive Pieces.
In 2008, Dobrev was cast in the role in the musical The American Mall, then she participated in the projects Mookie's Law and Never Cry Werewolf. Later, the actress played in the movie Chloe, voiced a character in the cartoon Merry Madagascar.
In early 2009, Nina got her first leading role in the TV series The Vampire Diaries, which later brought her worldwide fame.
For the role of Elena, the actress received 6 Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi, as well as Choice TV Breakout Star – Female. In 2015, the duet of Nina and Ian Somerhalder won the People's Choice Awards for Favorite TV Duo.
Dobrev also has 2 People's Choice Awards for the Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress. In 2011, at the People's Choice Awards ceremony, the woman was named the Favorite TV Drama Actress.
Besides The Vampire Diaries, from 2011 to 2015, Nina Dobrev played in the thriller The Roommate with Frances Fisher and Billy Zane, in the action movie Arena with Samuel L. Jackson. The melodrama The Perks of Being a Wallflower with the participation of Dobrev, Emma Watson, and Dylan McDermott was included in the Top 10 Films of 2012 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and won the Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2014, Nina appeared in the second season of the TV series The Originals, the spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The plot centers on some characters of the main film. Although Dobrev got the role of a defenseless waitress in the comedy Let's Be Cops, she turned into the reigning beauty of the film, and the heroes of Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson raced to rescue her.
In March 2015, Nina Dobrev left The Vampire Diaries. The reasons for the leaving were connected with the actress’s relationship with the partner in the film, Ian Somerhalder, but the woman claimed that she dreamed of more significant and large-scale projects.
Apparently, these were the comedy horror film The Final Girls with Taissa Farmiga, the adventure film Barely Lethal, in which Jessica Alba, Hailee Steinfeld, and Sophie Turner played the leading roles.
In the action movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Nina along with Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone and Michael Bisping played super agents.
In 2017, Dobrev's filmography included the romantic comedy Crash Pad about a woman who decided to take revenge on her husband cheating with a young lover. When her husband found out about it, he moved to the house of the "lucky" man, hoping to feel the delights of bachelor life in a new company.
Then the star of the vampire saga appeared as a student, whose friends conducted experiments and experienced clinical death, hoping to find out the limits of human consciousness that way. The new film Flatliners is a remake of Joel Schumacher’s movie with Julia Roberts. In 2017, Ellen Page got the role, which the “reigning beauty” of Hollywood performed in 1990.
In 2007, on the set of Degrassi: The Next Generation Nina met actor Daniel Clark. The young people dated for two years, and in 2009 they announced the breakup. The reasons for it are unknown, but, according to the interviews with Clark, Nina was the initiator.
Perhaps the reason was Dobrev’s new passion, Ian Somerhalder, who made overtures to his colleague for several months. The young people did not tell about their relationship, and only in 2011 the couple publicly announced their feelings.
There were a lot of rumors about the celebrities’ relationship. There was news that Nina was pregnant, but this information was not confirmed. Photos of the actress with a baby in her arms also became a reason for gossips about an upcoming wedding.
Ian made Dobrev a marriage proposal more than once, but each time the woman refused. She wanted to build a career in the world of show business but not to marry or have children. In May 2013, the couple finally broke up. Soon, the actress started dating Derek, a brother of her best friend Julianne Hough, but the relationships did not last long.
The hero of the saga was sad and lonely for one year; then he began dating another vampire, Nikki Reed. In early 2015, Ian made her a marriage proposal. Nina Dobrev was so upset about her ex-boyfriend’s marriage to her friend that she could be no longer working with him in the project. So she left the series and went nowhere. At least, tabloids kept writing that.
At that time, the actress had no interesting proposals and projects. Moreover, Nina adamantly refused to return or to participate in at least one episode of the series, which made her world-famous.
After leaving The Vampire Diaries, the young woman tried to take her mind off sad thoughts. The actress appeared together with friends at various parties. Singer Selena Gomez introduced Dobrev to the famous actor, Austin Stowell, who starred in the drama Love and Honor and the film series Dolphin Tale. Subsequently, the young people had relationships.
The couple hid their feelings for a long time. In October 2015, Nina and Austin officially announced their relationships. At the beginning of 2016, the relationship fell through the cracks, and the actors broke up. The reasons are unknown. In May, Dobrev appeared with Derek Hough again, but the love affair lasted only a month.
In the summer of 2017, Nina became a bridesmaid at the marriage ceremony of Julianne Hough and hockey player Brooks Laich. The photos of Dobrev with Glen Powell leaked to the press which caused the rumors that one more couple appeared in Hollywood. Glen is known for the film The Dark Knight Rises. Insiders explained the breakup with the busy working schedule of the actress. In the summer of 2018, the celebrity told reporters how to overcome a relationship failure:
"A plane ticket, a shot of tequila and friends."
Friends claim that Nina is always cheerful. The actress loves parties, and participation in entertainment shows and events.
Dobrev tries to lead a healthy lifestyle and wants to get rid of smoking. In 2014, the actress gained some weight due to stress, busy shooting schedule. Soon she got back to her normal weight ranging from 50 to 55 kg with a height of 169 cm thanks to diets, Bikram yoga, swimming, and volleyball. The photos before and after clearly show the results of the work.
The celebrity participated in lingerie photo shoots with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder. There are also photos in a bathing suit in Nina’s portfolio.
There is one breach of the law in the biography of Dobrev. She was fined together with her friend on the TV series Candice Accola for the violation of the peace.
Nina Dobrev looks like actress Victoria Justice. If they use similar professional makeup, fitted dresses, coloring, and hairstyle, then it is almost impossible to distinguish the women.
The actress does not use cosmetics in everyday life, and she prefers jeans, boots, flannel shirts. Like any woman, she loves to dress up, chooses such brands as Alice + Olivia, Giorgio Armani or BCBG appearing on the red carpet.
Nina Dobrev now
In the spring of 2018, Nina Dobrev returned to the leading role in the comedy series Fam. Her character Clem lives with her fiancé, prepares for a wedding, but suddenly her half-sister arrives. The girl is hiding from conflicts with her loser father. Everything could be fine, but Clem told her fiancé and friends that her father died ten years ago, and she has no other relatives.
The Grammy Award winner, Canadian rapper Drake, invited Nina to play in the music video for the new song “I’m Upset” of the fifth studio album Scorpion. The artists got acquainted on the set of the series Degrassi: The Next Generation, which broke a path in show business for them both.
Later, Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, and the women discussed an acute issue of sexual harassment in the film industry.
The teen drama with the provisional title Departures, in which Nina Dobrev got a leading role, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. The plot centers on a terminally ill young man.
The comedy Dog Days with Dobrev tells about an unusual way of psychotherapy when people rely on four-legged friends. Unlike people, dogs can cope with simple everyday worries, and overcome problems that seem enormous at first sight. Besides Nina, Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Adam Pally played in the film.
In the thriller Lucky Day, the actress got the role of the artist, the wife of a former police officer, who has become a robber. He cannot return to a quiet life because a killer is obsessed with revenge for his brother, who was accidentally killed by the title character.
Dobrev’s partners on the set were Crispin Glover, who played in Wild at Heart, Charlie’s Angels and Beowulf, and Luke Bracey, known for the melodrama The Best of Me and the action movie Point Break.
One of the most anticipated projects in which Nina Dobrev plays is the biographical drama Run This Town. The film is dedicated to the former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.
Residents and the international community remember the Canadian mayor, who died in 2016, for some court proceedings and scandals, drunken brawls in the office and a confession of drug addiction. Under Ford, the largest gay parade was held in Toronto, although the mayor was openly against LGBT people. Ordinary people loved him, but the elite hated. The army of Rob’s supporters was even named Ford Nation.
In the film about such an ambiguous personality, Nina and Mena Massoud will play advisers to the mayor, trying to smother up another scandal. Ben Platt has become a warmonger and the reporter for the local newspaper. Damian Lewis plays the role of an infamous politician.
- 2007 – The Poet
- 2008 – Never Cry Werewolf
- 2009 – Chloe
- 2009-2015 – The Vampire Diaries
- 2011 – The Roommate
- 2014 – The Originals
- 2014 – Let's Be Cops
- 2015 – The Final Girls
- 2017 – xXx: Return of Xander Cage
- 2017 – Flatliners
- 2018 – Fam
- 2018 – Dog Days