Archive | November, 2010

Nina Dobrev Chats With Dose

30 Nov

NINA DOBREV chats with Dose about Vampire Diaries.

“I’ll be honest: when I first read the pilot synopsis, I remember thinking, ‘Oh, this is just Twilight on TV,’” the 21-year-old Canadian says during one of her few days off from filming in Atlanta. “Then I researched and realized it was much more than that. We began shooting and it kind of grew a life of its own. It’s such a huge departure from how it originally came across.”

The first few episodes of The Vampire Diaries followed the standard vampire formula: young Elena (Dobrev) meets and falls for Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), unaware that he’s a centuries-old vampire – or that his brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), is similarly afflicted and has been attacking the town’s residents. But once Elena discovered the Salvatores’ true nature, The Vampire Diaries let loose, employing a breakneck pace of storytelling rarely seen on other shows (ahem, Lost).

Events that could take weeks to develop on another series instead occur within a single episode (or less) on The Vampire Diaries. Elena gets kidnapped? She’s rescued within the next 20 minutes. Stefan discovers a terrible secret about Elena’s past? He shares it with everyone immediately so they can determine a plan of (literal) attack. Now in its second season, The Vampire Diaries is enjoying great ratings and even better reviews – many of which begin with, “You’re not going to believe it, but…”

“You always hope that a show will be successful and it will do well and people will watch it and love it, so we always had hopeful expectations,” Dobrev says. “And then when the show premiered, it started doing well and had a good response, we were absolutely thrilled. It’s just been going strong since then; the ratings have been consistent, people are still watching and I think it’s because we’re still delivering intense, jam-packed, sexy, dramatic, action-filled episodes.”

Describing the show’s writers as “masterminds,” Dobrev adds that The Vampire Diaries won’t let up on the action any time soon: “They’ve got a plan and I’m so confident in them. I know they’ve got a good, long plan for the show.”

That’s not to say that The Vampire Diaries sacrifices character development; rather, showrunner Kevin Williamson seems to have realized his actors’ talent and has written their characters accordingly. Dobrev and her costars are constantly acting out the devastating emotional consequences of living such dangerous lives: Stefan has shown to have a dark side, while Damon has struggled to confront both his feelings for Elena and his more destructive tendencies.

Dobrev has the added challenge of playing two characters: the well-meaning Elena, and Katherine, her evil vampire doppelganger who wouldn’t hesitate to snap the spine of an innocent bystander.

“As Katherine, I can get away with a lot more and say a lot more and be a little bit more edgy and bad. She has a very playful personality. As soon as I put on the heels and they start curling my hair, I’m in the zone,” Dobrev explains. “As Elena, it’s the same thing: I put on the Converse and jeans and a T-shirt, and I feel like this strong, young woman, figuring herself out. That’s who she is: she’s figuring herself out and she’s growing.”

And while Elena may not be as over-the-top as Katherine, Dobrev appreciates that she’s evolved beyond the sulky teenager who is constantly in danger.

“Elena started out as a very troubled young woman and throughout all the hardships and experiences of the last year and a half, she’s grown and taken on responsibilities. She’s becoming a strong, confident woman. She’s very courageous; if you ask me, she’s a very courageous individual. I wouldn’t be able to do half the things she’s dealing with.”

Of course, the extra work load can take its toll.

“I’m not sleeping very much!” Dobrev laughs. “The hours are pretty crazy and I’m working a lot; I’m actually becoming a vampire in my own right.

“But it’s great; it’s a really great opportunity that I’ve been given.”

The roles aren’t without their challenges: she admits that she sometimes struggles to understand Katherine’s motivations, especially her die-hard love for Stefan.

“I honestly don’t even know [why she loves him],” Dobrev says sheepishly. “They tell me that when I play Katherine, ‘Oh, she loves Stefan.’ ‘Oh, really? Why?’ ‘Don’t worry about it. She just loves Stefan.’ That’s what they tell me. I have to make up my own backstory and hope that it’s right.”

As for Elena’s relationship with the Salvatores, Dobrev praises its layered, complicated nature and commends the writers for not backing off for the sake of convenience.

“She’s with the two boys out of circumstance. They keep worming their way into her life and complicating it very much; as much as she loves them, they pose a lot of problems for her and her family – and her survival,” she emphasizes. “At the same time, you can’t help who you love. As much as she fights it, she has this undeniable chemistry with Damon and she has this love for Stefan. As horrible as it is and as much danger as it puts her in, she can’t get away from them.”

She adds: “And it doesn’t help that Damon’s constantly coming around and roping her into his life.”

The love triangle is so complicated, Dobrev says, that she can’t come close to answering the one question of every Vampire Diaries fan is asking: who should Elena end up with?

“Right now, I don’t know, because Stefan and Damon are so different – each one fulfills different needs or quenches a different part of Elena’s thirst,” she explains. “She’ll grow and change, and the things she needs from people change all the time. She’s still figuring it out. It depends on what kind of person she eventually becomes; that will determine what kind of person she’ll eventually need. I just don’t know.”

And if the writers have any idea, they’re not telling.

“They want to keep us on our toes as much as possible; they want us in the moment, just like our characters,” Dobrev says. “We live and play day by day, and we’re just as shocked and surprised as the viewers are by what happens next.”

Source: Dose

Nina’s Real-life Doppleganger?

26 Nov

Can you tell who is who by looking at the picture? I barely can. NINA DOBREV (left) looks a lot like Victoria Justice (right). Could they be separated at birth? Well, no. There is a pretty striking resemblance in that they’re both brunette, gorgeous, and they both have a similar smile look. Stunning isn’t it? Victoria Justice recently posted this new photo of herself on her twitter using her iPhone.

I know right? She almost looks like Nina herself. It took me several minutes to finally realize it wasn’t Nina but none other than the teenage star who plays in Nickelodeon’s Victorious (Victoria Justice).

So, do you think Victoria is Nina’s doppelganger? Leave your thoughts below, peeps!

Double Duty on Vampire Diaries

25 Nov

NINA DOBREV chats with torontosun.com and tells her double duty as Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on Vampire Diaries.

“I called my mom, and she and I translated it,” Dobrev said of the Bulgarian dialogue in the episode titled Katerina.

“I think the writers had used an internet translator and it was so funny. All those online translators are never right. So we did it. I translated my own dialogue, but I called my mom just to confirm I was right.

“I worked really, really hard on that (episode),” added Dobrev, on the phone last week during a rare day off from shooting. “I really got to play the four different characters. And it was great to play the innocence of pre-vampire Katherine, when she was just a normal human.”

Dobrev has been particularly busy with dual roles this season on The Vampire Diaries, which airs Thursdays on CW and A.

When Dobrev mentioned “four characters,” she wasn’t exaggerating. There’s Elena; there’s modern-day Katherine; there’s 1800s Katherine, seen many times in flashbacks; and now 1400s Katherine and her Bulgarian dialogue has been added to the fray. With regard to all the heavy lifting, Dobrev said she’s fortunate everything has happened gradually.

“I’ve done it in small baby steps,” Dobrev said. “I’ve been given a lot of opportunities in different parts of my life, starting in Toronto with Degrassi, then the bit parts in movies that I did, and now The Vampire Diaries.

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Vampire Diaries “By The Light Of The Moon” Stills

23 Nov

Here are some Nina stills I got from the upcoming Vampire Diaries episode “By The Light Of The Moon” which airs on December 9th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nina Dobrev: “I Am A Proud Bulgarian”

23 Nov

NINA DOBREV tells Novanite.com how proud she is to be a Bulgarian. Nina admits that she is not shy about her Eastern-European heritage. In her interview, Nina has shared her plans and hopes for the future as well as her memories and favorite things to do in Bulgaria.

This might be a cliché question – but what does it feel like to be a young Hollywood star? What did you think and feel when you made your first breakthrough in the cinema?

Becoming a working actress is very gratifying. It is also a long process; it didn’t just happen over night. A lot of training and hard work – but its been a great journey and I’m in a place now were I feel confident in my work. I’m constantly challenged and very happy.

You’ve been Mia Jones (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries), among a number of other roles. How do you go about portraying your characters? Are their personalities similar to yours, or do you have enter roles that are very different from you?

I’ve played many different people and personalities – every single role is different. Every role teaches me something new about my self, and of coarse there will always be a little bit of me in every character I portray.

What is it that you have gotten from your acting experience so far; how have you benefited from it as an actor? For example, was there something particularly special for you with respect to The Vampire Diaries?

In The Vampire Diaries I have the unique opportunity to play two characters that are so completely different from one another. This is a rare and special opportunity and I am extremely lucky to play two great characters on an amazing TV show. It is a challenge every single day, but I love challenges so it’s a good thing!

As somebody who is still rather young, how do you hope your career will develop? What are the goals that you are striving to achieve?

I strive to continue to have high expectations for my work, better myself and continue to look for challenging roles and make great film and television. I want to dip my finger into many cakes, I would love to transition into Film – and do different genres; romantic comedy, drama, action etc.

You did quit college in order to pursue your acting career. How hard was to take this decision? What were your grounds for it?

I went to University and continued to work as an actress for a while, but when the roles got bigger and opportunities for movies kept coming I had to make a decision.

In order to be very successful in anything you have to give it your full attention and effort. I was trying to juggle two things, and they were both suffering.

So I decided to take this rare opportunity that I had, this passion of mine and pursue it. I am very confident in my decision, very happy that I chose to feed my artistic side. I continue to read and study privately, but that is something I will always do.

I don’t think I will ever stop learning, until the last day of my life I will constantly be trying to expand on my knowledge and education. And University will still be there for me, I can go back and finish when the time is right! But at this moment in time, I feel I am doing the right thing for me.

Your family emigrated to Canada when you were very young. What is your image of Bulgaria? What does it mean for you? How often do you come to Bulgaria? Do you have family there? Do you have a favorite place or a favorite thing that you do in Bulgaria?

I moved to Canada at a very early age, but growing up I would come back to Bulgaria often (summers, Christmas etc). In the past few years since I came into the film industry and I have been working consistently, it has been difficult to come back as often as I would like to.

I spent this past Christmas in Bulgaria in Sofia and in the mountains snowboarding. I have a lot of family that still lives there so I try to visit as much as I can – its hard when you live so far away from your family. I miss them a lot.

My favorite place/thing is to go to the Black Sea, but I’ve been working over the past few summers so I haven’t been in years!!!

What do you tell your friends about Bulgaria? Do you feel proud of your Bulgarian roots, and why?

Everyone who knows me knows I am Bulgarian and that I am proud of it! I speak Bulgarian with my family, and when my friends hear it they say – “wow that’s so cool that you speak another language! Sounds so cool”.

Source: Novanite

Nina Dobrev Joins Kellan Lutz in “Deathgames”

21 Nov

NINA DOBREV has been cast in Deathgames as Kellan Lutz‘s wife. “Deathgames” tells the story of Nina’s character’s husband (Kellan Lutz), a young man who is kidnapped and enslaved in a modern gladiator arena, in which men must battle to the death for entertainment via the Internet. Samuel L. Jackson plays the mastermind of the online gaming program who coordinates the fatal fights.

Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim has joined the film’s cast after leaving The Island for good. So, regardless of whether you’re brave enough to watch “Deathgames,” Nina will certainly be in excellent company.

 

Scream Awards Video Captures

21 Nov

So I went digging on some videos on YouTube and found these videos of NINA DOBREV at Scream Awards 2010. Doesn’t she look adorable?