We’ve collected several interviews with Nina Dobrev, PLUS check out her cover of Self Magazine, due out May 26th on newstands everywhere. View more shots from the photoshoot over at E!Online. Nina talks leaving The Vampire Diaries and more! We’ll add more as they come in.
UPDATE: Self Magazine has added their feature with Nina, here’s an excerpt:
Having signed a six-year contract at the show’s onset, Dobrev knew from the beginning that this year might mark the end of her run. TVD‘s seventh season will commence filming later this year, but without its star, whose take on all of it is forward-looking and optimistic, not nostalgic or fearful of change. Never once does she say leaving is scary; she does, however, call it bittersweet. “I’ve loved working on this show,” she says. “It’s been such a crazy, awesome adventure, and I’ve been surrounded by so many people who I consider family. I know this is a new exciting step in the right direction for me, but it’s going to be so strange not to be with them.”
Still, like any smart professional, Dobrev’s been thinking a few moves ahead for years. “I’m very business-minded,” she says. Keen on the long game, she started filming movies in between seasons, appearing in dramas like The Perks of Being a Wallflower (filmed around Pittsburgh); farces like Let’s Be Cops (Atlanta); and, most recently, in this spring’s emo-horror satire The Final Girls (New Orleans), which premiered to rave reviews at South by Southwest. She’s eager now to tackle even more ambitious film roles. And after playing so many of the supernatural types (dead, undead, capable of flight), she also seems unfazed by the idea of moving to otherworldly Hollywood.
“It’s important for me that it be epic and powerful,” she said. “I feel like I’m a completely different person than I was and I’ve grown so much. It’s been a big part of my life, and I want it to be beautiful. I want it to end well.”
And Nina also opened up about her mixed emotions on saying goodbye to the people who have become her “family” over the last six years.
“I’ve loved working on this show. It’s been such a crazy, awesome adventure, and I’ve been surrounded by so many people who I consider family,” she told the mag. “I know this is a new exciting step in the right direction for me, but it’s going to be so strange not to be with them.”
Via TV Guide:
Dobrev, who hasn’t gotten to see her final episode since she’s currently road-tripping cross-country, says filming was incredibly emotional, but full of closure for both her and the character.
I’m biased because it’s my goodbye episode, but it’s beautiful and sad and it’s definitely a roller coaster ride — or maybe it’s just that I went through a roller coaster ride of emotions. It’s an exciting new chapter that I’m looking forward to, but I’m very sad I’ll be away from my family and friends. What I have to keep reminding myself is that I’ll still have them in my life. It’s a very bittersweet, nostalgic episode that I think pays tribute to the character very well, and there’s a moment with every single character. Everyone will get what they’re looking for from it. I felt like there was closure for me and there will be closure for the character. And now the adventure begins for both me and the show, and it’ll have a different vibe and energy, but I’m looking forward to how Julie does it because she does it so well.
What was your last day on set like?
My last week or so, I was very aware that everything I did was going to be the last time I was getting to do it. I was very aware; in the moment. I’m so happy it was like that, so I could be present in what was going on around me, and appreciate everyone for the impact they had in my life. But especially the last day. My last scene was with Ian Somerhalder [Damon], and we were shooting a scene I can’t talk about outside that was very beautiful. I’m in a gown, we’re outside somewhere, and the last shot, a camera operator came up and said there was something in my hair, was trying to help me, and then he pulled me into a bear hug so I couldn’t escape, while the entire crew got a cake and whipped cream and dumped it all over my body. And they filmed it. And put confetti and a whole bunch of stuff [on me]. It was amazing. I couldn’t have been happier for that to be my sendoff. I knew something was coming; I could feel it in my bones. I’m a prankster, I would cake people on set all the time, but no one ever got me. And they got me good this time. If they hadn’t done something like that on my last scene, I would have been really disappointed. That’s how I knew they were my real family. That’s what family does. They don’t tell you what you want to hear, they tell you the truth. And they have fun with you, and they make you laugh, and they make you cry, and they see you at your worst. I did not look cute, I will tell you that. Cake is not a good look on me, but I loved it that one day.
Other than the caking, what was it like shooting your last day?
It was very sad. Bittersweet. There wasn’t a moment that went by that I wasn’t incredibly nostalgic and very self-aware and very in the moment. I knew that every time I did something, it was the last time I was going to do that thing. The last time I was going to shoot with Matt Davis, Paul [Wesley], Candice [Accola], Ian, Kat [Graham] – everyone. Every time I had a last scene, I knew that it was the last time, which is a beautiful thing to be able to appreciate in the moment. I was very aware of how lucky I am – and how lucky I’ve been over the past six years – to have this incredible family and very aware of how much I’m going to miss them.
I was very torn. I’m excited for the next step but also very sad to leave this chapter. But I’ll get to see them – they’re friends of mine that are very near and dear to my heart, and hopefully they’re going to be friends I’ll have for the rest of my life.