Nina Dobrev Didn’t Want To Date Ian Somerhalder

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev is featured in the October 2012 issue of Seventeen and in the issue she talks about her relationship with her Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder, dealing with life in the spotlight and more! Check out the highlights below.

ON DATING IAN SOMERHALMER:

“The first time I was on the cover of Seventeen, the cover line said ‘Nina: Why she wouldn’t date any of her co-stars.’ And then cut to two years later…it’s funny that I said that, but you know what? It was honestly what I believed at the time. I didn’t want to be dating one of my costars—my goal on the show was to be professional. But sometimes you can’t help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long—which I did for a really, really long time.”

ON DEALING WITH LIFE IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

“I try not to read best-dressed lists or anything like that. For every good thing, there will often be a not-so-nice thing people would say. My mom sends me lots of messages like, ‘You’re standing next to Kate Winslet! Oh my god, I love Kate Winslet!’”

ON HER CHARACTER’S ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP IN THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER:

“It’s a really heavy topic, and I hope my character gives girls some perspective. I think more than anything, girls allow abuse to happen because they’re embarrassed it happened and that they allowed it to happen. They know it’s not right. There’s no excuse for it. That’s why it’s so important to show girls that they can admit that it’s not their fault.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower releases September 21.

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