Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev and Ben McKenzie Hug It Out at Comic-Con — Are They Just Friends? (PHOTOS)

Comic-Con may bring out everyone's inner nerds, but it looks like it also brings out their flirty sides.

Nina Dobrev and Gotham actor Ben McKenzie were spotted hugging each other after a party during the San Diego, California convention on July 26. And this was no ordinary hug. They both had their arms tightly wrapped around each other and Ben even ran his hand through Nina's hair. At one point, it looked like Ben might have been kissing the Vampire Diaries actress on the cheek! Our inner Ryan Atwood-obsessed teen girl is swooning.

While the photos seemed new couple alert-worthy, it looks like these two are just pals. Just Jared reported, “They’ve been just friends for a few years. Ben is best friends with Nina‘s Vampire Diaries co-star Paul Wesley from way back. Ben was just being a gentleman last night and protecting her from some of the photographers who were being aggressive."

What a guy! Click through the gallery to see Nina and Ben getting close outside of the party. Do you think there's something going on between them or are they just friends? Let us know in the comments!