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The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev plays Elena Gilbert on The CW TV show, but there’s so much more to her than that! For one thing, Nina dated her gorgeous co-star. No, not Paul Wesley! Ian Somerhalder. Yep, Delena ‘shippers once fantasized about their favorite onscreen couple through Nina and Ian’s sexy real-life romance. Sadly, the couple broke up in May 2013 after three years of dating.

But let’s go back to the beginning of her biography. Before she became the apex of the Salvatore brothers’ love triangle, Nina played teen-mom-turned-fashion-model Mia Jones for three seasons of Degrassi Jr. High: The Next Generation. She was also in the 2006 indie flick, Away From Her. And yeah, we know: If you had a dollar for every time one of your friends cited that particular Dobrev credit you’d be… flat broke.

Word on the street is Nina’s a super sporty girl, doing everything from swimming and rock climbing to snowboarding, wakeboarding, and volleyball. Basically, she’s into all the PG-rated things guys like to see girls get sweaty doing. (Smart move, lady!) She’s also the fashion muse for her TVD alter ego. (“The creators adapted my personal style for Elena,” Dobrev told Self magazine. “We both wear KRMA leather jackets all the time.”) And she can be a bit klepto when it comes to cutlery. “I was in a diner when my fork bent out of shape,” she told a reporter. “So I wore it as a bracelet! Now I look for antique silverware to make into jewelry.”

An athlete and retro jewelry designer? Yes, Nina’s very multi-talented, but she claims acting is her one true passion. Riiiight. Like, who wouldn’t be psyched to play the meat in a Salvatore sandwich!

Birthday: January 9, 1989
TVD Character: Elena Gilbert
Twitter: Ninadobrev
Hometown: Nina was born in Sofia, Bulgaria: population: 1.25 million (but you knew that already). She was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When she’s not shooting TVD, the lucky Canuck lives in Los Angeles.

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