Nina Dobrev’s ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Exit Was Always Part of the Plan
According to the Elena actress, though, that was all part of the plan.
Nina opens up on being picky about her roles and leaving the iconic show in 2015.
The 28-year-old actress jumps right into it.
She admits that despite all the shock and controversy, she never intended to stay on the show past her initial six-season contract.
“That was the plan from the get-go,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar.
Nina was afraid she had just shot her career in the foot… but that only motivated her more.
“If anything, the fact that [leaving] terrified me drove me even more. I needed to feel that fear of ‘Oh, my God, what if I never get a job again?’ That just made me want to work five times as hard to make sure that didn’t happen.”
Fans may disagree, as Nina hasn’t been terribly active in Hollywood since her split with TVD.
But again, that’s all by design.
“[T]he things I want to do aren’t necessarily the things that are expected of me. I don’t want to play a teenager anymore,” she says.
“I want to play adult roles and be challenged and work with great filmmakers and tell incredible stories, and that has meant being really picky.”
So what does the Bulgarian beauty do when she can’t find a role worth investing in?
She keeps busy behind-the-scenes, of course.
Nina has been directing, producing, and co-writing film projects — but none of that scares her as much as her comedy improv class.
“It’s scary,” she admits. “I might crash and burn, but that’s how I’m going to get better at it.”
In the end, every choice Nina makes is driven by her intense desire to just try something new.
“My rule of thumb is, I’ll try anything once. I have a healthy — or possibly unhealthy — obsession with trying things for the first time.”
It’s that fiery passion that led her to post-TVD projects, and it’s what will propel her on to her next grand adventure… as soon as she passes this improv class.