Nina Dobrev on Conan O’Brien’s Show on March 12, 2013
Some people learn to defend themselves in a class or on the streets, but The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) learned everything she knows from her big brother. When she went on Conan O’Brien’s show on March 12, she told him all about the physical pain her older brother inflicted upon her in childhood — and how that’s helped her with her stunt moves.
“When my brother decided he wanted to do Thai boxing, I was his personal punching bag for 10 years because we couldn’t afford a punching bag. So he used me,” Nina explained.
Apparently Nina didn’t fit Conan’s expectations of a kickass action star. “Mostly, I would guess you use doubles on Vampire Diaries,” the host said. “I don’t mean to say the wrong thing, because you’re obviously very attractive, very talented. I just don’t see you as someone who’s, like, kicking ass.”
Nina decided to set the record straight. “Oh, I will be Angelina Jolie one day and I will kick some ass,” she said.
She then proceeded to lead Conan and a team of stuntmen to a faux bar setting. “I didn’t know angels flew so low,” the lanky redhead said, pretending to hit on Nina. After she rebuffed him — despite his protestations that she give “Consie” a chance — she let him have it, breaking a bottle over his head. Then she tangled with the four stuntmen.
Very impressive, moves. Nina. Frankly, we’re worried for whoever gets into a fight with Elena in Season 4, Episode 16, “Bring It On.”