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Nina Dobrev may be an A-lister now, but back in 8th grade, she was just your average Canadian teenager who wanted to meet celebrities.

In an adorable throwback photo, the Vampire Diaries starlet and her friends pose with Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, and she looks fresh-faced and sweet in a blue T-shirt. While we can tell it’s her from her stunning eyes and smile, she definitely looked a lot different a decade ago! Actually, it may have been in 2000-late…

Even cuter than the picture is her caption: “#TBT back to grade 8!!! W/my childhood BFFs Layla+Justine MuchMusic in Toronto! We were SOOOO excited to see @BlackEyedPeas +Meet @iamwill.” Apparently she didn’t try to track down Fergie and her lovely lady lumps.

These days, Nina is pals with pop stars like Selena Gomez, Vampire Diaries bestie Kat Graham, and former Degrassi co-star Drake, so her will.i.am fangirl days are over. But hey, you never know — maybe they’ll meet again, but this time, we bet Nina will be backstage at the show instead of waiting around to meet him after!

Are you surprised at how much Nina loved the Black Eyed Peas? Sound off with your thoughts about her adorable throwback photo below!


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