Credit: Waytao Shing Photo: Arielle Kebbel at the 2013 ATX Television Festival

Lovin’ between ghosts and the living isn’t unheard of on The Vampire Diaries (Anna and Jeremy, anyone), so what’s to stop Lexi and Stefan (Paul Wesley) from a little spirit-vampire romance? When Wetpaint Entertainment spoke with Arielle Kebbel at ATX Television Festival in Austin on Sunday, we asked her just that — and confused her in the process.

“Lexi and Stefan will never hook up,” Arielle insisted after clarifying that we weren’t asking if she’d like to see Stefan and Caroline (Candice Accola) together. “Could you tell I was so thrown by the question?” she asked. “My mind can’t even wrap itself around it.”

Instead, their platonic relationship is much stronger than any fleeting romance between them could be. “They have this brother-sister/best friend, spiritual, angelic bond,” says Arielle of Stefan and Lexi.

It’s been Lexi’s raison d'être to keep Stefan on the straight and narrow. According to Arielle, “Whatever Lexi thinks, she’s there to support Stefan.” And that means both Arielle and Lexi are proud to let their Stelena flags fly.

“I think it’s fun to piss off the Delena fans,” Arielle admitted with a grin. She’s a braver girl than we are!

Reporting by Alyse Whitney.