Vampires not much different than humans says ‘Vampire Diaries’ star Nina Dobrev
Playing both Katherine and Elena, Nina Dobrev dwells in two worlds.
The Canadian actress began the series playing Elena Gilbert, a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire named Stefan (Paul Wesley), but as audiences later discovered that Elena was a dead ringer for Katherine Pierce, the beautiful vampire who turned Stefan and Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Dobrev began to portray Katherine as well.
Now that she’s played both the living and the un-dead, Dobrev sees a lot of common traits.
“They're basically just people in different circumstances. Vampires have these powers and they have these advantages and disadvantages because they have extended life, but they have these cravings and this constant needed to kill,” Dobrev says in an interview with CTV.ca.
“I guess a vampire is someone who after living so long, they get to really have fun with their life and not take everything so seriously, and they experience so many things. And things start to get old. And I know Katherine, specifically, starts to become selfish, and she decides to indulge and take everything as though the world is her playground.”
Born in Bulgaria and raised in Toronto, Dobrev also prides herself on portraying her characters as female role models.
“I think it's important for Elena to hold her ground, because you don't see that many characters that are women right now portrayed in the media that are strong and confident and stand up for their friends and their family before their boyfriends. Because a lot of the characters portrayed on television are these girls that are kinda like, ‘I wanna have a boyfriend. I want to hang out at the mall, hang out with my friends,’” says Dobrev.
“But Elena -- it's not about that for her. She cares about Stefan. And he's important to her and she has this connection with him, but she will put her friends and her family and the safety of her town before anything else, and she's not going to swoon over the fact that he's a vampire and ask her to bite him right away and all that.”
The actress first became well known for her portrayal as teenage mother Mia Jones on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” According to Dobrev, despite appearing on another series set in high school, she says things couldn’t be more different.
“They're both high school shows at the beginning, at first it seems that way for ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ but then this show is more about the town and about the people and how they interact and the vampire influences,” says Dobrev.
“Whereas ‘Degrassi’ was about issues and how the characters tackled their individual issues. But at the same time, I mean, we were like a family back there in ‘Degrassi’ and I still keep in touch with a lot of the cast and the crew and producers, and they're friends of mine, and I hang out with them. I miss them in that way, of course. But it's a whole different experience, and I'm having an amazing time here, and I've gained a new incredible family here as well.”