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Birthplace: Jan. 9, 1989

Hometown: Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Where You've Seen Her: Though she clocked in for four season on the teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation, former model/commercial star Nina Dobrev has earned a major following in the States thanks to her dual role on The CW's The Vampire Diaries. (She plays Elena Gilbert, a modern-day human caught between two vampire brothers, and Katherine Pierce, a Civil War-era vampire also loved by the same two brothers. Got all that?) Diaries returns for its second season at 8/7 C tonight on The CW, so tune in to see what all of the fang fuss is about; trust us, there's much more to love about Nina than just a few pints of warm blood.

Double Whammy: "I read the books, and at first I was kind of excited to be that bad girl. Elena, in the books, is one of those mean girls that gets what she wants; she's blonde and blue eyed. [Series producer/writer] Kevin [Williamson] specifically told me that the angle we wanted to go for was the relatable, nice, girl next door, who the audience roots for. So he made a conscious decision to change that. And that's why she contrasts so much with Katherine, because Katherine is that conniving, narcissistic, bitch. I think have one of the coolest characters on the show—I get to play two completely different people on opposite sides of the spectrum." —Buzzsugar.com

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

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