The Vampire Diaries - Nina Dobrev
The Vampire Diaries "Children of the Damned" - Katherine (Nina Dobrev) © CW
The Vampire Diaries - Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley
Episode “Children of the Damned” – Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) © CW

The CW’s smash new hit, The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev as 17-year-old Elena Gilbert, a high school student who becomes involved with two vampire brothers, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) Salvatore.

Both are attracted to Elena because she looks exactly like a woman named Katherine who Stefan loved more than a century ago; a woman that Damon tried to make his own.

Now these two brothers are at war for Elena’s soul, and for the souls of her family and friends.

Why do you think Elena was so upset about seeing the photo of Katherine and how much she looked like her?

Episode “Children of the Damned” – Katherine (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) © CW

I think that it’s shocking. It’s one thing to have a crazy ex-girlfriend and come to terms with that. It’s like, “Okay, you have a past? That’s fine.” It’s another thing to look identical to the crazy ex-girlfriend.

I think Elena will always feel like, “Why are you dating me? Do you want to replace her with me? Isn’t that selfish of you?” There’s a lot going on. You don’t want to look like someone else, especially an ex-girlfriend.

The Vampire Diaries - Nina Dobrev
Elena (Nina Dobrev) © CW

Do you ever play Elena and Katherine in the same day?

Playing Katherine takes so long. Getting into the character, there’s the hair and make-up process, and just getting dressed, alone, takes half an hour because there’s corsets and pantaloons.

There’s so many layers that it takes half an hour to put the outfits on, so I couldn’t play both in one day. It’s very good because it takes a lot of energy.

When I’m in that corset for 17 hours, at the end of the day, I feel like I’ve done a work-out.

I remember looking at my stomach and thinking, “I should get myself a corset for every day.” It really tones you up. You’re sucking in, all day.

Have you had any embarrassing moments on set?

When we’re doing scenes, we have mic packs, usually in the back pocket of our pants or somewhere.

I went to the restroom once, forgot about my mic pack and it fell in the toilet. And, a mic pack is $2,000 or $3,000. I don’t think they heard it. I was just really embarrassed and I felt really bad.

They announced it on the mics on the set, so everyone knew and everyone laughed at me. I offered to pay for it, but they wouldn’t let me.

The Vampire Diaries - Nina Dobrev
Episode “Children of the Damned” – Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Katherine (Nina Dobrev) © CW

And you never did that again?

No. Now, I go to the bathroom and I hold my mic pack.

Do you like to prank people on the set?

Yeah. I’ll go into dark corners and scare everyone, all the time. I love doing that.

Are there any cool things you can hint at, leading up to the season finale?

You’ll see a lot more Katherine coming up, and I had a lot of fun shooting all of that. There was a lot of blood and teeth. Just getting into that world and being crazy is always fun when you’re so different from the character.

You can read what Nina thinks her most surreal aspect of the Vampire Diaries success is on page 2. (click below)

Judy Sloane

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