And inside, she’s talking candidly about her on-set wardrobe, her relationship with Ian Somerhalder and how her role on “The Vampire Diaries” has prepared her for what—and whatever—comes next.
According to Nina, fashion isn’t just something she enjoys playing with in her personal life; it’s also a source of professional inspiration.
“Whenever I’m in Elena’s clothing, my demeanor changes and I just feel more casual and effortless,” she said, describing how the costume racks for her dual role sit on opposite sides of the room so that she can get dressed while in character. “As soon as I put on any of Katherine’s gear, like a corset, my outlook changes because my posture is changing. Clothes are such a big help.”
Also a big help? The way that playing two different people on such a diverse show has honed her acting skills, as Nina explained that the way “Vampire Diaries” has tested her range in a way that’s left her ready to take on any role she could want.
“It really is an actor’s boot camp for me,” she said. “Once I’m done with it, I will be able to do anything and everything. I feel like I’ve done everything you could possibly imagine on this one show—action, drama, comedy. We’ve even done lots of stunts. I have to emotionally get to places that I sometimes don’t want to go.”
And speaking of going emotional places… okay, sorry, worst segue ever. But no interview with Nina would be complete without a question or two about boyfriend (and co-star) Ian Somerhalder—and fortunately, she doesn’t mind talking about it (albeit in a sort of vague way, but hey, it’s something):
“I feel like when I’m with someone who’s older than me they have a certain amount of experience in life,” she said (and yes, Ian’s 10 years her senior). “There’s a maturity. There’s a different sort of knowledge that they bring to a relationship and the conversations are very different.”
But don’t be looking for an engagement announcement (or a pregnancy one, either) from the star; while Nina feels more than prepared for whatever the entertainment biz has to throw at her, she’s less ready for anything when it comes to her personal life—and she’s comfortable with that.
“Eventually I am going to marry and have a family, but not anytime soon,” she said. Which is fine. And we’ll just save this squealy “OMG NINA AND IAN ARE ENGAGED” post we’ve been writing for a later date, shall we? Okay then.