Nina Dobrev In Seventeen: ‘I Didn’t Want To Be Dating One Of My Costars’

Today’s most enviable back-to-school look that we’d never be actually brave enough to wear in a classroom? It belongs to Nina Dobrev, who’s on the cover of Seventeen’s October issue—and, in the accompanying photo shoot, out in a sunny field wearing some seriously daring fall fashions. Nina sports soft knits, structured leather and super-high stiletto heels in her playful pics and offers up some gossip-worthy insights on her fashion sense and her relationships with her “Vampire Diaries” co-stars… yes, including that one.

Among the interesting tidbits from Nina’s interview: a confession that our favorite fashionista doesn’t keep up with the online commentary about her outfits.

“I try not to read best-dressed lists or anything like that. For every good thing, there will often be a not-so-nice thing people would say,” she explained. But if she did happen to get her feelings hurt by someone throwing shade at her style sense? She’s got a ready-made support group!

“Girls weekend with the’ Vampire Diaries’ girls has become a big deal!” she said. “It’s our quality time. It’s so much fun to unload and not feel guilty complaining or talking about your insecurities or bonding over things that you thought you were on your own about.”

And speaking of “Vampire Diaries,” no conversation with Nina would be complete without a question or two about the blue-eyed hottie who went from her co-star to boyfriend…especially since, two years ago, she told Seventeen that she’d never ever want to date a co-star. Oops.

“It’s funny that I said that,” Nina admitted. “But you know what? It was honestly what I believed at the time. I didn’t want to be dating one of my costars—my goal on the show was to be professional. But sometimes you can’t help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long—which I did for a really, really long time.”

What do you think of Nina’s about-face on co-star dating? (Yeah, we like it too.) Tell us in the comments!