Can you imagine breaking up with your ex and not only still have to work with them but actually kiss them as part of your job?! Well, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder showed the world that it CAN be done, and now a former co-star has shared new details on how things were on set — Let’s get into it.
Back in 2010, the steamy chemistry between Elena and Damon quickly jumped off the screen and into real life as Nina and Ian began dating shortly after meeting on set.
While at first, they tried keeping their romance under wraps, eventually, though, fans caught on, and it added another layer to their onscreen drama. Sadly by 2013, the couple called it quits, but there was one big problem, their show was far from over!
As expected, all kinds of rumors and speculations started swirling after the stars’ break-up, but according to one of their co-stars, there was never really any bad blood between them on set following their split.
Actress Claire Holt — who played Rebekah Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff The Originals — opened up about her former castmates during Monday’s episode of Dear Media’s Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast.
When asked what it was like working with Nina and Ian after their break-up, Claire had this to say about it: “I was on The Originals at that point so I don’t know the timing. But honestly, they were really — they kept it super professional, it never got weird, like props to them. They did a great job at managing that. But it’s hard, like for a lot of people it’s really tough.”
It is definitely tough for us mere mortals, and I don’t know about you guys, but learning that Nina and Ian managed to remain true pros despite their history makes me appreciate and respect their performances on the show even more… I mean, Elena and Damon remained in love as a couple even after the actors didn’t exactly feel the same way for one another… Nina finally said goodbye to the show at the end of season six, which aired in May 2015.
T.V.D.’s fanbase assumed that Nina had left due to the couple parting ways, especially given that Ian had just tied the knot with actress Nikki Reed in April of 2015. However, after exiting the show, Nina told E! News that she had left for different reasons, and in fact, she even returned for the show’s finale two years later.
Nina and Ian actually remained friends for years to come, and in a 2019 appearance on Watch What Happens Live, the actress revealed that she’s even dined with Ian and his wife Nikki and that she doesn’t find that weird at all.
She said, “Why can’t everyone be friends? I think they have a beautiful baby, and they are happy and so am I. What’s bad about that? I don’t see any problem with that.” We stan a mature queen! Ian and Nikki welcomed a daughter in 2017 and are still married to this day.
As for Nina, she’s been dating Olympic snowboarder Shaun White since early 2020. Elena and Damon will forever live in our hearts, and knowing that Nina and Ian still remain friends to this day makes it that much more special…
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