Nina Dobrev lands on Seventeen’s October 2012 issue. The gorgeous 23-year-old actress sits down for a chat with the magazine and opens up about dating her Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder, why nothing beats a weekend with the girls, her new role, and fall fashion. “It’s all about keeping warm and comfy and still looking cute and fun and fresh,” she says.

Nina plays Candace in the film adaptation of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’ In her interview, the actress also dishes on her character’s abusive relationship in the movie. “It’s a really heavy topic, and I hope my character gives girls some perspective. I think more than anything, girls allow abuse to happen because they’re embarrassed it happened and that they allowed it to happen. They know it’s not right. There’s no excuse for it. That’s why it’s so important to show girls that they can admit that it’s not their fault,” Dobrev explains.

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Speaking about her relationship with co-star Ian Somerhalder, Dobrev confesses that, “The first time I was on the cover of Seventeen, the cover line said ‘Nina: Why she wouldn’t date any of her co-stars.’ And then cut to two years later…it’s funny that I said that, 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.”

The young actress is also extremely aware that besides her boyfriend, spending time with her girlfriends is also extremely important. “Girls weekend with the Vampire Diaries girls has become a big deal! 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. When we get there, we go to dinner or cook dinner together, watch movies, lie on the beach, and take tons of pictures,” Nina told Seventeen.

Dobrev admits that she’s still a kid at heart. “I want to go to Harry Potter Land! I actually should text Emma Watson to see if she can hook us up with a backstage pass or something. That’s the perk of doing a movie with Emma called The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” the star says.

But how does she manage to face all the fame pressure? “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. My mom sends me lots of messages like, ‘You’re standing next to Kate Winslet! Oh my god, I love Kate Winslet,'” the actress reveals.

Read Nina Dobrev’s complete interview in the October 2012 issue of Seventeen magazine.

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