Nina Dobrev, best known for her role as Elena Gilbert in the hit series The Vampire Diaries, recently opened up about almost turning down the opportunity to be a part of the show. During an interview on Live with Kelly & Mark while promoting her new Netflix comedy movie The-Outlaws, Dobrev revealed that she had to make a choice between auditioning for The Vampire Diaries and another show called Boardwalk Empire.
The decision wasn't an easy one for Dobrev. Boardwalk Empire, a period crime drama on HBO, had a nudity clause that might require her to do a nude scene at some point. Being only 19 years old at the time, Dobrev admitted that she
Looking back, it's clear that Dobrev made the right decision. Her portrayal of Elena Gilbert, as well as her villainous alter ego Katherine Pierce, was one of the highlights of The Vampire Diaries. In the season 1 finale, Katherine dramatically inserted herself into Elena's life, creating chaos and setting the tone for the rest of the supernatural drama. Dobrev's ability to play these two characters with such distinction was truly outstanding.
However, the dual roles did take a toll on Dobrev. The characters had different clothing, dialogue, and even movements. Despite the challenges, Dobrev tackled them with grace and skill. There were even moments when Elena and Katherine shared scenes together, which led to concerns from The CW about overworking the lead star. As a result, Katherine was killed off for a few seasons.
But Dobrev's hard work paid off. Her performance as Katherine elevated The Vampire Diaries and helped transform it from just another Twilight-inspired show into a must-watch series. Critics and audiences praised the cast performances and the audacious plot twists that kept viewers hooked. Many even believed that Dobrev deserved major awards recognition for her work.
So, while Dobrev may have missed out on Boardwalk Empire , her decision to join The Vampire Diaries ultimately led to a career-defining role. Her talent and dedication made the show a success, and she has become an influential figure in the entertainment industry.