Nina Dobrev talks dating Ian Somerhalder, 'Perks of Being a Wallflower,' and more
"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," she tells the mag. "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."
As for her own relationship, Nina says that when she first started "The Vampire Diaries," she wasn't looking to date any of her co-stars, but eventually Ian Somerhalder won her over. "It was honestly what I believed at the time," she says. "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."
It's not all about the boys, though -- Nina always gets in some girl time. If you follow Nina on Twitter, you know that she spent Labor Day Weekend at Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with three of her BFFs -- including "Vampire Diaries" co-stars Candice Accola and Kayla Ewell.
"Girls weekend with the 'Vampire Diaries' girls has become a big deal! It's our quality time," says Nina. "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."
For more from Nina, check out the current issue of Seventeen, on newsstands soon!