#WomanOfInterest – Ballerina Turned Bloodsucker: Nina Dobrev
January 11th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
Nina Dobrev has been making titles for herself since she starred in the Canadian-drama Degrassi. Her prominence on the teen television series along with the big screen has led her to super-star status. Before she turned heads on television, Dobrev turned heads as a dancer! Making the transition from dancing to acting at a young age led Dobrev to the successful status she continues to maintain today!
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dobrev was born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva. She abbreviated her name at age 2 when she moved to Toronto, Canada. Her father, a computer specialist, and her mother, a talented artist, sparked Dobrev’s interest and initial immersion in the creative world. As a young girl, Dobrev attended Vradenburg Junior Public School and J.B. Tyrell Sr. Public School where she took a variety of classes in ballet and jazz. She also began to compete in rhythmic gymnastics. Dobrev stepped away from her studies during her free time as she participated in acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios. Her interest in acting overtook her as she attended the arts program at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. Upon graduating, Dobrev pursued post-secondary studies at Ryerson University with a major in Sociology. However, her passion took over as she decided to pursue acting professionally.
In 2006, Dobrev got her first major role as Mia on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Becoming a beloved character among audiences, Dobrev played the part for three seasons. Finding herself slowly entering the spotlight, Dobrev continued to pursue other acting endeavors. She received roles in feature films like Fugitive Pieces and Away from Her. She also held minor roles on television films like Sci-Fi’s Never Cry Werewolvesand a few Lifetime original movies.
The Vampire Diaries
With a few features on her resume, Dobrev made the decision to leave Degrassi to pursue a larger role on the CW network. Dobrev landed the lead role in the supernatural drama, The Vampire Diaries. The show’s cult following launched Dobrev into international success and stardom. Dobrev found herself at events like comic-con and with nominations for multiple Teen Choice Awards. Her six seasons on the series not only showed her professional talent but her respectable poise as she continued to receive praise for her passionate personality.
After her work on the supernatural smash show, Dobrev ventured into the field of film again. She secured roles in large productions like The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Let’s Be Cops, and xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Her talent and ability to transform into nearly any character is evident. Despite receiving numerous accolades and critical praise for her work on film, Dobrev decided to transition back to television as she was cast in the role of Clem in upcoming CBS comedy, Clem.
When Dobrev isn’t busy rehearsing her lines or getting ready to shoot a show, she returns back to her original performance roots. Recently, Dobrev collaborated with big time choreographer, Gandalf Archer Mills, to create the perfect dance-workout routine. The duo promoted the routine as a way for dancers and anyone wishing to get active to explore new movements, styles, and genres. They provide a way to open oneself up to change and self-expression. The 40-minute routine showcases Dobrev’s deep interest in the world of dance while holding her own personal influence over the style of the movements. The routine is hip-hop and freestyle based with obscure music accompanying the movements to challenge those with interest in dance to step outside of their usual comfort zone.
Dobrev has continued to dedicate herself to the arts world in more ways than one. Her story shows that passion and perseverance holds no limits! With strength, talent, and an open-mind, Dobrev’s life is proves that anything is possible!
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Casey Eggers is a writer for StarQuest. She loves coffee, music, and running long distance.