Nina moved to Canada when she was two and can speak French, English and Bulgarian. Nina Dobrev has an older brother.
Nina told Glamour, "I was kind of a jock in school. Beauty wasn't something I spent a lot of time on."
In Canada, Nina went to J.B. Tyrrell Sr. Public School and got involved in ballet and gymnastics. She went to college in Toronto and majored in sociology, but left to pursue an acting career.
Her trajectory into acting began with modeling jobs, which led to commercials, and then into auditions. Nina Dobrev landed parts in "Fugitive Pieces," "Away from Her," "Never Cry Werewolf," and "Degrassi: The Next Generation." But it was her role on "The Vampire Diaries" that made her a star.
Nina Dobrev said of shooting the series in Atlanta, "I like it, I really it. It took a second to get used to it in the beginning because, like any city, you have to give it a shot and explore and find out the little quirks about the town..it's so different from New York and LA and the big cities. We get an opportunity to be real, average people and hang out and go to restaurants and watch movies and not take ourselves too seriously" (snmag.com).
In an interview with Self magazine, Nina Dobrev said, "Starving to be skinny isn't my thing. When I don't eat, it affects my mood! On-set, I fuel up with small meals and I'm always grabbing high-protein snacks, like almonds." She added, "I want to keep growing, so I make vision boards that say things like, 'Learn. Excel. Succeed.' Using my imagination, spelling out what I want to achieve and creating a reminder of those things that helps me move forward."
When she has free time, Nina Dobrev likes to "chill and keep everything low-key. I'm a very low-key person because the rest of my life is so fast-paced and exiting. I like to just relax."
About dating, Nina's advice is "to be with the person who makes them smile. The minute you're not smiling anymore, you shouldn't be in the relationship. That's what you figure out by having good or bad experiences.and finding out what qualities you like and don't like in a person. It's part of growing up and learning. You should always be with the people who make you feel happiest" (hollywoodlife.com).