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Date Night! Nina Dobrev and Austin Stowell Attend a Screening for Her New Film

Date Night! Nina Dobrev and Austin Stowell Attend a Screening for Her New Film

Originally posted 06/17/2015 07:00PM

So sweet! Nina Dobrev has the most supportive group of friends, not to mention new boyfriend Austin Stowell.

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New Couple Alert? Nina Dobrev and Whiplash Star Austin Stowell Get Cozy at Comedy Show

New Couple Alert? Nina Dobrev and Whiplash Star Austin Stowell Get Cozy at Comedy Show

Originally posted 06/11/2015 03:55PM

Does Nina Dobrev have a new man in her life?

The former Vampire Diaries star was spotted spending time with Whiplash actor Austin Stowell at the Hallmark Shoebox relaunch – hosted by Rob Riggle – Wednesday night at The Improv in Hollywood.

According to an onlooker, the two were glued together the entire night, laughing and "getting cozy during the comedy show."

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Paul Wesley on Nina Dobrev Leaving The Vampire Diaries: 'It's Never Going to Be the Same'

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Paul Wesley on Nina Dobrev Leaving The Vampire Diaries: 'It's Never Going to Be the Same'

Originally posted 05/17/2015 05:05PM

With the exit of star Nina Dobrev, many The Vampire Diaries fans are wondering what's next for the show – and Dobrev's costar Paul Wesley is right there with them.

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VIDEO: Nina Dobrev: How the Vampire Diaries Cast and Crew Pranked the Prankster on Her Last Day

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Nina Dobrev: How the Vampire Diaries Cast and Crew Pranked the Prankster on Her Last Day (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/13/2015 12:00PM

After six years on The Vampire Diaries as its star and diarist in question, Nina Dobrev is moving on.

As she admits to PEOPLE, her last days on set in Atlanta were "bittersweet," but the cast and crew sent her off in the best way they knew how – by ganging up on her with a massive prank six years in the making that she won't soon forget.

The actress, 26, also opens up to PEOPLE about what it's like interacting with one of the biggest and most enthusiastic fandoms on the Internet as well as her favorite part about playing Elena (… /Katherine/Amara/Tatia).

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Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev May Be Gone, but #DelenaIsForever and the Tears Are Flowing on Twitter | The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev

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The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev May Be Gone, but #DelenaIsForever and the Tears Are Flowing on Twitter

Originally posted 05/14/2015 10:50PM

The fretful anticipation surrounding The Vampire Diaries' finale has been building since stars Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino announced in early April that they would leave the show after season 6.

With a fanbase as committed as TVD's, it was inevitable viewers would be equal parts up-in-arms and dissolved-in-puddles regardless of how the characters made their exits. Unfortunately for Trevino's fans, his werewolf hybrid character Tyler Lockwood ended on more of a whimper than a growl on Thursday. The fanfare around the departure of Dobrev's on-screen persona Elena Gilbert, however, certainly merited the uproar heard around the Twitterverse during and after the East Coast airing.

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Ian Somerhalder: The Vampire Diaries Will Go Back to Its 'Volatile, Sexy' Roots in Season 7

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Ian Somerhalder: The Vampire Diaries Will Go Back to Its 'Volatile, Sexy' Roots in Season 7

Originally posted 05/14/2015 02:10PM

For those already mourning the loss of Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries, all is not yet lost – the departure of Elena just might breathe new (un)life into the series.

"The last two scenes of the finale truly depict where the show is going," Ian Somerhalder told PEOPLE on the red carpet at the CW Upfronts on Thursday.

The actor promised that the series will return to the "volatile, sexy" days of yore – "stuff that we all fell in love with. Season 1 and 2 of the show were so dark. It was awesome."

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Nina Dobrev on Life After The Vampire Diaries: 'I Want to Live Like a Twentysomething!' | The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev

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Nina Dobrev on Life After The Vampire Diaries: 'I Want to Live Like a Twentysomething!'

Originally posted 05/14/2015 12:00PM

Now that Nina Dobrev is no longer confined to the rigorous schedule of a TV star, the actress tells PEOPLE that she's enjoying her newfound free time.

As Dobrev, 26, documents her cross-country road trip/scavenger hunt on Instagram, she says that she's using the interlude following her run as Elena on The Vampire Diaries to "do the opposite of what I'd been doing for the last six years. I had a very scheduled, regimented life, and I've just been taking the whole month to not plan anything and see where life takes me and chill for a second before getting back into it and getting super-focused again."

Adds Dobrev, "I want to live like a twentysomething!"

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Nina Dobrev: Ex Ian Somerhalder Marrying Nikki Reed Was 'Beautiful'

Originally posted 05/12/2015 08:15PM

There's no bad blood between Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder.

Dobrev – who is exiting the supernatural CW series after Thursday's finale – told E! News she's thrilled her ex-boyfriend found love with Nikki Reed. (The couple tied the knot April 26 in Malibu, California.)

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Nina Dobrev and Conan O'Brien 'Do the Splits' Together (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/12/2015 09:35AM

Nina Dobrev and Conan O'Brien could have a dual circus act somewhere in the future.

The Vampire Diaries actress, 25, stopped by Conan Monday night and ended up showing off her impressive flexibility – once again – alongside the 52-year-old late-night host.

"I can do the splits, yes," the actress confirmed – with slight trepidation – in the video.

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Vampire Diaries Creator on the 'Beautiful Shock' and 'Grief' Surrounding Nina Dobrev's Exit

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Vampire Diaries Creator on the 'Beautiful Shock' and 'Grief' Surrounding Nina Dobrev's Exit

Originally posted 05/04/2015 12:00PM

After Nina Dobrev announced she would be leaving The Vampire Diaries once her six-season contract was up, the show's creator, Julie Plec, had the same knee-jerk reaction to the news as the rest of us: denial.

"Nina had said earlier this year that she wanted to be done, and we spent a little time trying to talk her out of it," said Plec on a KCRW podcast. "[We'd say,] 'Oh, look at all these great plans of how you can stay!' "

However, said Plec, Dobrev "was just looking forward to moving on with no hard feelings and no drama. … She finally was like, 'No, I signed up for six years. I've done my six years. I'm ready to move on and spread my wings."

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