06:15 PM EDT 05/20/2015
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.
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).
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.
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."
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!"
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.)
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.
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."
Originally posted 04/16/2015 01:10AM
Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino, who are both leaving The Vampire Diaries after season 6, commemorated their exits in the cutest way possible on Wednesday night: with a helium-voiced sayonara.
Dobrev, 26, who announced her departure on Instagram earlier this month, also posted a Polaroid-style shot of her hugging her costar, 30, whom she tagged as part of her "#TVDFamily."
Originally posted 04/14/2015 09:35AM
Elena and Stefan, together forever.
Nina Dobrev's time on The Vampire Diaries is quickly coming to a close, and on Monday she reached a bittersweet milestone – her final scene with costar Paul Wesley.
Dobrev, 26, and Wesley, 32 – who goes by @paulwesley on Twitter and @paulvedere on Instagram – have been the show's leads through six seasons. With a seventh season on the way, Dobrev has announced she is leaving (as is Michael Trevino, who plays Tyler Lockwood) and officially commemorated the end of the Stelena era with a sweet Instagram post.
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