The actress says the relationship with her on-screen lover was more like family than co-workers, and that means occasionally not getting along.
Nina Dobrev was blown away by just how big the story got when she admitted back in June that she and "The Vampire Dairies" co-star Paul Wesley "didn't get along" during the first season of the hit series.
On the latest episode of the Barstool Sports' "Chicks in the Office" podcast, Dobrev revisited her comments, which Wesley confirmed generally shortly after she made them, saying she couldn't believe how "blown out of proportion" the story had gotten.
"I guess nothing else was happening that week 'cause every outlet picked it up," she said per E! News, shocked that they were even worthy of that much attention. "Clearly nothing else was happening. It blew my mind when that became a thing."
And that wasn't even the point of what she was trying to say.
Dobrev said she was actually talking about how much she adores Wesley and only referred to "a very brief moment in time" when they struggled to get along. And as far as she's concerned, that's perfectly normal. In fact, she argues that there is no one any of us could get along with one hundred percent of the time.
"If you said that you and your parents have loved each other unconditionally and your siblings from the moment you were born until the day that you die, you'd be a f--king liar," she said candidly. "So you'd be lying to yourself if that was true."
And that's the comparison she would make, because working long hours on a television set week in and week out over a span of months and then years, you do become like family with those people. And she certainly shared plenty of screen time with Wesley in those early seasons, as he was her original love interest on the show.
"You see each other with makeup, without makeup, on good days, on bad days, when you're hungry, when you're thirsty, when you're tired. So, there are going to be mood swings," Dobrev said. "It was one of those things that we just—it's not that we didn't like each other. We just didn't appreciate each other as much as we do now."
And yet, Dobrev says the media just "took one sentence out of context and deleted all of the other ones where I'm like, 'I love him. We're best friends now.'"
But as much as they've grown and matured into close friends, Dobrev does admit that it wasn't always sunshine and roses between them, even as they shared sizzling chemistry on set. But she wouldn't change any of it for a moment.
"It's a moment in time that we'll never get back, and I look back at it so fondly—including all of the bad days that Paul Wesley had and that I had," she said. And that's what surprised her the most. "Literally said, of everyone, he's probably my best friend and they didn't put that in the article," she marveled.
During that initial interview, Dobrev did sing the praises of her co-star, even as she lamented the struggles they faced early on, recalling that Wesley once told her that some day ten years down the road they'd really appreciate one another and that time together.
"He was so f***ing right," she said. then. "We ended up getting to a good place and it was fine. Of everyone, I think I probably see him the most and hang out with him the most. We're probably the closest. We hang out a lot. We're really good friends. I love his wife. It's so funny how time changes everything because I never thought he would be one of my best friends."
So basically, the media wasn't wrong in saying that Dobrev and Wesley did not get along particularly well during the beginning of "The Vampire Diaries." She just wishes that hadn't been the focus of the headlines and stories about it, because they ultimately have come to a really great place in their relationship.
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