The two were seen on screen together throughout many seasons of The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017). Both Dobrev and Wesley, portrayed two of the main characters throughout the series. Wesley was the brooding vampire Stefan Salvatore and Dobrev was Elena Gilbert struggling to find herself along the way.
The 171 episode series, was filled with a solid cast of characters and quickly won over the hearts of the fans. The show centered around a fictitious town in Virginia known as Mystic Falls, where things changed consistently for the cast of characters. They struggled with different issues around them and their relationships with one another.
The supernatural teen drama series was first developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, which was based upon the popular book series written with the same name by L. J. Smith.
While filming the series, Nina Dobrev explained, “Paul and I didn’t get along at the beginning of the show. I respected Paul Wesley, I didn’t like Paul Wesley. I remember everyone would walk up to me after the show aired and they’d be like, ‘Are you and Paul dating in real life?’
Everyone thought that we had such good chemistry,” she said. “I realize now that there’s a fine line between love and hate and we despised each other so much that it read as love but … We really just didn’t get along the first five months of shooting.”
Paul Wesley said he learned an important lesson, which is that your opinions of people can completely change over time — so much so that he and Dobrev now “hang out all the time” and he texts her “at least once a week.” “I think it was a cool lesson to learn. It’s like the people that kind of maybe you don’t get along with in the beginning later surprise you, and I think a lot of my friendships are like that.”
Nowadays, both of the actors are whistling a new tune. The drama between them is cleared and they consider themselves to be the closest friends out of the entire cast. They both explained that they found a good place between them and everything is now fine. Overall, they hang out more than anyone else who was on the series together.
Nina Dobrev also said, “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.”