Nearly three months after splitting from her Vampire Diaries costar Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev is having the time of her life hanging out with her gal pals — just don’t call their get-togethers pity parties.
“That’s not what our friendship is about,” she tells the September issue of Cosmopolitan of her connection with gal pal Julianne Hough, who split with love of two years Ryan Seacrest in March. “Unfortunately, that’s how it’s perceived, but there’s more to us. People aren’t defined by their relationships. The whole point is being true to yourself and not losing yourself in relationships, whether romances or friendships.”
The girlfriends have instead been focusing on their own wellness and betterment — Dobrev is even planning on opening up a yoga studio in the near future.
“Yoga changed my life,” she says of staying zen. “Hopefully, it will do that for others.”
“It’s been cool to find an active buddy — there are lots of girlie girls around,” she adds of Hough. “We don’t talk about makeup; we talk about life.”
And the next time Dobrev gets into a relationship, the actress explained, she knows exactly what she’ll be looking for. “You either have chemistry or you don’t, but a lot of what attracts me is a guy’s mind and humor and talent,” she says. “I need to get to know all those things before I fall for someone. I’m not a one-night-stand kind of girl. I’m a relationship girl.”
As for what type of guy she’s personally attracted to? “I’m progressive in some ways, old-fashioned in others,” she explains. “I like it when guys hold the door open and are sweet and thoughtful. The guys on our show are really good at that.”
“A man in a suit looking put together and dapper is very attractive, but I also kind of like the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed, a-little-bit-of-scruff, effortless, not-trying-hard-but-still-sexy guy,” Dobrev continues. “If a guy spends more time looking in the mirror than I do, that’s a problem!”
Ian Somerhalder is dashing underwater for Lifestyle Mirror‘s latest issue!
Here’s what the Vampire Diaries actor had to share with the mag:
On his foundation Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF): “We’ve literally built a multinational foundation out of social media. I never wanted to tweet ever. It’s the most powerful force on the planet right now. And I am utterly grateful for it.”
On his character Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries: “I never realized how important humor is in life and work. Humor is a medicine for pain basically. I found that when you have fun in whatever you’re doing, life is just better.”
On his upcoming project Time Framed: “The director, Sinisha Nisevic, is a very dear friend of mine and an incredible artist. It’s rare to be part of a film where you can kick serious ass, drive some of the world’s most incredible eco-friendly sports cars, and don a beautiful suit.”
Check out our exclusive video below of his shoot for his Lifestyle Mirror cover!
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The 23-year-old actress chatted about her fashion on the red carpet, her parents and her dream roles. Check it:
On red carpet fashion: “I think the Donna Karen red gown that I wore to the Emmys last year is what people think about. That’s when I started to get recognized for fashion. From that point forward, people were watching. There was this incredible pressure all of a sudden. Now it’s like there’s a bar that’s been set. But it’s fun to put things together—it’s really another form of expression.”
On the role she’d love to take on: “My dream role is to do a James Bond film, or if they did another Lara Craft, or even a prequel Lara Croft, I’d want to do that, to get it out of my system.”
On her family takes to her fame: “Luckily, my parents are overseas a lot, so it’s a delayed reaction. The conversation I’ll have with my dad is always different from the one I’ll have with my mom. My mom understands a lot more, and my dad—well he’s my dad. He’s more apprehensive about me being in this industry. It’s almost like being a character: I’ve done movies where there are simulated sex scenes, so they understand, but it’s always kind of awkward. They say things like, ‘Oh you look great. That’s interesting.’ I always pride myself on the fact that I’ve gotten this far without taking my clothes off.”
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