Nina Dobrev may be looking glam and gorgeous on the cover of Ocean Drive magazine, but the former “Vampire Diaries” star is quick to point out that the standards of beauty we see on magazine covers are not reality.
“Young girls see this image and think that’s what they should be and that’s how they should wake up,” she tells the mag in an extensive interview. “That was one of the main reasons I wanted to be a part of [People‘s Most Beautiful People issue] and especially proud to represent the section [with no makeup on]. I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis. I try to reflect that on my social media too.”
In fact, Dobrev says that she takes her status as a role model for young women very seriously, and wants fans to know that she deals with the same physical imperfections as they do.
“I get pimples and zits all the time and I deal with them just like anybody else, with zit cream,” she admits. “Sometimes I walk out of the house with the zit cream and forget about it. And that’s just life, it’s unpredictable and awkward and we all feel insecure all the time but that’s completely normal and OK and everybody has good days and bad days. It’s especially important now to show young girls that and to make them aware that they are perfect exactly the way they are.”
Dobrev also opens up about what it’s like to be a Canadian living in America during the Trump administration. “I keep expecting to wake up and find out that it’s not real. It’s a very unstable political climate at the moment and it scares me to see the negative repercussions that will come as a result of all of the work that’s been done — especially with the environment, the way it is in its fragile state, seeing the direction that it’s going in, and the decisions that are being made in the White House. The decisions that the administration makes at the moment affect the world, not just this country,” she says, adding that because she’s not able to vote in the U.S. she instead tries to make an impact “with my voice and the platforms that I have access to.”
Meanwhile, Dobrev stays true to form by avoiding any discussion of her personal life, but admits that dating in Hollywood can be tricky.
“You’re the subject of paparazzi but you do a very good job of keeping it private,” says the star of how she manages to keep her private life private. “That is between me and my dating life and it will stay that way and that’s why I’m so good at it because I avoid these questions.”
You can read the entire interview in the September 2017 issue of Ocean Drive; check out these stunning photos of Dobrev that appear in the article, taken by photographer Diego Uchitel.