Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley’s characters may have dated for a few years on “The Vampire Diaries”, but in real life it was rather different.

Dobrev, who is now the best of friends with the actor, said during an interview on Candice King and Kayla Ewell’s podcast: “Paul and I didn’t get along at the beginning of the show. I respected Paul Wesley, I didn’t like Paul Wesley.”

She added, according to Narcity: “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.

“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.”

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Dobrev added of their relationship now, “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.”

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“The Vampire Diaries” ran for eight years from 2009 to 2017. Dobrev dated her other co-star, Ian Somerhalder, for three years before the pair broke up in 2013.

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