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Posted Tue, June 1, 2010 3:17pm EDT

SUMMER LOVE! Things Are Heating Up Between ‘Vampire Diaries’ Co-stars Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder!

Would you two FINALLY come out as a couple? We know that you’ve gone on TWO dates in the last week!

Very, very suspicious indeed! Apparently the sexual tension between Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder’s Vampire Diaries characters has transferred over to real life gauging by how much time the two are spending together lately!

On Thursday, May 27, Nina, 21, and Ian, 31, laughed and joked non-stop while watching the Lakers play in LA. Even though the two — who play past-life lovers on the CW show that starts shooting again mid-July — were joined by pals Zac Efron and Ryan Rottman, they only had eyes for one another; Ian whispered in Nina’s ear and she touched his arm.

The couple was attached at the hip the next day, May 28, while shopping together at The Stronghold, a hip clothing store in Venice, Calif. Both looked cool in their funky hats:  Nina wore a cranberry knit beanie and Ian sported a fedora.

Nina — who’s originally from Toronto but relocated to Atlanta, Georgia for the show — and Ian, a Louisiana native, seem to be spending an awful lot of one-on-one time together recently (they’re co-stars are usually noticeably absent from their excursions). We saw the two setting off together for their Hot Topic Tour at LAX Feb. 13, watched them flirt during a Paley Festival panel May 6 and watched their chemistry at Nina’s birthday party at Asia de Cuba Jan. 12.

Even though Nina explained to us at the Young Hollywood Awards May 13 why she’d NEVER date a co-star, it certainly seems like she’s willing to take that risk.

Nina’s rep declined to comment saying, “We don’t comment on our clients’ personal lives.”

–Kirstin Benson


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