Happy Birthday, Nina Dobrev! The gorgeous actress turns 27 on Jan. 9, and it has certainly been QUITE a year for her. Relive her amazing 12 months as a 26-year-old to celebrate her big day right here!
Nina Dobrev is 27! The former Vampire Diaries star celebrates her birthday on Jan. 9, and of course, we here at HollywoodLife.com are joining in on the fun. Help us reminisce on Nina’s incredible year by checking out her best photos and looking back at the milestone moments she experienced while 26!
26 actually started out a little rough for Nina — just days before her birthday, it was confirmed that her ex, Ian Somerhalder, had gotten engaged to his new love, Nikki Reed. Luckily, the actress had some great friends, like Julianne Hough, by her side, and it definitely helped that she looked hotter than ever at red carpet events not long after Ian popped the question. Nina had her big moment to shine, though, in March, when her movie, The Final Girls, was released. The flick didn’t generate too much buzz, but there’s no denying how incredible she looked on premiere night!
The birthday girl made a huge announcement that totally changed TV in early April: She would be leaving The Vampire Diaries after six seasons. Fans were beyond heartbroken over the news, especially since it meant they only had a few weeks of episodes left with Nina’s beloved character, Elena. She spent her final days on set in mid-April, and was understandably emotional while saying goodbye to her castmates at a fun, but sad, weekend getaway at the lake.
It was time for a new chapter in Nina’s life, though, and even when Ian and Nikki tied the knot at the end of April, she kept her head held high. Her final episode of TVD aired on May 14, and just ten days later, she was first linked to her now-boyfriend, Austin Stowell. Talk about good timing!
Things heated up quickly between the pair, and they weren’t shy about publicly showing their affection for one another. The lovebirds took a romantic vacation together in July, and hilariously made their relationship Twitter official in October. And while her love life was thriving, Nina said goodbye to her Vampire Diaries character for good by accepting her final award for the show at the Teen Choice Awards in August. So bittersweet! She ended her big year by taking a holiday ski trip with Austin and their friends, so things are definitely going well for this gorgeous gal — we can’t wait to see what 27 brings!
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