How do you win a major entertainment award without even being on the ballot? Just ask Nina Dobrev, star of the CW hit show "The Vampire Diaries," because that is exactly what happened to her in January at the People's Choice Awards. Because of her loyal and active fan base, she became the first person not nominated to win.
In a video chat with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, she revealed that winning Favorite TV Drama Actress was "a really, really unique, cool experience. I've seen through my Twitter and now through the People's Choice Awards how passionate and committed they really are. My fans were so ruthless and so passionate and enthusiastic about having me nominated that they wrote in so many times. That's the best kind of recognition you can possibly get."
Dobrev plays dual roles on the popular series. Katherine Pierce is a vampire loved by two human brothers (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley) during the Civil War era. Elena Gilbert is a human girl torn between the same two brothers who are now vampires themselves in the present day. The show is based on the young adult novels by L.J. Smith.
The program is concluding its third season this May, and Dobrev is excited about the finale. She said, "The season one finale was one of the most memorable, for me and everyone I've ever spoken to. And now we're giving the season one finale a run for its money with what's happening at the end of this one. I don't want to give away too much, but Elena has been back and forth between the brothers and she has to make a decision. There's a new pseudo-villain coming in... a new threat... but everyone sort of teams up to save each other. I'm going to go as far as to say not one but a few people die in the finale."
Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We've got 85% of all titles and will have the others soonest. CLICK HERE
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