Vervegirl Exclusive: Q and A with Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev plays Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation as a 16-year-old single mother.  She’s actively involved in Free the Children and has landed roles in feature films including Fugitive Pieces and Away from Her.  I caught up with Nina for a little Q&A to get the scoop on everything from relationships to Moksha Yoga!

By Sharlotte Lawrence

Q and A with Nina DobrevVG: When did you know you wanted to be in front of the camera?
SL: It’s always been something at the back of my mind I’ve wanted to do, but never something that I thought would really happen or come to life. I went to a performing arts high school and from there I did workshops with professional actors who then referred me to an agency and then I started auditioning and here I am.

VG: What did the DEGRASSI experience do for you as a person and a personality?
SL: Degrassi was one of the first things I did and this is my third season so I’ve been doing it for 3 years and I learned so much coming here both from the actors who’ve been here for a long time, they gave me advice and the directors – just learning to be comfortable in front of the camera and just being myself.  It was an all around educational experience in terms of my acting and it was great, it still continues to be very great.

VG: What’s the average audition process like? What do you feel you have that others do not? 
SL: Well I take it very seriously.  When I have an audition I don’t pick up the phone, I sit at home and I dissect the scenes to the bone.  There’s a lot of time and work that goes into it.  Some people don’t take it so seriously, and I’ve been taught when I went to Dean Armstrong Acting Studio – they always said “there was going to be someone that prepared more than you did – so you better prepare really hard.”  And I live by that.

VG: What are some causes/charities/beliefs you support and why?
SL: I actually went to Africa with Free the Children and I’ve been there first hand and I’ve seen how we and every single person can change a child’s life. I really believe in the cause and I try to promote it and spread the word as much as possible.  Because any way we could possibly show it and spread the word to get as many people excited about it and interested in it to do their part – then the better! 

VG: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
SL: Because I work so much and everything is so crazy and there are long hours, to be completely honest – I usually just stay at home with friends and watch movies or sleep.  I like my down time and just relaxing, reading and watching movies.

VG: Do you have time for a relationship?
SL: For the last 2 years since I’ve been acting it’s been very difficult because the schedule is very inconsistent and a lot of people who are not in the business don’t understand – so it’s difficult.  But I defiantly am not ruling it out – if it happens it happens.

VG: With all the time you need to be in TV Makeup, how do you take care of your skin & hair? Any beauty advice?
SL: We wear so much makeup so I generally don’t wear almost any makeup in my day to day life, especially after I shoot because you have to let the skin breathe.  I use Clean and Clear products and I cleanse my face and use Clean and Clear cream moisturizer day and night – and that helps make my skin smooth and fresh.  As for my hair – conditioner and moisture are the only thing that keeps it alive – usually RedKin Products.

VG: How do you stay in shape?
SL: Everything in moderation and balance in terms of exercising.  I am personally obsessed with Moksha yoga – which is hot yoga in a room.  I just love yoga – it’s a way to detox and get away from the hectic lifestyle that I live as well as a good workout; it makes me feel really good.


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