Nina Dobrev might not be on “The Vampire Diaries” anymore, but she is still getting awards for it. The actress won the Choice TV actress: Sci-fi/Fantasy category at Fox’s 2015 Teen Choice Awards.
Victoria Justice presented the award to her “doppelganger” along with "The Fosters" alum Jake T. Austin. Dobrev went on stage with a pair of vampire teeth that mumbled her speech. After a couple seconds, the 26-year-old took out the prop. “That’s right, I don’t need these anymore,” she joked.
Dobrev’s speech wasn’t just for laughs though. She took a moment to get personal with her teen fans. “So the last few months have been a pretty big change for me,” she said. “Change. It’s a scary word, or at least I used to think that. Because it meant new beginnings, new beginnings where the future is unknown. But change is necessary, necessary for you to learn and to grow and to better yourself. Because everything in life comes to an end.”
The actress, who played Elena as well as several other roles on the CW drama, also noted the show was a big part of her life. “And as this chapter of my life comes to an end, I look back at it with a grateful heart and I smile,” she explained. “Because just like my character Elena, I started the show as a young girl and together, we grew up. We’ve grown up and over the last six years, we’ve become women.”
Finally, Dobrev was sure to address the fans who voted for her. “These are six incredible years that I’ve had the pleasure of sharing with all of you guys,” she added. “We wouldn’t be here without you. I wouldn’t be here without you.”
Watch Dobrev’s full acceptance speech at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards below:
In addition to her Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy award, she also won for Choice Kiss with Ian Somerhalder, who played her love interest Damon. In addition, “The Vampire Diaries” won for Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Dobrev left “The Vampire Diaries” in the Season 6 finale in May, despite being the main female character. Her character Elena was cursed to stay asleep for as long as her friend Bonnie (Kat Graham) is alive. Luckily, her vampire boyfriend Damon (Somerhalder) will likely be alive when the curse is finally lifted.
An open-ended storyline was exactly what Dobrev wanted. The Canadian plans to return to the show eventually (but not anytime soon). “Nina has always said that if there’s something for her to do in the series finale that she will be there to do it,” Plec told Entertainment Weekly in May. “When she left, she said, ‘I want to see this character to its end at the end of the show, so I can’t wait to come back and put her to bed again.’”
“The Vampire Diaries” Season 7 will premiere without Dobrev Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. EDT on the CW.