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Nina Dobrev Talks Boyfriend Ian Somerhalder: "You Can't Help Who You Have a Connection With"

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Sep. 4 2012, Published 8:50 a.m. ET

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Striking up a romance with a co-worker is always dicey, and when you're two famous, attractive actors on a hit series, well, the stakes inch up even higher.

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"I didn't want to be dating one of my costars," Nina Dobrev tells the October issue of Seventeen. "My goal on the show was to be professional. But sometimes you can't help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long – which I did for a really, really long time."

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Nina and Ian play Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore, on the CW's Vampire Diaries, and it took, oh, about a season before the inevitable dating rumors began.

The duo finally came clean in April and were spotted holding hands and kissing at the Coachella festival.

"The first time I was on the cover of Seventeen, the cover line said, 'Nina: Why she wouldn't date any of her costars,' " she mused. "And then cut to two years later ... it's funny that I said that."

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Meanwhile, the dark tressed pair seem to be blissfully in love...but not ready to make anything official just yet.

"Eventually I am going to marry and have a family but not anytime soon," she told the September issue of FASHION magazine. "I'm not going to pull a Miley."

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