In the issue, Nina opens up about leaving The Vampire Diaries after six seasons.
“It’s important for me that it be epic and powerful,” Dobrev says of her departure from the series. “I feel like I’m a completely different person than I was and I’ve grown so much. It’s been a big part of my life, and I want it to be beautiful. I want it to end well.”
“I’ve loved working on this show,” she says. “It’s been such a crazy, awesome adventure, and I’ve been surrounded by so many people who I consider family. I know this is a new exciting step in the right direction for me, but it’s going to be so strange not to be with them.”
As for what she’s planning for the future, Nina has revealed that she’s ready to take on some new challenging roles: “I’ll be stepping outside my comfort zone,” Nina reveals.
Be sure to check out Nina’s full feature in the new issue of Self! You can also read more of her interview here.