After Nina Dobrev revealed that she and her The Vampire Diaries co-star Paul Wesley didn’t get along during the early years of the show, Paul has now confirmed that the pair took a while to find their friendship.
“Paul and I didn’t get along at the beginning of the show,” Nina said earlier this year during an appearance on Candice King and Kayla Ewell‘s Directonally Challenged podcast. “I respected Paul Wesley, I didn’t like Paul Wesley.”
“I remember everyone would walk up to me after the show aired and they’d be like, ‘Are you and Paul dating in real life?’ Everyone thought that we had such good chemistry. I realize now that there’s a fine line between love and hate and we despised each other so much that it read as love but … We really just didn’t get along the first five months of shooting,” she said.
Nina added: “Maybe we had a moment where we actually connected, and he looked at me and he was like, ‘Ten years from now, when we’re not on this show, you’re gonna really miss me. You’re gonna miss these times. You’re look back, and this is gonna be the good old days. We’ll appreciate each other in 10 years.’”
“He was so f**king right,” she said. “We ended up getting to a good place and it was fine. Of everyone, I think I probably see him the most and hang out with him the most. We’re probably the closest. We hang out a lot. We’re really good friends. I love his wife. It’s so funny how time changes everything because I never thought he would be one of my best friends.”
During the Television Critics Association press tour this week, Paul spoke about Nina’s comments, saying:
“I think the point that Nina was making, and I’ll totally back her up on this, is that we totally clashed [the] first couple years in terms of just getting on each other’s nerves, and then developed this wonderful friendship. So it’s like this nice, happy ending.”
“I think sometimes when people work together nonstop, do press nonstop for years and years on end, you’re just — you don’t appreciate the person that’s in front of you. You’re like, ‘Oh, you know, I’m exhausted and tired.’ And I think now, it’s such a nice sort of story because we’re such good friends now,” he said. “I think it was a cool lesson to learn. It’s like the people that kind of maybe you don’t get along with in the beginning later surprise you, and I think a lot of my friendships are like that.”
Paul also called “a dear friend,” saying that he texts her “at least once a week, and we talk all the time, we hang out all the time.”
“We were both kids. She was, you know, couldn’t even legally drink. I was, like, 24 or 25. … We were both on this big show. … It’s like high school. It’s kind of like being at summer camp.”
Paul attended the 2019 TCAs to promote the new season of his show Tell Me A Story, which will be returning for a second season on CBS All Access.
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