2012 Sep 24

(SPOILER)The Perks of Being a Wallflower star names her favorite famous fashionistas and dishes about the return of Vampire Diaries

As one of Hollywood’s rising starlets, Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev is no slouch in the style department. But even though the actress always brings her A-game to the red carpet, she still finds herself envying the wardrobes of some of her peers.

In the new coming-of-age film The Perks of Being a Wallflower (in theaters now), Dobrev, 23, stars alongside fashionista Emma Watson. “I think she has some of the best style period. She’s always so classy and beautiful and I really look up to her in that way,” she tells iVillage about her British costar. So who else does Dobrev admire? “Emma Stone. All the Emmas, they all have great style.”

When iVillage caught up with Dobrev — who’s dating her Vampire Diaries costar Ian Somerhalder — she dished about the show’s highly anticipated return, the pressure to look perfect in Hollywood and the guilty pleasure food she loves to splurge on.

How do you think The Perks of Being a Wallflower is different from other high school movies?
I feel like it’s not a storybook stereotypical kind of high school story or experience. It feels real. It’s about the odd balls, not about the cool kids, know what I mean? High school is a roller coaster ride. There’s good times and bad times and your friends are what get you through. That’s why I feel like it felt like a real, true version of high school.

The movie touches on some dark topics — drugs, sex, abuse. Do you think it’s important to open a discussion about the real issues that teens are facing?
Yes, I definitely think it’s very important. The way you find out that you’re not the only one going through something is by talking about it and being open about it. In my [character’s] case, it’s the abuse that happens too often.


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