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Big surprise for Vampire Diaries fans, as Nina Dobrev has revealed that herself and co-star, Paul Wesley did not exactly get along at the beginning of the show.

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The actors, who starred as Elena Gilbert and Stefan Salvatore on the beloved CW series, actually “despised” each other in the early days of the show, even though they played loved interests on-screen for many seasons.

“Paul and I didn’t get along at the beginning of the show,” Dobrev shares on the latest episode of the Directionally Challenged podcast, hosted by Vampire Diaries stars Candice King and Kayla Ewell. “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?'” Dobrev recalls. “Because everyone thought that we had such good chemistry.”

Dobrev says that she realizes now that there’s “a fine line between love and hate.”

“And we despised each other so much, that it read as love,” Dobrev laughs. “We really just didn’t get along the first maybe five months of shooting.”

Though they didn’t get along in the beginning, Dobrev says they “ended up getting to a good place.” Now, Dobrev and Wesley “hang out a lot” and are “really good friends.”

Whew! That was intense…

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