Rather than shun her exes, The Vampire Diaries star embraces them, telling Nylon she tries to get along with just about everyone no matter what the situation. "I don't like any kind of negativity," Nina told the mag. "I try to be good to everyone, whether it's a love, a friend, an ex. I'll always try to treat people the way I want to be treated."
Her costar and ex-boyfriend Ian Somerhalder agreed, telling the mag, "She always lets me have the last fry." That, my friends, is unconditional love (can these two just get back together already?!).
Although Nina – Nylon's August cover girl – has been in the biz for quite some time, she's still working on getting comfortable with the whole red carpet scene. "It doesn't feel real because I don't live in that world," the 25-year-old actress said when asked about her red carpet persona. "When I go to those events, I'm in town specifically for that, and then I leave later that night. I've maybe stayed for the after-party once, ever. It still feels like I'm a fan, in a way. A lot of people are very cynical and very jaded, but I'm not there yet."
Still, Nina does work it when she hits the carpet, most recently when she strutted her stuff during Paris Fashion Week. But, that doesn't mean she's always been a fashionista. "I was not a girly-girl growing up," she continued. "I liked fashion, but I wasn't very fashion savvy. I didn't always have all the best outfits....For a while there, we actually shopped at The Salvation Army."
It's safe to say Nina is fashion savvy now, considering she's the face of the fashion mag's denim issue. She also told Parade recently that she works with the costume team on Vampire Diaries to help design the looks for her characters Elena and Katherine. "It's cool. I love fashion and I love clothes and so collaborating and putting pieces together is a passion that I have," she said.
Nylon's August issue hits newsstands July 30.