As she took the stage to accept the Choice TV actress: Sci Fi or Fantasy award Sunday night, Nina had a pair of huge fake fangs in her mouth, pretending as if she couldn't speak with them in there.
When she took them out, she said, "That's right. I don't need these anymore." The crowd erupted in awws and sighs of exasperation, which was pretty much our exact same reaction.
"The last few months have been a pretty big change for me," she continued. "Change – it's a scary word, or at least I used to think that. But, change is necessary - necessary for you to grow and to learn and to better yourself. Because everything in your life comes to an end. And, as this chapter in my life comes to an end, I look back at it with a grateful heart, and I smile."
"As this chapter of my life comes to an end, I look back at it with a grateful heart, and I smile, because just like my character Elena, I started the show as a young girl, and together we grew up," she continued. "We've grown up and over the last six years we've become women."
"These were six incredible years that I had the pleasure of sharing with all of you guys. We wouldn't be here without you. I wouldn't be here without you, and I wouldn't be here without Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. They changed my life with this role—sorry, three, four roles. It's hard to keep track these days. So thank you guys, each and every single one of you. And remember, change is coming! So hold on and enjoy the ride. It's going to be fun."
Just like us, Nina seemed to be fighting back tears as she said that speech, which was understandable, considering this was the last time she would be able to accept an award for her role on the show.
The actress also took home the award for Choice TV Lip Lock with her ex-boyfriend Ian Somerhalder. Luckily, he didn't show, because it could've made for a pretty awkward moment considering the winners of that award usually kiss when they accept it.