Most fans of the hit fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries loved on-screen couple Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley.
The two played love interests Elena Gilbert and Stefan Salvatore until, ultimately, Dobrev's character chose Stefan's brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder).
Dobrev shared all on the latest episode of the Directionally Challenged podcast, hosted by Vampire Diaries stars Candice King and Kayla Ewell, revealing that "I respected Paul Wesley, I didn't like Paul Wesley".
While their on-camera chemistry had many viewers convinced that there was real-life love blossoming behind the scenes, Dobrev, 30, set the record straight. The actress further spoke about how people would assume that the two were dating due to their onscreen chemistry when in reality they despised each other which read as love instead. "We ended up getting to a good place and it was fine, but of everyone, I think I probably see him the most and hang out with him the most [now]". You're gonna miss these times; you're look back, and this is gonna be the good old days.
'It's like a relationship, we were basically married. we were together every day, we were kissing and doing all this stuff'. "But we didn't have sex, so, yeah, just like a marriage", Dobrev explains further of why they originally clashed heads.
After going a few months not being on the best of terms, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley eventually put the hate behind them and became close friends.
The show ran for eight seasons however, Nina left at the end of season six.
They found that replacing their ongoing tension with friendship actually helped them maintain a special bond over the years.
Dobrev also admits in the podcast that it's "funny" how time changes everything because she "never thought that he would be one of my best friends".
While things were tough between the pair in the beginning, they ended up becoming close friends, and still see each other, despite the show coming to an end in 2017.