Nina Dobrev Explores ASMR

In this Celebrity ASMR interview, Nina Dobrev explores autonomous sensory meridian response with whispers and sounds. The actress shares the story of her family's move from Bulgaria to Canada as a child, reuniting with the Degrassi cast in Drake's epic "I'm Upset" video, and her new show "Fam". Nina stars in CBS's sitcom FAM, which premieres on Thursday, January 10th.

Released on 1/8/2019

Credits

Starring: Nina Dobrev

Transcript

00:00
Okay, so my hairstylist just walked in
00:02
and fixed my hair and it made me think about
00:05
whether or not hair makes noise.
00:08
So I'm going to mess it all up for her.
00:19
What did that sound like, guys?
00:22
Okay, can you come back in and fix it?
00:25
[Nina laughing]
00:28
Hey guys, I'm Nina Dobrev,
00:30
and this is an ASMR interview for W Magazine.
00:34
I'm gonna take you through the sounds of my career.
00:42
Bulgaria.
00:43
[Nina chuckles]
00:45
Bulgaria is an Eastern European country
00:48
next to Romania and Greece.
00:51
It also happens to be the place of my birth.
00:53
So I was born in Sofia,
00:55
which is the capital of Bulgaria.
00:58
And I left shortly after the wall fell
01:02
when I was about one or two years old.
01:05
And at the time, because of communism,
01:09
it was really difficult to get out of the country.
01:12
So my dad actually had to book a flight
01:14
to Cuba, which was another communist country.
01:17
Because you weren't allowed to travel anywhere
01:20
other than communist countries.
01:21
And so when the plane stopped to refuel in Canada
01:25
he got off and never got back on the plane
01:27
and stayed in Toronto.
01:30
And that's how we emigrated.
01:31
And then my mom went, she got a visitor's visa
01:37
to visit some family in Michigan with my brother and I.
01:42
And then from Michigan, once we landed,
01:44
we drove to the Canadian border at the Niagara Falls
01:49
and my mom walked across the Niagara Falls
01:51
with a six-year-old and a two-year-old and a suitcase.
01:54
And that's all we had to our name when we arrived in Canada.
01:58
And to represent Bulgaria, we have roses here
02:02
that are the national flower of Bulgaria.
02:09
Wow, these are so pretty.
02:12
My precious.
02:14
[evil laugh]
02:23
These smell good.
02:24
You can't get smells in audio but
02:28
take my word for it, they smell beautiful.
02:33
[crinkling paper]
02:43
Does it hurt when it touches the microphones?
02:47
[crinkling paper]
02:54
[Nina chuckles]
02:55
So as I mentioned before,
02:57
roses are the national flower of Bulgaria.
03:00
And there are literally roses everywhere, and rose oils.
03:04
It's my most distant and longest memory.
03:12
They say that you can get sense memory
03:15
from all kinds of things.
03:16
But for me, the sense of smell,
03:20
especially roses, remind me of my childhood in Bulgaria.
03:26
We ended up actually going back to Bulgaria
03:30
when I was 10 until I was 12.
03:32
And I had to go back to school there.
03:35
Not back to school.
03:36
I had to go to school there for two years.
03:38
But little known fact,
03:40
European education is far more advanced than,
03:47
sorry, European education is far more advanced
03:50
than North American education.
03:53
So I was in grade three at the time
03:58
when I went to Bulgaria and they actually bumped me back
04:01
into grade one because the things that I was learning
04:04
in grade three in North America,
04:06
they were teaching the kids in grade one.
04:09
So that was a real good confidence boost for me.
04:15
Don't worry, I didn't have any residual trauma or anything,
04:19
having to go to school with six-year-olds when I was eight.
04:24
[breathing hard]
04:29
[crinkling flowers]
04:35
Here I am just ripping everything apart.
04:49
[stirring water] Is there a difference between the bottom
04:53
of the stem and the top?
04:58
[stirring water]
05:09
[water droplets falling]
05:15
Does it sound like it's raining?
05:18
Does it sound like there's a storm
05:20
inside the studio right now?
05:24
Can we get an umbrella?
05:26
[Nina chuckles]
05:28
I've made a mess; I'm sorry.
05:30
[Nina laughing]
05:32
This was the first and last interview
05:33
for Nina Dobrev and W Magazine.
05:36
Degrassi: The Next Generation.
05:40
I was 14 years old when I auditioned for Degrassi.
05:44
And I believe I was 15
05:47
by the time we actually shot the show.
05:50
When I got cast, it was one of the first jobs that I did.
05:54
And I was a cheerleader with a baby.
05:59
I was a teen mom.
06:01
Everybody on the show was so sweet and cool.
06:03
We were all young and we were truly
06:06
in high school while we were filming a fake high school.
06:11
But there's a running joke about Degrassi
06:14
and the fact that no parent in their right mind
06:18
would ever let their kid actually go to Degrassi
06:21
if it were a real school
06:23
because it was the worst school with the most crime.
06:28
Everybody had major, major issues
06:31
so why would anyone go there?
06:33
I'm surprised the school didn't get shut down
06:36
after Jimmy got shot.
06:38
Jimmy was played by Aubrey Graham, aka Drake.
06:44
You've probably never heard of him.
06:45
He's just some struggling rap artist
06:48
that hasn't come out with any hits.
06:50
I mean, I listen to his music,
06:52
but I'm sure nobody else would be familiar with him.
06:55
And to represent Degrassi,
06:56
I'm gonna play with some school locks.
06:59
Do you guys remember having to use lockers?
07:04
I wish I could go back and do that.
07:11
I truly have so many fond memories of these bad boys.
07:17
Hut, hut, hut.
07:19
Did I look like a bad-ass action star with guns
07:22
but instead a really lame non-star with high school locks?
07:29
It's a very sad interview for me.
07:30
Okay, fun fact, the school colors for Degrassi
07:35
were blue and yellow.
07:42
Okay, this is a lot harder, 12, 13, 14.
07:48
[lock turning]
07:59
Let's see if I can do this; oh, my gosh.
08:06
[lock clicking]
08:12
This is what the young'uns now call a hashtag fail, yep.
08:21
[lock clicking]
08:22
I've been locked out of my own interview.
08:25
Seriously though how do you do this?
08:30
To open turn right two or more whole turns
08:34
and then stop at, then turn left one whole turn
08:39
passed the above number; dear God.
08:42
It's a miracle I graduated from high school, okay.
08:49
[dial turning]
09:03
Then turn left one whole turn passed the above number.
09:24
[Nina chuckles]
09:27
You know that song, how does it go?
09:28
It's like dun, dun, dun, da, boom,
09:31
da, da, da, da, boom,
09:34
da, da, da, da, da, da, da,
09:36
da, da, da, da, eeeeekkkkk!!
09:41
I got it; I got it!
09:42
I feel like a bad-ass.
09:43
I'm sweating; I'm legitimately sweating.
09:47
Whew, what an accomplishment.
09:52
I thought I was excited about someday maybe winning an Oscar
09:56
but you know what, I think I'm good now.
09:58
I think I'm ready to retire.
10:04
The Vampire Diaries.
10:07
A few years after I finished Degrassi
10:10
I got the show called The Vampire Diaries.
10:14
And I was 20 years old at the time.
10:18
We were filming and my 21st birthday came up.
10:23
And a fun little fact about that,
10:25
I decided, as anyone does,
10:27
that I had to have my birthday in Las Vegas
10:30
because I was finally legal to drink
10:32
in the United States of America,
10:33
even though in Canada the drinking age was 19.
10:37
So I was legally able to drink there
10:40
for two years already at that point.
10:43
And let's be real,
10:44
if the legal drinking age was 19 in Canada
10:47
I started at like 16 or 17.
10:50
And because I'm European,
10:51
I really started at like 13 or 14.
10:54
So I was a seasoned drinker by the time my 21st came.
10:58
But you wouldn't know it because
11:02
it was a big night.
11:03
And I flew my entire cast of the show
11:06
from Atlanta to Las Vegas.
11:10
And we shot, because it's a vampire show,
11:13
we shot into the evenings usually.
11:15
We started at I think 5:00 p.m. on the Friday night
11:19
and we didn't wrap the show that night
11:21
until 7:00 a.m. on Saturday.
11:23
And our flight was at 8:30.
11:25
The whole cast, the writers, everybody.
11:29
Once we got on the plane we'd been up all night
11:32
and we decided to stay up on the flight
11:35
and start celebrating my birthday.
11:37
By the time we landed,
11:38
we got into a car and we started
11:42
the day celebration into the night.
11:45
Stayed up that night as well.
11:47
And all of us got back on a plane on Sunday
11:51
and then had to be on set Monday morning at 6:00 a.m.
11:53
But it was okay because the creators were with us.
11:57
So they couldn't get mad at us
11:59
if we were tired the next day.
12:01
Because they'd been out with us partying the night before.
12:04
[Nina laughing]
12:06
And now in honor of The Vampire Diaries
12:09
I'm going to play with some props.
12:14
[sliding objects]
12:20
Does that make a weird noise?
12:23
[sliding objects]
12:32
[clacking teeth]
12:48
Guess the song.
12:51
Okay, so these are, I believe, real vampire dentures.
13:05
Fun fact about vampire teeth.
13:13
You have to suck in your saliva a lot when they're in
13:17
because you can't properly close your mouth
13:19
and your tongue doesn't fit in your mouth anymore.
13:23
Another fun fact
13:26
is that I am really afraid of blood.
13:32
So you can imagine how enjoyable it was for me
13:38
to work a show for six years
13:42
where I had to be around blood.
13:44
Technically I was being paid to have to be around blood.
13:49
But I had to fight the urge,
13:52
sorry I spit there for a second.
13:55
I had to fight the urge of vomiting and fainting
14:00
every single time I did a scene.
14:03
When there was blood involved it was gross
14:07
and really, really terrible for me.
14:10
Just like wearing these teeth are right now and talking.
14:21
The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
14:24
I had not read the book yet.
14:27
And I had a meeting with Stephen,
14:28
who wrote the book and was going to be directing the film.
14:31
And it was a really great meeting.
14:33
And the script blew me away.
14:35
And ultimately working on this film
14:37
was absolutely incredible.
14:39
And it meant so much to so many different people.
14:42
It was a very impactful book.
14:43
And I feel like it was a beautiful film in the end.
14:47
A really good adaptation.
14:48
But of course it would've been
14:49
because the writer directed the film as well.
14:53
I had a very tiny part in this movie.
14:55
But I'm very proud to be a part of this film.
14:57
We have the real physical novel.
15:06
Anyone under the age of 15 might not know what these are.
15:10
This is called a book.
15:12
It's made of paper.
15:14
Back in the day, us old folk, we used to read these things.
15:19
We would sit, before we had phones, outside
15:24
and flip the pages and this is what it sounded like.
15:26
[pages turning]
15:31
There was no Instagram, no Twitter, no Facebook,
15:35
no SnapChat, none of it.
15:39
These were our friends.
15:42
And we followed them just as much as they followed us,
15:46
everywhere we went.
15:48
To the toilet, to the park, on airplanes.
15:54
[pages turning]
15:56
And this book was a great one.
15:59
I'm Upset, the music video.
16:04
So a few months back I got an email
16:09
about joining the I'm Upset music video by Drake.
16:15
And it would be a reunion for the cast members
16:18
of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
16:21
And obviously all of us were really excited
16:23
to jump onboard and be a part of this.
16:25
Because it was not only a reunion on screen
16:28
but also a reunion off screen.
16:30
It had been over 10 years
16:33
since some of us had seen each other.
16:35
And it was really cool to see where everyone was
16:40
in their life and in their career
16:43
and sort of catch up.
16:44
Because we were kids, bright-eyed kids
16:47
with the world as our oyster when we started the show.
16:51
And now all of us are full-fledged adults.
16:55
And it was really fun to get everybody together
16:56
one last time and shoot in the real hallways
16:59
where we shot over 10 years ago as kids.
17:02
We have some party red Solo cups.
17:07
These are the actual cups that we used
17:10
in the music video that day.
17:13
No they're not.
17:14
[Nina chuckles]
17:17
[clanking]
17:23
Fun fact, there was a real bar set up
17:27
at the music video shoot that day.
17:31
And we were drinking fake alcohol.
17:36
It was real alcohol.
17:38
[clanking]
17:50
whew, that sounds cool.
17:53
[clanking]
18:12
Fam, which is short for family.
18:15
And now last but not least,
18:18
Fam is the new TV show that I'm filming right now for CBS.
18:23
And it's different than anything that I've ever done before
18:26
which is both extremely exciting
18:29
and absolutely terrifying.
18:31
Because it's live in front of an audience.
18:34
So think Friends but about family,
18:38
even though Friends was kinda like family-oriented
18:41
because they were the family that they chose
18:44
to have around each other.
18:45
But ours is about family-family
18:48
and complicated relationships
18:50
between my sister and I, my half-sister and I,
18:53
my new fiance on the show and his parents
18:57
and the terrible relationship that I have with my father.
19:00
So bad that I've told my new fiance
19:03
that my dad is dead, that he does not exist
19:06
and that I don't have any other family members
19:08
because I never want him to meet them.
19:10
Because I'm afraid that if he meets them
19:12
he won't love me anymore.
19:13
So of course, in the first episode
19:16
a bunch of people show up and destroy
19:19
this perfect little fantasy world
19:21
that I've created for myself.
19:23
And to celebrate my return to television
19:27
we have some remote controls that I will play with.
19:32
[sliding object]
19:37
[scraping]
19:43
[clicking]
19:49
[clicking]
19:54
[clicking]
20:01
[Nina chuckles]
20:02
So I mentioned earlier
20:04
that I was terrified about doing the show
20:09
and that's mainly because I hadn't done theater
20:13
or performed in front of a live audience
20:15
in that capacity since I was in
20:18
my performing arts high school in Toronto
20:21
when I was really young.
20:23
So the first couple of episodes I was really scared.
20:27
I haven't been this nervous in a really long time.
20:31
[clicking]
20:37
That feels so good.
20:39
So Fam is a comedy.
20:42
And it's shot in front of a live audience
20:44
and you shoot it kinda like a play.
20:47
You have to memorize the whole script
20:49
and there's about 300 people in the audience.
20:52
So if you make a mistake everybody is there
20:56
to watch and see it.
20:57
So there's a lot of pressure.
20:58
I'm a perfectionist and I hate making mistakes.
21:01
So I definitely was terrified.
21:04
But what's odd to me but kinda makes sense, I guess,
21:11
is that the audience, oddly enough,
21:15
prefers it when you make a mistake.
21:17
They like seeing the mess ups
21:19
and they laugh even harder when you screw up.
21:23
[clicking]
21:35
[clicking]
21:41
I'm just killing this.
21:51
[clicking]
21:55
This is called using a lever system.
21:58
You've gotta lodge something in between
22:03
in order to,
22:04
[loud thump]
22:07
Oh, wow, I really dented the battery.
22:11
[tapping]
22:19
Has everyone fallen asleep yet?
22:33
Ready for it?
22:34
My favorite part's coming back up again.
22:37
[clicking]
22:44
Whew, as you've seen in this interview so far
22:46
I am incredibly, incredibly serious.
22:49
I never make fun of myself
22:51
and I never do silly things, right.
22:55
Thank you for joining me on this sonic journey.
22:58
Everyone's probably asleep right now.
23:01
You're welcome.