California (BTG): nina dobrev wants her The Vampire Diaries finale to be ‘epic and powerful’. The 26-year-old actress was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, but relocated to Canada aged two with her mother Michaela and older brother Alex. nina 's father had relocated to Toronto a year earlier to secure work, delivering pizzas and pumping gasoline for money. Her parents ' efforts still inspire the star to this day. ‘My mom crossed into Canada to meet him at Niagara Falls with one suitcase and a kid in each hand,’ she told Self magazine. ‘I learnt hard work from them.’