It’s no secret that not every on-screen romance can transfer into real life. While Riverdale‘s Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart eventually ended up dating like their TV counterparts, it turns out The Vampire Diaries stars Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev really hated each other’s guts.
Running from 2009 to 2017, The CW’s supernatural teen drama starred Welsey, Lost’s Ian Somerhalder, and Dobrev. The Vampire Diaries included a complex love triangle between the vampiric brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore and Dobrev’s Elena Gilbert.
While Dobrev was a main character in the first six seasons, she returned (voice only) for Season 7 and a guest role in Season 8.
Stefan and Elena were the show’s first big romance, but it turns out tensions were running high in the early days of the show. Wesley admits the pair were “basically driving each other insane” when they first started filming. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the 37-year-old said:
“When we first started shooting The Vampire Diaries, we totally clashed. We didn’t [get along]. Creatively, it just wasn’t in sync.”