Vampire Diaries is legit in the fact that they totally make their actors do the leg work… especially before they shoot some underwater scenes!
Most specifically, Nina Dobrev!
There's a scene where a car flies off a bridge and into the water below — Nina was charged with trying to save the other people in the car, all while under water!
"It's something I hopefully will never have to experience in real life — trying to survive underwater while trying to save other people. It was quite intense and a little scary. I'm used to being underwater with a tank, but having to act without the tank is completely different. We were in the water two days for eight hours a day. By the end, I was exhausted and slept like a baby."
We bet! We hear that scuba is one the most physically demanding things to do, and to do it for 16 hours??
We'd wanna sleep too!
But how cool is it that she was able to get her scuba certification in Bora Bora before shooting the scenes 12 feet under water?? We could think of worse places to get certified, that's for sure!
[Image via WENN.]