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Dobrev said, "The writers heard me speaking Bulgarian to my mom on the phone while I was on set one day. Executive producer of the television show, Julie Plec, said the Elena from the books was "really kind of selfish".
In The Vampire Diaries, Elena's "selfishness" in the books as a human was never explored, because it "didn't ever feel like a characteristic" the show wanted for their heroine. Williamson told her that "the angle we wanted to go for was the relatable, nice, girl next door, who the audience roots for".
Elena's transition into a vampire was planned for two years.
Plec said: "That felt obviously too soon, and rushed, and we didn’t want to make a show about a teenage girl who instantly becomes a vampire.
This also has the implication of making her a supernatural creature.
Dobrev portrayed the "conniving" Katherine as well, who is opposite of Elena.
According to Plec during an interview with TVLine, Elena "really believes what she feels is 100 percent genuine and real", and the couple "wants to be together and realizes that they shouldn’t, yet really wants to. " In the season 4 finale, an unsired Elena confirms that she is in love with Damon, and the two kiss passionately.On March 9, 2009, it was announced that Bulgarian-born Canadian actress Nina Dobrev, known for her portrayal of Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation, had joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as Elena.Executive producer Kevin Williamson recalled Dobrev auditioning while having the flu, which he described as the "worst audition ever", and they "didn't even look at her a second time".At the time, Klaus was killed, meaning all vampires sprouting from his bloodline also die, which includes Damon and Stefan. However, all these vampires end up surviving when Klaus never really dies.To save her, Doctor Merideth Fell (Torrey De Vitto) fed Elena Damon's blood.