Nina Dobrev Keeps Her Distance from Ian Somerhalder at PaleyFest

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All eyes were on Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder at PaleyFest 2014.

The Vampire Diaries co-stars were involved in an offscreen romance for several years. They went public with their relationship in June 2011 and announced their split in May 2013.

If fans were hoping for a red carpet shot of Dobrev and Somerhalder together at PaleyFest, they were disappointed. The two kept their distance, appearing in larger group shots, but never with just each other.

Somerhalder attended PaleyFest last weekend as part of the Lost 10th anniversary panel. He was seen arm in arm with another ex-girlfriend, Maggie Grace, both on and off the red carpet, sparking rumors that the two may rekindle their former romance.

Somerhalder and Grace dated in 2006, after their step-sibling Lost characters were killed off.

Dobrev and Somerhalder have starred on The Vampire Diaries since its inception in 2009. In January 2014 they won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Onscreen Chemistry."

When the two took the stage to accept the award, they joked about the history of their relationship:

"We started dating in real life," Somerhalder said after summarizing their onscreen romance.

"And then we broke up in real life," Dobrev added.

"And yet our characters are still dating on the show," Somerhalder continued.

"It's a good thing it's not awkward!" Dobrev quipped.

PaleyFest is an annual event named for William S. Paley, founder of CBS and the Paley Center for Media. The two week festival includes episodes or highlights of featured television shows as well as panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions with the casts and crews.

Besides The Vampire Diaries and Lost, the PaleyFest 2014 line up includes How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Mindy Project, Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, and Pretty Little Liars among others.

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