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Nina Dobrev & Vanessa Hudgens Open Up About Their #MeToo Experiences

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The #MeToo movement has become a worldwide phenomenon and now Nina Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens have opened up about their own experiences of sexism in the workplace. The actresses, who will both star in the upcoming rom-com Dog Days, appear on the cover of the September issue of Cosmopolitan. They sat down with the magazine to discuss everything from the #MeToo movement to their friendship, as well as why social media is a tricky place when you’re a celebrity with a lot of male friends.

Before opening up about more serious topics (we’ll get to that later), the Vampire Diaries star revealed that she prefers to keep her love life private. However, she’s realized it’s had the opposite effect because any time she posts a photo with a guy, people assume it’s her boyfriend.

“I don’t typically post photos with significant others, which is funny, because when I do post a photo with a guy, the media will pick it up and assume I’m dating him,” she explained. “It makes me laugh because, in reality, if he is on my Instagram, that means I’m not dating him!”

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Later, Nina admitted that like many women in every industry, she’s had to deal with few #MeToo encounters, too. “Comments have been made. People have said things that are inappropriate. I’ve been able to handle myself and speak up for the most part. But I have seen a lot,” she revealed.

Though she did not go into specifics, she may be referring to the recent allegation made by a former TVD writer. In March, Elisabeth R. Finch wrote a column for The Hollywood Reporter, recalling the sexual harassment she experienced from a director on the set of the hit series. Whether Nina was around during this incident in question remains unknown, but it the director never went on to direct another episode of the show after executive producer Julie Plec found out about the alleged abuse.

As for the High School Musical alum, she addressed how lucky she feels not to have experienced what other women have had to. “I have been very fortunate not to have had any direct run-ins, but I’ve seen it happen,” she said. “I’m grateful that we’re living in an age when women are finally heard.”

Nina and Vanessa’s remarks do make us wonder what they’ve seen in their professional careers – and on which sets. In the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, there have been stories that have both shocked us and opened our eyes to the harassment going on behind-the-scenes of our favorite TV shows. But while a lot of women have come forward with their own experiences, we can only imagine how many more there are to tell.

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