“Not Sure How This Happened”: Nina Dobrev Left in Disbelief as Shaun White Grabs an on Screen Opportunity in New York

Published 10/03/2022, 11:45 AM EDT

‘The Vampire Diaries’ star, Nina Dobrev, got a pleasant surprise from her boyfriend, Shaun White. The Snowboarding legend, recently starred in the Saturday Night Live (SNL) show. The actress posted a series of photos and videos from the set on her Instagram.

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This was the first episode of SNL’s 48th season. It also featured actors Miles Teller, Andrew Dismukes, and Jon Hamm. This season was mainly in the news for being in a transitional phase this year, due to many of the cast members quitting and new members joining in.

Kicking off the season in style

Professional Olympic snowboarder, Shaun White, participated in the SNL skit alongside, James Austin Johnson. The cold open saw the two hosts, Miles and Andrew perform a parody of the ‘Manningcast’, a show hosted by NFL brothers, Peyton and Eli Manning. They poked fun at SNL, the cast who quit and even at each other.

One of the skits featured James Austin Johnson as Trump, and Shaun White as his special master. White was given the responsibility of handling Trump’s Mar-a-Lago documents. The three-time Olympic gold medalist, was welcomed with a jab by Miles. He took a dig on White’s sudden appearance by saying, “Shaun White — that is just gratuitous stunt casting.”

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Shaun and Miles are incidentally good friends off-screen owing to their mutual, Nina Dobrev. The couple has attended multiple events with Miles and his wife, Keleigh Teller, including the UFC 276 in Las Vegas. They’ve been dating since 2020, and made it official during quarantine.

Shaun’s real reveal about his surprising SNL act

Dobrev watched the show unfold backstage at SNL, along with other crew members. The actress and the Olympian also posted some behind-the-scenes footage on their stories, where Nina hyped up her partner as he prepared for the shoot.

However, Shaun revealed the real surprise. He confessed in an Instagram post that he wasn’t supposed to be a part of the sketch in the first place. The Olympian arrived on the SNL set to support Miles Teller and was impulsively roped into a sketch.

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Fans welcomed the surprise with encouraging comments and compliments. Many viewers appreciated his gesture and friendship towards Miles Teller.

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The first episode was live on October 1st. Have you watched it yet? Tell us your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.

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Radha Iyer

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Radha Iyer is working as a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Master's degree in Media and Communications from Pandit Deendayal Energy University. Radha has worked as a content writer for over a year.

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