Posted: 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
By Kayti Burt
The Super Bowl may have been the highlight of many people’s weekends, but we were most excited for Saturday’s DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. The annual tradition brings stars, models, and pros together to compete in a flag football tournament. This year, it was held at Manhattan’s Pier 40, and — per the usual — Vampire Diariesstar Nina Dobrev was in attendance and ready to rumble. The fact that she was teammates with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul? Just icing on the cake.
“We lost the game — but hey, 2nd Place is the 1st loser! @glassofwhiskey #beachbowl @direcTV,” Nina captioned the Instagram photo of she and Aaron with their arms around one another and frowns on their face. Yeah, they’re team totally lost the game, but at least these two television stars got to hang out — which kind of made our weekends. And made our television-loving brains explode. Can these two please star in something together, TV gods?
Aaron wasn’t the only television star Nina hung with at this year’s event. She was also seen trading barbs (they were on the other team) with Chuck star Zachary Levi and Bachelor/NFL star Jesse Palmer. Other television stars in attendance at the event: Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell, Dancing With the Stars’ Maria Menounos, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford, and Hart of Dixie’s Scott Porter. Unfortunately, Nina’s co-star and ex-boyfriend, Ian Somerhalder, did not make it to this year’s Beach Bowl. (He was in attendance at last year’s event.) Luckily, we had plenty of our other favorite stars to distract us from his absence. Plus, Nina was just so darn cute in her uniform and high ponytail!
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.