"I'm actually nervous that I brought all my friends to the screening today," Dobrev told PEOPLE

By Mariah Haas
June 17, 2015 07:00 PM
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So sweet! Nina Dobrev has the most supportive group of friends, not to mention new boyfriend Austin Stowell.

The Vampire Diaries alum was joined by Stowell – along with a group of pals – to watch her movie The Final Girls at the Los Angeles Film Festival Gala on Tuesday evening.

“I’m actually nervous that I brought all my friends to the screening today,” Dobrev, 26, told PEOPLE. “A lot of my friends came today, and we’re going to sit and watch it. They’re going to be the harshest critics of anyone, ever. My mom actually would be the worst, but she’s not here.”

And Dobrev – who sat next to the Whiplash actor during the screening – says that now that she’s done playing Elena on The Vampire Diaries, she’s hoping to dive into more film projects.

“I think six years was a really long time and now that that chapter’s over, I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities and trying different things,” Dobrev said. “So maybe for now – I’m not saying never – never say never. But for now, yeah, I’m going to try doing film and doing different kinds of roles, maybe. Hopefully an action, drama, period piece. Basically anything that I haven’t done, I’m going to try and tackle for the challenge of it.”

As for her dating life, Dobrev seems to be having fun with Stowell, 30. The actress brought him along to Jaime King‘s baby shower on Sunday – and even shared a cute photo booth snap of the pair at the celebration. The two were also spotted getting cozy at a comedy show in Hollywood last week.