Nina Dobrev, Austin Stowell Hold Hands at The Final Girls Screening, Hunk Calls Her "Babe"

Nina Dobrev and new boyfriend Austin Stowell got handsy at her The Final Girls L.A. screening on Tuesday, June 16, Us Weekly can confirm Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

New gig, new beau! Nina Dobrev and her boyfriend, Austin Stowell, seem to be getting serious. The lovebirds were caught getting touchy-feely at her The Final Girls L.A. screening on Tuesday, June 16.

An onlooker tells Us Weekly that the Whiplash hunk stayed close to his leading lady while walking the red carpet. Clad in a Monique Lhuilluier dress, Dobrev introduced Stowell to her costars and held his hand. 

"He called Nina 'babe,'" the eyewitness says. "And gently put an arm around her waist."

Us broke the news earlier this week that Dobrev, 26, and Stowell, 30, are an item. The actress, who even brought him along to Jaime King's baby shower over the weekend, previously dated her former Vampire Diaries costar Ian Somerhalder for three years. Dobrev exited the CW vampire drama in May.

"Honestly, 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 told reporters Tuesday night.

She added: "I'm not saying never. Never say never. But for now I'm going to try doing film and doing different kinds of roles maybe. Hopefully, an action, drama, period piece, anything that I haven't done that I'm trying to tackle, for the challenge of it."

Dobrev also opened up about her Elena Gilbert days during the CFDA Awards on June 1. "I was in tears almost the whole time we were filming as you probably can see in the scenes," she told Us at the time. "They’re tears of joy, but you remember all the good times you’ve had and you won’t be having them anymore. But I’m appreciative that I’ve had them in the first place. They’re my family. They’ll be in my life forever."

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