Who’s that guy partying with Nina Dobrev in Saint-Tropez?
The 26-year-old ex-Vampire Diaries actress has been partying it up on a yacht with a group of friends… and her super-hot new boyfriend, Austin Stowell.
Thirty-year-old Stowell is an actor, most recently recognized for his roles in 2014’s Whiplash and 2011’s Dolphin Tale. But there’s much more than that to know about Dobrev’s hunky new BF. Here are 13 surprising facts.
1. He’s a family boy, big time
In addition to sweet sunset snaps with his mom, Stowell’s Instagram account features this hilarious shot with his grandmother, captioned, “Nana and I rockin’ around the Christmas tree…she had just told me to find a ‘cutie and some mistletoe to jingle my bells.'”
2. He only has brothers
And he’s the youngest of three boys, so you know he must be tough.
3. Must love dogs
Stowell’s Instagram isn’t even his so much as it is his dog’s. Almost every other photo is of the actor’s precious Bulldog, Gus.
4. He studied dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut
He’s still a big fan of the school’s sports, too.
5. He knows how to hit the slopes
Though Stowell and Dobrev are partying it up under the Saint-Tropez sun right now, her new man knows how to live it up in cooler climates, too.
6. He got his acting start in Connecticut
He started out starring in a handful of productions at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
7. He gives back
Though Stowell confessed in this pic that he wasn’t able to participate in Movember himself, most likely due to a movie role, he’s rocking those mustache socks to support his brother, who participated in the national charity that allows men to rock their facial hair to raise sponsorships and donations that fund cancer relief.
8. He’s been acting professionally since 2009
His first pro role was in one episode of Secret Girlfriend.
9. He likes to fish…
… and he clearly knows how to reel in a good catch.
10. He can sing
IMDb credits him with a handful of performances in the 2013 TV movie, Shuffleton’s Barbershop.
11. He’s definitely not lactose-intolerant
In fact, if Stowell’s fridge is any indication, his favorite food may very well be yogurt. Delicious and nutritious!
12. His career is picking up steam
IMDb has six titles that are either filming or in post-production starring Stowell, meaning he’ll be gracing a lot more screens in the next few years.
13. He cleans up great
We can only imagine Stowell’s looking hot lounging on his yacht with Dobrev right now. But he can also clean up for a classy night out. Just look at him rocking his suit and tie.