Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev thanks Vin Diesel for being an inspiration to her Pascal Le Segretain / Getty

Vin Diesel's friendship with the late Paul Walker is perhaps one of the best examples of true friendship in Hollywood. The American actor surely knows how to leave a lasting impression on people close to him. And, the latest entrant to the list of Diesel's admirers is his xXx: Return of The Xander Cage co-star Nina Dobrev.

The former Vampire Diaries actress posted a heartfelt birthday message for Diesel, who turned 49 on Monday (18 July), on her social media account.

"Happy Birthday Vin. From the first moment I met you, you have been nothing but sweet, kind, caring, wise, honest, positive and engaging," the 27-year-old Bulgarian-Canadian actress wrote on Facebook.

She further added that the Fast and the Furious actor and producer was like a 'brother' to her who always supported her.

"You've been like a brother to me, encouraging and supporting me in ways I could have never imagined, and for that I am eternally grateful. You have a heart of gold and the strength of a warrior. Your ability to touch souls and bring smiles to millions continues to inspire me. Today we all smile and celebrate you. Happy Birthday, Vin. Thanks to you I will always look for the "magic" in Every. Single. Moment."

Happy Birthday Vin :) From the first moment I met you, you have been nothing but sweet, kind, caring, wise, honest,...

Posted by Nina Dobrev on Monday, July 18, 2016

Both actors will share screen space in the upcoming sequel of the action franchise of xXx. On Sunday, the 49-year-old actor has teased the upcoming trailer of Xander Cage as 'awesome'. He will reprise his titular role of extreme athlete-turned-superspy while Dobrev will play the character of the witty and sarcastic techie, Rebecca "Becky" Clearidge.


Posted by Vin Diesel on Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has previously shared a short teaser where her character was telling Xander: "Whatever it is you're looking for, you're gonna come up short." The Indian actress will play Serena Unger, Cage's former love interest and a huntress.

A teaser is expected soon for xXx Return Of The Xander Cage which is scheduled to premiere on 20 January 2017.