Ever since the TV gods descended upon us and gave us the gift that is Ian Somerhalder, we have been obsessed with finding out everything there is to know about our favorite vamp.
Thankfully, there is abundance of information about The Vampire Diaries heartthrob — below are 15 essential facts that you need to know about the wonderful man.
Everything you need to know about Ian Somerhalder:
1. Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana
His mom Edna is a massage therapist and his dad Robert, a builder.
2. He began modeling at the age of 10
And clearly even back then, he was into conserving energy and saving the environment!
3. Ian continuing modeling well into his 20's
He appeared in various fashion campaigns for companies such as Versace and Guess.
4. He got his big break on TV with a minor role in Young Americans
It was a Dawson's Creek spinoff show, that was sadly cancelled after one season. However, it did receive critical acclaim for it's progressive gender-bending storyline. Here's a clip:
5. Ian then played a gay character on The Rules of Attraction
Interestingly, this was also related to Dawson's Creek. Yet, this time, a 22-year-old Somerhalder took on a more prominent role as gay student Paul Denton, who become obsessed with a straight boy at his school.
6. Ian's time on Smallville
After The Rules of Attraction, Ian began to make quite the name for himself in the TV world. In 2004, he bagged a recurring character role on Smallville, playing Adam Knight, a patient with a rare liver disease who is brought back to life by LuthorCorp.
7. Before The Vampire Diaries, he appeared in survival drama Lost
Ian notably played Boone Carlyle on the cult TV show, lasting a whopping 25 episodes before being tragically crushed to death by a falling plane.
8. Career aside, he's very passionate about the environment
In 2010, he co-founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) that aims to educate and empower people to make a positive impact on the planet.
9. He dated The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev for 3 years
Apparently, one of the reasons why they broke up was that Nina Dobrev wasn't ready to settle down. These days though, they are totally amicable towards one another and finally Ian has found the girl of his dreams in fellow vamp Nikki Reed.
10. Although he's not a dad quite yet, he is one to his number animals
Not only is he the proud father to numerous dogs and cats, but also has a horse called Eagle. He's also openly spoken about potentially opening an animal sanctuary.
11. In his spare time, he's really into meditation
Yep, he's all for staying zen when he's not out battling pesky vamps as Damon Salvatore.
12. Ian is also a hardcore feminist
As well as remaining passionate about the environment and our planet, he's also very determined to empower women. A while back he was interviewed by SheKnows about the Girls Impact the World Film Festival, where he uttered the following words:
"We have made it acceptable that women are spoken for and that needs to change now. Within the realm of advertising, marketing, fashion, technology and athletics, women are told where they fit properly and how to act once in their right place.
It is beyond important that girls speak up, that they act fearlessly, that they fall in love with the timbre of their powerful voices — but that isn't the complete solution. The men placed into positions of traditional patriarchal power need a massive shift to correspond with women's uprising and support this societal shift as a whole. Men need to acknowledge the evolution that comes along with embracing and championing the surge of powerful women worldwide.
When we men learn to celebrate the true and irrefutable power of women, we can then truly celebrate the progress of men."
13. He loves condiments
Apparently, he sprinkles truffle oil on all of his food. Yep, the man's got expensive taste!
14. Ian never wanted Damon Salvatore to be good
Apparently, his turn-around of character was not his idea at all and he was actually very against the role-reversal. In fact, he admits that he fought "tooth and nail" against it, especially the scene in which he comforts a dying Rose. As to why, here's his explanation:
"It showed this soft side of Damon that I hated — I hated it. I was so vehemently opposed to that stuff and Kevin [Williamson] and Julie [Plec] had to beat it into my head. 'Damon cannot just be a one-trick-pony. He cannot just be a one-dimensional villainous character. This is the 100-episode arc of this man going through this journey—give into it, appreciate it, dive into it head first and live it."
And I thought, 'I've got to do this.' It ended up being a really beautiful scene, which lead to Damon becoming so introspective and so hurt by not being human after he saw what it was like in her own visions.
15. He's said that if he never got into acting, he would have probably become a marine biologist
We glad you didn't though, Ian!
16. And finally... he wears absolutely nothing to bed
i.e. No pajamas. His actual words being:
Now there's something to think about!