Ian Somerhalder

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  • (On landing the role in Vampire Diaries)Ian: It was a tough process getting this show because it was THE show to get. There was a lot of competition. Damon is one of the best characters you could ever dream of playing so I set my sights on him and made it happen.

  • Ian: I've got a lot of letters from prison. Lost was a big prison show. But it's really crazy when you get the letter that says, 'So, I'm getting out in three months, I've only been in for 17 years and I'd really like to meet you'. What's cool is that on The Vampire Diaries the writers are very young and the letters are really, really sweet.

  • Ian: I love to indulge in nice wine. One of my friends is one of the world's top sommeliers and, from spending time in Italy and France when I was younger and becoming immersed in wine culture, I've learned what I like. I know what to spend my money on. I'd love to create my own organic vineyard and wine label.

  • Ian: Box office success of Twilight paved the way for all this vampire stuff. It opened up the market. The genre has always been popular but it's having a resurgence, which is why this show got a green light.

  • Ian: Models-turned-actors are a bit of a cliché… It is a huge cliché but you have to look at the positive aspects. I learned a lot about the world and took a lot of knowledge away from it.

  • Ian (On having a one true love): On having a one 'true love': You find that one person where you go, "Wow!". I'm a hopeless romantic. I've been with my girlfriend for three years and I've no intention of getting out of it for another 60.

  • Ian: I haven't seen any TWILIGHT movies, none of them. I didn't want to make that comparison. And I've never read any of the books. So to answer your question, I will not be seeing them. Maybe I'm one of the only people in the country who will not be seeing them.

  • Ian: (about his co-star Paul Wesley) We love each other. We are like brothers. We dress alike. It's kind of freaky. But we do have a great rapport. The thing is I realize this: I could be doing this with anyone else… Paul is such a phenomenally talented committed actor, and he's my good friend, and we could be doing this with anybody else and we got lucky. We worked really hard to get these roles and we're going to continue to work even harder to keep them.

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  • His favorite song is "15 Steps", by Radiohead.

  • Ian has one brother Robert and sister Robyn and his parents divorced when he was 13.

  • Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder was voted by fans as the Hottest Vampire Hookup in a Hollywood Life poll. The duo, who stars in The Vampires Diaries, beat out Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson of the Twilight series.

  • Ian revealed that after his character on Lost (Boone Carlyle) was killed off, he was worried about finding work. It took him 5 years to land another show - The Vampire Diaries.

  • Ian lent a helping hand to the disaster-stricken areas of the BP oil spill. He devoted his time off for summer to work in the Gulf region, particularly his home state. Ian also participated in Larry King's special two-hour telethon "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help" on CNN, along with other celebrities.

  • Ian's surname Somerhalder originates from his adoptive great-grandfather. His English biological great-grandfather was a wealthy landowner, whose name was Hull. His biological great-grandfather had gotten one of his mistresses pregnant and paid an immigrant worker of his to marry this woman. They give the baby a name, which was Somerhalder.

  • Fans voted Ian Somerhalder's character Damon (Vampire Diaries) as Entertainment Weekly's Ultimate Sexy Beast. EW proclaimed him the winner in the magazine's August 27 issue. Ian's character on the Vampire Diaries beat Twilight's Edward Cullen by a margin of 138,630 to 134,728.

  • Ian has played varsity soccer and baseball.

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