Ian Somerhalder

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Ian Somerhalder

Born

12/8/1978, Covington, Louisiana, USA

Birth Name

Ian Joseph Somerhalder

Gender

Male
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The son of a massage therapist and a building contractor, Ian was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. Boating, swimming, fishing, and training horses filled much of his time growing up, as did his school drama club and performing with the local theater…more

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  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Ian is dating costar Nina Dobrev.

    • Ian's first kiss was in a skating ring when he was in 5th grade.

    • Ian has done print commercials for:

      Mossimo Swimwear for Target
      Fatale Hair Salon Guess Fall
      Guess Fall Esprit
      Dolce & Gabbana
      Claire's Boutiques Arizona Jeans American Eagle Outfitters Persol Eyewear Request Jeans
      Versace

    • Ian has appeared in TV commercials for Master Card, Target Stores, Irish Spring and Levi's Jeans.

    • Ian was the first actor to be cast on Lost.

    • Ian is right-handed.

    • Favorites:

      Music: floaty, dreamy, well-orchestrated rock music
      Drink: Red wine
      Movie: The Graduate
      Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche
      Colonge: Dolce & Gabbana
      Activities: yoga, spending Christmas relaxing with family, baseball, western horseback riding, archery, riflery, football and cycling
      Reading material: The New Yorker and Reader's Digest
      Color: Turquoise
      Actor: Sean Penn

    • Ian supports the charity Love Letters to the South, which pays tribute to all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

    • If he hadn't become an actor, Ian would have chosen a career in marine biology, writing, or advertising.

    • Ian's very first modelling job was with Ralph Lauren.

    • Ian is a self-proclaimed "clean freak" and sometimes takes as many as three showers a day.

    • In 2003, Ian was a regular cast member of Fearless as Jordan Gracie; the show was picked up by the WB but canceled before it ever got to air.

    • Ian has studied acting with William Esper, Davenia McFadden, and Anthony Abeson.

    • Now one of his most popular trademarks, Ian has always had rosy cheeks. He is often recognized by his stunning blue-green eyes.

    • Ian occasionally smokes cigarettes.

    • Ian is writing a screenplay about the world of modelling entitled The Jack of Dimes.

    • Ian won the 2000 Young Hollywood Award for "Exciting New Face-Male." In November 2000, he was the very first male celebrity to be named "Most Beautiful Man" of the month on the website mostbeautifulman.com.

    • On the Season One DVD of Lost, Ian's name is misspelled "Sommerhalder" on the title screen for a commentary he recorded with the show's creators.

    • Ian grew up with his mother, whom he has described as being "very spiritual" and attended Catholic schools.

    • Ian's father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor of French and English descent, and his mother, Edna, who is of Irish and Choctaw descent, who grew up on a pig farm in Mississippi, is a massage therapist.

    • Ian attended Mandeville High School in the state of Louisiana.

    • Ian has a Shiba Inu dog.

    • Ian has a scar on his chin.

    • Ian starred in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Off-Broadway Stage Play, Century Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, New York.

    • Ian was the face of Guess for two consecutive Fall seasons.

    • In 2005, Ian bulked up, adding about 20 to 30 pounds of muscle to his slim frame, so he would be considered for more leading-man-type roles.

    • Ian's height is 5 feet 9.5 inches (1.77 metres) tall. His measurements are: suit 38R, shirt 15, waist 30, inseam 31, shoes 9.

    • Ian used to drive a Land Rover, but got rid of it due to it's gas consumption. He currently drives an Audi (November 2007).

    • Some of Ian's ex-girlfriends include Nicky Hilton and Maggie Grace. Though he was rumored by the press to have dated Rose McGowan, this was not the case.

    • The scene where Ian dances on the bed with Russell Sams in The Rules of Attraction was not scripted. Originally Russell Sams was suppose to dance by himself as a "pledge" for being new to movies and Ian was about to leave the set when the Roger Avary told him to "stick around."

  • Quotes

    • (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.

    • Ian: I'd love to see Damon in the '20s. The '30s, the '40s... oh, God. The '70s! Could you imagine Damon wearing a polyester shirt? Just this huge lapel and really fluffy, long hair? Oh man.

    • Ian: (About his character on Vampire Diaries) I hope he gets back to biting people and having fun and getting high on blood all the time. He's been so serious lately, forging these relationships, and I think it makes him wildly uncomfortable.

    • (About his Lost co-star Maggie Grace) Ian: She's hateable in Lost, but really she's the sweetest, most adorable thing on the planet.

    • Ian: (On his work with Go Green Mobile Power & rising interest in green energy generators) It's really exciting stuff, we're going to go full bore and get these things out there producing green power.

    • Ian: (On his Vampire Diaries character, Damon) The dynamics in which this guy lives by are so skewed. But at the end of the day, and it sounds so cliché, but at the end of the day, he does everything - like all of us do - for love.

    • Ian: (On going to the Washington Energy Summit) I can't wait to put my thinking cap on and get to Washington and have really structured and really inspiring conversations with people and hopefully something comes out of it.

    • Ian: (talking about the BP oil spill and the Washington Energy Summit) I think there's a lot of anger and frustration and fear and determination in this exact moment in our country in the wake of this huge oil spill. But the government, they know enough to figure it out and they're taking steps to do that, so I'm really honored to be invited to go and speak with these people.

    • Ian: (On finding good work) It's exhilarating and challenging at the same time. It was a welcome challenge.

    • Ian: (on filming in Atlanta's heat) Let me tell you something. I love the South. I'm from the South. I'm a Southern boy. You experience temperatures here that one just doesn't understand until one is actually geographically here. I am watching our crew members melting like snowmen. It's insane.

    • Ian: (on his activism affecting his acting) I think it's a fine line. I don't ever want anything to come in the way of me truthfully telling a story.

    • Ian: Acting is such a huge part of my life. It really allows me to have a creative outlet and to actually be able to have an outlet to discuss openly the things that truly I think are relevant in the world, that make a difference.

    • Ian: (on the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast) Basically, the entire area is shut down. Everyone from the waitress who serves you breakfast to the guy who owns the charter boat to the shrimpers - they all literally rely on the ocean to keep their industry going... Think about how frightening it is when you suddenly, though no fault of your own, can't feed your children or pay your mortgage.

    • Ian: (his reaction to the BP oil spill) You know when something bad happens in your life, or something goes wrong - that weird kind of really uneasy feeling you have in the pit of your stomach? I've had that for two months.

    • Ian: There's this old documentary about The Rolling Stones. There's a guy interviewing Mick Jagger and he says, "What's the definition of rock and roll?" Keith Richards walks by and goes, "Me." That's so Damon.

    • Ian: (On the BP oil spill in Louisiana) It's time to change, and I think this disaster is the game changer. It feels like this is one of those catastrophic events that truly changes the way that we think.

    • Ian: (On his character on The Vampire Diaries) I wanted Damon to be this wacky, sort of old world combination of Cary Grant and Mick Jagger.

    • Ian: (on fans of his show, The Vampire Diaries) Our fans, they are awesome. You get to experience that enthusiasm at a decibel level that is second to none. They are so loud and amazing. I swear, it was the closest to being a Beatle I'll ever get.

    • Ian: (when asked if he has another calling as an environmentalist) I don't know how to do anything else other than be an actor. If I wasn't in this, I would be in alternative energy and conservation.

    • Ian: (on the 2010 BP oil spill in his home state) To me and to the people that go down there, [it's] one of the most beautiful places in the world. And I actually had to watch it destroyed. And it will be destroyed -- forever. My great-grandchildren will not be able to enjoy the Gulf Coast of Louisiana the way I have.

    • Ian: (on MTV's Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Discrimination) This program teaches people that it only takes a single unlucky moment to lead to tragedy, if you come into contact with one really f****d up person, they can truly take your life away.

    • Ian: I have a million acquaintances but just two or three true friends. I can't hide anything from them.

    • Ian: It's great to play the charming guy we all want to be associated with. But a character with a bizarre mind and given to committing horribly illegal actions can be fascinating. Sometimes it's more interesting to portray someone who battles his thirst for wrong and tries to understand it.

    • Ian: You can't get anywhere without the people who have come into your life.

    • Ian: I kind of think too much, I try do too many things at once.

    • Ian: I realized I had to stop modeling and start studying to be an actor, which I'd wanted to be since I was about six.

    • Ian: My mom made my baby food and had me on blue-green alga probably since I was in third grade. I never had sugar. I never got to have white bread or any white-flour products.

    • Ian: I have a beach house in Malibu, so I'll go there, grab a surfboard or a sea kayak or whatever, and get outta here. The quality of life is so much higher anyplace you can ski in the morning and surf in the evening--there's something to be said for that.

    • Ian: It was really intense. You're covered in bug spray and dirt and makeup, and it's 95 degrees with no wind, and you're on a beach surrounded by fire. By the end of the episode, you would have to go home and get scrubbed. But I love Hawaii. I will absolutely live there some day. In fact, I almost bought a house there--but, two days before I was going to fly back to look at one, I found out that my character was being killed off.

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