Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born on December 8, 1978 and raised in a small southern town, Covington, Lousiana. He is known for being a model and an American actor. His most famous role is playing Damon in The Vampire Diaries. His mother Edna, is a massage therapist and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contstructor. When he was growing up he went boating, swimming, fishing, and trained horses. He was in a school drama club and performed with the local theater group. At age ten he began a modeling career with the help of his mother. He modeled for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Versace and Guess. Ian has icy blue eyes, sharp jaw line, and thick eyebrows.
Finally when he got to junior high, he decided to put modeling behind and focus more on sports and school; he played varsity baseball and basketball. A couple years later when the oppurtunity to model in Europe came, he grabbed it. Now, Ian doesn’t like to talk about when he modeled because he doesn’t like to be seen as just another pretty face.
When he was 17 he began studying acting in New York and, by the time he was 19, he committed himself to it, working with preeminent acting coach William Esper. In the summer of 2000, he starred in the short-lived WB series Young Americans. Ian also played in the novel, The Rules of Attraction.
In 2004 Ian got a breakthrough role when he played Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show Lost. Besides his characters death in the 20th episode of the first season, he went back to the role of Boone for seven more episodes in 2005 to 2010; this included the series finale. Ian was the first one to be cast in a role for this series and to have their first character die. He said in a interview that he is planning to buy a house in Hawaii when filming in the first season, but couldn’t because after his character was killed off the show.
In 2005, Ian got all bulked up, adding about 20 to 30 pounds of muscle, so he would be considered for more man-leading-type roles.
In June of 2009, Ian was cast in the role of Vampire Damon Salvatore as a series in The CW television drama The Vampie Diaries. This series premiere attracted The CW’s highest premiere ratings of any season premiere since the network began in 2006. This TV show series continues to be one of the highest rated series on its channel with Ian’s perfomance and show receiving a positive response from critics. The Vampire Diaries is about two brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, have been leading “normal” lives; hiding the fact that they’re both vampires. They come back to the Virginia town, Mystic Falls, only for both of them to fall in love with the same girl, Elena Gilbert.
Ian has won an award for Teen’s Choice Award for just his participation on the series of The Vampie Diaries. Currently on the series, they’re on the sixth season and still going. While he was working with his co-star Nina Dobrev, he formed a relationship with her until 2013 when they broke it off.
Ian isn’t just another pretty face model and actor, he actually is heavily involved with charity work was part of the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster in April of 2010. He put effort into cleaning of oiled wildlife, and taping public service annoucements letting everyone know what they could do to help. The St. Tammany Humane Society is an organization for animal shelter and welfare; Ian also supports this. He hosted a Bash on the Bayou charity fundraiser for the Society on November 13, 2010. Ian was presented with $11,000, by The Vampire Diaries fandom from his birthday project during this event.
With his The Vampire Diaries co-stars Candince Accola and Michael Trevino, Ian supports the “It Gets Better Project.” Five years ago Ian announced via Twitter in many ways that he was creating or setting up The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. It was launched on his birthday of 2010, and he hopes that it will educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and animals.
The IS Foundation’s mission aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. “The IS FOUNDATION will behave in full collaborative spirit by joining with other Non-Profit, For-Profit and governing bodies globally,” says Ian. The team plans on distributing funds and resources towards global conservation, green energy development/deployment, and educational tools. He also started creating awareness so that global deforestation can be seen as an international and global security risk. They are creating mobility by engaging and supporting of the most powerful, disrespected and overlooked population on the planet - our youth. Ian is still presently working on this project, and continues to help wildlife and animals.
Ian is now currently engaged to Nikki Reed and plans to have the wedding this year, 2015. The question is: Will Ian invite his ex, Nina? Sources say, “If it is a big wedding Ian feels that he has to ask Nina to go, but anticipates her to respectfully decline. That would be a win win.” Nikki revealed her gorgeous engagement ring and it is absolutely stunning. The ring has a flower-shaped diamond and is surrounded by many small diamonds. They say it goes along well with her personality. We wish them a great future ahead!