There is no one quite like Ian Somerhalder. Born in 1978, Ian Somerhalder rose to fame as the actor who played vampire Damon Salvatore on the popular TV show “The Vampire Diaries.”
In this blog post, we’ll be getting to know the American actor better by delving into his career, personal life, and why he’s so famous.
So sit back and get to know all about Ian Somerhalder!
Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American actor, model, and activist. He was born on December 8, 1978, in the United States.
He has appeared in a variety of TV shows and movies, including “Lost,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “The Originals.”
Ian is also an actor and has modeled for campaigns and is known for his intense gaze and mysterious features.
The Rise to Fame of Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder is an actor and model who has starred in a variety of movies and TV shows.
He started his career by appearing in commercials and then moved on to feature films.
He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost, Damon Salvatore in The CW’s supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, and Dr. Luther Swann in Netflix’s sci-fi horror series V Wars.
In 2000, Somerhalder starred in the short-lived WB series Young Americans as Hamilton Fleming, the son of the dean of a prestigious boarding school.
In 2002, he played bisexual character Paul Denton in Roger Avary’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel, The Rules of Attraction, opposite Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, and James Van Der Beek.
In 2004, Somerhalder scored his debut acting role when he made a guest appearance on the hit TV show Lost (2004–2010).
Despite the character of Boone Carlyle succumbing to death in the program’s 20th episode, he returned to star as an apprentice for seven more episodes between 2005 and 2010, including in the final installment.
In 2009, Somerhalder made waves when he stepped into the role of the vampire Damon Salvatore in The CW supernatural drama television series The Vampire Diaries.
The series premiere of “The Vampire Diaries” was the CW’s highest ratings for a series premiere since the network began in 2006.
The show has continued to be popular on its channel as it consistently draws in both viewers and critical acclaim, with both Somerhalder’s performance and the plot receiving a positive response from critics.
Somerhalder has also been recognized with several Teen Choice Awards and a People’s Choice Award for participating in the series.
In addition to his work on The Vampire Diaries, Somerhalder has directed several series episodes.
Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed
After dating his The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev for 3 years, Ian Somerhalder then dated actress Nikki Reed.
After 2 years in a relationship, they got engaged and married on April 26, 2015.
Fun fact, Nikki Reed also played a vampire role, but not in the same series.
They have a daughter, who they welcomed on July 25, 2017.
When Ian Somerhalder was beginning his career, he invested heavily in his own company without realizing his lack of experience would inevitably lead to disaster. As a result, Ian ended up with an eight-figure hole in debt that nearly cost him everything he’d been working towards.
Nowadays, though, Ian is making much wiser decisions after meeting Nikki Reed. He is successfully involved in the liquor business under Brothers Bond Bourbon with his best mate Paul Wesley.