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Ian Somerhalder

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The son of a massage therapist and a building contractor, Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, LA. Boating, swimming, fishing and training horses filled much of his recreational time growing up, as did the school drama club and performing with the local theater group. With his mother's encouragement, at age 10 he began a modeling career that took him to New York each summer. By junior high, he opted to put modeling on the back burner and focus more on sports and school. A few years later, when the opportunity to model in Europe arose, Somerhalder grabbed it, embarking on an enriching path of work, travel and study that took him to cities including Paris, Milan and London. At 17, he began studying acting in New York, and by 19 had committed himself to the craft, working with preeminent acting coach William Esper. His fate was sealed while working as an extra in a club scene in the feature film _Black & White(1999)_. A talent manager visiting a client on the set spotted Somerhalder in a crowd scene of 400 and immediately signed him for representation. Happy to be anchored in New York, Somerhalder spends much of his time studying acting, writing and practicing yoga. His recreational interests include water and snow skiing and horseback riding.  See full bio on IMDb »

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed -- Happiest Healthy Couple

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed
Happiest Healthy Couple

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed don't just eat healthy ... they look damn happy doing it.Ian and Nikki hit up the Farmer's Market in Los Angeles Sunday and the newly minted couple couldn't… READ MORE >

Ian Somerhalder -- Ambushed By Singing Fan ... 'You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman!' [VIDEO]

Ian Somerhalder
Ambushed By Singing Fan 'You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman!'

"Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder can make a girl orgasm just by touching her -- at least that's the way it looks in this video, showing a USC student spontaneously bursting into "Natural… READ MORE >

- 155 days ago
Ian Somerhalder vs. Matt Bomer -- Who'd You Rather?

Somerhalder vs. Bomer
Who'd You Rather?

"Vampire Diaries" gorgeous face Ian Somerhalder and "Magic Mike" sexy stud Matt Bomer hunked it out at an event in L.A. recently.Question is ...More Who'd You Rather? Lance Armstrong vs. Manti… READ MORE >

- 619 days ago
'Vampire Diaries' Hunks -- Who'd You Rather?

'Vampire Diaries' Hunks
Who'd You Rather?

Wearing all sorts of different hats, "Vampire Diaries" hotties Matt Davis, Michael Trevino and Ian Somerhalder put their differences aside and made nice at an event in Madrid this month.Question… READ MORE >

- 865 days ago
'Vampire Diaries' Set -- DESTROYED by Fire

'Vampire Diaries' Set

The "Vampire Diaries" set got a rude awakening Thursday morning when a fire ravaged the famous Mystic Grill facade and burned it to a crisp ... wreaking havoc to the tune of $200,000. For those of… READ MORE >

- 872 days ago
Ian vs. Robert vs. Tom: Who'd You Rather?

Ian vs. Robert vs. Tom
Who'd You Rather?

"Vampire Diaries" bloodsucker Ian Somerhalder, "One Tree Hill's" Robert Buckley and "Smallville's" Tom Welling joined their CW hunk forces at an event in NYC on Thursday.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 1593 days ago
'Vampire Diaries' Hunks: Who'd You Rather?

'Vampire Diaries' Hunks
Who'd You Rather?

Paul Wesley (left) and Ian Somerhalder (right) play gorgeous bloodsucking brothers on the new TV series "The Vampire Diaries."Question is ... See Also The Situation vs. DJ Pauly D: Who'd You… READ MORE >

- 1733 days ago
Bell's Wary of the Scary

Bell's Wary
Of the Scary

When "Veronica Mars" hottie Kristen Bell thinks she's the ugliest person in a movie, it's safe to say you're in for some great eye candy -- and Bell promises her new horror flick, "Pulse,"… READ MORE >

- 2980 days ago

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