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Ian Somerhalder Interview - Exclusive!

Ian Somerhalder Interview - Exclusive!

Check out this preview of Ian Somerhalder in next week’s episode of Vampire Diaries, titled “The Dinner Party” and airing February 17.

Synopsis: Damon’s (Somerhalder) brother Stefan (Paul Wesley) tells Elena (Nina Dobrev) about a dark time in his history and the surprising person whose influence changed everything.

The 32-year-old recently chatted with about his hit CW show, his character’s new love interest, and a cause close to his heart – the Ian Somerhalder Foundation!

Click inside for Just Jared‘s exclusive interview with IS’s Exclusive Ian Somerhalder Interview

JJ: So there’s a new lady in Damon’s life, a reporter named Andie Star. What can you say about her?
IS: Andie’s awesome. She’s hot, quick, quirky, and witty. Even under compulsion she doesn’t give Damon sh–. What she does is she fires back at him as quickly as he fires off to her, and what’s cute about it is that he has this funny little answer yet he ties her scarf around her neck so no one can see. It’s just awesome. I love the dynamic that they created with her and they’re sort of this little team. She’s helping him execute his plans and they’re really just an unlikely team.

JJ: And who’s playing her?
IS: Her name is Dawn Olivieri. She’s a good friend of mine and I’ve known her for years and I was stoked when I heard that she was coming [to Vampire Diaries]. I don’t know how long we can keep her because she’s just got cast opposite Don Cheadle [in House of Lies] so I don’t think we get to keep her, but it’s bad for Damon and great for her.

JJ: Executive producer Julie Plec teased, “We have this impending ritual, the sacrifice that will break the curse of the sun and the moon — that’s where we’ll end our season”. Can you talk or hint a little bit about that?
IS: It’s funny because we get our scripts just a couple of days before. I know that there’s going to be a pretty sizable showdown between the werewolves and vampires and I can’t imagine Klaus not showing up after all this talk. So I don’t know, I can only imagine the way I see things going so there will be a big showdown, its a problem. Damon forged these relationships, found himself caring in places and times when its very intermediate, but I think protecting Elena and his home from one entity that’s more powerful or could possibly kill him is enough. Protecting her too is very difficult and it’s wearing on him and the couple is starting feel emotional and start not being able to understand how to grapple with all this emotion, it’s really tough.

JJ: Besides reading the scripts, is there a certain thing you always do to get into character?
IS: Yes. I think being able to pool from your life’s present, past, and future and knead the thread of life into that text is always a good idea. But there’s a woman I work with, and she’s probably one of the most renowned acting coaches walking on the face of the planet. She trains a lot of actors that we’ve grown to respect and I worked really closely with her day in and day out. There is a significant amount of preparation that goes into this.

JJ: Let’s talk about your IS Foundation. Has environmental protection always been a passion? Was there a specific experience that influenced your decision to launch it?
IS: Environmental protection was always a big thing for me. I grew up on the marshes of Louisiana; literally my front yard was thousands of acres of marsh. It was all in my dream to be part of an organization that protected the environment, but the Gulf oil spill was ultimately what made me drop the hammer immediately and say that “this is enough”. Watching my entire home be destroyed because of the lack of regulatory commissions for fossil fuels and the amount of back scratching that goes into the petroleum industry – or even any large industry. It changed my life and the lives of a lot people … This also involves cruelty and overpopulation issues with animals, so this is one of the most phenomenally inspiring thing I’ve ever been in involved in. The amount of support for this foundation goes above and beyond. Obviously it’s invariably difficult to raise money in a time of economic depression which we’re about to get into, but it’s so inspiring. Put it this way: a 6-year-old girl sent me an e-mail saying she gave our foundation her tooth fairy money to help save the planet and it blew my mind. She asked what she can do to help and just thought that this girl is going to be the president one day.

JJ: Any plans to travel with the foundation? There was a report saying you were heading to Africa and South America?
IS: Yeah, I’m not going to get to do Africa this year, but I am going to be in Central and South America. We’ll be going with The Global Alliance for Conservation, which is one of the largest environmental protection organizations in the world. Don Cheadle and I have signed on to be the two spokesperson for this … I’m going to Central and South America to look at the areas hit hard by deforestation and to figure out how to reforest them sustainably, efficiently, and economically to find ways to put people to work. I actually can’t sleep at night sometimes and I would go on my own foundation’s website and find more factors. So every tree we save, we have been able to put the actual cost benefit analysis of, so it recycles an X amount of dollars worth of air and water. Next Year we’ll be in Africa.

JJ: That’s awesome. Besides your busy schedule with the foundation, do you have any other upcoming projects?
IS: We’ve been looking very diligently, we’re looking for anything that fits into our time frame so hopefully the next time I talk to you I’ll have something interesting for you.

JJ: Got to ask, you were included in the most recent issue of People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. What did you think about that? Did you get teased about it by anyone on set? What was the feedback?
IS: I become tongue-tied because of stuff like that. Of course I get teased by stuff like that, but we all have the ability to get the best out of ourselves and those around us. I think it’s awesome that People magazine was crazy enough to include me in that roster of pretty bad ass dudes, but if they’re crazy enough to believe it then I’m stoked.


Catch Ian Somerhalder in Vampire Diaries Thursdays on The CW at 8 p.m.!

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  • Lily

    great interview Jared !

  • candise

    thank Jared!!!!
    i love vampire diaries!!!

  • Laura

    He is so inspiring! Love him.

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    How’s vampire?

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    Interview ?? jjared wrere are yo pics?

  • ace11

    hey the guy banged nicky hilton…good in my eyes

  • Kaz simply Amaazzing !!!!!!!!

    Jared Yo same person penn badgley

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  • Emily

    Love Damon he is so hot. Don’t like him acting all whimpy and crying though. Please please bring back our sexy tough Damon who killed fight with people and chased beautiful women. Damon deserves to be with sexy women like bonnie and alot of gorgeous women.

  • Ginger

    Love the interview!! and I love the new Damon!! The one that does bad but have a very good damn reason why he’s bad!!!!

    I’m going to miss the new Damon if the old Damon comes back! =0(

  • Anne-Laure Bernard

    love it

  • Will

    Awful awful awful actor. Not even his fans can pretend he’s good.

  • Ian, I love you. Please stop smoking if you haven’t already because cigarette butts end up in our fish and the pacific gyre. Thanks.

  • DD

    Great interview!

  • @paulobrawss

    Você é foda Ian Somerhalder, você realmente se importa com os animais e com o planeta, admiro muito -s TVD FAN

  • Anna

    Ian is like the most amazing person EVER! Not only is he this great, GOURGEOUS actor, he´s also humble and concerned about the enviroment! How he doesn’ t get cocky and doesn’t see himself as sexy as he is, is a mystery. If I ever find a man that’s ONE THIRD, of what he is, I´ll be happy. I LOVE him. So much perfection in one person isn’t fair!!!

  • Chris

    @Anna: So, is he amazing just because he is that handsome? There’s plenty of people who is concerned about the enviroment, but you’re confusing how atractive he is with something else. I think you would’ve be talking all those things if he would’ve have looked like that. Plus, every actor in “The Vampire Diaries” is awful. But he is the worst of them all.



  • ianina is all the way – delena



  • sashi

    Ian Somerhalder..i honestly just sighed with happiness!!!!!!!!

  • more handsome than Skarsgard

    He is gorgeoussssssssssssss ….such blue eyes, is not dating KB..

  • Misha

    Vampire or not, this guy could hypnotize me with those eyes in a heartbeat!

  • carly

    Stefan is sweet but him and elena are the definition of boring. She is so much better with damon!

  • Jasmine

    I love Ian, but the only thing I got from this is that 6 year olds are using the internet. What the hell does a 6 year old need email for?

  • emma

    @Emily: sad damon is better coz it means he cares and i and like 90% of people want delena to happen and he cnt go bad agin if thats goin to happen

  • tamara

    @emma: Um, don’t know where you get your figures from. What I can tell you is myself and friends love us some badass Damon. Please stop making him so soft. Would love to see Damon the hottie with Bonnie the hottie.

  • tamara

    @emma: @emma: Um, don’t know where you get your figures from. What I can tell you is myself and friends love us some badass Damon. Please stop making him so soft. Would love to see Damon the hottie with Bonnie the hottie.

  • patry

    I LOVE YOU IAN!! <3 You’re amazing!

  • raven

    @Chris: If all the actors on TVD are so awful, why are u here commenting? Surely u don’t watch the show and if u do, why?

  • Stacie

    Love him ( Boone/ Damon) . He’s so smart and Beautiful. I sadly love the Vampire Diaries.

  • christine

    What a loooong boring interview. Jeez.

  • christine

    Oh, sorry, JustJared… didn’t know it was your interview. <:-/

  • fsgbfdndgh

    @Lily: No.

  • Maarten

    Hah, believe me girl. I’m a guy and trust me, he does know that he’s sexy. He is, but if he gets people believe that he doesn’t think that his mission is accomplished. No hating on him though, I like him as well, I love Vampire Diaries.

  • mary

    i love him he’s sooo hot

  • Violet

    Ian is a very admirable actor. He isn’t conceited but very down to earth and it’s really commendable that he does charity work. He’s an extremely talented actor and I mean come on VD is totally AWESOME!!! Last but not least………………..TEAM DAMON ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!


  • V

    @Chris: Wtf are you talking about? Can you act better?