“@iansomerhalder you blow me away. I am beyond inspired by the person you are, but mostly I am humbled by your work ethic and desire to always push for the best in yourself and others,” the 26-year-old actress wrote.
Nikki posted the message after watching this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, which was directed by Ian.
“With distinct style and an unwavering vision you directed something you should be truly proud of. Congratulations to you!!!!!!! All of your hard work paid off. Your talent has trickled into every facet of your life, and this is only the beginning…” she added.