Ian Somerhalder: biography
Ian Somerhalder has become popular due to the TV series The Vampire Diaries and Lost. The American actor has become the recognized idol of the young girls. His attractive appearance and the set of the movies which had brought popularity to the actor contributed to such fame. At present, the actor appears on the big screen even more often and tries not to stay in the same image.
Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born on the 8th of December of 1978 in a small town of Louisiana – Covington. The family of the future actor consists of ordinary people: his father is an average builder, his mother is a massagist in the medical salon. Though, Ian was born in the U.S. The actress's distant relatives are of American, English, French and Irish origin. Moreover, Somerhalder has Indian roots. Possible that's why little Ian was fond of fishing and riding the horses. The future actor has received his unusual name in honor of Ian Fleming, the well-known writer who presented James Bond to the whole world.
After this the family relocated to the seaside city of Mandeville, Somerhalder got seriously engaged in the model business. When young Ian turned ten, he already went to New York to take part in the shootings. There the boy was working with the well-known model agencies which preferred to work with the talented teenagers. At this age, the boy already performed on American podiums, and also traveled around Europe. He took part in the fashion parades in Milan, Paris, and London.
The young man became extremely successful due to his regular facial features and even despite his rather low height for the model business of 177 cm. Since then Somerhalder rushed into the world of model industry and began to cooperate with many numerous serious brands - Calvin Klein, Versace, Persol, Esprit, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and others.
Later Ian Somerhalder began to have fancy for the acting. At the age of seventeen, the model contract of the future star came to an end. He set off to conquer New York where he at once he started to develop his acting career. Even though one can find the photos, videos, and clips with Ian, he prefers not to tell about his modeling past as he is sure that this can damage his actor's reputation.
Talented Somerhalder quickly and surely was moving on her career ladder, and soon she has achieved great results. Ian has played his first role in the picture, Black & White. Right after this, the young man received the invitation for the shootings in the picture Celebrity directed by Woody Allen. Unfortunately, the episodes with Somerhalder were cut out from both movies.
Somerhalder received his first serious role in the film Young Americans directed by Hamilton Fleming. The project hasn't been successful and demanded on the television. Though, the young actor managed to appear in eight episodes at once. For a couple of years, the actor participated in the series which haven't brought him popularity.
The actor also had the role of the homosexual in his career. Ian got such a character in the comedy-drama The Rules of Attraction.
Moreover, the actor participated in the series Smallville based on the comics about Superman. He has performed the role of Adam Knight in six episodes of the project.
In 2004 Ian performed the guy called Boone in the TV series Lost. After this people began to recognize the actor on the streets and he started to have first fans. Even though the personage of Ian became the first victim and died rather quickly the directors constantly returned his hero during all the seasons. This happened because the TV spectators have fallen in love with this hero. After Boone's death, the actor left the project and began to participate in big cinematic projects. Then Ian Somerhalder enriched his filmography with the role in the movies The Tournament and The Sensation of Sight.
Ian Somerhalder's role in The Vampire Diaries is his star role in which the actor appeared in the part of the impudent sexual vampire. The series has become successful, and Somerhalder has made Damon the most high-rated character during the history of vampires.
The success was just a paradox. The plot tells about two vampire brothers, and if Stefan tries to suppress in himself the monster’s instincts and to live in the human world, cruel and cold-blooded Damon embodies the nightmares of humanity about the vampires. But with the development of the series and the growth of fans, Damon has become a symbol not only of the nightmares but also of the fantasies.
The actor's fans just went crazy, practically in the real sense. In a short time, the actor has become a real sex symbol of the world significance, and movies with the participation of Somerhalder have collected him the army of the spectators. Damon Salvatore – is one of the significant roles of Ian, and the actor hasn't changed the vampire role for eight years.
For the role of Damon in the series The Vampire Diaries, he received Teen Choice Awards in the nomination for Best Villain. The name of the handsome young man has appeared in the list of the most desired bachelors of the planet. The crowds of the admirers have showered Ian with the letters, cards, gifts, and declarations of love. By the words of the actor, his fans' love is the leading award for the actor.
In the spring of 2016, Ian announced that he was going to leave The Vampire Diaries series. At first, the fans were shocked by the news of the actor, that the 8th season would be the last and final. Though, later the actor has specified: that season will be the last only for Ian Somerhalder. The creators of the series repeatedly told that they would write the scripts for the new series as much as Somerhalder and Paul Wesley want it. That’s why Ian’s statement has made the further existence of The Vampire Diaries doubtful.
The fans hoped that after the left of the actor of one of the leading roles the project would be prolonged. For example, after the 6th season, Nina Dobrev left the project, but the series wasn't closed.
However, the 8th season turned out to be the last for the series. On the 10th of Mach, 2017 the spectators saw the final episode in which the creators have collected almost all the characters. Nina Dobrev presented himself in two last episodes as the invited star.
In the private life of Ian Somerhalder, he had many bright love affairs. Sarah Malatesta and Paris Hilton’s sister Nicky became actor’s girlfriends. During the shooting of the series Lost, Ian had relations with the actress Maggie Grace who played the actor's sister in this movie. The celebrities themselves have denied the fact of their romantic relations, but paparazzi refused to believe in their statements.
Later Nina Dobrev – Ian's partner on the movie set of The Vampire Diaries has become Somerhalder's, beloved woman. The lovers had relations for more than a year, and in 2013 Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev broke up as their love affair came to an end.
The major part of the admirers had doubts whether it was Ian who left Dobrev or vice versa. The couple didn’t have any scandals or loud quarrels.
After the separation with Ian Nina has taken the difficult decision to leave The Vampire Diaries. By the words of the witnesses, there was nothing terrible but the atmosphere was far from being friendly. The ex-lovers avoided each other so that the scriptwriters had to interfere and to rewrite the script and scenes not to make Ian and Nina run into each other on the platform.
Since 2014 Somerhalder has been meeting the actress Nikki Reed. At first, the young people had only friendly relations. Moreover, the girl was officially married to Paul McDonald. At the same time, Nikki was the best friend of his ex-girlfriend, Nina Dobrev. At the end of spring of 2014, Reed decided to divorce with Paul. By her words, the intransigeant disagreements became the reason for the divorce.
Ian and Nikki began to have a love affair when the divorce proceedings haven't come to an end. The public began to see the loving couple together, but then they denied their obvious relationship. But when the divorce was registered in January of 2015, the couple stopped to keep their relations in secret. After some time Somerhalder has proposed to his darling.
There were rumors that Nina and Nikki stopped their communication when she first learned about the love affair of her ex-boyfriend with her best friend. And allegedly because of that the actress left the project The Vampire Diaries. Nikki visited her beloved quite often, and Dobrev couldn't stand this. Though, after some time Nina shared a photo on her Instagram profile. On this picture, she was having dinner with Reed and Somerhalder.
By the way, most people didn’t believe in the sincerity of the love affair between Dobrev and Ian and considered this relationship to be a successful PR stunt.
The lovers haven’t told anything to the press about their wedding day date. At the end of April of 2015 on Twitter, the actor on Twitter the actor announced to his fans about the church wedding. As it appeared, Somerhalder and Nikki Reed got married. The groom and the bride were dressed in the white outfits, and was captured by paparazzi from the helicopter captured their sacral celebration. The newlyweds decided to go to Mexico on their honeymoon trip.
The wedding was so sudden that the main version of the events was considered to be the pregnancy of Nikki Reed. This has also led to an unexpected wedding ceremony. But with the time it has become evident that Reed’s figure who has been under attentive observation hasn't changed, and in the neighborhood of the star family, there haven't appeared new children.
The world of Hollywood had to believe that there would be no scandal, and the actors have been brought together with the help of a beautiful and romantic love story. The actor's relationship also proves the version about their strong feelings: despite the tight schedule, they find time to walk together, to celebrate the holidays and to take the joint pictures and send each other congratulations on Instagram.
The public considers the young family to be one of the most gorgeous and harmonious couples of the celebrities’ world. Ian and his wife have warm relations and firm friendship and mutual understanding. Moreover, the couple has some pets taken from the shelter. Nevertheless, the lovers dream to raise children, not the kittens. As Somerhalder has admitted once, he is actively working on this question.
On the 25th of July of 2017, Ian Somerhalder became a father for the first time. His spouse Nikki Reed gave birth to their daughter Bodhi Soleil.
Since a long time, the spouses have become famous for their love for nature and environmental protection. Ian has even founded Ian Somerhalder Foundation designated to keep the nature in safety.
Ian Somerhalder at present
In November of 2017, Ian and Nikki appeared at Napa Film Festival. The couple received the humanitarian award of Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute for his contribution and help in the animals’ protection.
A couple of days later the spouses visited the presentation of the book Kiss the Ground written by Josh Tickell. During the event the spouses didn’t conceal their feelings: they embraced each other and openly flirted. Later Ian appeared on the stage and read a fragment from the book.
In April of 2018, it became known that Ian Somerhalder joined the series V-Wars of Netflix company. The project will be shot by the comic book V-Wars written by Jonathan Maberry.
Ian’s character is Luther Swann. This man is a doctor who fights against the vampires. The new personage of the actor is cardinally different from Damon Salvatore. According to the plot, Swann will have to struggle against the virus which transforms people into the vampires. This happened to Luther's best friend Michael Fayne who has become the leader of the vampires. The doctor will search for the vaccine to save his friend and the whole of humanity.
- 2000 – Young Americans
- 2002 – The Rules of Attraction
- 2004 – Smallville
- 2004—2010 – Lost
- 2006 – Pulse
- 2007 – Tell Me You Love Me
- 2009 – The Tournament
- 2010 – How to Make Love to a Woman
- 2009—2017 – The Vampire Diaries
- 2014 – The Anomaly
- 2018 – V-Wars