Ian Somerhalder is known for playing sexy vampire Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, but in a recent photo, he’s all zombied out.

On October 24, Ian shared a photo of his “zombie self,” which was a very undead and creepy version of the smoldering actor. While it was just a photo — likely from the“Dead Yourself” app — and not him in full-on makeup, he looks like he’s ready for his Walking Dead close up.

Oh, and did we mention that Ian is pretending to lick himself? Yeah, he’s sticking his tongue out, Miley style, toward the photo tacked on his wall. Looks like he’s ready to kiss the undead.

“Embracing my Zombie self…” Ian captioned the photo, with no further explanation where the pic came from. Perhaps it’s inspiration for his Halloween costume? It’s just around the corner and it would be an interesting new character for him to play.

While zombies don’t play a part on The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, there are walking dead people on the show. (Hello, Bonnie. We miss you.) Ian’s character, Damon, is familiar with that, especially considering what went down in Episode 4: “For Whom the Bell Tolls” — Jeremy’s confession about Bonnie’s death to Damon was one of the saddest moments to date on the show. A close second — at least when it comes to walking dead people — was in the Season 4 finale. Alaric came back to dish out some advice to dear Damon, but then he disappeared as Bonnie died and the veil was put back on Mystic Falls.

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