The Ian Somerhalder we’ve come to know and love is very rugged, stylish, and sexy. (As if we needed to remind you of that!) His portrayal of the ever-moody Damon Salvatore has won our hearts and swoons for the past five seasons of The Vampire Diaries, but we’ve always wondered what baby Ian looks like.

While this isn’t exactly baby Ian, perhaps, it is a much younger version of our favorite TV star. We’d guess that this photo is from Ian’s middle school days, or most likely his high school freshman yearbook photo. Notice the hair, the smile, the eyebrows, and, well, pretty much everything.

This Louisiana-born stud was rocking an adorable polo — clearly he was a fashion icon at an early age. We came across this gem of a throwback photo thanks to Twitter user @hgatch1, who is clearly as emotionally invested in the lives of our favorite vamps.

We just have to give a shoutout to the person not pictured beside Ian in the yearbook. Any guess as to how hard Theodore Snyder is kicking themselves for not being immortalized in the glossy pages

Moral of the day? Show up for school picture day. Geez!

What do you think about this epic throwback photo of Ian Somerhalder? Hit the comments and let us know!

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!