Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder is a very successful man, but he couldn’t have done it without the help of others. He took some time last week to express gratitude for all of the help he’s received along the way. Check out his heartfelt tweets!


“There are many people whom have worked their asses off to get me here (where ever i am) I love these people-thank you. What an amazing ride,” Ian tweeted Friday to his more than five million followers, one measure of the kind of success the actor and activist has managed to achieve so far in his career.

Ian’s thoughtfully thankful tweet may have been spurred by his previous tweet, a happy birthday to friend and agent Craig Shapiro. Ian tweeted: “Craig Shapiro-big brother to me, my agent @ ICM for 16 years-guided my career, has a birthday today! Im grateful man-Happy Birthday @cohiba711.” OK, that’s pretty sweet. Craig and Ian have been together awhile, since before Ian landed his breakthrough gig as Boone on Lost and long before we knew him as the dastardly and handsome Damon Salvatore on TVD. It’s hard to imagine any other actor filling those iconic roles, and — in part thanks to Craig — we don’t have to!

And that’s not even delving into all of the good Ian has done through the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, a non-profit that owes much of its influence and success to Ian’s celebrity status. We can’t wait to see what Ian does next on his “amazing ride”!

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!