Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have only just started officially dating, but the Vampire Diaries star has already been “profoundly moved” by his new girlfriend. What has Nikki done to make such an impact on Ian? Read on to find out!


Ian is gushing over a short film Nikki directed for ESPN’s “Nine for IX Shorts.” Think Normal takes a new angle on the story of Jason McElwain, the autistic high school basketball player who was put in to play for the first time in the final four minutes of his high school career and scored 20 points. Through a series of interviews with Jason’s mom, brother, coach, aunt, and Jason himself, Nikki explores the story of the mother behind the boy and everything Debbie McElwain has done to give her son a successful, happy life.

“Wow, I am so profoundly moved right now,” Ian Instagrammed about the short. “After watching this film, as my eyes dry and my mind settles I realize the amount of compassion, love, insight and skill it took to put this together. This story and stories like it need to be told and this @iamnikkireed is why people connect to you and love you. Never stop spreading this amount love, compassion, as well as intellect and showing us the raw human condition through your acting, directing, writing or producing. Story telling enriches our lives in a very very profound way. You should be so proud of this and I'm grateful, we're all grateful to see this story, hear it's message and take so very much from it... Congratulations- Love, Ian.”

You gotta love a vampire couple that supports one another!

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