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The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder plays Damon Salvatore on The CW TV show, but you already knew that! Let’s delve a little deeper. Did you know Ian used to date his lovely co-star Nina Dobrev? The couple dated for three years before calling it quits in May 2013.

 

Who is Ian Somerhalder?
While Ian obviously loves his gorgeous girlfriend, he has another passion: the environment and all the world’s creatures. After BP’s oil rig disaster dumped millions of gallons of crude oil off the coast of his Louisiana hometown, Ian rushed home to help clean up. In addition to shooting a public service announcement, he volunteered at a local animal shelter bathing oil-slicked pelicans and he’s put pressure on his Hollywood peers to crack open their checkbooks for the BP oil spill.

“I never talk about politics, but right now is a time to be angry and sad,” he told the Los Angeles Times newspaper. “This [the Louisiana coastline] is ground zero right now. This place is going to need money; that is the bottom line.” He was so inspired, that he started his own non-profit, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

Before becoming an eco-crusader, Ian was a model. Mr. Somerhalder’s beautifully sculpted cheekbones and piercing blue eyes have pushed product for Ralph Lauren, Guess, Esprit, Mossimo, Versace, Dolce & Gabana, and many other fashion houses. He also played Boone Carlyle, the cutest passenger on the doomed Oceanic flight 815 on ABC’s hit Lost. (And, really, you’d have to be a sequestered nun to not know that.)

 

Also a special note for Ian Somerhalder devotees: You lose your Team Ian membership if you don’t also recognize Somerhalder as Hamilton Fleming, the guy who fell for a girl pretending to be a guy on the short-lived Dawson’s Creek spin-off Young Americans.

A self-described “clean freak,” Ian regularly gets all bendy and twisty in public (in yoga class). The red wine aficionado’s also an animal lover and cat owner.

Birthday: December 8, 1978
TVD Character: Damon Salvatore
Twitter: @IanSomerhalder
Hometown: Covington, Louisiana, where he was Mandeville High’s resident horse-training, varsity-sports-playing super model and theater geek.

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