It’s been awhile since we’ve seen hot werewolf uncle Mason Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries — Season 3, to be exact — but his actor counterpart, Taylor Kinney, is still very much on our radar. Such is the cost of being a mega-hot television star, as well as Lady Gaga’s boyfriend. Check out these photos of Taylor going shirtless for this week’s Polar Plunge!

According to Just Jared, the Chicago Fire star was one of the thousands of people who participated in Chicago’s annual Polar Plunge, a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago. In addition to Taylor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Jimmy Fallon, and Taylor’s co-star Jesse Spencer were amongst the enthusiastic plungers.

See the shirtless pics here!

Sadly, Taylor’s girlfriend, Lady Gaga, was not in town for the event. She was in the decidedly warmer climes of Hollywood, attending the Oscars and several parties for the major awards ceremony. Though Taylor may have not made it to the parties with his lady love this time, the two did spend Golden Globes Sunday together in January, making appearances at a few epic after parties and deciding to show off some major PDA (click here to see Gaga and Taylor kissing!). This has been a publicly affectionate couple of months for the famous couple. Though they generally keep their PDAs to a minimum, they were spotted spotted getting cuddly at a pub in London in December.

According to Taylor, Lady Gaga is the one who generally keeps their relationship subtle: “I’m reserved. She’s not. For whatever reason, it works,” Taylor dished to E! News at NBCUniversal’s Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills on January 12. “It works and that’s that.”

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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