One might not think Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder has much in common with his on-screen vampire alter ego Damon Salvatore — aside from the smouldering blue eyes and that sexy grin, of course. But, Ian disagrees. What did he say both he and Damon have in common?

“Are you anything like Damon,” one fan asked Ian during a recent Facebook chat.

Ian’s response: “I love fun — so does Damon.”

We’d have to agree with that! Though they seem to have different interpretations of what “fun” means. For Damon, fun means going on killing sprees with his best vampire buddy, Enzo. Meanwhile, Ian seems to get a kick out of parades. These past two weekends, he’s been in not one, but two separate Mardi Gras parades. He acted as co-Grand Marshall of New Orleans’ Krewe of Endymion parade at the beginning of the month. And just this past weekend, he was back in the greater NOLA area to act as the Celebrity Monarch of the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws dog parade.

Other things Ian seems to enjoy: helping make the world a better place for animals and people; hanging with his adorable pets; and traveling the world. Maybe Damon could take a page or two from Ian’s book o’ fun things to do?

What do you think about Damon and Ian’s surprising connection? Hit the comments and let us know!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, March 13 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+!