The Interwebs went berserk on April 23 when Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) told his old friend Ryan Seacrest that he would love to star in the movie version of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. As fans undoubtedly started imagining Ian in some of the book’s more X-rated scenes, they may have missed all the covert references he made to being in a relationship — despite the fact that he and co-star Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) deny they’re dating.
Of course, the pair was spotted kissing at Coachella the other weekend, so perhaps the cat is pretty well out of the bag. What was more surprising was the fact that Ian and Ryan have been pals for years. “I’ve been hanging out with you on and off for probably almost 10 years,” Ian reminisced on On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Apparently the pair used to party together back in the day. “We ran a little bit. In our much younger, singler days,” said Ian. Ryan is attached to former Dancing With the Stars pro Julianne Hough, and Ian, well, he’s clearly taken as well.
Ryan asked Ian about the recent kiss Damon and Elena shared on TVD, saying, “That was such a huge moment for fans of the show.”
“Not just for fans of the show,” responded Ian, adding that he loves the Florence + the Machine song that played as he and his co-star locked lips. “When you’re doing the kiss, you don’t hear the song, do you?” asked Ryan.
“Just in my head,” said Ian. Is this a case of life imitating art?
When Ryan got around to asking Ian about potentially playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, they wondered which lucky actress would be cast as Anastasia Steele. “There are ramifications to whatever you say,” warned Ryan. “Because I would like to have a happy home,” agreed Ian.
We’re taking that to mean that if Ian is cast, Nina better star right alongside him.