Credit: Stephen Cohen/Getty Images Photo: Ian Somerhalder Stops for Photos at the Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2011

In a recent interview with Flaunt magazine, Ian Somerhalder waxed philosophical about many a topic, from empowering the youth of today to love. The Vampire Diaries star says he’s continually impressed with the show’s young fans. “What you can change is the next generation; generational change is the only thing that’s going to shift the paradigm,” explains Ian. As those who have helped out his organization, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, know, Ian’s passionate about a variety of issues, from the Keystone pipeline to mistreated and endangered animals.

Although Deepak Chopra and Allan Savory — whom Somerhalder wants to win the Nobel Prize — are amongst Ian’s spiritual and environmental inspirations, he’s also a student of the past — especially when it comes conserving natural resources. “I am fed more information on a daily basis than I know what to do with, but if you start to study the history of the most phenomenal thinkers of modern times, guys like Buckminster Fuller, who in the ’40s designed cars that ran on ethanol that got 60 miles to a gallon that transported four people … What I’m saying is that we are perpetually pushed backwards technologically … Wouldn’t it be better to show [oil companies] really amazing technologies that they can actually invest their money in?” Ol’ Bucky doesn’t get too many shoutouts these days; well done, Ian.

And if you’re hoping he’d hint at his relationship with Nina Dobrev, here’s one cryptic quote you could spend all day deciphering:  “I mean, I know what it’s like to be in love, trust me, and it’s a very interesting game because it always inextricably brings up our deepest darkest insecurities. It’s just a matter of being able to see them, appreciate them, squash them, and let them go before they get the best of you.” And what, pray tell, would Ian Somerhalder have to be insecure about? Being too handsome, inspirational, and lovable?

Source: Flaunt magazine

 

Credit: Stephen Cohen/Getty Images Photo: Ian Somerhalder Stops for Photos at the Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2011

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