Fresh from his appearance at South by Southwest, Ian Somerhalder wasted no time getting into the promotional rounds after touching down in NYC. On Wednesday, March 13, the Vampire Diaries star hit up Live With Kelly and Michael, where he opened up about the hit CW show and his insanely busy schedule.
 
As always, the blue-eyed one looked stylish and sexy as he made his way into the studio in a leather jacket and v-neck tee. Ian stopped to greet the hundreds of fans who were screaming for his attention outside — he even stopped to snap a few photos with some very lucky girls!

Sitting down with Kelly and Michael, Ian dished on the hard work that goes into creating such a hugely popular show. “I love the playground that is The Vampire Diaries. [...] We work really hard for you guys. It’s nine months. It’s anywhere between 12 to 15 hours a day, five days a week, and then traveling every weekend. I took 83 or 85 flights last year!”

Though Ian’s life is undoubtedly hectic, don’t think for a minute that he doesn’t appreciate it! “My life is a soap opera sometimes. A big, fun soap opera!”

Following the interview, Ian spoke exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment about his newest project: energy-saving LED light bulbs. “[They’re] using 84 percent less energy, which is just huge. [...] This is the big, game-changing stuff that we all want to see and I want to be involved in.”

Click through our gallery below to see all of Ian’s hottest pics from his visit to NYC!