Now that Ryan Gosling may be out of the running to play Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, did that bump Ian Somerhalder one notch higher on the theoretical casting list?

The Vampire Diaries star was honored at the 2012 Environmental Media Awards Saturday night and, of course, he talked to reporters about all the Christian Grey rumors. "I think that's going to be a very interesting story to tell,” Ian told E! News. “I think whoever does that role you should just really aim to make every studio executive in the room just as uncomfortable as possible." He admitted he’s “started” to read the book on his iPad. 

He shared a funny Fifty Shades story with E! — he was in Whole Foods in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, and there was a woman who literally could not put the book down long enough to go from her car to the store. But a lot of people don’t want to be seen in public reading the sexy book, so Ian saw her rip off the cover and put it in her purse as she entered the store.

(Little did that woman know, the potential future Christian Grey was watching her the whole time!)

No one has officially been cast as Christian or Ana in the movie and Ian was careful not the feed the rumors that it might be him. His TVD co-star Kat Graham absolutely thinks Mr. Smolderhotter needs to be cast. "Oh, I think so,” she told E!. “I mean, yeah. I don't think of anyone else in the running. I hope that with The Vampire Diaries schedule and everything that they would be able to work that out. But Ian is so beyond capable of that, among other things. I'm like his biggest fan."

Second biggest fan, after all of us. What do you think? Ian all the way? And should we all start wandering through the Whole Foods stores in Atlanta on the off chance of spotting Ian?

Watch the full E! video here. It's long and both Ian and Kat look good!

Source: E! News

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