You can call it his Dumbo moment. Ian Somerhalder had a little surprise for Nina Dobrev when they were shooting that infamous scene in Season 3, Episode 1, where Elena comes upon Damon wearing some soapy bubbles and very little else. (Well, ahem, nothing else.)

Gather ‘round, kids, and let Mr. Somerhalder tell it like it happened:

“Well, you know, you open up the cover page of Season 3, Episode 1, and it’s, like, the first half a page, Damon’s already naked,” Ian tells Entertainment Weekly. “So I’d spent almost two days on set completely naked, which is kinda awesome, because as if I wasn’t close enough to our crew members, I feel really close after that. So our first AD Rudy, at like 8 o’clock in the morning, came up to me and says, ‘Hey listen, I have an idea.’ When Rudy has an idea, it’s usually pretty good. It was that I should go to the prop master, another genius part of our show, and have them make some elephant ears. The first thing we see is Nina’s reaction, so what if I was completely naked and we had elephant ears and double-stick tape, and I put them on each of my thighs, and ultimately, she would be staring at a very small, young elephant. The reaction that we got was f—ing amazing. I hope and pray that that is what we used in the edit because it was such a natural ‘Ohmygod!’ reaction.”

Ohmygod is right!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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