Ian Somerhalder is an American actor and model. It is revealed to the general public by the role of Boone Carlyle in the drama series Lost: The Missing (2004-2010), and is confirmed with that of Damon Salvatore in the fantasy / drama series Vampire Diaries (2009-2017). In addition to these many roles, this gentleman directs the Foundation Ian Somerhalder.
Born on December 8, 1978 in Covington, Louisiana, Ian Somerhalder is the son of Edna, a physiotherapist, and Robert Somerhalder, an entrepreneur. He has an older brother, Robert "Bob" Somerhalder, as well as a sister, Robyn Somerhalder. He has French, English and Irish origins.
During his childhood, Ian Somerhalder practiced swimming, fishing, was passionate about boats and sports. He is also a member of his school's theater club and the local theater. He went to the St Paul’s School, a private Catholic school in Covington.
At the age of 10, he became a model, supported by his mother, who took him regularly to New York. After a brief break to devote himself to his studies, Ian Somerhalder seized an opportunity that presented itself to him, allowing him to travel all over Europe (Paris, Milan, London, etc.). He poses for older children such as Versace, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana.
At the age of 17, he entered comedy while studying in New York, then, at the age of 19, really entered the profession by working with a coach, William Esper. During the summer of 2000, Ian Somerhalder plays in the ephemeral series Young americans, a spin off from the series Dawson, who does not meet his audience. In 2002, he played the role of a bisexual in the film The Laws of Attraction, alongside Jessica Biel and James Van Der Beek, which allows her to stand out.
In 2004, at the age of 26, Ian Somerhalder obtained his first major role, that of Boone Carlyle in the drama series Lost: The Missing. Despite the death of his character in the twentieth episode of the first season, he played in 7 more episodes between 2005 and 2010 as well as in the final episode of the series. Ian Somerhalder is the first actor selected for the series and his character is the first great character to die. This role allows him to acquire a certain notoriety, he takes the opportunity to multiply projects in supporting roles or films directly released on DVD.
In 2006, Ian Somerhalder was in the horror movie Pulse, with Kristen Bell, who struggles to convince critics and disappoints at the box office. The following year, he wears the adventure television film. Marco Polo with B. D. Wong and plays a recurring role in the dramatic and erotic television series Tell me you love me.
In June 2009, he played Damon Salvatore, the handsome kid and one of the main characters in the series Vampire Diaries, inspired by the series of novels Diary of a vampire by L. J. Smith. It is Kevin Williamson, of whom he is relatively close, who offers him this role which will prove to be decisive. At first, Ian Somerhalder hesitates, seeing yet another remake of the saga Twilight, but he agrees to read the script and curiosity pays.
The series was a great success with the public and reached audience records for the channel. The actor is paid $ 40,000 per episode ($ 10,000 more than his screen partners). In October 2014, the series had 7 seasons and 148 episodes. Thanks to this role, he won many Teen Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards. In 2015, he directed episode 16 of season 6 of the series. An experience as a director, which he will repeat twice.
In parallel with the shooting of Vampire Diaries, the actor turns little, but we find him in particular in the comedy How to Make Love to a Woman (2010) and is the independent action and science fiction film The Anomaly (2014).
Since 2014, Ian Somerhalder is the muse of the brand Azzaro for perfume Azzaro for men. The promotional clip in which he appears with Ana Beatriz Barros at his side is filmed in Italy in a luxurious villa on the shores of Lake Como. In May 2015, he promoted perfume in France and climbed the steps of the Cannes Festival.
At a convention in 2016, he revealed that season 8 of Vampire Diaries will be the last for him. Ian Somerhalder was later confirmed to be the last in the series. He then goes on to produce and play the main role of the drama Time Framed alongside Seymour Cassel.
In 2018, the platform Netflix invites the actor to join the cast of a new fantastic television series, V wars, adapted from novels written by Jonathan Maberry, from 2012 to 2016. This show tells the story of Michael Fayne, a victim of a strange disease that turns him into a vampire. After taking on the role of this creature for 8 years, this time, the actor plays Doctor Luther Swann, Michael's best friend, who tries to understand the origin of this transformation.
On the private side, Ian Somerhalder has had many relationships with several actresses including Kate Bosworth in 2002, Nicky Hilton in 2003, Maggie Grace in 2004 and Ashley Greene in 2009.
In February 2010, after having met her during the auditions for Vampire Diaries in 2008, Ian Somerhalder became the companion of Bulgarian-Canadian actress Nina Dobrev – 11 years younger. It was not until September 2011 that they confirmed that they were in a relationship. Their relationship then becomes over-mediatized and the press gives them the title of "Supercouple" while their fans nickname them "Nian". In May 2013, it was announced that they separated after three years of relationship.
Since July 2014, Ian Somerhalder has been the actress’s companion, Nikki Reed. After getting engaged in January 2015, they married on April 26, 2015 in Topanga, California. Together, they have a daughter, named Bodhi Soleil, born on July 25, 2017.
Ian Somerhalder was one of the celebrities involved in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico after the oil platform disaster Deepwater Horizon April 22, 2010. He is a member of the association St Tammany Humane Society caring for abandoned or abused animals. He also participates in the project It Gets Better Project with Candice Accola, who also plays in the Vampire Diaries series.
On December 8, 2010, the day of his 32 years, he created the Ian Somerhalder Foundation which aims to inform about the importance of protecting the environment and animals. Sensitive to various charities, Ian Somerhalder joined other personalities to support residents affected by climate disasters in Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series awarded with a Emmy Awards.
Ian Somerhalder is a true philanthropic gentleman full of talent!
By Riffont Natacha