Ian Somerhalder: “I can write with absolutely perfect penmanship with my feet”


Finally, there will be a new episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday. It seems like it’s been years since they left us hanging.

I didn’t get into TVD at first. Then CW ran a week-long marathon of episodes and I got hooked, mostly because of Ian Somerhalder and his epic smarmy prettiness as Damon Salvatore. Turns out Ian is multi-talented.

What’s the hardest part about playing a vampire?

Night shoots. We’re all up working until 7 a.m., then we sleep all day and go back to work at night. It kicks our asses.

How do you impress a girl?

I cook for her. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. It’s the same way with women…or at least the ones I want to be with. And I once flew to Paris to see someone for a matter of hours — just to have lunch.

What’s a dating deal breaker for you?

Someone who hates animals. I work with the Humane Society a lot and have three rescue cats. I don’t care how hot a girl is — if she doesn’t like animals, it would be a major, major problem.

Describe the most fearless thing you’ve ever done.

Shark diving in South Africa. Being in an 8-by-8-foot cage suspended over 3,000 feet of water with huge sharks swimming around is intense.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can write with absolutely perfect penmanship with my feet. If I broke both my arms, I could still write a girl a love letter using just my toes.

[Cosmo, print edition, February 2011]

He is pretty, but he’s also serious about helping animals. He started a foundation, called the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, to help animals in his home state of Louisiana and aid other environmental causes. I love a man who loves animals.

CW is currently running billboards for the show with the slogan “Catch VD.” Oh, CW, you’re always so classy.


SPOILER ALERT: Ian tweeted a photo of Damon’s on-show girlfriend, and it’s not Rose. It’s the werewolf chick, Jules. END SPOILERS

Ian was also Boone on my beloved Lost. He was rumored at the time to be dating his co-star Maggie Grace. Now, he’s reportedly dating his co-star Nina Dobrev, roughly 10 years his junior. And if he cooks for Nina, she must have the metabolism of a hummingbird, because that girl is skinny.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8PM on CW.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. OhCamille! says:

    I love what he said. He’s really cute but he looks tiny. Is he short?

  2. Elj says:

    Awwww 🙂

  3. Liana says:

    So pretty and so nice. He is a seriously sweet man.

  4. Azreen says:

    Omfg, perfect penmanship with both feet!?!? How did he learn that?

  5. Quest says:

    Can cook, love animal, hottt and has the naughty boy look. OMG…I am so in love, I bet there is a lot more he can do with those talents.

  6. Samigirl says:

    The first time I ever saw him was in that awful James Van Der Beek college movie. The first time I saw him, my jaw dropped. He is just too pretty for words. And all the animal love? Omigosh, I am DROOLING.

  7. happygirl says:

    I love this man. A lot. That is all.

  8. neelyo says:

    He’s wearing a wig. He was starting to bald back in RULES OF ATTRACTION.

  9. magpie10 says:

    I am certain that I read somewhere Nina Dobrev’s most romantic date (or top 2 dates – as described by her) involved someone flying (a fair distance) just to have meal with her.

    Pretty similar to his statement here ” And I once flew to Paris to see someone for a matter of hours — just to have lunch.”


  10. jen34 says:

    I loved him in LOST. If you follow him on Twitter, you know he seems like a good guy. Cute, too.

  11. mln76 says:

    He is always going to be the beloved Boone to me. I am glad he is so quirky and sweet.

  12. seVen says:

    Why am i just now finding out about his man?! Oh dear LAWD! HGF Nominee please!

  13. Cleo says:

    I get no chemistry vibe from watching their scenes together. They act like they are professionals going to work and just reciting their lines perfectly.

  14. Sunday says:

    I FRIGGIN LOVE HIM!!!!!!! <3<3

  15. Deniz says:

    I adore this man. I would love nothing more than to meet him for 5 seconds. My life would then be complete.

  16. original kate says:

    but can he write a love letter with his dong?

  17. Anony Mous says:

    @ original kate: ROFL!! Too funny.

    Ian will always be Boone for me too. He’s just soo pretty. Second the repeated HGF inclusion!

  18. mimi says:

    Well if he can do that with his feet then I’m excited to think about what he can do with his hands or tongue….

    (I’m sorry if I disgusted anyone with that comment)

  19. Jeri says:

    Love VD and Ian. I wasn’t a fan of his until I started watching VD and I don’t see how any fan of VD could resist him.

    He’s so HOT and FUNNY!

  20. Katie says:

    Actually, that is not Jules, the werewolf. That is a new cast member, Angie Star a reporter that Damon uses for his feeding and fun!!

  21. Jann says:

    Am I the only one that sees the Rob Lowe smile?

  22. Katie says:

    He doesn’t wear a wig! That’s terrible!! Looking at all sorts of pictures here and in the ones you can see his part it’s all his real hair. And yes, he says he gets Rob Lowe comments all the time. Ian Smoulderhotter!!

  23. curegirl0421 says:

    Hm… I wonder what else he can do with his feet. Rawr. 🙂

  24. kayls says:

    mmmm, mommy likes

  25. Jag says:

    Could he be any more wonderful? Loves animals, cooks, writes love letters, and is that gorgeous? /melt

    Please clone him and send either my way. lol

  26. mae says:

    Rob Lowe anyone??? Way too pretty!