Ian Somerhalder, known for his role as Damon Salvatore in CW’S The Vampire Diaries, is an American actor, director, and model. The actor worked on the set of The Vampire Diaries from 2010 to 2017. During his time on the show, he received recognition and praise for his outstanding performance.
Biography & Age
Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born on December 8, 1978, in Covington, Louisiana. He is the second child of Edna and Robert Somerhalder; his mother is a massage therapist while his father is a contractor. He has two siblings, Robert, his older brother, and Robyn, his younger sister. For his secondary education, Ian attended Mandeville High School, which was a public school. He started his career as a model at the age of 10 and has been on the catwalk for top designers such as Gucci, Versace, and Calvin Klein.
Contrary to the usual route through college, Ian Somerhalder moved to New York at the age of 17 to improve his skills as a model and actor. Later he decided to concentrate fully on acting.
Ian Somerhalder: Career
In 2000, Ian Somerhalder was cast in Warner Bros.’s Young Americans series in the role of Hamilton Fleming, the dean’s son. The series was an offshoot of the successful television show Dawson’s Creek. In 2002 Ian collaborated with James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel, and Shannyn Sossamon in the black comedy The Rules of Attraction – based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis – in a drama film. The actor who became a role model received his groundbreaking role in 2004 when he played the role of Boone Carlyle in the very popular television show Lost. Despite the early death of the character in the series, Ian Somerhalder returned to the same role several times, including the finale of the series.
In 2009 Ian took on the role of an assassin in the action thriller The Tournament. In the same year, he was given his most notable role – the role of Damon Salvatore in the CW drama series “The Vampire Diaries”. Apart from being on-screen, Ian began directing several episodes of the series in the third season. His performance in The Vampire Diaries has earned him several Teen Choice Awards and a People’s Choice Award.
The actor has also starred in several films, including Lost City Raiders (2008) and Years of Living Dangerously (2014). In April 2018 it was reported that he was cast in the Netflix drama series V-Wars in the role of Dr. Luther Swann.
Away from his career, Ian is a celebrity with a soft spot for animals and the environment. For this reason, he founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation on his 32nd birthday. On his 32nd birthday, he created the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. He also works with other NGOs such as the St. Tammany Humane Society, The Trevor Project, It Gets Better Project and others.
Family: Wife – Nikki Reed & Baby
Ian married Nikki Reed after he had a relationship and they have a daughter together. Nicole ‘Nikki’ Houston Reed, born May 17, 1988, is an American actress, screenwriter, songwriter, and model. She is best known for her role in the Twilight Saga, in which she plays Rosalie Hale. She first gained recognition when she wrote the film Thirteen with Catherine Hardwicke and also played one of the leading roles in the film, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. The American actress starred in American Gun (2005), Last Day of Summer (2009), Jack Goes Home (2016), and many others. Outside of acting, Reed recorded the song Now That I’ve Found You with her ex-husband Paul MacDonald. The former couple even had their song All I’ve Ever Needed on the soundtrack of Twilight Saga Part 2.
Nikki Reed began dating Ian Somerhalder in mid-2014 after her relationship with Paul McDonald ended. In January 2015 they were engaged. A few months later Nikki and Ian were married in a very private ceremony in Santa Monica, California. Instead of receiving wedding gifts, they raised funds for a charity organization for animal rescue.
On July 25, 2017, their daughter – Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder – was born. The couple was very hesitant to announce the pregnancy and decided to wait until the baby was about to be born. Ian was particularly upset and refused to take calls about work as he was becoming a father for the first time. Bodhi Soleil, who is growing up quickly, already shares her parents’ love of pets. Ian believes that dealing with pets will teach her values of compassion, gratitude, and reverence.
Height & Weight
The gorgeous actor has an enviable physique, his height is stated as 1.5 meters 9 inches, while his weight is stated as 71 kg. As he is a public figure, he tries to go to the gym often to maintain his physique and inspire his fans even more.
His Net Worth
Ian Somerhalder has an estimated net worth of $8 million thanks to his consistent presence in TV shows and films. It was previously announced that he earned $40,000 per episode on The Vampire Diaries. Considering that he is still active as an actor, this amount will surely increase in later years.