Understanding What The Success of Vampire Diaries’ Did For Ian Somerhalder’s Career and Personal Life

Blessed with very good looks and smooth acting talent, Ian Somerhalder is an American movie star who is often considered a complete ‘ladies man’. Having kickstarted his acting career since 1997, the actor who also doubles as a director has gone on to star in dozens of movies, gaining international recognition for his works.

The hugely talented actor is best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in the critically acclaimed teen supernatural series The Vampire Diaries which has gained massive popularity among movie lovers around the world. The prominent actor has enjoyed worldwide fandom and, apparently, his journey to attaining superstar status is one worth reading.

Ian Somerhalder’s Long Strides In Hollywood

Born on the 8th day of December 1978 in Covington, Louisiana, Ian Somerhalder was destined to be a star and this showed in the things he did while still a very little boy. As a matter of fact, the charming actor, who is actually of French, English, and Scots-Irish descent, began modelling at the age of 10 with the encouragement of his mother.

Because of his budding modelling career, the young Somerhalder had to go to New York every summer to take part in events that boosted his drive for the arts. Modelling opened doors for him and, while still a teenager, he visited popular cities in the world, including Paris, Milan, and London to do his work. By the time he was 17, Ian Somerhalder decided to go into acting.

The Early Days In Hollywood

After studying acting in New York, Ian Somerhalder started getting roles on TV. He made his debut as an actor in 1997 with a minor role in an episode in The Big Easy, an American crime drama series. The next year, he starred in Celebrity, and in 1999, he played Brian in Now and Again.

In 2000, he was cast in the Warner Bros drama series Young Americans in which he played the role of Hamilton Fleming, the son of the Dean. The series was created as a spin-off and proposed replacement for the teen drama series Dawson’s Creek.

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Ian Somerhalder and James Van Der Beek in The Rules of Attraction (2002)

In 2001, he played the main role of Russell Henderson in the TV movie, Anatomy of a Hate Crime before portraying Paul Denton in The Rules of Attraction, a 2002 black comedy-drama.

Ian Somerhalder’s Rise To Prominence Garnered Steam In 2004

Ian Somerhalder eventually had his breakthrough role in 2004 when he joined the cast of the critically acclaimed ABC series Lost. He played the part of Boone Carlyle and was one of the main characters in the entirety of season 1. Even though Boone doesn’t show up much often after the first season, Ian’s performance cemented a place in the minds of viewers as an actor to watch out for.

While doing work on Lost, Ian Somerhalder got himself busy with other projects as well. He was U.S.S. Swordfish Danny Miller in the 2004 movie In Enemy Hands. He was also in the short film The Old Man and the Studio released in the same year. Ian Somerhalder was Adam Knight for 6 episodes in the popular Warner Bros TV series Smallville. He was an assassin in the 2009 British independent action thriller The Tournament.

The Vampire Diaries Changed The Game

In 2009, Ian Somerhalder landed his most notable role yet as an actor after he got cast to play the role of Damon Salvatore in The CW supernatural series The Vampire Diaries. The first episode of the show aired on the 10th of September in 2009, and the final episode aired on the 10th of March, 2017.

The Vampire Diaries became immensely popular and totally shot Somerhalder to another level of fame. The series became so popular that it continually became the highest-rated series on the CW channel. Throughout the period the series lasted, Ian Somerhalder’s performance was critically hailed by industry experts.

It Launched His Directorial Career

Apparently, starring in The Vampire Dairies changed Ian Somerhalder’s life. It also launched his career as a director. This is because, in the third season of the show, Somerhalder began to direct the series. He directed several episodes between 2015 and 2017.

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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley in The Vampire Diaries (2009)

The show also launched his career as a producer. Somerhalder started producing the show at the start of season 8 and went on to produce several episodes between 2016 and 2017.

And The Awards Poured In For Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder’s performance in The Vampire Diaries was so top-notch that he won several Teen Choice Awards, including for Choice TV Villain, Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi, and others.

He also won several People’s Choice Awards and Environmental Media Awards among many others. He was also nominated for many other awards.

Aside from his role in The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder has gone on to play other important roles in different onscreen projects. In 2010, he played Daniel Meltzer in How to Make Love to a Woman. In 2013, he appeared in Caught on Tape, and the next year, he portrayed Coral Reef in Nature Is Speaking. So far, the actor has starred in nearly 40 movies and TV series since his debut.

Outside of his acting, Ian Somerhalder is a charitable person with a love for animals and the environment. He runs the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which he launched on his 32nd birthday. He has also partnered with St. Tammany Human Society, The Trevor Project, It Gets Better Project and other NGOs.

How Much Is He Worth?

There is no gainsaying that Ian Somerhalder is a rich man. Having played some very important roles in some really highly-acclaimed movies and series since his debut, it is expected that the actor must have raked in a considerable amount of wealth. But how much is he worth?

At the moment, Ian Somerhalder’s net worth has been pegged at about $12 million by different sources. It is apparent that this figure will increase with time as he keeps making bigger moves in the world of entertainment.

All About The Woman In Ian Somerhalder’s Life

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Ian and wife Nikki

Ian Somerhalder is a happily married man and he is apparently lovestruck with the woman in his life. Interestingly he is married to fellow movie star, Nikki Reed.

The story of how they started dating is quite interesting. Our findings show that Ian Somerhalder was dating fellow Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev when he met Nikki Reed. At the time, Nikki was married to singer-songwriter Paul McDonald.

It is noteworthy that Nikki and Nina have been friends for a while and decided to go on a double date. Afterwards, in 2014, Nikki got divorced from Paul, and Ian and Nina broke off their relationship.

After this, Ian and Nikki then began dating shortly after their respective splits, and in three weeks’ time, they moved in together. This caused some rumours in the media that Nikki and Nina were feuding. However, the rumours were later put to rest by Nikki Reed who came out to address the matter.

Eventually, by February 2015, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed announced their engagement and got married on the 26th of April, 2015, at a secret wedding only attended by family and close friends. Rather than receive wedding gifts, the couple asked that funds be donated for animal rescue charity.

On the 25th of July, 2017 Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed welcomed their first child and daughter into the world. Their baby is called Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder.

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