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Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

Birthday: 8 December 1978, Covington, Louisiana, USA
Birth Name: Ian Joseph Somerhalder
Height: 177 cm

Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contra ...Show more

Ian Somerhalder
You spend enough time on set as an actor and it's great when a director was at some point an actor o Show more You spend enough time on set as an actor and it's great when a director was at some point an actor or understands acting. They're able to finesse performances out of you that a lot directors can't get. Hide
I'm a good driver. I'm a good driver.
Every love story needs a catalyst of some sort. Every love story needs a catalyst of some sort.
I work with the Humane Society a lot and have three rescue cats. I work with the Humane Society a lot and have three rescue cats.
Species conservation is beyond a doubt an issue that truly matters to the American public. Species conservation is beyond a doubt an issue that truly matters to the American public.
I'm from the gulf coast of Louisiana. I'm from the gulf coast of Louisiana.
I never wanted to be one of those actors with a political agenda. I never wanted to be one of those actors with a political agenda.
My great-grandchildren will not be able to enjoy the Gulf Coast of Louisiana the way I have. My great-grandchildren will not be able to enjoy the Gulf Coast of Louisiana the way I have.
[on his reasons for becoming an actor] "To explore different parts of yourself and different emotion Show more [on his reasons for becoming an actor] "To explore different parts of yourself and different emotional lives....not to hide from who you are but to actually explore who you are". Hide
When you're really close to someone, they can make fun of you a lot and get away with it. But they s Show more When you're really close to someone, they can make fun of you a lot and get away with it. But they sort of poke you in all of the right places. Hide
Before vampires were aesthetically appealing, they were physical anomalies and ostracized outsiders Show more Before vampires were aesthetically appealing, they were physical anomalies and ostracized outsiders whom we banished to the dark, and they didn't have the appeal that they do now. Hide
I can write with absolutely perfect penmanship with my feet. If I broke both my arms, I could still Show more 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. Hide
As an actor, you always think that whatever job you have is going to be your last. In some way, shap Show more As an actor, you always think that whatever job you have is going to be your last. In some way, shape or form, you think you're going to screw it up and you're never going to work again. Hide
I don't ever want anything to come in the way of me truthfully telling a story. I don't ever want anything to come in the way of me truthfully telling a story.
There are always decades that interest people. For me, that's the Roaring Twenties. There are always decades that interest people. For me, that's the Roaring Twenties.
I just want to make it clear that I have been working since I was ten years old. I just want to make it clear that I have been working since I was ten years old.
I want to bulk up. I'm a skinny guy. I want to bulk up. I'm a skinny guy.
I grew up as a country boy. I grew up as a country boy.
I have the attention span of a mosquito from multitasking and all the things that have affected my p Show more I have the attention span of a mosquito from multitasking and all the things that have affected my poor little brain. Hide
What we're doing to the planet is inexcusable. What we're doing to the planet is inexcusable.
I can't let time move on without fighting tooth and nail and hopefully being a part of a revolution Show more I can't let time move on without fighting tooth and nail and hopefully being a part of a revolution that is positive. Hide
I'm from New Orleans. There's a lot of vampire mystique and mythology that resonates there, and I wa Show more I'm from New Orleans. There's a lot of vampire mystique and mythology that resonates there, and I was fascinated by it. I always wanted to play one. Hide
I don't know how to do anything else other than be an actor. If I wasn't in this, I would be in alte Show more I don't know how to do anything else other than be an actor. If I wasn't in this, I would be in alternative energy and conservation. Hide
Acting is such a huge part of my life. It really allows me to have a creative outlet and to actually Show more Acting is such a huge part of my life. It really allows me to have a creative outlet and to actually be able to have an outlet to discuss openly the things that truly I think are relevant in the world, that make a difference. Hide
No one knows what women want! No one knows what women want!
The film business creates a large amount of waste, and I'm not immune to waste in the business. The film business creates a large amount of waste, and I'm not immune to waste in the business.
This program teaches people that it only takes a single unlucky moment to lead to tragedy, if you co Show more This program teaches people that it only takes a single unlucky moment to lead to tragedy, if you come into contact with one really f***ed-up person, they can truly take your life away. [In regards to the Matthew Shepard killing and MTV's Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Discrimination campaign] Hide
The coming together of like-minded individuals through action is what's needed to see wide spread ch Show more The coming together of like-minded individuals through action is what's needed to see wide spread change for us, our planet and its creatures. Hide
It's so great to show up at work and truly enjoy every word you say. It's so great to show up at work and truly enjoy every word you say.
The quality of life is so much higher anyplace you can ski in the morning and surf in the evening - Show more The quality of life is so much higher anyplace you can ski in the morning and surf in the evening - there's something to be said for that. Hide
I appreciate the response and the support of fans, of people who actually don't mind watching me on Show more I appreciate the response and the support of fans, of people who actually don't mind watching me on screen... I just don't ever want to jeopardize that. Hide
Maybe one of the only things I do well: I cook like a maniac! I would be a chef if I weren't an acto Show more Maybe one of the only things I do well: I cook like a maniac! I would be a chef if I weren't an actor. Hide
I have a million acquaintances but just two or three true friends. I can't hide anything from them. I have a million acquaintances but just two or three true friends. I can't hide anything from them.
We're made up of energy, so who's to say you can't transmit through electrical means? If you could t Show more We're made up of energy, so who's to say you can't transmit through electrical means? If you could transmit yourself wirelessly, then it's Armageddon pretty much. Hide
Love is tested in so many ways. How do I articulate this? Two people are together. There are stakes, Show more Love is tested in so many ways. How do I articulate this? Two people are together. There are stakes, strife, struggles, all these things that make us fall for someone, love someone even more, leave someone. Hide
You can't get anywhere without the people who have come into your life. You can't get anywhere without the people who have come into your life.
[About his co-star, Maggie Grace] "She's hateable in Lost (2004), but really she's the sweetest, mos Show more [About his co-star, Maggie Grace] "She's hateable in Lost (2004), but really she's the sweetest, most adorable thing on the planet". Hide
I'm not a negative person. I'm not a negative person.
I don't want to see blood spewing out but I don't mind it in controlled environment. Does it make me Show more I don't want to see blood spewing out but I don't mind it in controlled environment. Does it make me squeamish? No. Hide
I kind of think too much, I try do too many things at once. [on his biggest weakness] I kind of think too much, I try do too many things at once. [on his biggest weakness]
Kids are meeting in coffee shops and basements figuring out what's unsustainable in their communitie Show more Kids are meeting in coffee shops and basements figuring out what's unsustainable in their communities. That's the future. Hide
I've sorta learned that I'm so tired of taking myself so seriously. It's so great to show up at work Show more I've sorta learned that I'm so tired of taking myself so seriously. It's so great to show up at work and truly enjoy every word you say. Hide
The most underused, under-appreciated group of people in the world is our youth. The most underused, under-appreciated group of people in the world is our youth.
Oceans are one of the most important things in the world now and that is a national security threat Show more Oceans are one of the most important things in the world now and that is a national security threat of the United States of America, to be honest with you. That is why seeing the habitat destroyed is so short-sighted by us. Hide
There are certain places in the world that are kind of energy vortexes, which are phenomenal. There are certain places in the world that are kind of energy vortexes, which are phenomenal.
I mean, there are some amazing storytelling being done on the small screen right now. That's what so Show more I mean, there are some amazing storytelling being done on the small screen right now. That's what so cool about being in television right now. Studios, networks are starting to throw more resources, better writers, more production values... and to be part of that is awesome. Hide
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. It's the same way with women... or at leas Show more 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. Hide
I kind of think too much, I try to do many things at once. I kind of think too much, I try to do many things at once.
I've never been on a TV show for more than a season and you have to continually keep it interesting Show more I've never been on a TV show for more than a season and you have to continually keep it interesting and you have to keep it connected, even as you change. Hide
I never had any backlash from the model-turned-actor thing. I never had any backlash from the model-turned-actor thing.
I'm never running for office. I love being able to speak to members of Congress or members of the Se Show more I'm never running for office. I love being able to speak to members of Congress or members of the Senate and floating on either side, because it takes all of us. It's going to take both of them. Hide
Lack of time and money create really bad green practices. Lack of time and money create really bad green practices.
I aim to direct as much as I act at some point in time. I aim to direct as much as I act at some point in time.
A lot of things that happen in the world make me a bit crazy. A lot of things that happen in the world make me a bit crazy.
I don't care how hot a girl is - if she doesn't like animals, it would be a major, major problem. I don't care how hot a girl is - if she doesn't like animals, it would be a major, major problem.
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