This genetically blessed Louisiana native started out as a model for brands such as Versace, Gucci and Calvin Klein. Although he began appearing in print ads at age 10, he took a few years off to be a normal kid before returning to the fashion world in his teens. Despite his success---he was the face of Guess? Jeans for two years running in the late 1990s---Somerhalder longed to be seen as more than a perfect face and took up acting. While appearing as an extra in the movie Black & White (his scene wound up on the cutting-room floor), he was spotted and signed by an agent, and in 2000 he landed a regular role on the short-lived drama Young Americans as a moody prep-school student. After the series' cancellation, he won guest spots, a recurring role as a romantic rival of Clark Kent's on Smallville and big-screen supporting roles, notably his turn as a bisexual college student in The Rules of Attraction. But it wasn't until he got Lost on an island in 2004 that Somerhalder found stardom, as he played a plane-crash survivor secretly in love with his spoiled brat of a step-sister. Although his character was killed off in the first season, the time-bending nature of the show didn't rule out appearances in future seasons. Film work followed, as well as a racy (and undressed) role on HBO's Tell Me You Love Me. In 2009, Somerhalder once again landed steady series work, playing a not-so-nice vampire on the CW's hit The Vampire Diaries. Off-screen, he is an animal lover and has even filmed PSAs for Louisiana's Humane Society.
- Trained horses as a kid.
- Began modeling at age 10 and had a successful international career that included work with Versace, Gucci and Calvin Klein.
- Made his television debut in CBS's Now and Again in 1999.
- Produced and starred in the 2004 short Recess.
- Appeared in the 2005 off-Broadway comedy Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.
- Active in animal-rights issues, and also helped efforts to clean up the 2010 oil spill in his native state of Louisiana.
- Launched The Ian Somerhalder Foundation in 2010, which focuses on environmental concerns.
- 2014, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Winner
- 2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Duo: Winner
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2014, People's Choice Awards — Favorite On-Screen Chemistry: Winner
- Robert Somerhalder — Brother
- Robyn — Sister
- Nikki Reed — Wife
- Nina Dobrev — Ex-significant Other
- Edna Somerhalder — Mother
- Robert Somerhalder — Father
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- Birth Name: Ian Joseph Somerhalder
- Birth Place: Covington, Louisiana, United States
- Profession: Actor, Model, Producer
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