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How does The Vampire Diaries' Dawn Olivieri describe fellow cast member Ian Somerhalder?

"Is fantastical a word?" she asks TVGuide.com. "He's very passionate to the point where it's funny."

Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder: Andie is Damon's "hot beard"

Olivieri joined the CW series this season as Andie Star and although Damon (Somerhalder) may be treating her as his "beard," Olivieri hints she may be using him right back.

"She's a news reporter and he's one of the founding families in Mystic Falls so what better cohort/boyfriend to have for her, but Damon," she says.

The Vampire Diaries' Dawn Olivieri: Andie Star won't play the victim

Watch the interview for more on Olivieri. Plus: The actress gives us her best Somerhalder impression.