It'll be awhile before Damon Salvatore finds new love on The Vampire Diaries, but Ian Somerhalder says when it happens, she better be worth it.

"Elena even told him, 'Go live your life!' -- i.e. get into some panties, do whatever you need to do, and enjoy it," he says in the video from the set above. "I don't think he's quite there, [but] any woman coming into the fray has to be so unbelievably bad ass that the audience loves this person first because it'll be trouble. The fandom is extremely opinionated. They're very set on this Elena-Damon dynamic, so I wish all the best of luck in the world to whoever that is."

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The Vampire Diaries premieres on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c on The CW.

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