Aside from acting, two of Somerhalder’s biggest passions are environmentalism and animal rights.
He frequently uses social media to champion various causes, including conservation.
Ian Somerhalder was born in Louisiana on December 8, 1978.
He began modeling as a kid, and decided to purse acting after high school.
He began the Ian Somerhalder Foundation in 2010 to “empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” Somerhalder had a years-long relationship with his “Vampire Diaries” co-star Nina Dobrev, with whom he plays an on-and-off couple for their show.
They broke up in 2013, and Somerhalder began dating Nikki Reed the following year.
Continue reading: Ian Somerhalder Writes Open Love Letter To His 'Inspiring' Wife We're thrilled to hear that Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder finally welcomed their first child into the world more than two weeks ago - and the name they chose is absolutely beautiful.Whether or not this means Dobrev will come back as a vampire or a human is yet to be seen.Either way, her character’s storyline was left open for a possible return.They remained friends after the split and continued to communicate with each other.However, their friendship quickly ended after Somerhalder’s engagement to Reed.