Known for his role as Damon Salvatore in the CW’S The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is an American actor, director and model. The actor worked on the set of The Vampire Diaries from 2010 to 2017. During his time on the show, he garnered recognition and accolades for his outstanding performance.
Biography & Age
Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born on the 8th of December, 1978 in Covington, Louisiana. He is the second child of Edna and Robert Somerhalder; his mother is a massage therapist while his father is a building contractor. He has two siblings, Robert, his elder brother and Robyn, his younger sister. For his secondary education, Ian attended Mandeville High School which was a public school. He began his modelling career from age 10 and has been on the runway for top designers such as Gucci, Versace and Calvin Klein.
Against the normal collegiate path, Ian Somerhalder, at 17, moved to New York to improve on his modelling and acting skills. Later on, he decided to focus on acting fully.
Ian Somerhalder: Career
In 2000, Ian Somerhalder was cast in the Warner Bros series Young Americans, playing the role of Hamilton Fleming, the son of the Dean. The show was a spinoff of the hit TV show, Dawson’s Creek. In 2002, Ian joined forces with James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel and Shannyn Sossamon in the black comedy, drama film The Rules of Attraction – based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis. The model-turned-actor got his breakthrough role in 2004 when he played the role of Boone Carlyle in the very popular TV show Lost. In spite of the character’s death early in the series, Ian Somerhalder still returned to the same role a few more times including the series finale.
In 2009, Ian took up the role of an assassin in the action thriller The Tournament. The same year, he landed his most notable role – playing the character of Damon Salvatore in the CW’s drama series, The Vampire Diaries. Apart from being onscreen, Ian began directing several episodes of the series in the third season. Based on his performance in The Vampire Diaries, he has received various Teen Choice Awards and a People’s Choice Award.
The actor also appeared in several movies including Lost City Raiders (2008) and Years of Living Dangerously (2014). In April 2018, it was reported that he was cast in the Netflix drama series V-Wars, playing the role of Dr. Luther Swann.
Away from his career, Ian is one celebrity with a soft spot for animals and the environment. To this effect, he launched the Ian Somerhalder Foundation on his 32nd Birthday. He has also partnered with other NGOs such as St. Tammany Humane Society, The Trevor Project, It Gets Better Project, among others.
Family: Wife – Nikki Reed & Baby
After being in and out of relationships, Ian got married to Nikki Reed and they have a daughter together. Nicole ‘Nikki’ Houston Reed, born on May 17, 1988, is an American actress, screenwriter, songwriter and model. She is best known for her role in the Twilight Saga, playing Rosalie Hale. She first gained recognition when she co-wrote the film Thirteen with Catherine Hardwicke and also played one of the lead roles in the film which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. The American actress starred in American Gun (2005), Last Day of Summer (2009), Jack Goes Home (2016) and a host of others. Away from acting, Reed recorded a song Now That I’ve Found You with her Ex-husband, Paul MacDonald. The former couple even had their song All I’ve Ever Needed on the Twilight Saga Part 2 soundtrack.
Nikki Reed started dating Ian Somerhalder in mid-2014 after her relationship with Paul McDonald ended. By January 2015, they were engaged. A few months later, Nikki and Ian got married at a very private ceremony in Santa Monica, California. Instead of receiving wedding gifts, they solicited for funds for animal rescue charity.
On the 25th of July, 2017, their daughter – Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder – was born. The couple was very hesitant about disclosing the pregnancy, choosing to wait until it was close to the baby’s arrival. Ian was notably excited and refused to take calls pertaining to work, being a first-time dad. Bodhi Soleil, who is growing up fast, already shares her parents’ love for pets. Ian believes her interaction with the pets will teach her values such as compassion, gratitude and reverence.
Height & Weight
The gorgeous actor has an enviable physique with his height recorded to be 5 feet 9 inches while his weight is listed as 71kg. Being a public figure, he makes the effort to go to the gym often to maintain his physique and keep his fans more excited.
His Net Worth
Ian Somerhalder has an estimated net worth of $8 million, thanks to his consistent presence in TV Shows and films. It was previously disclosed that he earned $40,000 per episode on The Vampire Diaries. Considering he is still active as an actor, this amount is sure to continue to rise in later years.