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Ian Joseph Somerhalder, who was born on 8 December 1978, in Covington, Louisiana, USA, is American actor. He became famous for the role of Boone Carlisle in the television series “Lost” and Damon Salvatore in the television series “The Vampire Diaries”.
Ian Somerhalder was born on December 8, 1978 in the small southern town of Covington. Ian lived in the seaside town of Mandeville, so small that there was not even a maternity home, so for giving birth, the mother had to go to another city. He has an older sister Robin and a brother Bob, named both in honour of Father Robert. His father has English and French roots. Fishing and horse riding occupied most of his time in his childhood.
At the age of ten, with the help of his mother, Ian got into the modelling business, every summer he went for filming in New York. He had a contract with the best children's modelling agencies Click, Next, Arlene Wilson. A few years later he had the opportunity to become a European model, Ian visited Paris, Milan and London. He was the face of designer clothes GUESS during the two autumn seasons, and also worked for such famous fashion houses as Versace, Esprit, Persol, Calvin Klein, Dolce&Gabbana and Gucci.
At the same time, Somerhalder performed in a drama club and worked with a local theatre group. At age 17, he decided to devote himself to acting and went to New York. By 19, he had already worked with a prestigious teacher, William Esper. Ian also studied with Davenia McFadden and Anthony Gibson. For the first time, Ian appeared in the club scene of the movie "Black & White" (but later his role was cut out). Then Woody Allen's “Celebrity" film followed, where Ian's role was also cut out. Among the 400 applicants, he was noticed by a manager who immediately signed a contract with him. The first debut on television for Ian was the science fiction drama "Now or Never" (1999) of the CBS channel. The first victory of Somerhalder was the main role in the series "Young Americans". And although the show did not have success with the public, Ian continued to shoot in various TV series: "CSI:Crime Scene", "CSI:Miami Crime Scene", "Law and Order: Special Corps" and "Smallville". For one of the roles in the big movie "Life as a House", Somerhalder was awarded the “Young Hollywood" prize.
One of Ian's most successful films was The Rules of Attraction (2002) based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, where he played the homosexual Paul Denton. The film managed to earn 6.5 million dollars. In addition, Ian became one of the 50 sexy men in the fall of 2002 in the People magazine.
Creators of the series “Lost" saw Somerhalder something more than an ideal texture for the role of gay. Of all the actors of the series, Ian was the first who was approved for the role definitively and irrevocably. He played Boone Carlisle, a young rich man. Ian himself was somewhat disappointed with his character. He states:
«All we know about Boone is that he constantly follows his sister, that she annoys him and that they are both spoiled rich children. Nobody likes these guys. And I thought: are they really different? Boone is a guy who really starts to understand life quickly when he finds himself on the island. I was almost sorry for him, because he did not know about the things necessary for survival, about which I know. I grew up in Louisiana. We had horses and our own land. There you will learn how to survive. You learn to work in the woods, get fire, properly handle the rope. Boone did not know any of this. He was very fragile, because he came from an environment in which I have never been."
However, over time, the character of Ian changed, more and more pleasing to the performer. His hero was the first victim on the island and died in the twentieth episode. Damon Lindelof responded that death is inevitable in a project with so many characters that it was this death that was needed to prepare the audience for the final of the show.
“The day we shot Boon's death was very hard, especially for me and Foxy. We are very close, working on this episode. Of course, all of us from the very first day knew that not all of us will manage to hold out until the end of the show. But between all of us established a true companionship and it was very difficult for me to part with the team."
Therefore, the show's producers have repeatedly returned Boone for all seasons.
After leaving the series "Staying Alive", Ian starred in independent films such as "The Sensation of Sight" and "The Tournament", as well as in several TV projects, which the actor described as bad films with a bad acting game. Ian's new breakthrough on television was one of the main roles in the series “The Vampire Diaries", where he played the role of the treacherous vampire Damon Salvatore.
During the filming of "Young Americans" (2000) he dated the designer Sarah Maleytestoy. They broke up in the second half of 2003, and in January 2004 Ian met with Nicky Hilton (the sister of the famous Paris Hilton). Six months later they parted. In the spring of 2006, the magazine US Magazine reported that Ian dated Maggie Grace, who played Shannon in the TV series "Staying Alive". But the actors did not confirm these rumours. In December 2006, Ian Somerhalder started to date Megan Old. From 2011 to 2013 he dated Nina Dobrev, a partner in the series "The Vampire Diaries".
Since April 26, 2015, he has been married to actress Nikki Reed, with whom he met a year before their wedding. On July 25, 2017, the couple had a daughter, Bodie Solay Reed Somerhalder.