Ian Somerhalder grew up in a small town in Louisiana. As a child, he loved performing with his school drama club and his local theater group. However, this interest was put on the back burner at age 10 when he began professional modeling. In his teens, his modeling career took him to Europe where he worked in London, Paris, and Milan. By the age of 17, Ian decided that he was ready to return to his original passion. He moved to New York and committed himself to acting.

Ian’s first professional acting role came in the form as the lead character in a TV series called “The Big Easy” which premiered in 1997. The series lasted for only 2 seasons. He was in a several other series and TV movies following that. His next notable role was in the film “Life as a House” which was released in 2001. He co-stared with Hayden Christensen and Jena Malone. He then had roles in various versions of CSI before landing a 6-episode recurring role on the CW series “Smallville”. Finally, he had his big break as the character Carlyle on the series “Lost” which aired 2004 -2010.

Ian is currently playing everyone’s favorite bad boy vampire, Damon Salvatore, on the CW hit, “The Vampire Diaries” (2009-present). His character comes across as a self-centered, narcissistic, monster with no regard for human life. While that is not completely untrue, it does not take long to realize that he has redeemable qualities. His character, Damon, is capable of love and is fiercely protective of his family and friends. Thus, he charms his way into viewer’s hearts and fantasies.

With his insanely gorgeous eyes and endearing crooked smile, one cannot help but fall for Ian and any character that he plays. Even the way he speaks and carries himself gives off the vibe of danger and the excitement of risk. Tall, dark, and handsome, Ian Somerhalder was strongly considered for the role of Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It could be my personal bias speaking, but I feel very strongly that Ian could have brought some spice to that rather dull and awkward movie.

Ian Somerhalder, I would like to welcome you to the TBK Hall of Hunks. In exchange, if I ever have the opportunity to meet you (maybe at a convention….) all I want is a smile in my direction.