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Ian Somerhalder played the role of Boone Carlyle.


Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born in Covington, Louisiana. His mom is a massage therapist, while dad is a building contractor; they divorced when he was young. He went to Catholic school.

Ian began modeling at age 10, for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace and Guess. He then went into acting, with his first major role in The Rules of Attraction. He had a starring role in the 2006 horror thriller Pulse. Additionally, he appeared as Adam Knight in the third season of Smallville, had guest roles in CSI spinoffs, The Big Easy, Recess and Tell Me You Love Me.

He starred on The Vampire Diaries as Damon Salvatore, which ran from 2009 to 2017.


  • Doesn't like to talk about his modeling career because of the stereotypes associated with models.[1]
  • He played varsity soccer and baseball.[2]
  • Shares a birthday with co-star Dominic Monaghan. The latter is two years older than him.
  • For his 32nd birthday, he established the Ian Somerhader Foundation for environmentalism[3].
  • He and Alice Evans both played on The Vampire Diaries.
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