Ian Somerhalder has portrayed vampire bro Damon since the Vampire Diaries premiered in 2009, and there’s no one who knows this character quite as intimately. So, with The Vampire Diaries bowing out in a mere two episodes, it’s worth wondering: what would Somerhalder say to Damon if he could? E! News posed that question to Somerhalder, and it turns out that the actor is just as frustrated with Damon’s inability to learn from his mistakes as the audience is.
As much as I adore Damon and his bad boy behavior (his murder-y ways are acceptable for the screen, if not in real life) there’s pretty much no changing Damon’s mind once it’s made up. Take his love of Katherine (Nina Dobrev), for example. Elena’s snarky doppelganger was the worst to Damon: Katherine was totally in love with his brother Stefan (Paul Wesley), but that didn’t stop Damon from risking everything to save her. Thank God Elena shared her face, but none of her sociopathic tendencies.
According to Somerhalder’s interview with E! News, the actor hopes Damon learns from his mistakes moving forward… though he’s not so optimistic about it:
“You know the old idea of fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on you? Damon never really got that,” …I don’t think he ever really got the whole, ‘Ow, fire hot, Ow fire hot’ thing.”
Gotta agree with Somerhalder here. How many times did Damon turn off his humanity, only to go on a murderous rampage that nearly sent him to the brink? Honestly, one time should have been enough for him never to try it again.
While the actor may not be thrilled with Damon’s past behavior, he still has a lot of love for the vampire. He told E! News:”I love this guy, and he was amazing to play for eight years.”
I love Damon, too: enough to not want him to spend his eternal life making the same mistake over and over again.
[su_spoiler title=”‘The Downward Spiral’ Scoop! #6×16″ style=”simple” icon=”arrow”]That said, according to what Kai (Chris Wood) tells Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in a new preview clip from “The Downward Spiral,” our hunch is correct. Unfortunately for Damon though, this isn’t good news. Why? Because it means his mother abandoned her sons when they needed her the most, and never bothered to contact them after they turned! “Whatever, whoever is on that tape is not her. I know my mother. She is not a vampire. She is not in a prison world. She died of consumption in 1858,” he says, clearly in denial. He even goes as far as to dig up his mom’s coffin just to prove his point![/su_spoiler]
What do you do when tragedy strikes and you lose your closest friends? What do you do when you can’t seek refuge in your childhood home due to a “humans only” barrier that surrounds your town? According to Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), you suck it up and “move on,” but it’s easier said than done. And according to the new Vampire Diaries Season 6 preview trailer, each of character is handling his/her grief in a different way.
First up we have Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who refuses to face the harsh reality that The Other Side is gone for good and, with it, Damon and Bonnie (allegedly). We hear her tearfully thank Damon for giving her everything she’s ever wanted: an all-consuming love, adventure, and passion! However, she wants it to last forever, and she’s so desperate to numb her pain and continue conversing with her love that she actually turns Luke (Chris Brochu) — the witch who’s pretty much to blame for Damon getting stuck on The Other Side in the first place — for a temporary magical solution.
As for Stefan (Paul Wesley), he too is mourning the loss of his brother — but on his own and far away from Mystic Falls. He has a job, a beautiful girlfriend, and a fresh outlook on life. He even learns from past mistakes and tells his current paramour his deepest, darkest secret: that he’s a creature of the night. (Ironically, he opens his soul to her in a sunlit room so of course she laughs it off as though it’s the world’s funniest joke.) As he attempts to start anew, the last thing he needs is false hope. “Damon is gone,” he reminds Elena over the phone. “You need to say goodbye to him.”
As for the rest of our faves, they’re busy picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. Matt (Zach Roerig), finally feeling safe in his “humans only” hometown, joins a combat/law enforcement squad and trains with them during the day. Alaric (Matt Davis) has his work cut out for him as he adjusts to being alive again — this time as a vampire and college professor. An angry, hybrid-less Tyler (Michael Trevino) pours all his pent-up aggression into push-up reps and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) drops by Bonnie’s memorial site to drink and wallow in his sadness. And as for Caroline (Candice Accola)? As usual, Little Miss Sunshine is the glue that holds everyone together; she remains optimistic as tries to reunite the gang and fix everyone’s problems (i.e. putting an end to Elena’s munchies).
That said, grab a box of tissues, hit the play button on the video above, and brace yourselves for some emotional overload. Then hit the comments let us know which storyline you’re most looking forward to in TVD Season 6!
(Update: Video has been removed!)
It’s no secret that along with portraying irresistible bloodsucker Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is well-known for another pivotal role: tireless advocate for positive social change. As a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, founder of the incredible nonprofit organization ISF, and correspondent for Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously series (which explores issues of climate change), Ian is clearly a man on a mission. And what mission is that exactly? To protect the environment and all its creatures alike.
Despite having amassed legions of fans and having his handsome face splashed all over billboards, magazines, and campaigns (such as this Azzaro fragrance commercial), Ian doesn’t let allow his successes to cloud his true view of the world. He constantly educates himself on important global matters and always remembers his roots, like he did when the BP oil spill devastated the Gulf Coast and he returned to his home state of Louisiana to help out with the terrible catastrophe. Ergo, it’s no surprise that on Earth Day 2014, the former child model and talented actor is putting his fame to good use, namely to make the issue of climate change attractive to his younger fans. In fact, he will be joining Tavis Smiley on PBS to discuss the increasingly pressing issue!
“How do you make it cool? How do you make it sexy?” Ian says in reference to making an environmental documentary series appeal to younger viewers. “Well one cool thing about is that the most underdeveloped, underutilized, under-appreciated, undervalued people of the world are our youth. They make up half the population and they’re going to be running the world — so why wouldn’t we give them the tools ultimately to be able to do that?” He adds, “It all stems from a compassionate place. The biggest thing missing in life — the reason we don’t necessarily look through life in this more holistic framework — is that there’s such a lack of compassion for anything. If it takes me being a face of this one episode or component of this show to get young people watching, then so be it.”
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