Name: Ian Joseph Somerhalder
Born: December 08, 1978
Hometown: Covington, Louisiana
Nationality: American
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1997–present

1. Ian was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana.

2. He began modelling at age 10, and has modelled for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Versace and Guess.

3. He played varsity soccer and baseball.

4. He was the first actor to be cast as one of the survivors in Lost (2004).

5. In 2005, he bulked up, adding about 20 to 30 pounds of muscle to his slim frame, so he would be considered for more leading-man-type roles.

6. He has a brother, Robert (Bob), and a sister, Robyn. Their parents divorced when he was thirteen.

7. Ian’s mother, Edna (née Israel), worked as a massage therapist, and Ian’s father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. Ian’s ancestry includes Cajun (French) (from his paternal grandmother), English, as well as Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish, and Welsh. Ian’s mother grew up on a pig farm in Mississippi. Ian has been said to have Choctaw Native American roots, but it is not clear if this ancestry has ever been verified/documented.

8. Ian attended Catholic school.

9. Ian and his siblings own a pizza parlour in Idaho.

10. He didn’t graduate high school because he traveled to Europe to pursue his modelling career.

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Ian as Damon Salvatore
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