Oct 13th: Interview: Ian Somerhalder Talks Damon, True Blood, Vampires

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Entertainment Tonight interviewed Ian Somerhalder about his role as Damon Salvatore, True Blood, and vampires.

His piercing blue eyes are one of the first things you notice about Ian Somerhalder, who was one of the first characters to be killed off of “Lost.” Now he is back from the dead — actually, he is undead — with his role as bad-boy vampire Damon Salvatore, who steams up the action on The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” ET chats with the Louisiana-born actor to get his take on sinking his teeth into his role.

ET: Are you a fan of the whole vampire craze?

Ian Somerhalder: I am from New Orleans, so I grew up with Anne Rice. From a very young age, I knew a lot about vampires and always wanted to play one.

ET: How did you prepare for playing a vampire?

Ian Somerhalder: I don’t like blood. Blood freaks me out a little bit. So when you think about being hungry, for example, think of a time when you are stuck on a plane, or wherever you were that you didn’t have food, or you see people starving in the world, think about how intense that is. Imagine being a vampire and having 160 years of life experience — knowledge of humanity, of life and death, of everything — then on top of that your senses are heightened by 1000 percent. All of the things you hear, you have to learn to block out, and your sense of needing to eat is constant and 1000 times more than we have. It is a very intense proposition, so trying to inhabit someone who has that much knowledge of the world … it is a feat. I hope I am doing it right.

ET: How is your vampire different than other vampires?

Ian Somerhalder: [jokes] I do whatever I want. I go in the sun. I want [executive producer] Kevin [Williamson] to write an episode that sends Damon to the Caribbean.

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Oct 11th: Vampire Diaries Executive Producers Talk Future of “Delena”

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It’s no secret that a large contingent of very vocal “The Vampire Diaries” fans are rooting for Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) to finally get together.

While Damon has admitted his feelings for Elena, she’s not exactly his biggest fan at the moment. After all, in the season premiere, he snapped her little brother’s neck – which can be kind of a mood killer for a girl.

I was on the scene at New York Comic-Con to chat with executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson about the future of the duo that a veritable army of Twitter fans refer to as “Delena.”

They definitely hear you guys. Plec loves reading fans’ tweets, recaps, and reviews about each episode. “One of the greatest things about this experience is that our fan base is very vocal,” she says. “The community runs very deep, and they’re very very supportive, and that’s good.”

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Oct 11th: Somerhalder and Accola are the Hot Topic in Frisco, Texas

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On Saturday, Hot Topic at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco hosted an autograph signing extravaganza for Vampire Diaries stars Ian Somerhalder and Candice Accola. Fans at the head of the lengthy queue, set to start moving at 4 p.m., said they’d been waiting for seven hours.

When the floodgates opened, more than 500 girls, mothers, grandmothers (and a few jealous boyfriends) streamed into Hot Topic to welcome the cast members with camera phones, ear-piercing screams and shouts of “Show us your six-pack!” in what largely amounted to a fun, giggling swarm of estrogen.

Accola seemed slightly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm; Somerhalder, though, lapped it up and hammed it up with the ladies.

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Oct 9th: ‘Vampire Diaries’ builds on buzz with cast tour

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Television is too vast to declare Vampire Diaries the best show. Declaring it the best vampire show on TV doesn’t do it justice. Just as Friday Night Lights is a football show that isn’t about football, Vampire Diaries is a vampire show that isn’t really about vampires.

Five episodes into its second season, the CW has a steadily building hit on its hands. The show, from Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson, played to critical acclaim during its debut season. Viewers, perhaps besotted by so much pop-culture bloodletting with the Twilight movie franchise and hyped-to-the-hilt HBO series True Blood, have been slower to catch on.

This week’s almost 10 percent bump in ratings reflects a show gaining traction, particularly with its target audience of teens. To fan those flames, the show is sending some of its stars out to meet fans in an event that’s a cross between a campaign tour and Beatle-mania. The three-city tour kicks off in Dallas today as stars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) will be at the Hot Topic store at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco to promote the launch of The Original Television Soundtrack: The Vampire Diaries.

Considering that Vampire Diaries swept the TV categories in this year’s Teen Choice Awards, with Somerhalder winning as best villain, and that Somerhalder also claimed the title of Entertainment Weekly ‘s “Sexy Beast Champion,” this afternoon’s appearance promises to be quite a scene. While earplugs may not be required, they could come in handy. Accola has some experience with this kind of thing.

“I was a backup singer for a Miley Cyrus-Jonas Brothers tour, so I’ve seen pandemonium in its craziest form,” the 23-year-old singer-actress says, speaking by phone from Atlanta, where Vampire Diaries is produced. “I’ve seen it from the side but never been at the center of it.

“But the guys, especially Ian, have to handle most of that kind of craziness. The show has a really devoted fan base, but everybody’s just been really sweet and complimentary with me.”

It’s easy to understand fans’ devotion. Vampire Diaries has assembled a cast of not just young and attractive actors – they are also charismatic and convincing. The writing, meanwhile, is consistently smart and surprisingly sophisticated. The show finds that vampires are a perfect metaphor for the experience of adolescence – feeling outside, apart, different; the clash of feeling immortal and vulnerable; on and on. It’s by turns wildly fantastical and dead-on realistic, kind of like, you know, being a teenager can be. True Blood may have bigger stars and get bigger headlines, but compared to Vampire Diaries it seems like a silly melodrama full of bad accents and R-rated gore.

Ask Accola what’s been the best part of starring on Vampire Diaries and you might expect her to talk about stuff that boils down to fame and fortune – tales of red carpets and paparazzi. But no. Keep in mind, she’s just 23 and both her parents are accomplished and, more to the point, non-showbiz professionals.

“The most significant thing that’s come out of all this so far is that my parents can sleep at night,” Accola says. “When I told them I wanted to be an actress they were very supportive but, you know, they worried.

“But now, I’m on a popular show on a network they’ve heard of, so they can relax.”Plan your life

The Vampire Diaries-Hot Topic tour stops at Stonebriar Centre at 4 p.m. today. 2601 Preston Road, Frisco. Wristband required for autographs (community.hottopic.com/ events). Q&A, Sounds Under Radio performance are public. 972-668-6255 (shopstone briar.com).

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Sep 30th: Ian Somerhalder is Inspired and Humbled by Fan Support

Linda | Categories: Ian Somerhalder, TV Series | Comments Off on Ian Somerhalder is Inspired and Humbled by Fan Support

Alrighty Ian Somerhalder fans, although we’ve already shared teasers for upcoming episodes, Ian’s thoughts on going musical and Katherine’s reign of terror, we’ve saved a few of the juiciest bits of our interview with your favorite “The Vampire Diaries” star for today. This one is all about you: the fans.

During our conversation, we mentioned to Ian that typing his name into YouTube results in over 5,000 videos—most of them fan-made—and we wondered what he thought about his popularity.

“These fans, I owe them so much,” Ian said. “Not to sound cliché, we wouldn’t have this show [without them]. They are so unbelievably supportive of me and my work and my passions. It’s a very strange relationship; it’s like having this crazy support team, it’s almost how a family supports each other, it’s really bizarre and it’s really really cool,” he explained.

“I don’t take it for granted, I appreciate it in every way shape and form. They’re great, and they’re pretty damn inspiring,” he said. “They get together on their own and they make all sorts of things happen. This one group of teenagers in high school raised this really significant amount of money for the National Wildlife Federation just on a whim, because they thought that was the right thing to do. People kept asking where to send money, the NRDC which is the Natural Resources Defense Council, those people are amazing; there’s Conservation International, and then there’s the Wildlife Federation that is actually helping all these animals survive and these kids raised like a lot of money and they sent it to the National Wildlife Foundation… I didn’t even ask them… These are kids in high school who could have otherwise been buying some Justin Bieber albums, and they put their allowance and whatever money they make babysitting and they pooled it all together and…you know how many animals they’ll help. It’s humbling, put it that way.”

So there you have it, a giant “I heart you” from your Mr. Somerhalder.

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Sep 30th: ‘Vampire Diaries’: Ian Somerhalder on romance, bromance, and changing the world

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There’s no denying that both Salvatore brothers on “The Vampire Diaries” are good-looking and charming enough to make a girl forget about the whole blood-sucking dilemma.

But while Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) idea of a romantic evening involves making out on a Ferris wheel after hours, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has a different way of showing Elena (Nina Dobrev) that he cares.

“Well, there’s no better way to say I love you than breaking her brother’s neck,” Somerhalder tells Zap2it. “What happened to flowers and chocolate and love letters? For Damon it’s snapping your brother’s cervical vertebrae, therefore severing his spinal cord and killing him.”

Wow. It’s a wonder he’s still single.

When I hung out with Ian this summer, he told me that Damon’s vulnerable moments are the most difficult for him to play out as an actor. I had to ask him how he’s holding up, since Damon’s soft underbelly has been exposed more in the last three episodes than in the entirety of Season 1.

“How do I put this?” he says, before pausing and choosing his words carefully. “I don’t feel stagnant, or muted, but it feels a bit counter-intuitive. There’s some really cool stuff coming up for Damon, though.”

That neck-snapping incident was so startling that a good portion of the show’s fans lost hope for Damon and Elena ever hooking up. Will he ever win her over again?

“I don’t see how,” Somerhalder says, “but that’s the idea. She hates him now, but she won’t forever. It’ll get figured out.” Despite his heartache, Damon hasn’t given up on Elena — in fact, his feelings for her may help him transcend a centuries-old rivalry. In the past, Damon and Stefan allowed Katherine to come between them. This time around, their love for the same woman might actually help them bridge the gap.

“Damon and Stefan are going to have to set their differences aside to protect what they love, and that’s Elena. Damon is pretty envious of Stefan at this point, but he’s going to bury that. Damon sees the bigger picture. There are some serious problems in town that could possibly affect Elena, who is his top priority.”

“Look,” Somerhalder continues. “Damon got his heart ripped out twice within like an hour, but he still has something to fight for. There are three things he cares about protecting: Elena, his brother, and the town.”

To keep fighting the good fight, Damon and Stefan first need some answers. Unfortunately, their manipulative psycho-ex Katherine is the only one who can offer them. In the next episode, she’ll take us back in time once again.

“The flashback stuff is really cool – it’s always cool. We learn a great deal from Katherine,” he says. “There’s a lot of exposition about what happened, but then again, like with Damon last year, you have to consider the source of your information. With Damon, you get some of the truth, but not the whole truth, and Katherine, like Damon, is very convincing.”

Of course, Damon and Stefan don’t have to act alone. Damon and Alaric (Matthew Davis) have proven a formidable team when it comes to protecting Mystic Falls and the Gilberts.

“Damon and Alaric are the oddest of bedfellows,” he jokes. “Matt Davis and I love being on set together. We just have so much fun. We totally have a bromance going on. He’s my bro, you know?”

The frenemies have more in common than they might want to admit. “At the end of the day, Alaric and Damon are kindred spirits. They’re two of a kind. They were both in love with these women who wanted nothing to do with them. They have this sort of commonality of pain.”

They’ve recently gained another unlikely ally who knows the sting of lost love. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) has somehow turned to Damon for guidance… despite the fact that Damon killed him not too long ago.

“Jeremy’s probably a little pissed off,” Somerhalder says. “And he could definitely be deemed as self-destructive, but right now he’s tired of sitting by the wayside. He realizes that, coming out of the haze of addiction, he’s got a lot to give. There are a lot of things he’s concerned about, and above his own safety there’s the safety of the town and his sister. He’s a part of this now. We’ve all got to take Katherine down, whatever it takes.”

Though Katherine may be public enemy number one, Damon hasn’t forgotten those mysterious Lockwood men. “Mason poses a major threat to Damon. Damon’s not going to sit around, no way,” says Somerhalder. “There definitely will be some conflict there, some clashing. Who’s to say what Mason’s intentions are? But either way you shake it, Damon doesn’t like him and doesn’t want him around.”

While Damon may not be a fan of the wolfpack invading his hometown, Somerhalder has taken to devoting his off-screen time to helping needy animals in his own hometown of Covington, La.

In support of the largest humane society in Louisiana, Somerhalder is headed home on Nov. 13 to host a benefit dinner. “It’s called Bash on the Bayou. I can’t wait to see everyone there,” he says, “but if people can’t come, I just tweeted last night that there’s another way to help out.”

If you donate $50 to St. Tammany Humane Society, Somerhalder will sign a personalized headshot just for you. For the details on how to donate online, over the phone, or by mail, visit this link. Somerhalder’s fans have already been successful in helping out St. Tammany, since the organization won $20,000 from Chase Community Giving in July.

“I can’t tell you how thankful I am,” he says. “When I pull up to the humane society and the car makes noise on the gravel, all the animals freak out, and you realize just how many animals are there because of the decibel level. Then you walk by and they’re so adorable. They just want love. They don’t want to attack you, they want to lick you. They just want interaction. To think that because of this money and because of the efforts of so many Vampire Diaries fans, those animals will be able to find homes and treatments – it’s amazing.”

Somerhalder is still thinking big when it comes to changing the world. Stay tuned for more opportunities to work with him to make a change. “You can’t do any of this alone,” he says. “The support that I get from the fans is so f***ing humbling. It’s unbelievable how amazing these people are. We’re gonna save a lot of little baby animals. We’re going to make a difference.”

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Sep 30th: Ian Somerhalder Dishes on Tonight’s Vampire Diaries (Brace Yourselves, Delena Fans!)

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First things first: If someone doesn’t mend Damon Salvatore’s broken heart soon—as in 10-minutes-ago soon!—we’re breaking up with The Vampire Diaries.

Sorry, that was harsh. But seriously, the guy’s been dissed too many times—first by one(time) true love Katherine, then by her doppelgänger descendant Elena (Nina Dobrev times two)—and we just can’t take it anymore. Sure, D technically did kill Elena’s baby bro, but all will be forgiven…right?

Um, Dalena fans, you might want to sit down for this, because what Ian Somerhalder just spilled is cause for some serious concern…

“Karma is kicking Damon in the ass right now,” Ian laughs when asked if we are ever going to see his supersexy alter ego enjoy just an ounce of joy. “Damon happy is a very iffy thing. And right now he just feels silly and stupid.”

Poor guy! We totally get Elena’s trust issues with Damon and all (see the aforementioned brother killing), but why can’t these gals see he really has a heart of gold? Well, according to Ian, “He’s in major protective mode right now. He’s heartbroken. I don’t think the Katherine/Elena thing knocked Damon a few rungs down the ladder—it knocked him off the ladder.” And here’s the part that worries us most. As the TVD star puts it: “I just don’t know how he’s going to get back in the good graces of Elena. This is not going to blow over very quickly at all. She hates him! And I don’t blame her.”

Unfortunately all the love triangle action in the world can’t stop Mystic Falls’ (and Damon’s) newest foe: the damn werewolf!

“We’re going to learn a lot about this werewolf thing in tonight’s episode,” Ian tells us of “Memory Lane.” “Katherine is actually the one that explains a lot of what’s going on. It’s interesting to see where this whole thing came from in Mystic Falls—who knew about it [and] how vampires got involved. It’s a very enlightening episode.”

Also heading your way tonight is the crazy-good face-off between Katherine and Elena, which does not go well for one (or both!) of the ladies.

“Katherine’s definitely not going to buy her flowers,” laughs Ian. “She’s going to kill Elena if she doesn’t get what she wants, there’s no two ways about it. Plus, Katherine can’t kill Elena until Damon gets to at least sleep with her once!” Um, yes please!

Ian does leave us on a bright note: A tiny semblance of hope that sometime in The Vampire Diaries future, Damon will rid himself of Katherine’s hold and find the happiness we all want for him.

“Damon learned a great deal that she is not the person you want to be in love with,” the star reassures us. “She is the unobtainable woman that you don’t want to obtain. But in a time of need, he can probably still be manipulated by her.”

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Sep 30th: Interview: Ian Somerhalder Talks Emmy Award Chances and More

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Will Ian Somerhalder ever win an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries? Whose life would this character choose to save, if only given one option: Elena’s or Stefan’s? How has Damon changed since we first met him?

In an exclusive interview with TV Fanatic, the actor who makes women swoon and men stand up to cheer answered these questions and many more. He even touched on efforts to clean up the oil spill in his native Louisiana. Warning to fans: you’re about to like Somerhalder even more than you did before…

We didn’t think it would be possible to surpass season one, but season two is proving us wrong.
I hope so. It’s actually going to get better. We are committed and we understand that we have to make this a better season of television than last year. Katherine’s back, and there are a couple of other unknown forces that are lurking about. I think this season’s dynamic is that it’s not quite as much fun for Damon to be honest with you [laughs]. I don’t get to wreak havoc and destroy shit, but it’s a little more layered and dynamic. I think the cool thing is that Stefan and Damon are going to have to bind together and set their differences aside and fight for what they love, which is the town and Elena.

What has changed for Damon?
I think that what’s sort of thrown Damon for a loop is what he said at the end of the finale, “I came to this town wanting to destroy it and everything in it, and now I find myself wanted to protect it.” How the hell does that happen? I think that it happens because when you forge relationships with people you raise stakes, you have something to lose. For someone who’s never had anything to lose, it’s throwing him a bit. It’s fun to play, but I think there are a lot of things that are about to pop up that are going to make for some action.

Damon has grown from being such a sweet person, as we see in flashbacks, to someone so full of anger.
I think what’s sad about Damon is that he’s such a tortured character. In life, we use humor as a band aid; it’s a medicine for pain, which is why comedians are the most miserable people you’ve ever met. These two brothers have dealt with a pretty substantial amount of pain in their lives, like anybody, except it’s drawn out over a century and a half. I think now, Damon feels, if anything, just stupid. You know when you do something you know is your fault and you’ve suffered from it? You just want to slap yourself.

There are petitions online that want you to be nominated for an Emmy.
Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. Damon being [Entertainment Weekly‘s] Sexiest Beast and me being nominated for an Emmy are two very different things. If I had that mind compulsion thing that Damon had I could probably go to the Academy and just brainwash them all.

If Stefan and Elena’s relationship is so great, why do you think there are so many Delena fans out there?
I don’t know. I think the only difference is, Stefan’s a much more sound individual. I just think the only reason is, Stefan’s got so much to deal with… with his brother, protecting his girlfriend, all of this shit, that Damon just has a lot more fun, and I think Stefan is just so concerned with protecting or making everything right, that Elena ends up having more fun with Damon.

We’ve learned a lot about Damon via flashbacks. Is there any background on the character you’d still like to know?
What his favorite color was. No, just kidding. Yeah, there are a couple of things. I would like to know what Damon was doing to fill those 150 years. I can almost guarantee that he slept with Marilyn Monroe, and probably hung out with Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart and all those guys. Did he go to Rolling Stonea concerts? How cool would it be to see a scene of old stock footage of Damon being in the exact same clothing, but sort of standing backstage or sitting in the front of a Rolling Stones concert in 1968. How cool would that be? Maybe by season three when we have the money [laughs].

What were those 150 years filled with? I wouldn’t say that Damon was the most philanthropic human being in the world, but who knows. Was he? I don’t know. I’d love to know what he did, the relationships that he had. It’s interesting.

What’s your favorite Damon one-liner of all-time?
There are a lot of them. But one of them that I really, really loved is the Count Deepak line. One of the coolest, most surreal experiences I’ve ever had was when I was doing that Larry King telethon for the Golf Oil spill and Deepak Chopra came up to me. He said “I really like that line in your television show, and my niece is going to kill me if I don’t get a picture with you.” This is Deepak Chopra saying this to me on the stage of Larry King Live. I thought, if nothing else comes from this television show, no career, no nothing, that would be worth it.

If Damon had so save either Elena or Stefan, who would it be?
Wow. It couldn’t be save Stefan and Elena and lose his own life? Because I think at the end of the day at this point, truly, because he’s an old man, and he’s fucked up enough, I think that if Damon had to choose between Elena living and him going bye-bye, I think in a heartbeat he would take the latter. He really would.

Here’s the thing: Stefan’s not going to sleep with him. So I definitely have to say that he would save Elena’s life. But Stefan can cook. It’s a total toss up. At the end of the day, the sex always wins over. It is a little odd to cross swords with your brother, but hey.

Where are things standing with Gulf oil spill, and how things are moving along with your efforts?
It’s coming. It’s a disaster, and everyone’s been so helpful. I think BP’s going to make it right. I know that the nurseries that we thought had been destroyed haven’t been destroyed, the marshes weren’t destroyed, which is great. I think overall, with a lot of help from man, I think Mother Nature is going to bounce back. There’s a lot of oil that we don’t know where it is and there’s going to be a lot of side effects. It’s too early to know. What we’re seeing right now, we have no idea what’s lurking under the surface or what’s going to happen next year.

How can fans get involved?
I am putting together a foundation that’s going to work in conjunction with a bunch of other foundations that will be very, very focused on going into that region, and helping. A great deal. The National Wildlife Federation, the RDC, are involved in what’s going on. Right now, there needs to be a solid go-to place in order to help, and that’s what I’m literally working on as we speak. I’m not even kidding. Keep up and support these people, there’s a lot that needs to happen.

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