Ian Somerhalder is dashing underwater for Lifestyle Mirror‘s latest issue!
Here’s what the Vampire Diaries actor had to share with the mag:
On his foundation Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF): “We’ve literally built a multinational foundation out of social media. I never wanted to tweet ever. It’s the most powerful force on the planet right now. And I am utterly grateful for it.”
On his character Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries: “I never realized how important humor is in life and work. Humor is a medicine for pain basically. I found that when you have fun in whatever you’re doing, life is just better.”
On his upcoming project Time Framed: “The director, Sinisha Nisevic, is a very dear friend of mine and an incredible artist. It’s rare to be part of a film where you can kick serious ass, drive some of the world’s most incredible eco-friendly sports cars, and don a beautiful suit.”
Check out our exclusive video below of his shoot for his Lifestyle Mirror cover!
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The 23-year-old actress chatted about her fashion on the red carpet, her parents and her dream roles. Check it:
On red carpet fashion: “I think the Donna Karen red gown that I wore to the Emmys last year is what people think about. That’s when I started to get recognized for fashion. From that point forward, people were watching. There was this incredible pressure all of a sudden. Now it’s like there’s a bar that’s been set. But it’s fun to put things together—it’s really another form of expression.”
On the role she’d love to take on: “My dream role is to do a James Bond film, or if they did another Lara Craft, or even a prequel Lara Croft, I’d want to do that, to get it out of my system.”
On her family takes to her fame: “Luckily, my parents are overseas a lot, so it’s a delayed reaction. The conversation I’ll have with my dad is always different from the one I’ll have with my mom. My mom understands a lot more, and my dad—well he’s my dad. He’s more apprehensive about me being in this industry. It’s almost like being a character: I’ve done movies where there are simulated sex scenes, so they understand, but it’s always kind of awkward. They say things like, ‘Oh you look great. That’s interesting.’ I always pride myself on the fact that I’ve gotten this far without taking my clothes off.”
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You’ve checked out our three red-hot Vampire Diaries covers, voted on which was your favorite, but you are still hungry for more. More! Well, you’re in luck: You are just one click away from watching behind-the-scenes video footage of EW’s photo shoot with Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder.
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When executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec decided that they were finally ready for bad-boy Damon to share a legitimate kiss with Elena — after more than two years of build up — they knew it would have to satisfy two avid fanbases: those who wanted to see Elena get with Damon, and those who were still holding out hope for her to work things out with soul mate, Stefan.
“It’s one of those things that you want to be able to defend,” Williamson explains to EW. “But even more importantly, you’d rather not defend it. You want it to feel real and right and natural by all the audience.” Satisfying the “shippers” (a term used to identify fans who root for fictional characters to have relationships), is a challenge both Williamson and Plec have faced each time they’ve tried to advance the triangle. Asks Plec: “How can we service this moment between our characters that we really want, a Damon and Elena kiss, without getting the Stefan/Elena side of the fandom to give up hope and give up on us? And vice versa, when we want Stefan and Elena to have a moment together, how can we do that and not have our Delena fans outraged?”
For more on the shipper phenomenon and The Vampire Diaries — including what’s coming up next for the love triangle and the other residents of Mystic Falls — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Feb. 10.