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Ian Somerhalder has certainly made a name for himself in the entertainment industry. Known for his role as Damon Salvatore in the CW’S The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is an American actor, director, and model. The actor worked on the set of The Vampire Diaries from 2010 to 2017. During his time on the show, he garnered recognition and accolades for his outstanding performance.
Though primarily known as an actor, Ian – who was born on the 8th of December 1978 – got his start in the entertainment industry as a model. He began his modeling career from the age of ten and has been on the runway for top designers such as Gucci, Versace, and Calvin Klein. Against the normal collegiate path, Ian Somerhalder, at 17, moved to New York to improve on his modeling and acting skills. He then decided to focus fully on acting and needless to say, this is a career path that has worked out well for him. Learn more about the American actor down below.
Who Is Ian Somerhalder’s Wife?
On the 26th of April, 2015, Ian got married to Nikki Reed in Malibu, California. His wife, Nicole ‘Nikki’ Houston Reed, was born on May 17, 1988. She is an American actress, screenwriter, songwriter, and model, who is best known for her role as Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga.
Reed first gained recognition when she co-wrote the film Thirteen with Catherine Hardwicke. She also played one of the lead roles in the film which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. The American actress has gone on to star in American Gun (2005), Last Day of Summer (2009), Jack Goes Home (2016) and a host of others.
Away from acting, Reed recorded a song Now That I’ve Found You with her ex-husband, Paul MacDonald. The former couple even had their song All I’ve Ever Needed on the Twilight Saga Part 2 soundtrack.
Nikki Reed started dating Ian Somerhalder in mid-2014 after her marriage to Paul McDonald ended. By January 2015, they were engaged and a few months later, Nikki and Ian got married at a very private ceremony in Malibu, California.
How Many Kids Does ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Star Have?
Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki, have one daughter together. On the 25th of July, 2017, their daughter – Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder – was born. Before then, the couple was very hesitant about disclosing the pregnancy, choosing to wait until it was close to the baby’s arrival. They only confirmed, through Instagram, that they were excepting a child on the 4th of May, 2017, a few months before their daughter was born.
Ian was notably excited and refused to take calls pertaining to work, being a first-time father. Bodhi Soleil, who is growing up fast, already shares her parents’ love for pets. Ian believes her interaction with their pets will teach her values such as compassion, gratitude, and reverence.
What Is Ian Somerhalder Doing Now?
Though Ian had prominent roles in Lost, Young Americans, The Rules of Attraction, and Tell Me You Love Me, he gained mainstream popularity when he landed the role of Damon Salvatore on the Vampire Diaries. His character, Damon, evolved from being an antagonist on the show to a fan-favorite love interest of the show’s lead character. Apart from being onscreen, Ian began directing several episodes of the series in the third season.
Based on his performance in The Vampire Diaries, he has received multiple Teen Choice Awards and a People’s Choice Award. The Vampire Diaries debuted in 2009 and was eventually concluded almost a decade later in 2017. The following year, in April 2018, it was reported that he was cast in the Netflix drama series V-Wars, playing the role of Dr. Luther Swann.
Presently, Ian Somerhalder stars as the lead character of Dr. Luther Swann on the Netflix acclaimed TV series V-Wars, where he plays a physician-scientist, who faces a deadly disease outbreak that turns humans into vampires. V-Wars, which debuted on the 5th of December, 2019, also stars Adrian Holmes, Jackye Lai, Peter Outerbridge, Kandyse McClure, and Laura Vandervoort, etc.
While Ian has not disclosed how much he makes for an episode of V-Wars, it was revealed that the actor was earning $40,000 per episode of The Vampire Diaries. This has also contributed to his total net worth of $8 Million. Apart from his career as an actor, his net worth has also been influenced by his multiple brand endorsements over the years. Some of these include Audi, Guess, Dolce & Gabbana, Chevrolet, Airstream, Gucci, and Calvin Klien, among others.
Beyond acting, Ian is also involved in several humanitarian and philanthropic acts. These include his work with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which has the primary goals of protecting the animals and educating people on the need to protect the environment. He is also a celebrity campaigner for RYOT, a Los Angeles-based immersive media company.