Ian Somerhalder is an actor, environmentalist and humanitarian well-known for his starring role as Damon Salvatore in the hit CW television series THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.
Somerhalder starred in an episode of the ground-breaking and Emmy-award winning climate change documentary series, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY.
Somerhalder’s television credits include starring as Boone Carlyle in ABC’s Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning drama LOST (which earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV Breakout Performance), SMALLVILLE, YOUNG AMERICANS and TELL ME YOU LOVE ME.
His film credits include THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, THE TOURNAMENT and HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN.
Somerhalder is also the Founder/President of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) which was established in November 2010 after witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the horrible aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill just five years later. The purpose of the Foundation is to advance science; promote the conservation of natural resources for the benefit of the entire community; provide relief to the poor, distressed, and underprivileged; and support other organizations conducting activities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
ISF empowers human action through programs and collaborations that promote education, innovation and build skills in empathy and effective leadership. ISF engages and supports youth through programs, partnerships, grants, media initiatives and campaigns; and provides support for organizational and grassroots efforts that protect and restore our planet.
Somerhalder was born and raised in Louisiana, and he currently splits his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.