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15 Super Sexy Facts About Ian Somerhalder That Will Make You Weak At The Knees

The Vampire Diaries cast is full of talented and hard-working actors and actresses, and one of them happens to be Ian Somehalder! And what better way to celebrate television’s most sizzling reformed bad boy than with a post highlighting his extraordinary achievements, breathtaking adventures, and awesome hat collection? Thus, in honor of Mister Smolderhalder’s drive and passion, we’ve compiled a list of fun facts about him. Check them out below!

Ian Somerhalder attends Global Green USA's 5th Annual Awards Season Celebration - Arrivals

Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

1. Born December 8, 1978 in Covington, Louisiana, Ian is passionate about saving animals and the environment, cleans beaches alongside cute little kids, participates in dog walk fundraisers, and serves as a U.N ambassador when he’s not filming new episodes of The Vampire Diaries.

Heifer International's 3rd Annual "Beyond Hunger: A Place At The Table" Gala

Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Heifer International

2. Ian respects female leaders and supports global issues pertaining to women. Moreover, he appreciates ladies of all ages and regions. (We’re not making this up; here’s a direct quote.) Fellas, take notes, because with his beautiful sentiments and mesmerizing blue eyes, this leading man knows exactly how to leave us all breathless.

Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham - CW's "The Vampire Diaries" Panel - Comic-Con International 2014

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

3. He starred in the movie Rules of Attraction. Why does this need to be on every fan’s radar? Because he dances in his underwear at one point! You’re welcome:

4. As though his schedule wasn’t busy enough, he officiates weddings in his spare time. (Honestly, we have no idea how the bride didn’t say his name accidentally during her vows!) And if we can’t make a friend’s wedding due to prior commitments? He posts the sweetest message!

Ian Somerhalder officiates wedding

Photo Credit: YouTube

5. What’s his spirit animal? “A black panther—calm and sleek.” In the words of Uncle Jesse Katsopolis, “HAVE MERCY!” We’re pretty sure we got a glimpse of his inner panther in this seductive ad for Azzaro Pour Homme:

6. Ian is a friend to all! He gets along with everyone – from co-stars Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley to teen sensations Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

The CW Network 2009 Upfront - Presentation

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The CW Network

7. What kind of pajamas does Ian wear to bed? Yummy sushi print drawstring pants? Puppy-themed boxers? Here’s his short-yet-ridiculously-swoonworthy response: “Nothing. Sheets.” (BRB: fainting!)

Damon Salvatore putting on pants

Photo Credit: The CW

8. He doesn’t appreciate cyber bullying and rises to the occasion when someone attacks his friends and loved ones. Click here to see how he responded when one fan kept making vile comments about his wife, Sleepy Hollow star Nikki Reed!

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed - Heifer International's 3rd Annual "Beyond Hunger: A Place At The Table" Gala

Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Heifer International

9. Did you know that Ian starred in another series aside from TVD? It’s appropriately called THE IAN SHOW!

The Ian Show - Ian Somerhalder on youku

Photo Credit: The Ian Show

10. He’s officially a “dad”…to a handful of adorable pups and cats, as well as a horse named Eagle!

Ian Somerhalder cuddles with his new horse, Eagle

Photo Credit: @iansomerhalder via Instagram

11. He has a very special bromance with Jordan Catalano a.k.a. Jared Leto a.k.a. the new Joker!

Ian Somerhalder & Jared Leto

Goodness gracious!!!

12. He loves chocolate – dark, organic, sustainably-made chocolate to be exact! http://ow.ly/7PduU.

13. He hangs out with the POTUS aka President Barack Obama to discuss important matters. Totally normal! (Though to be fair, we don’t think the Oval Office can ever outdo the splendor that is the Salvatore boarding house.)

Ian Somerhalder and President Barack Obama

Photo Credit: Ian Somerhalder’s twitter account @iansomerhalder.

14. His family owns a “bad-ass gourmet pizza place” in Sun Valley, Idaho. Why is this important? Because he could easily whip you up a delicious pizza pie if you’re ever hungry and craving a midnight snack. Extra cheese for us, please! Oh, and in case that wasn’t enough to rattle your senses, Ian happens to have major carpentry skills as well. He and his older brother run Build of Barnwood, a small business based in Bay St Louis, Mississippi that makes custom furniture and home decor from re-purposed wood. Green products with vintage flair? YES!

Ian Somerhalder - Built of Barnwood

Photo Credit: Built of Barnwood

15. He’s a selfless fellow. Instead of wishing for an iPad or a cruise to the Bahamas, or even for the coveted role of Christian Grey, guess what Ian wished for? To make the world a better place for all trees, oceans, and creatures. He’s just a man trying to raise awareness about dogfighting and put an end to oil spills and deforestation through sustainable solutions, damn it!

Ian Somerhalder with a cute dog

Photo Credit: @iansomerhalder via Instagram

Now it’s your turn – tell us the number one reason Ian Somerhalder rocks your world!

Check out more pics of Ian spending quality time with his “kids.”

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder with Animals

  • "Chilly early mornings with my girls... It absolutely BLOWS my mind that we hurt and kill millions of these animals per year. We put them in cold kennels waiting to die while dogs other dogs sit in puppy mills or in pet stores and dog-fighting rings to be torn up-and all the while, their level of intelligence, love and compassion are some of the most magnificent things about being human and on this planet.Let's stop abandoning, fighting and killing these incredible creatures-adopt, spay, neuter, donate, volunteer whatever you can do to help-PLEASE! I promise you'll feel SO GOOD! WE HAVE an incredible project happening RIGHT NOW CD where you can enter to win and COME SHOOT A SCENE WITH ME on The Vampire Diaries at OMAZE.COM/IAN will help ISF aka Isfoundation.org do so much! Check it out and help me save SO MANY of these kids as well as educate our two-legged kids! It's an amazing cause- please help us! If you are not in the United States please go to isfoundation.org and help us there;) LETS DO THIS! Have an amazing day! Love, Ian"

    Photo Credit: Ian Somerhalder via Instagram

  • "A day with 3 of the most beautiful ladies in the universe... Wow smiling is such a beautiful part of the human experience-I highly recommend it. Congrats to our little Neitczhe here-1 year ago today, to the minute, you brought 5 beautiful puppies into this world-thank you for your amazing contribution to all of our lives. However, welcome to the wonderful world of being spayed-The world does not need any more puppies, we kill millions and millions per year. These two beautiful creatures right here in this photo or highly intelligent, highly emotional and capable of more love than you can you can ever imagine. The ones that are in shelters are the same-let's adopt them. @iamnikkireed your recent work with Gilt benefiting the @aspca is truly truky extraordinary. Thank you for giving so much of your life and for being a strong voice for those whom can speak. My hat is off to you. You amaze me. Love, Ian"

    Photo Credit: Ian Somerhalder via Instagram

  • "A beautiful perfect Georgia afternoon decompressing from work with our big boy Eagle (who opted out of this photo), our little girl Millie (who you all haven't seen yet but here she is) & the one and only @iamnikkireed photographed by my lovely sista Kat Graham aka @katgrahampics The simple beauty of the quiet countryside loving on my kids with these amazing women...Wow, love this. Needed this. So many amazing things happening with all of the projects in my life-thank you for so much love and support. Thank you"

    Photo Credit: Ian Somerhalder via Instagram

  • "Went to the animal shelter today to give some love to the babies living in cages who don't have homes and ended up adopting this little girl! What should we name her?"

    Photo Credit: Nikki Reed via Instagram

  • "Proud new dad... What amazing creatures they are. Wow. His name is Eagle. Thank you @iamnikkireed for snapping this special moment, with our big baby boy."

    Photo Credit: Ian Somerhalder via Instagram

  • "The newest addition to the family. Her name is Sohalia. Thank you @iamnikkireed for finding us this amazing kid in Conyers Georgia. Unfortunately this little kid was wildly mislabeled as "feral/not friendly", and had Nikki not gone in and opened her cage regardless, we would have never found out that she is the most loving kitty on the planet and she may have been put down. The point is this; because shelters are so understaffed, this happens more often than not. Let's encourage the people who work at shelters and people whom make policies for shelter workers to take more time to get to know the animals that are brought in, so they can properly inform potential adopters. Also, if you are thinking about adding a new member to your family, know that there might be more to the animal than what's written on their cage!!! Go have fun and adopt! Send me pictures please! Thank you- Love, Ian"

    Photo Credit: Ian Somerhalder via Instagram

  • "Beautiful weekend...incredible weather...inspiring conversations...surrounded by my favorite people (and animal babies). Thanks dad for capturing this moment. @fireballerr"

    Photo Credit: Nikki Reed via Instagram

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