Ian Somerhalder just has one of those faces that stands out. Between his piercing blue eyes, chiseled jawline, and captivating lips, there’s a reason he became such a actor. So it probably comes as no surprise to learn that Somerhalder started out as a teen model. She modeled for Versaceaccording to a recent post he made on Instagram (among all the thirst traps).
Ian Somerhalder achieved heartthrob status thanks to ‘Lost’ and ‘The Vampire Diaries’
Today, Somerhalder is best known for his acting roles. He played Boone Carlyle in Lost and, perhaps most famously, as Damon Salvatore in the vampires’ diaries. The supernatural teen drama featured him alongside Paul Wesley (his now business partner of his) and Nina Dobrev, in a love triangle for the ages.
The CW series ran for eight seasons and helped catapult Somerhalder to household name status. He is now considered a heartthrob and although he doesn’t act as much these days, he is still known as a star.
Before starting acting, Ian Somerhalder worked as a model.
Before all his acting success, his modeling career helped Somerhalder gain some traction towards stardom. In 2022 he shared photos of himself when he was 16 years old on instagram, from when I was an active model. The charisma and charm that shines through in the photo are full proof that Somerhalder was destined to become something bigger. And it’s still cool to see that oozing from him so long ago.
In the first photo, Somerhalder is in close-up in a beach setting. He is wearing a black and white striped suit jacket and is holding a cigarette in his left hand. Somerhalder sports what she describes in her Instagram caption as “liza minelli haircut” that was “on purpose”. In the background is fellow model Stella Tennant. She sports a long black and white checkered skirt and a haircut reminiscent of Courteney Cox in her Friends it was.
Tragically, Tennant died by suicide in 2020 after what had been a long battle with his mental health, as his family told the BBC at the time. It is possible that by posting the photos, Somerhalder was also trying to pay tribute to the great model, who had also shot famous campaigns for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier. In the caption of her, Somerhalder describes her as “the amazing late Stella Tennant.”
What has Ian Somerhalder been up to since ‘The Vampire Diaries’?
As the vampires’ diaries Wrapped up in 2017, Somerhalder hasn’t done much acting. He has gotten into producing though his short-lived series, v wars, it didn’t work. These days, Somerhalder is best known for cashing in on his DTV fame otherwise.
The actor teamed up with Wesley to create Brother’s Bond Bourbon, spawned by his characters’ love of the drink. Plus, Somerhalder is still busy with his personal life. He and his wife, actress Nikki Reed, welcomed a daughter in 2017. Of course, if times get tough, he could always go back to his modeling roots.