Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born in December of 1978 in Covington, Louisiana, the son of a massage therapist and a contractor. At age 10, Somerhalder started modeling, and switched to acting at 17.

In 2000, Somerhalder got his big break on a spin-off series of Dawson’s Creek. In 2004, he was cast on perhaps his biggest role as Boone on the popular series Lost, which ran until 2010. He didn’t have much of a break, as he was soon cast on Vampire Diaries. In 2015, he married his girlfriend Nikki Reed, also an actor.