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Have you heard of the latest Louisiana hot spot, the “Prius cabana suite”?

It’s what Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder calls the place he just spent the night.

“That would be my rental car that I had to sleep in,” Ian explains. “I couldn’t find anywhere to stay. There’s so many people here trying to tame this beast.”

That “beast” is the devastating BP oil spill affecting a vast area that includes Ian’s home state of Louisiana, which he is visiting now in an effort to help. Our E! News cameras just caught up with him exclusively…

Make sure you check out E! News tonight at 7 for Ian’s full report.

And above, check out more exclusive video with Ian in Louisiana.

Ian tells us he’s hoping more people will get involved in relief efforts–especially those in the Industry.

“Coming from the entertainment world, I’m really shaken by how quiet Hollywood is,” the actor admits. “And I say that out of respect for my peers and colleagues, but I’m really bummed that no one is really coming up to help the situation. I think a telethon is a good way to funnel money into these channels…We need to set one of those things up to really paint a picture of exactly how much devastation is here.

“This is ground zero right now,” Ian adds, as he surveys more of the devastating effects of the spill in the region. “I’m looking at this slick of oil. I’ve been watching pelicans die…This place is going to need money, that is the bottom line–money in the right hands to replant these marshes.”

This was actually Ian’s second trip to the region in recent weeks. He is from Covington, La., and is very involved with St. Tammany’s Humane Society, a local animal shelter that has been caring for pelicans affected by the spill. You can get more information on the organization here and on Twitter.

Ian went to his hometown a few weeks ago to tape a PSA that would draw attention to the oil spill and how it is affecting local wildlife. And after finishing a press tour in Monte Carlo, he returned this week to see what he can do to help.

“You know, it’s crazy,” Ian says, “which really breaks my heart…If you look at all these beaches right here. It’s a June afternoon–this beach would be littered with families, kids playing, dads on the pier with their buddies fishing. None of that’s here…The things you remember, the times you spent with your parents or your grandparents, brothers, sisters, fishing and learning about the ecology here is…it’s your base, it’s your root and you’ll do anything, you will fight tooth and nail to protect it.”

Vampire Diaries Season 2 Spoilers: Katherine Kicks Damon’s Butt

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E! online recently caught up to the main three “Vampire Diaries” stars Nina Dobrev,Paul Wesley,and Ian Somerhalder at the recent Monte Carlo Film Festival. They revealed a few small spoilers for season two that sound pretty interesting. They include Damon possibly getting his butt kicked by Katherine,and more.

Ian revealed that Katherine just might give him a beating. He stated,


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A Mandeville native turned Hollywood vampire actor is trying to get the spotlight on the oil spill. “The Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder was back in Louisiana to see the progress in Grand Isle.

You may recognize him from the number one show on the CW network. Ian Somerhalder is an actor in “The Vampire Diaries.” He grew up in Mandeville and has been spending a lot of time back home.

“People don’t really know what’s going on here. They don’t understand the severity of it and that’s troubling to me,”

he says.

Ian is talking about the oil spill. He spent the day in Grand Isle and is extremely frustrated at what he saw.

“There were tide pools where there is usually just an abundance of life. Hermit crabs and fish and cranes. All dead.”

But that’s not all that’s frustrating him.

“We have to sit back and ask ourselves and ask the government and find out why this took so long to fix, and who’s going to help rebuild it and more importantly, who’s going to pay for it,”

he says.

Plus, he doesn’t understand why Hollywood counterparts haven’t rallied behind Louisiana with fundraisers or telethons.

“I was literally asking myself, ‘Where is Hollywood in this? Where are they?’ The people who love this area. The Brad Pitts of the world. Where are they? I don’t know.”

But a bit of success. Ian got a call from Larry King who’s planning a telethon to raise money for oil spill victims next week.

“As an American, your fellow country men and are fighting tooth and nail for their survival,”

he says. And he says reviving the gulf and the livelihood of the state isn’t going to be easy, but he says it can be done.

The telethon is coming up. It will air on CNN Monday, June 21st.

Ian Somerhalder Teen Choice Awards Nominee “Choice TV: Villain”

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TEEN CHOICE 2010 will celebrate the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion in the choicest, star-studded two-hour event airing Monday, Aug. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Starting today, fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2010 nominees at Performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced soon.

Ian is up for one award in the category of Choice TV: Villain, please go vote for him.