IAN SOMERHALDER AS DAMON SALVATORE IN ‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ – EXCLUSIVE Q&A!

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Despite his fanged bad-boy dramatics and nonchalant disregard for human life as Damon Salvatore in the new TV show ‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ – in reality – actor IAN SOMERHALDER is a heart-warming champion for animal rights and environmental issues.

Somerhalder wants: you to question how much mercury is in your sushi, an end to the slaughter of Calderon Dolphins in Denmark (specifically the Faroe Islands), some-one to invent a replacement for plastic so that marine wildlife cease mistaking it for food floating on the surface of oceans, a stop to primates being threatened by tropical forest destruction, you to be aware that 320,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity is wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage, a boycott of all BP petrol stations, and a resignation from the head of the American Environmental Protection Agency in light of the horrific aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling disaster.

The thirty-one-year old has devoted his Summer break from ‘The Vampire Diaries’ production, to rolling up his sleeves and going all-in to aid efforts to clean up the Gulf region. Even en route, stopping to visit a dog adoption drive in Atlanta – crestfallen that no-one had turned up – retooling his personal Twitter profile as an animal adoption agency. When Vampire Diaries-press duty diverted Somerhalder away from Grand Isle to New York, he declared that he was: “pretending everything is okay – everything is NOT okay. Oil everywhere! Anyone have a plan? BP? Feds? Nope! This is a joke and we as a country should be sick to our stomachs. Thank you Government for allowing huge industries to regulate themselves.”

60,000 barrels of oil are still leaking into the Gulf every day, and Somerhalder is devastated: “I’m so sorry that our insatiable thirst for oil has spawned the worst disaster ever in the Gulf of Mexico, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the water which will hit the shores of and destroy my favourite place on the planet, the Gulf coast of Louisiana.” He summarised his anguish in the following: “We can send people to the moon, wage giant wars, and transplant human hearts, but we can’t stop a leaking oil well…”

…and when he’s not busy trying to save the world, he’s otherwise engaged interacting with his fans via Twitter, constantly thanking them for their support and adoring messages. “I sincerely thank you for them and smile to myself when [ I ] see them, so thanks for taking time out of your day to send a thought. I would be here 12 hours per day if I tried to answer them – who in the hell would play Damon Salvatore then???” But it seems like Somerhalder is a dab hand at multi-tasking, following up his rhetorical question with a promise “to make it a point to respond no less than once a day! Whether while having a coffee in the morning or hitting the sack at night.”

As if Somerhalder wasn’t already perfect enough, he likes to listen to Fleet Foxes, Neon Indian, Black Lips – and despite having formerly modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Versace, and Guess – Somerhalder is indeed a real boy. The son of a building contractor and massage therapist, his childhood was spent in small-town Covington in Louisiana: training horses, fishing, swimming, and boating. Despite a modelling career at age ten that flew him to New York each Summer, Somerhalder decided to focus more on school and sports by the time he reached Junior High.

Fast forwarding to the present, TV aficionados will recognise Somerhalder from thirty episodes as Boone Carlyle in ‘Lost’, as well as from small story-lines as Adam Knight in ‘Smallville’ and Hamilton Fleming in the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ spin-off show ‘Young Americans’.

IAN SOMERHALDER PLANS TO TURN ‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’ SET GREEN WITH NEW MOBILE POWER COMPANY

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To do his part, Somerhalder has joined forces with Go Green Mobile Power. “You’re the first person I’m telling this,” he shares. “I just became involved with a very strong green energy company that produces portable, mobile green power. The company’s called Go Green Mobile Power. Our first prototype is going to be done in a few days.”

Go Green Mobile Power will create portable solar/wind/biodiesel generators for use in the film and event industry (as well as other arenas), to replace the off-grid dirty energy that’s traditionally used on location.

“It takes a lot of power to run a movie set. We go through a lot of fuel,” Somerhalder says. “It’s harmful, and we can start changing that a little bit. We can get rid of these noisy, stinky, disgusting gas generators. There’s going to be a lot of thought that goes into this revolution that’s going to happen.”

“We’re dealing with California Transportation Department, we’re dealing with the Department of Defense, we’re dealing with disaster relief — but we’re also dealing with the entertainment industry. We’ll be taking major productions green, like big concerts and music festivals. Greening the ‘Vampire Diaries’ set is a priority for me, which we’re going to be doing this year.”

CW STARS IAN SOMERHALDER, SOPHIA BUSH, AUSTIN NICHOLS ON GULF OIL DISASTER: WE’RE ENRAGED!

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Hey guys new article about the oil spill, head over to Zap2it to read the rest of the article, it’s pretty overwhelming.

Somerhalder says that things aren’t getting any better for the residents of the Gulf Coast, especially for Grand Isle, which he calls “ground zero.”

“I just was on the phone with the park manager of the Grand Isle State Park,” he tells us. “She said that the oil is now coming back into the lagoons, and she said it’s significantly worse. As she’s sitting there talking to me she’s watching two dolphins stuck in that oil, swimming around in the lagoon. She got very emotional about it. She goes, ‘I just want to let you know, in case you haven’t heard, there’s a giant oil slick several miles out into the gulf that’s coming right to us.’ So they’re about to get hit again with a massive oil slick, again. It’s never-ending.”

IAN SOMERHALDER DESERVES A STANDING OVATION

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Ian Somerhalder has been singularly focused on the disaster in the Gulf since the pipe burst over two months (good lord) ago. He’s constantly called attention to the ecological catastrophe in interviews, on Twitter and anywhere a mic was placed near his mouth. But Ian found himself shocked to be the only tub thumper.

“Coming from the entertainment world, I’m really shaken by how quiet Hollywood is,” the actor told E! Online earlier this month. “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.”

Well Ian is no longer alone as dozens of stars stood shoulder to shoulder with him on last night’s CNN “Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help” telethon that raised over $1.7 million so far. Round of applause please.

But that’s not enough — we can’t limit our donations to one night, so please click here for information on three essential foundations that need your help in order to properly clean up the Gulf.

MTI HOME VIDEO RELEASES SCI-FI THRILLER FIREBALL ON DVD TODAY!

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Fireball was a fantasy themed film that premiered on the Syfy network early in 2009. Now, a year later the film is available today on DVD through MTI Home Video. The film stars Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”) as an investigator curious about a prison fire which leaves several inmates seared. Fireball also stars Aleks Paunovic (“Battlestar Galactica”) as a “former footbal star” and convict who, through mutation, is able to wield fire on a whim.

IAN SOMERHALDER HOPES MORE OF HOLLYWOOD JOINS LARRY KING GULF AID TELETHON

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ star Ian Somerhalder
is not happy about his peers lack of action over the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Coming from the entertainment world, I’m really shaken by how quiet Hollywood is,” Somerhalder, 31, tells E! Online. “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. This is ground zero right now. This place is going to need money, that is the bottom line.”

CNN’s Larry King and producer and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest are doing something about the situation. Together they will bring a Gulf Aid telethon Monday, June 21, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who has been reporting live from the Gulf region since the disaster unfolded months ago. Covington, Louisiana native Ian Somerhalder is confirmed to be part of the televised fundraiser.

The Telethon special, which will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday (June 21), will raise money for three charities: The United Way, the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy.

The United Way is providing emergency help for people affected by the spill, both the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy are involved in cleanup efforts.

Along with Ian, the celebrity participants in the telethon are Gulf Coast natives Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Tim McGraw, James Carville, Mary Matalin, Alyssa Milano, Sting, Robert Redford, Ted Danson, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Handler, Jenny McCarthy, Lenny Kravitz, Pete Wentz, Tyson Ritter, Edward James Olmos and Philippe Cousteau.

LARRY KING TELETHON

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New Tweet from Ian about the telethon:

 

Larry King telethon Monday June, 21st 5 to 7PM. No link yet but it’s happening. Will get specifics

 

For more information visit Larry King Live

IAN SOMERHALDER “SHAKEN” BY LACK OF HOLLYWOOD SUPPORT WHILE VISITING GULF REGION

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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,