Ian Joseph Somerhalder is born the 8 December 1978 (36 ans) in Covington, Louisiana,in the USA. He is an actor, a model and a producer. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in Lost and Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries.
Edna, His mother is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has a sister named Robyn and a Brother called Robert.His family has deep roots in the American South.
With his mother's encouragement, at the age of 10, he began a modeling career that took him to New York each summer. By junior high, he opted to put modeling on the back burner and focus more on sports and school.
A few years later, when the opportunity to model in Europe arose, Somerhalder grabbed it, embarking on an enriching path of work, travel and study in big cities, including Paris, Milan and London.
At 17, he began studying acting in New York and, by 19, had committed himself to the craft, working with preeminent acting coach William Esper. His fate was sealed while working as an extra in a club scene in the feature film, Black and White (1999).
A talent manager visiting a client on the set spotted Somerhalder in a crowd scene of 400 and immediately signed him for representation. Happy to be anchored in New York, Somerhalder spends much of his time studying acting, writing and practicing yoga. His recreational interests include water and snow skiing and horseback riding.