Actor, director, model, and now a member of People magazine’s Sexy at Any Age lineup, 32 year old Vampire Diary’s star Ian Somerhalder is undoubtedly one of today’s hottest young celebrities. The Covington, Louisiana native began his foray into the limelight at age 10 with modeling jobs that brought him to New York city and onto the advertisement pages of Dolce & Gabana, Calvin Klein, and Versace. Fortunately for Ian, and for the rest of us, he soon realized his true passion was acting. Now starring in the C.W. network’s super popular show The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is proving that he is more than just a pretty face with acting chops. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, Ian began speaking publicly on his concern about the impact the spill would have on the delicate ecosystem of the Gulf Coast and the people who live and work there. Having spent many summers swimming, boating, and fishing in the waters of the bayous, Ian feels a strong connection to the area, its people, and the local culture. Following the spill, Ian was quoted as saying that he worried about those who might not be able to feed their families or keep their businesses running and about the enormous impact on the area’s flora and fauna. As Ian’s concern grew he began a series of public speaking engagements about the devastation and how others (read everyday people) could get involved in the clean up process. By late 2010, Ian had announced to his fans that he was in the process of setting up the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), an organization that would focus on global conservation efforts by involving businesses, government agencies, and most importantly, youth.
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