I haven’t sussed out Ian Somerhalder since about season 2 of Vampire Diaries. I know the absolute bare minimum about him so if you also have a blind spot for the bloke, please gasp when I say (write) that he is 40-years-old, married to fellow vampire actor Nikki Reed (Rosalie in the Twilight franchise), and has a child. I just – when did that happen? ANYWAY, the reason I’m writing about Somerhalder on this fine Thursday arvo is because he’s starring in a new Netflix series. And somehow, it is also about vampires. Really, really.
Earlier today, Netflix unleashed a couple of spooky pictures from the upcoming series called V Wars. It’s based on the comics of the same name by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry. Basically, Somerhalder plays Dr Luther Swann whose whole world comes crashing down when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society goes to shits and it becomes an Us versus the Blood-Sucking Monsters thing. So then Swann has to race against time to find a cure while best mate Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.
I mean, sounds cool.
V Wars hits Netflix, December 5. Stay tuned for the trailer.
Lovely pic on the right.
Now, to make you feel old again, Somerhalder recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of The Vampire Diaries.
“Who could have ever thought, that incredibly stressful week of waiting for an answer, multiple auditions and ultimately the phone call from my manager and agent (after biting off several fingernails) that I had indeed gotten this role of Damon Salvatore in this little @thecw vampire show called the Vampire Diaries would change the course of my life forever,” he wrote on IG in September.
Somerhalder thanked fans the most for supporting the show throughout its many seasons.
“Your connection to and love for this show fuelled by passion and insight gave way to many, many years of experiences, knowledge, skill sets, and access to the joy of humanity I will carry with me for a lifetime.
“I’ve gotten the pleasure of meeting so many of you around the world and hearing your thoughts on social channels. What a joy and thank you for your energy. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”
Ten years. Ten.
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Full transparency. The 10th year Anniversary of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was too close to 9/11 and it hurt my heart a bit to celebrate in such a deep and thoughtful time. So here goes… 10 years… wow. The memories, the friendship, the fans, exploring all ends of the earth and the work. Oh the amazing luxury of the work. Who could have ever thought, that incredibly stressful week of waiting for an answer, multiple auditions and ultimately the phone call from my manager and agent (after biting off several fingernails) that I had indeed gotten this role of Damon Salvatore in this little @thecw Vampire show Called the Vampire Diaries would change the course of my life forever. The laughs, the cries, the colds days and warm Georgia summer nights. It seems like thousands of them. Not far from… I could never pen or type the words to express the enormity of the gratitude I have for @Kevinwilliamson, @Julieplec @carolinedries amongst so many others and all the powers that be at @WarnerBrosTV, The CW and CBS the cast, crew and post production team and marketing gurus. BUT most importantly: YOU the fans. Thank YOU you amazing people. You’re connection to and love of this show fueled by passion and insight gave way to many many years of experiences, knowledge, skill sets and access to the joy of humanity I will carry with me for a lifetime. I’ve gotten the pleasure of meeting so many of you around the world and hearing your thoughts on social channels. What a joy and thank you for your energy. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I will strive continuously to keep creating great characters, great content, great companies and necessary beneficial non-profit projects with my beloved @isfofficial to positively impact our planet and all it’s creatures. I will not always win, not all will be hits but I thank you in advance for your trust, support and the precious time out of your life that you take to watch me on screen, buy one of my products or help my foundation @isfofficial make real change in the world. With immense gratitude and appreciation, Ian and Damon