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Ian Somerhalder talks clothes, conserving the environment, and running around a Pinoy beach
TV’s hottest vampire on everything from Penshoppe to his carbon footprint
Published on: May 25, 2012 - 7:00am

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(SPOT.ph) ďRipping peopleís heads off and seducing women arenít bad.Ē This is how The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder easily sums up the role that made him a household name. But while half-baked TVD fans know him only as the snarky, arrogant, and vengeful Damon Salvatore, in the real world--where vampires evoke fear and not giddiness--thereís more to him than an extra-large set of fangs.

In a plain gray shirt and black pants, Ian could almost be called nondescript at the press conference for his latest Penshoppe endorsement. Save for the fact that he's a hit TV star, it's that bevy of girls screaming a chorus of ďI love you!Ē and ďBite me!Ē that tells you otherwise. The humility is surprising. So is how he can encourage a group to conserve Mother Nature as easily as he could send fans into a frenzy with a simple blow of a kissóan act he does ever so freely, by the way.

At the packed press conference, Ian served up his wit as he recounted his passion for the environment, thoughts about Penshoppe and the Philippines, and more.

On coming to the Philippines

I wasnít aware there were over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and when you look at it on the map, you canít quite grasp it. El Nido is so wonderful. Everyone has been so wonderful; the Filipinos are so soulful. The fact that itís surrounded by water, everyoneís so connected with each other.

On ďrabidĒ fans

Itís wonderful. Itís energy.

On using his fame to promote his causes

The Vampire Diaries has a younger audience. What I realized [I could do] was to use that exposure for the greater good. We are doing ourselves a great disservice if we donít use this to empower our youth and to make them aware of conservation.

On possible movie projects

I would like for that to happen as quickly as possible. I canít quite find the right film to sink my teeth into, no pun intended. There are some things in the works though.

On wearing environmentally sound apparel and offsetting his carbon footprint

Iíve recently started finding clothing companies that use natural dyes, bamboo, and other sustainable methods. When I went to El Nido, we were on this small chartered plane (and I learned) that it takes six trees to offset your carbon footprint every time you fly. So I find out that people in El Nido plant six trees for every passenger who flies.

On keeping an upbeat attitude

The idea that all that positivity will lead to a healthier life… Iím an actor and I have to access that dark place sometimes. But I love to take it and turn it into positivity.

On balancing work for his foundation

I donít know where I find the time. I keep a notepad in my iPad and I scribble, scribble, scribble, then when I wake up, Iím like ďWhat the hell is this?Ē Itís the team. Teamwork. There are 101 people working for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation now, doing research, making plans.

On what heíll tell people about the Philippines

Friends, donít go there. Theyíll kill you with kindness. I was so surprised. I didnít really have expectations. Iíve been so humbled by your generosity, the beauty of this place. Itís so progressive. (Iíll tell them) you have to check it outówhat their companies are doing for conservation.

On the highlight of his El Nido trip

Running around a secluded tropical island, drinking (from) coconuts, the palm trees, being shot by awesome photographers. Itís not the worst thing you can do.

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3 Comments
  • spotter
    Buti pa itong si Ian na hindi naman tagarito sa Pilipinas, appreciated ang mga nakikita nya, samantalang ang ibang pinoy walang appreciation sa bansa.
    May 25 2012 @ 01:39pm     Reply  
  • filipina ako
    Saying good things about the Philippines and appreciating the generosity of the filipinos and at the same time promoting conservation of the environment, this is just another thing that we need. This is our Philippines, our home :-)
    May 25 2012 @ 01:31pm     Reply  
  • Fan
    I can't click for more. :|
    May 25 2012 @ 10:51am     Reply  
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