More Ian Somerhalder Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Rules of Attraction)Ian Somerhalder was most recently seen in Irwin Winkler's feature Life As A House which also starred Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone and Mary Steenburgen. Somerhalder was honored in April by Movieline Magazine's Young Hollywood Awards. He received the Fresh New Face Award for his work in Life As A House. Somerhalder was one of the leads in the MTV Network feature, Anatomy of a Hate Crime. Directed by Tim Hunter (River's Edge, The Saint of Ft. Washington), the film examines the true story of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. Somerhalder's breakout opportunity came when he landed the role of Hamilton Fleming on the WB coming-of-age drama, Young Americans. The series debuted in the summer of 2000 and gave Somerhalder the chance to prove that he was more than just a pretty face. Additionally, he has had a guest-starring role on the CBS series Now and Again, and a recurring guest-host spot on MTV's House of Style.
Somerhalder may also be recognized as the face of Guess clothing. He has been featured in their Fall campaigns for two years running. What started out, as a summer gig became a life-changing journey that eventually led to full-time modeling opportunities in Europe and around the world. While residing in New York, he worked on campaigns for such prestigious designers as Versace, Espirit, Persol, and a worldwide campaign for Levi Strauss. He has stood in front of he camera for such leading photographers as Steven Meisel, Mario Testino and Bruce Weber.
The son of a massage therapist and a building contractor, Somerhalder was born and raised in the small town of Covington, Louisiana. Boating, swimming, fishing and training horses filled much of his time growing up, as did the drama club and performing with the local theatre group. At 17, he began pursuing acting in New York, and by 19 had committed himself to the craft, working with acting coach William Esper. His fate was sealed while working as an extra in a club scene in the feature Black and White, when a talent manager visiting a client on set spotted Somerhalder's striking look, in a crowd scene of 400 and immediately signed him for representation.
Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "The Rules of Attraction" (08-Aug-2002)