A strikingly handsome player who proved his versatility with accomplished forays into acting and modeling, Ian Somerhalder possesses the piercing eyes and chiseled features that spell success in the more adult modeling world and the emotional intensity and shy rebellious charm that makes perfect teen heartthrob material on screen. A Louisiana native who spent many summers in Manhattan working after he made his modeling debut at age ten, Somerhalder took some time off to enjoy a regular school career, but returned to the business in his mid-teens with extensive print and runway work that took him to Europe as well as NYC. At age seventeen, he began his acting training, going on to work with William Esper by age nineteen. Around that time he was spotted working as an extra in a crowd scene in the James Toback feature “Black and White” (2000) [let me save you the trip to the video store – you will not see Ian in Black and White – his scene is on an editing room floor somewhere]. Intrigued by his unique look, a manager signed him. Somerhalder subsequently made his TV debut on an episode of the acclaimed CBS sci-fi drama “Now and Again” in 1999. The following year he starred on the teen drama “Young Americans” on The WB, playing the brooding Rawley Academy student Hamilton, son of the prep school’s dean. Unexpected feelings related to his close friendship with the mysterious Jake (Katherine Moennig) lead the young man to question his sexuality, and while the girl-posing-as-boy storyline somewhat trivialized the very serious topic of sexual orientation, Hamilton’s honest response to his feelings and his confusion rang true, proving Somerhalder an actor with promise and potential, not just primetime eye candy.
Ian Somerhalder isn’t just another pretty face trying to make it in Hollywood. Sure, this discovery (and recent Guess model) has a perfect jaw-line and blue eyes to die for – but there’s more to him than that.
Ian’s first attempts to enter the business were as a child, but jobs were hard to come by in his hometown of Mandeville, Louisiana. Ian was signed with top agencies Click, Next, Arlene Wilson, (the list goes on), and he soon found himself jetting of to New York, Chicago, Milan, Miami… and now Los Angeles. Although he appreciates the solid footing his modeling has provided, his focus is now on acting. After his first starring role on the WB’s “Young American’s”, he followed with the independent film “Colored Eggs” alongside legends Faye Dunaway and Lauren Holly. Next up he plays a gay socialite who falls for straight guy Shaun [sic], played by James Van Der Beek (gee, what would Dawson say?) in the sex and drug- filled dark comedy “Rules of Attraction” due out this fall. “I didn’t think twice about accepting the role”, Ian says. “This film could do for me what “Cruel Intentions” did for Ryan Philippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
I’m comfortable about my own sexuality, it didn’t matter. I’m happy to get great roles where I can develop other characters other than my own. That’s what acting is all about”
A child model with Ford NY, Ian was re-discovered at fifteen outside New Orleans. Even at 5’9″, Ian has shown that height is irrelevant if you’ve got the goods. His handsome, yet bad boy good looks have earned him the national Guess campaign for over a year now. He recently auditioned all the way to the final casting choice for a starring role in the WB’s “Roswell”.
In Enemy Hands (aka U-boat) (2003) as Danny MillerRain Falls (2003)Changing Hearts (aka Colored Eggs) (2003) as Jason KellyRules of Attraction (2002) as Paul DentonLife as a House (2001) as JoshBlack & White (1999) Note: Ian’s scenes in this movie were cut from the final version.Celebrity (1998) Note: Ian’s scenes in this movie were cut from the final version.
The Old Man and The Studio (2004) as MattRecess (2004) as Cooley, also served as a Producer for this film
Lost (2004) as Boone a NEW SERIES this fall!Smallville (2004) Guest star as Adam Knight in 6 episodesFearless (2003) as Jordan Gracie Note: This was a pilot for the WB. The show was picked up and then canceled before it ever got to air.CSI: Miami (2003) Guest star as Ricky MurdochLaw and Order: Special Victims Unit (2003) Guest Star as Charlie BakerCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2002) Guest Star as Tony Del NegroClose To Home (2001) This was a pilot for Fox, but the series wasn’t picked up.Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001) Lead Role as Russell HendersonYoung Americans (2000) Series Regular as Hamilton FlemingNow & Again (1999) “A Girl’s Life” Guest star as BrianMTV House of Style as a RecurringThe Big Easy (1997) “The Black Bag” as IQ
Now, those last 2 items are on his resume and I’ve tried for some time to find more information on them, but haven’t been able to turn up a single thing. If you know anything about his roles in House of Style or The Big Easy, please email me. Better yet, if you have tapes of these appearances, email me…please! I will be eternally grateful. 🙂
Target “Brown” (2001)Master Card “Cinderella” (2000)Levi’s “The Mystic” (1998) *
*The Levi’s commercial aired only overseas and all my attempts to track it down have been unsuccessful. If you have any information on it or a copy of it…you know what to do….email me! Know of a commercial that I missed? Please let me know.
Bill EsperAnthony AbesonDavenia McFadden
Western Horseback RidingCyclingFootballBaseballArcheryRiflerySwimming
Mossimo Swimwear for Target 2002Mossimo for Target 2001Target “Brown” 2001Fatale Hair SalonGuess Fall 1999Guess Fall 1998Esprit 1998Dolce & Gabbana 1998Claire’s Boutiques 1998Arizona Jeans 1998American Eagle OutfittersRequest Jeans 1996Versace Versus Fall/Winter 1995/1996
I’m sure there is probably a lot more that this list is missing and I’d love and appreciate any help filling in those missing pieces. For other modeling work, check out the Pictures section and the Articles and Interviews section.
Just a note for those who visited this page before it was finished…and didn’t (or don’t) know the answers to the “obvious” questions…
Ian Joseph SomerhalderDecember 8, 1978 Mandeville, LouisianaBrown hairBlue eyes5″9″