He began the Ian Somerhalder Foundation in 2010 to “empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” Somerhalder had a years-long relationship with his “Vampire Diaries” co-star Nina Dobrev, with whom he plays an on-and-off couple for their show.They broke up in 2013, and Somerhalder began dating Nikki Reed the following year.On May 2, 2017, the couple announced they were expecting their first child.
In February, the network renewed the supernatural drama for a fifth season.
PHOTOS: Nina and Ian, the way they were The couple, who first took their romance public in 2011, are "consummate professionals," the insider says, and "will continue to work together and remain best friends, which is where the relationship started." PHOTOS: Nina's stunning red carpet style Last fall, Dobrev opened up to magazine about falling for Somerhalder.
"I didn't want to be dating one of my costars — my goal on the show was to be professional," she admitted.
Aside from acting, two of Somerhalder’s biggest passions are environmentalism and animal rights.
He frequently uses social media to champion various causes, including conservation.