When 'Vampire Diaries' Star Ian Somerhalder Commits, He Commits!

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It's no secret that Ian Somerhalder has a thing for social media (and his on-screen, off-screen love Nina Dobrev)!

The 34-year-old Vampire Diaries star uses Twitter to continue to bring attention to his Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), which focuses on "habitat conservation, deforestation, life reverence," and other environmental issues, according to the thesp.

Still, the actor revealed even more about his love for social media, love itself, and what makes him feel vulnerable in an interview with Origin Magazine.

"Social media is not just technology--it's become its own entity, full of energy waves," Somerhalder told the mag. "Thirty years ago, if you wanted to start a campaign against or for something, you had to print flyers, you had to make a million phone calls. Remember presidential campaigns and stuff? It was a very laborious thing. Now we can literally talk to each other in a nanosecond. I'm starting to realize there's no stopping us now. An idea, a feeling, a movement can't just be squashed. It's impossible now."

Somerhalder also dished on love, saying, "The word love carries the same vibration in any language...when you really think about it, it's not a notion, it's not a feeling, it's truly an expansion of what you project and receive on a daily basis."

Speaking of love, Ian and Nina have been dating since 2010 and have a pet cat named Moke.

And while the model-turned-actor kept mum on Nina herself (and whether the pair will ever make it official), he did talk about the meaning of commitment to him.

"[It's] making a choice to follow through or to honor," Ian said. "Engagement and guarantee-we all love guarantees in life. Making a commitment, whether it's for something like climate change or to my family, or even to my fans-what that means to me is, whether on paper or verbally or spiritually, making a promise to guarantee that I will fulfill whatever agreement we have. Usually you just use these words: "I give you my, I make this commitment to you, I honor this idea between us." For me, commitment boils down to honor. Because you make a commitment to protect our environment, you make a commitment to species preservation, you make a commitment to stop things like human trafficking. You make a commitment to stop smoking, to eat better. Typically, something that is positive. A positive notion of honor.

With love and commitment can also come vulnerability, and Ian said he feels vulnerable when he has "no choice."

"[Vulnerability] segues into every facet of life, whether it's love, work, family, or conservation. Here it is: the whole reason that I started the Ian Somerhalder Foundation was the feeling of complete vulnerability during the BP oil spill."

He calls his foundation "the coolest thing," adding that "showing young, bright, and creative people that compassion and a compassionate life is the richest way to live."

"When you live that life, you create progress, productivity, and innovation," Ian went on.

Talented, intelligent and a philanthropist? Nina is one lucky girl.


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