Birth Name: Ian Somerhalder
Birth Place: Covington, Louisiana, USA
Born Dec. 8, 1978 in Covington, LA, Somerhalder was raised by his mother, Edna, a massage therapist, and his father, Robert, a building contractor. He made his modeling debut at 10 years old after signing a three-year contract with the Ford Modeling Agency, mainly in an effort to buy fishing equipment and a bicycle. Consistent modeling work caused the small town Southern boy to spend many summers in New York City. When not posing in front of a camera, Somerhalder enjoyed the usual activities of a boy growing up, including boating, swimming, fishing and training horses. While he also participated in the school drama club and performed with the local theater group, Somerhalder took time off fr...
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