By Parade Magazine
And while he lights up the small screen as Damon Salvatore in the CW vampire drama, the actor, 34, is also looking to light up the environment through his IS Foundation and his partnership with Cree, the leader in LED lighting. "Being from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, I learned early on that there's a very delicate eco-system and a specific balance to life," Somerhalder tells PARADE. "If we can empower, activate and educate young people, we have an entire generation who will understand that taking care of the planet is the only way to go forward."
The Covington, Louisiana native is also passionate about his life in front of the camera. "The set of Vampire Diaries is this amazing little playground. I love it," he says. As for rumors he's in talks to play Christian Grey in the big screen version of the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, Somerhalder is keeping mum about the details. "I think everybody in this town is up for this movie in some way, shape or form. It’s such a big thing now, and I just think E.L. James created a really cool, dynamic story that people are really enjoying." Asked if he's read the steamy novel, Somerhalder replied: "I started reading the first one, and it is…well, there’s some storytelling there, buddy!"
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