| Ian Somerhalder is an American actor and Philanthropist. He is a celebrity who uses the media very well. He is also portrayed well in the media, as the good-looking guy who does good for the environment, and is a great role model for his fans. He is a celebrity that doesn't just say he supports organizations. Through the media we get to see what he actually does for these organizations, in pictures and posts on social media.
Ian Somerhalder is thirty-six years old. He was born December 8, 1978 in Covington, Louisiana. His mom Edna is a massage therapist, and his dad is a building contractor. They were divorced when Ian was thirteen years old. Boating, swimming, fishing, and training horses are how he spent his time growing up. He also participated in his school drama club and the local theater group. He has two siblings, Robyn and Robert. Together the three own a pizza parlor in Idaho called McClain's Pizzeria.
He started out as a model for the high quality brands Versace, Gucci, and Calvin Klein, when he was 10. He took a few years off from modeling to focus on school and sports, but eventually returned in his teens. He was the face of Guess Jeans for two years before he decided he wanted to be an actor. His first job as an actor was in Young Americans, but that show eventually canceled, not long after it started. After its cancellation he was cast in a few more roles before his break into stardom, when he was cast as Boon Carlyle in Lost. Boon was killed off late in the first season but still appeared in several episodes throughout the series. In 2009, Ian was cast in the supernatural drama, The Vampire Diaries, where he plays Damon Salvatore. The Vampire Diaries is in its sixth season. Ian started dating his co-star from The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev, shortly after they met. Ian and Nina broke-up in May 2013. He is currently dating another “vampire actress”, Nikki Reed. She played Rosalie in The Twilight Saga. When he is not acting he is studying acting, writing, doing yoga, water/ snow skiing and, horseback riding.
Ian Somerhalder is what you would call a Philanthropist. He supports clean-ups after disasters, including an oil spill in his home state of Louisana. Ian is an animal lover and a big supporter of St.Tammany Human Society. He along with Candice Accola and Micheal Trevino, also from The Vampire Diaries, support the It Gets Better Project, which works to prevent suicide in LGBT youth. Ian also started his own foundation, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
Ian uses the media to promote The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. He uses social media to get his message out and teach people how they can help. The foundation also has its own website. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation's mission statement is “The IS Foundation aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures”. He often posts pictures and captions them with ways you can help. Some of the captions are for his foundation, others are for adopting animals and keeping the world clean. He is also very active on twitter as well.
I believe the paparazzi do cross the line some of the time. Even though most of these celebrities signed up for this life, they still have the right to some privacy. When a celebrities is going through family issues, such as a divorce, it should be private. I think it would be okay if the paparazzi just reported that they were divorcing, not any details or making up fake stories, but it should also be their choice to tell the world about the details of the divorce or to keep it totally to themselves. The paparazzi should respect their choice, instead of continually asking them for comments. They also cross the line, when they photograph the celebrities kids. The parent signed up for this life, not their children. The children shouldn't have to deal with people at their school or stalking them. In September 2013, the Governor of California signed a law aimed at protecting and keeping away celebrities' children from the paparazzi. Its supporters included stars like Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner. Even though this law was passed I think the paparazzi still has to much freedom, when it comes to celebrities and their children.
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