10 reasons why Ian Somerhalder should win the Peoples Choice Awards

Published: December 5, 2013
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Ian Somerhalder at the 2013 Peoples Choice Awards. Photo: Publicity

Most of you know him as Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries (TVD) while some of you might know him as Boone Carlyle from Lost season one.

So all of you know how amazing he is.

Here are my 10 reasons for why Ian Somerhalder deserves to win the 2014 Peoples Choice Award.

1)       He uses his fame for good causes. He organised the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) which focuses on the global conservation of habitats, green energy and animals, alongside educating people on the importance of protecting the environment.They collaborate with different non-profit organisations, people and projects to positively impact the planet. Isn’t that astounding?

A screenshot from ISF

2) He’s the perfect example of a humanitarian. He supports various charities and foundations, such as the Alzheimer’s AssociationElton John AIDS Foundation and The Trevor Project, a nonprofit venture established to promote acceptance of gay and questioning teenagers, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.

I feel so sorry for his haters. I mean how can one hate a man like this?

We want new phones, cars, jewelry for our birthdays. What does Somerhalder want for his birthday? Source: ISF

3) He plays an exemplary role of the bad boy vampire. Playing Damon Salvatore, he’s the reason many people love The Vampire Diaries (TVD), especially the ladies.

Damon Salvator and Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries. Source: CW

4) His eyes take over you and then you’re completely spell bounded. Come on, even the TVD haters can’t deny that Ian and his eyes are irresistible. Ladies and gentleman, the owner of these eyes definitely deserves a prize!

Damon doing his ‘eye thing’ Photo: Publicity

5) I just love the way he influences young people to take part in environmental projects which most people find boring. In an interview he goes on to say,

“With the IS Foundation, we have the ability to speak to young people and empower people in a collaborative spirit. Activate them, educate them. And all of a sudden, now, you have this army of empowered activated young people who are compassionate, going out into the world and spreading all of this. And literally, adopting a more holistic framework about life.”

I’m literally sleeping in class when the teacher starts giving lectures on environmental projects but when it come to him,  I can watch Somerhalder’s videos about these projects the entire day and find them interesting!

This is probably the same case with most of his fans, also known as ‘Somerholics’. And I am not just saying this, the projects really are great.

Ian visited Compton High School in California and awarded their Recycling Club with a grant to help them build their very own greenhouse. Photo: Publicity

6) He helped the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan, which caused severe destruction in Philippines. He did this by donating money and assisting in any way possible. He also played a big role in cleaning up after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster on April 22, 2010. People could learn a lot from him.

7) A man like him should be a role model for humans everywhere. He puts the needs of others before his own needs.

8) He adores and loves all animals. One of the areas of focus of the ISF is to stand up for cruelty and empower ‘No Kill’ animal shelters. He has several rescue cats at home and recently rescued a dog wandering on the streets near the TVD set.

Ian Somerhalder at a pet clinic. Photo: Twitter

9) Last year, he lost the “International Green Awards” but won the award for the ‘Most Responsible Celebrity for his work on renewable energy. Somerhalder is involved with a start-up company called Go Green Mobile Power, which makes mobile solar, wind and bio-diesel generators in hopes to provide off-grid power for everything from the film industry to disaster relief overseas.

I think he deserves to win this time considering all the effort he has been putting in.

Ian Somerhalder at the ‘Going Green’ campaign. Photo: Renee Scott/Butch Hogan

10) He’d look great on stage while receiving the award and doing that eye thing.

Ian Somerhalder at the 2013 Peoples Choice Awards. Source: Publicity

So I think all the ‘Somerholics’ will agree with me when I say that this amazing actor and humanitarian should win the 2014 Peoples Choice Awards.

Iman Asif

Iman Asif

A 13-year-old teenager interested in photography. She tweets @imanasif_ (twitter.com/imanasif_)

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