After watching Ian Somerhalder’s charming performance in ‘The Vampire Diaries’ as Damon Salvatore, it’s impossible to imagine any other actor at his place. But do you know that initially, Ian Somerhalder had failed to impress the makers as Damon? Know why!
‘The Vampire Diaries‘ ran across eight seasons on the CW and gave truly impressive characters to the viewers and made its mark. Every single character of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ left a mark on the viewers. However, the bad boy Damon Salvatore, played by Ian Somerhalder, remains fans’ most favourite character till now.
- How Ian Somerhalder messed up his ‘The Vampire Diaries’ audition?
- Before landing on ‘TVD’ Ian Somerhalder almost starred in a different vampire show.
- Why Ian can’t watch HBO’s ‘True Blood’?
‘The Vampire Diaries’ isn’t just about the complicated love story of Salvatore brothers who fall for the same girl. It’s also a story of forgiveness, friendship, and redemption. Well, no other character humanizes this more than Damon. However, do you know that Ian Somerhalder messed up during ‘The Vampire Diaries’ audition? Yes, you read it right! Ian nearly lost the part of Damon after blowing his first auditions. Read more to know about it!
How Ian Somerhalder messed up his ‘The Vampire Diaries’ audition?
During an interview, actor Ian Somerhalder revealed that his first audition of ‘TVD’ as Damon Salvatore was a disaster. Talking about the role, Ian said that he knew that he was meant to play it.
“The process of booking a television show is an extensively nerve-wracking, nail-biting, awful experience. You can believe in yourself so much but when you realize you want something in life, the stakes are raised. I knew this was my role. I wanted this role — I knew I could do it”. Ian mentioned that he went through a series of testing before he met the director, producer, and writer of the show.
Ian explains the whole casting process, “You go through a series of testing, you meet the directors and producers and writers, and then go through a testing phase, and then you get an offer. Then you go and test for the studio — in this case, Warner Brothers — and then you test for the network”. Then he revealed that he had failed to impress the network with his first audition.
Moreover, Ian mentioned that he had to go back and do a re-test because the creators of the show were convinced that he can play Damon. Ian recalled the moment while he was seeing another actor waiting to read for the part and, at that moment, he thought to himself, “You know what? Screw this. This is mine. This is not his”. So he went back and gave another audition and ended up getting the role of Damon Salvatore. And this is how we found the heartthrob of ‘The Vampire Diaries’.
Ian Somerhalder almost starred in a different vampire show before landing on ‘TVD’
Ian Somerhalder spread his magic on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ for the last 8 seasons. It’s impossible to see him on any other show or seeing any other actor in his place. But did you know that before grabbing TVD, Ian almost starred in different Vampire drama? Yes, it’s HBO’s ‘True Blood’.
That’s not it! Ian also wanted to join ‘True Blood’ and he auditioned for the role of Jason Stackhouse. However, he couldn’t convince the makers. And then he lost the role. And this the reason Ian Somerhalder cannot watch ‘True Blood’ even now.
Well, Ian still feels sad about not being part of ‘True Blood’ but his fandom must be very happy about it.
What do you think, if not Ian Somerhalder than who would you have liked to see as Damon Salvatore in ‘The Vampire Diaries’? Share your views in the comments section below.