Ian Somerhalder Talks Enivornment & Career Goals in Icon Fall 2013

Posted Tuesday October 8, 2013 2:13 PM GMT

Stepping off the set of the hit series "The Vampire Diaries," Ian Somerhalder scored the cover spot of Icon magazine's Fall 2013 issue.

While rocking designer duds from Ted Baker and Giorgio Armani for the Steve Erle-shot spread, the 34-year-old actor chatted about the philosophies of his foundation and his hobbies.

Check out a few highlights from Mr. Somerhalder's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Icon!

On life away from the cameras:
"There really is no off time for me. You know, I'm really grateful for television and I like the commitment. Of course I want to do more film. I'd really like to get to the point where I can act in a film and direct a film every year. And, of course, enjoy myself. I've been on the grind for 10 months out of the year for the last six years. It is a great problem to have, but it takes a toll on you. But hobby-wise?I can't wait to get my airstream, sit on the rive, catch some trout and play my guitar - putting my feet in the river, that would be my idea of a good time."

On his career:
"I just wrapped up a movie this summer. We shot it in London. It was really cool, and it has a great case. The film raises great questions about what's going to slow us down as a human race - will it be a big disease of some disaster? I think it's a question that a lot of us ask ourselves and don't necessarily have the answer to."

On "The Vampire Diaries":
"I obviously feel wonderful about the show. It has defined my life for the last four years and will continue to. It is multi-faceded, you know? You get a bit of creative fulfillment, which is incredible, and you also have a tremendous amount of talented people around that become like family. And ultimately due to the success, we have this exposure level that allows us to influence people. When you have the ear of the public you are able to use that for positive things. I feel like I am able to do that with the great fan of base of the show."

On his foundation:
"It's not all about saving animals and saving the planet. It's really about the human condition - what is it that makes us tick and allows environmental degradation and destruction of our planet. These are things that align with me as a person, not just a foundation. I think there is a growing sense of concern and activation around the world right now. I think people are tired of environmental destruction and corporate greed and government greed. We have to start living more sustainable lives. The status quo is not sustainable."

Photo Credit: Steve Erle for Icon

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