The Vampire Diaries Ian Somerhalder Tries on a New Hat!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // December 28, 2014

Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries Ian Somerhalder loves all his hats, and now he has a new one – director!

Following in co-star Paul Wesley’s footsteps, Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, is taking on the role of director for the 6×16 episode “The Downward Spiral”!

Ian announced on his Instagram that he will be making his directorial debut with “The Downward Spiral,” episode 16 for season 6. His co-star Paul Wesley, who plays his brother Stefan, has already directed two episodes, 5×18 “Resident Evil” last season and 6×11 “Woke up With a Monster” this season.

Ian’s announcement on his Instagram

This is pretty cool, too. Who is directing the next episode? On set with him right now;) Thank you to all involved in the decision-making process for giving me the opportunity to do this. I am so grateful. I’ll do my very verry very best not to screw it up.

While we’ll have to wait for Ian‘s episode to air, Paul’s next directed episode, “Woke Up With a Monster,” will air when season 6 resumes on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Executive producer Caroline Dries reveals the episode will tell what Kai, played by Chris Wood, wants Elena, played by Nina Dobrev, for after putting a cloaking spell around them at the end of the mid-season finale. Kai will use Elena to get back at Damon after their unpleasant time together in his 1994 prison, and will need her to deal with the consequences of his absorbing the Traveler’s anti-magic spell on Mystic Falls.

Script cover for Ian’s directorial debut


Details for the episode that Ian will be directing hasn’t been released yet, but according to the script cover it was written by Brian Young and executive producer Caroline Dries. With the title of “The Downward Spiral” the question is whose downward spiral is it? Could it be Elena or Damon? Maybe it will be Kai as the magic he has absorbed to merge with his sister Jo starts to spiral downward and out of him.

With Paul and Ian both sharpening their directorial skills, could this be another sign season 6 may be the last one for The Vampire Diaries?

Meanwhile, lovebirds Ian and his lady Nikki Reed spent the holidays with family warming up the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho. Nikki’s brother posted an Instagram video showing Ian doing a Somerhalder somersault on his snowboard while Nikki shook her snow bootie!

Nikki on the Instagram video

When families combine and hearts collide there’s only one thing to do. The butt wiggle. My brother and my love all in one day, on one mountain. I’m so overwhelmed by all of the beauty that surrounds us. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Love…us.

There have been reports that Ian may have bought an engagement ring, but no word yet as to whether he popped the question.



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