Ian Somerhalder Previews Bad Blood Between Brothers on The Vampire Diaries

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In an interview with French publication Séries Mag, Ian Somerhalder provides a great deal of background on his character on The Vampire Diaries, along with the basis for his feud with brother Stefan.

Asked about Damon Salvatore, the former Lost star explains the blood sucker's origins and the way he's portrayed on the new CW series:

"He's a demonic being who attempts to corrupt his brother and push him into feeding on humans once again. Damon and Stefan are more enemies than brothers since the death of their respective loved ones, who transformed them both into vampires over 140 years ago. And when these two again fall in love, this time around with the same young woman, things will really turn bad between them," Somerhalder said.

Without giving away any major spoilers, that woman will be Elena (Nina Dobrev).

Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore

Somerhalder did say fans won't be totally against Damon when the show premieres on September 10.

"It's my job to turn him into someone we don't want to see disappear. Beyond his cruelty, he also possesses a lot of charm and doesn't come without a sense of humour, somewhat like Spike in Buffy."

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon