Ian Somerhalder Sheds Light on Damon Salvatore

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Having seen the pilot of The Vampire Diaries, we can confirm that Damon Salvatore is one evil blood-sucker.

But is there more to this mischievous brother? Yes, according to the actor that plays him.

Ian Somerhalder says viewers will "see different sides" to his character as the season progresses. How come?

Because "he feels as though he was hurt very badly in the past, and wronged very deeply, so he's ticked off and he's ready for some vengeance," the actor said in a recent interview with iesb.net. "The whole idea is that Damon has lost all humanity."

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So, he's not just really, really mean and selfish?

"He is lonely," Somerhalder said. "He's the most lonely person I've ever known. Imagine being 170 years old. However old you are, at this point in time, imagine thinking about how much you know about life and quadrupling that, and seeing all the people you've ever known die around you. That probably makes you very cynical and lonely."

Get your first glimpse at this mysterious character when The Vampire Diaries premieres on The CW on September 10.

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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