The Vampire Diaries Exclusive: Ian Somerhalder on "Dark Underbelly" of Mystic Falls, Trouble for Delena and More!

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Damon Salvatore is 172 years old and Elena Gilbert is only 18.

But this wild age difference actually will not be the biggest obstacle in the way of the couple's happiness on The Vampire Diaries Season 5, not according to Ian Somerhalder.

We sat down with the star on the show's Atlanta set last week, asking him about the state of Delena as we head into new episodes this fall... what may get in their way as time moves along... whether Damon will be on to Silas masquerading as Stefan... and how fans can help with his ongoing charity efforts.

As always, it was an engaging, entertaining, informative interview with the affable actor. Watch now:

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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