Somerhalder got his first series regular role in Young Americans in 2000, where he played Hamilton Fleming, a prep school boy who thought he fell for another boy (she was a girl hiding her sex to get into the school!). More series roles in Smallville (2004), Tell Me You Love Me (2007) and Lost propelled him to stardom on The Vampire Diaries.
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.
I wanna say thank you for giving me everything I always wanted. A love to consume me, and passion, and adventure. There's nothing more I could ever want than for it to last forever, but it can't. This is the last time I'm gonna see you. This is goodbye, Damon.