‘Vampire Diaries’: Ian Somerhalder looks back on Damon’s journey

That was the apex of the ability of this character to shine through story. Those are amazing relationships. —As told to Samantha Highfill
The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. This hands down has been a very powerful and amazing experience. RELATED: Hear more of the latest TV news from this week

This experience made me become a man. That stuff was really fun. Damon has had a very fun time for a very long time. With one season left in The Vampire Diaries’ run, we decided it was time to start collecting everyone’s final diary entries. I loved a lot of that stuff. ET on The CW

Show Full Article So grab your tissues and join us on this trip down a vampire-filled memory lane. 170 episodes, that’s crazy. We became men. That’s cool. That’s a lot. It ebbs and flows, but we’ve had a really substantial, consistent, loving fanbase. It taught me how to operate in this business so that I can now go on and become a storyteller. Damon’s had a great run. But there has been an amazing string of very well written scenes throughout these periods of time. He’s had a lot of great lines, he’s had a lot of great scenes, there’s been a lot to do, and I learned a lot. Every week during the final season, EW is asking those involved with the show to look back on one of their favorite moments from the series. It made me understand true social responsibility. I got to meet a lot of amazing people. For more on The Vampire Diaries, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday. Paul’s 34, I’m 38. I learned a great deal playing this character and navigating the waters of being on a big global hit network series. All the stuff with Damon and Vicki, the dancing in the Salvatore house. It’s given me the ability to work with great people and have a family here in Georgia. I love these relationships. For me, season 1   was just the pinnacle for Damon. Don’t forget to   subscribe for exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. But I loved that season 1   stuff: The struggle of Damon to find his love only to learn the naiveté of love and that he was duped and that he’s not as good as his brother in the eyes of a woman that he fancied. I started this show when I was 30. This week, Ian Somerhalder talks playing Damon Salvatore…
When I saw the pilot, I said, “This is definitely going to go.” And then the initial reaction and the ratings came and that was a pretty clear indicator that people were liking it and watching it. In season 2, Damon sort of struggles to recognize who he is and he misses being human —   there were some great scenes that came out of that. I’m almost a 40-year-old man. So those types of struggles, they were real.