You don't have to be very discerning to figure out that the popularity of vampire-themed series largely owes its existence to the huge following that Twilight has birthed. With The CW recently coming up with The Vampire Diaries on its roster, one of its star Ian Somerhalder gives credit where it's due. The Lost alumnus plays the bad vampire brother Damon Salvatore on the upcoming series.
"Twilight is a huge phenomenon," he tells MTV News. "Quite possibly and inarguably, yes [we have a show because of it], so I'm not going to complain. I haven't seen [Twilight] yet, so I don't know how it compares, but yeah, it's good that they're around."
The Vampire Diaries, based on an early 90s young-adult series of novels by L.J. Smith, follows a love triangle involving Damon and brother Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), who are both smitten for the mortal Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev). The CW greenlit the pilot for the sci-fi series early this year. The 30-year-old says he has no complaints playing a vampire.
"Vampires are very hot. It's fun playing a vampire," Somerhalder adds. "You're 200 years old. You can fly around. You can eat beautiful girls -- well, you can suck on their neck. I don't physically cut them up and eat them. That would be a little sick."
Somerhalder played John Locke protegee Boone Carlyle on Lost, and his character died when the plane he and Locke were investigating fell on him, one of the first major characters who died on the ABC sci-fi series.
"It's fun having all these layers," he says, in reference to his new role. "It depends on what you call bad and good. I'm definitely the more sadistic, prankster one, which is fun. He's a lot of fun. He's charming and it's hard to hate him, but he's kind of a bastard. You walk that fine line between liking him and absolutely hating him, like with most vampires. They kill people; they have to eat too. Population control."