Ian Somerhalder: Sexiest Animal Lover Alive?
By Kimberley Coughlin
November 21, 2013

When Adam Levine was officially announced as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, the Internet went wild. Many lambasted the celebrity news weekly for awarding the honor to the tattooed crooner, while others adamantly defended his right to the title.

So, why the uproar? I headed over to the People.com to see what he was up against.

While the full issue doesn’t hit stands until Friday, the magazine’s website revealed plenty of famous faces that were also in the running. After browsing a bevy of beautiful men in the slideshow, I noticed a video in the bottom right corner of the screen; it was a behind the scenes peek at a photo shoot for the issue with Ian Somerhalder and his cat Moke. At that moment, my vote was cast.

Somerhalder is an actor best known for his roles as Boone Carlyle on Lost and Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries. There were also rumors floating around that he would be cast as the male lead in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

In the video, Somerhalder affectionately refers to his cat as his “kid” and mentions that he has six dogs in his living room.

Not just a pet owner, Somerhalder is also a philanthropist and animal rights activist who started The Ian Somerhalder Foundation to help causes he believes in, like ending animal cruelty. According to the star’s website:

“The Ian Somerhalder Foundation was launched on Ian’s birthday on the 8th December 2012. It aims to protect the welfare of all living things, from the cute and cuddly to the tall and green. It also advocates long-term, new and sustainable energy sources and aims to educate people on how they can help.”

Handsome and he wants to help? If that isn’t sexy, I don’t know what is.