Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are actors and avid activists, and now they can add another title to their resume: Parents, E! Online can confirm;

E! News can confirm the famous couple welcomed their first child into the world on July 25—a baby girl named Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder.

They first announced their pregnancy in May after much speculation. Nikki took to Instagram to share a photo of her precious baby bump in a Bayou With Love dress (the sustainable clothing line she founded a year ago), writing, “I know you, but only because I feel you. How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it’s the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt.”

She added, “We’ve been sharing this body for quite some time, and we’ve already experienced so much together. We can’t wait to meet you…Love your parents.”

Ian also shared his excitement on Instagram at the time, writing: “To our friends, family, and rest of the world. In my 38 years on this earth I’ve never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can’t think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first.

“This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy.”

Meanwhile, Nikki and Ian tied the knot in April 2015, ringing in their second wedding anniversary this year.

The Vampire Diaries’ latest episode has raised some questions, and one of them is “What the heck is going on between Enzo and Lily?” That’s something we might find out, but not as soon as you might think;

Seamus: So glad we finally got to learn more about Enzo on TVD. But is he going to hook up with Damon’s mom?!
That’s exactly the question the show wants you to be asking about Enzo and Lily (Lilenzo?). “You’re not quite sure where the relationship is going to go. It could lead to a number of things,” Michael Malarkey says. “We’ve intentionally left that open. There’s moments in upcoming episodes where you see real chemistry real there, where you think, ‘Oh maybe it could be something more than just friendship.’ We’ve left the door open.” As for how Damon will react to his mom and his BFF’s connection? “We don’t explore it too much, but I’m sure we’re going to be delving more into it in season seven. It’s briefly touched upon, but not really enough to comment on!”


Chrissy: With Michael Trevino leaving The Vampire Diaries, will we get to see a goodbye of some kind between Tyler and Caroline?
Remember Forwood?! Memories, huh? “Michael [Trevino] and I do have some scenes coming up. We’re going to be reminded of the journey that they’ve had up to this point,” Candice Accola teases. “It’s just very real. It was a very honest moment between the characters. It was just very simple and honest of where these characters are at this point in their lives.”


Since launching in 2009, The Vampire Diaries quickly became a foundation for The CW’s programming slate, and even spawned the network’s first successful spin-off, The Originals. As the drama’s co-developer and executive producer, Julie Plec’s gut-wrenching twists and character-developing turns helped the drama obliterate early criticisms that the series was merely a small screen Twilight knock-off.

Now in its sixth season, Plec is looking back to an early TVD episode that shines brightest amidst the show’s dark and bloody history. In TVD’s 2011 episode, “The Descent,” Rose, played by guest star Lauren Cohan was on the brink of an extremely painful, werewolf bite-induced, death.

“Damon [Ian Somerhalder] realizes that she is suffering,” Plec told ETonline. “So he decides that he is going to put her out of her misery.” With Rose in his arms, Damon manipulates his friend’s subconscious to give her a peaceful final memory in her favorite childhood place. “She is getting the warmth of the sun, and feeling safe, and comforted as he talks her through her last moments of life,” she said. “Then he stakes her and puts her out of her misery.”

Even now, Plec couldn’t talk about the scene without getting emotional. ” she died feeling the warmth of the sun,” Plec said with tears in her eyes. “It’s my favorite because it’s so sad — and I love it.”

ETonline: What is it about this scene that has stayed in your heart for all of these years?
Julie Plec: It was a very powerful death for a character that had been alive for a really long time. I think just the universal idea of being at the end of your days, and being at the end of time, and having to face your own mortality is a big thing. It was a moment of selfless compassion for Damon who, that early in the series, hadn’t quite been showing that [emotion] much. We knew that he loved Elena and that he wanted to be a good guy, but his actions said otherwise. So to see him just be kind to someone who really needed kindness in that moment was really important.

What visual element did you want to include when taking this scene from paper to production?
JP: Marcos Siega directed it, and just — excuse my language — shot the hell out of it. It had beautiful scope, it had everything I wanted it to have in terms of looking like a feature film, and having that beauty. Everybody was just on their game.

How do you feel like this scene furthered the characters’ evolution?
JP: When Rose showed back up in season four and said Damon challenges her and there’s a good person in there, it felt like she knew from experience that Damon was worthy of Elena in some way. And that kind of affirmed what some of the audience wanted to hear, and so it was a nice bookend for her character.

Take us back to the writers’ room when you were first coming up with this scene. How did it come to fruition and what was the main goal you wanted to achieve?
JP: Gosh, it was a long time ago so I hope I don’t screw it up, our goal with every episode, no matter how much we want to scare someone, or no matter how much we want to be suspenseful, [is that] we always need that emotional ‘Wow.’ And we were talking about how to make Rose’s final moments an emotionally impactful scene. When you know that you’re killing a character and you’re building up to that, there’s a lot of different ways that you can go: It can be ugly, it can be beautiful, it can just happen suddenly, it can just be drawn out. We came up with the idea of Damon being able to get inside her head and everybody was just so moved in the room by the pitch that we figured it would probably work.

On the day this scene was shot, what was the atmosphere like on set?
JP: I wasn’t there so I can’t speak to it, but I do know that the end result was gorgeous. I know that they had to travel like an hour and 45 minutes to get there, so I’m sure that there was plenty of unhappiness attached to it. It was episode 12 which was probably early November and nobody seemed like they were shivering, or frozen, or angry so I think we probably had a nice sunny day and it was probably pretty beautiful.

The Vampire Diaries fans are a hugely passionate and vocal group, what was general consciences you received from viewers for this scene?
JP: It was really great because a lot of the fans were really divided on Rose. Those who wanted Damon to be with Elena already did not want Damon shacking up with anyone else And then a lot of fans found her to be really fierce and really interesting. I think that no matter how you had felt about her as an element in Damon’s life, in that moment they were able to cry with him and her as she peacefully drifted off into her own bliss as she died. That kind of unified fans, in a way, around her character that they hadn’t necessarily felt before.

Will this scene go down in Vampire Diaries history as one of the most impactful deaths of the series?
JP: No, I wouldn’t say that, because we’ve killed Alaric, and we’ve killed Aunt Jenna, and we’ve killed some characters that have been more deeply embedded in all of the characters’ lives. But I will say as far as setting an emotional tone, it really made it clear that this show was not just blood and fangs and brooding vampires. There was a deep humanity to it, and that’s something that we’ve tried to live by ever since.

What do you remember most about the Season 2 scene in “The Descent” when Damon gave Rose a peaceful ending?
Ian Somerhalder: That was a really, really powerful moment because it is the scene I am most proud of too. I know I’m not a showrunner, but after six years you feel like it is all your blood sweat and tears. In the same vein when he gave Rose that really peaceful death, it was a really beautiful scene and to be honest with you, I fought that sh-t tooth and nail.

Why were you so opposed to having Damon in this scene?
IS: Because it showed this soft side of Damon that I hated — I hated it. I was so vehemently opposed to that stuff and Kevin [Williamson] and Julie [Plec] had to beat it into my head. “Damon cannot just be a one-trick-pony. He cannot just be a one-dimensional villainous character. This is the 100-episode arc of this man going through this journey—give into it, appreciate it, dive into it head first and live it.” And I thought, ‘I’ve got to do this.’ It ended up being a really beautiful scene, which lead to Damon becoming so introspective and so hurt by not being human after he saw what it was like in her own visions.


@SadeeqaK What’s next for The Originals’ Hayley & Elijah after that insanely sexy hookup? #spoilerchat
Expect some distance between The Originals fan-favorite couple as Hayley and Jackson are about to get closer than ever before. Also: better start preparing yourselves now, because we hear that one Original sibling is not long for this world…and his/her death will be at the hands of another Original sibling!


Is there any hope for The Vampire Diaries’ Stefan and Caroline? Continue reading to find out…

peaceloveeAngie: is there any chance Stefan and Caroline are going to reconcile and is there any hope for them #spoilerchat #TVDS6
Raise your hand if you kind of hate Stefan right now and think Caroline deserves way better than the jerk he’s been this season?! “Caroline hoped that if Damon ever came back, she would get Stefan back too,” executive producer Julie Plec tells me. “She’s still very hurt, and he has amends to make, so we’ll see in the coming episodes whether they can find a way to repair their friendship.” And for all you Steroline fans, they need to repair the friendship first if they ever hope to have anything more than that between them.


SamMonster52311: Please tell me how long Esther & Mikael will be on the The Originals or how long Delena will be separated? #Spoilerchat
Asking for two shows, huh? Eenie meenie minie…The Originals! We hope you like the Original parents, because Esther and Mikael are going to be a huge part of the rest of the season. “We’re going to get into a lot of stuff like the family history, who these people are, and why this family is so important, plus a little bit of the origin of Esther and Mikael,” executive producer Michael Narducci told us. “As we unpack those family secrets, in every cycle of violence there is an origin story and a beginning. The secrets buried within the secrets of this family are going to start to come out and they are fraught with the same complex conflicts that we have shown so far. There’s a lot more coming.”


Francesca: So obsessed with The Originals this season! Scoop please…
Julie Plec has this juicy tidbit for you: “All season long, it’s been hard to tell whose side Kol is on. In an upcoming episode, we’ll finally learn the one thing he really wants, and why Davina is the only person who can help him get it.”


Danielle: Now that Bonnie sent Damon home, have we seen the last of Kai on The Vampire Diaries?
Doesn’t sound like it! Christopher Wood, the totally sane (and hot!) guy behind the mass-murdering, family-killing sociopath, told us we’re going to learn more about Kai’s past. “We know that the reason that he’s locked in this prison world is because he massacred his family,” Wood said. “But we don’t necessarily quite know much about what he was like before that incident. Was he a good kid? Was he normal? Did something happen to him? Or was he always difficult and challenging and this was just one of many things that happened? We’ll learn more about that as the show goes on.”

Theresa: I’m kind of scared by how much I’m loving Kai on The Vampire Diaries. What’s he really up to?
We’ve been wondering that very same thing, so we went straight to the mass-murdering, sociopathic witch himself! “For me the most fun elements of Kai is learning what he can, can’t and is trying to do,” Chris Wood told us. “Nothing is ever what it seems with Kai and I think that his connection to Bonnie and Damon at the moment and what he wants to do and plans to do when he gets out of this prison world is going to be very exciting for fans to see.”


The Originals is getting their own web series, and Nathaniel/Nate Buzolic is returning as Kol! E! Online has the scoop;

Double the Kol, double the fun.
Don’t say The Originals’ creative team doesn’t listen to their fans because they’re about give many of them exactly what they’ve been asking for: More Kol Mikaelson! E! News can exclusively reveal that the CW hit is launching a four-part digital series, The Originals: Awakening, sponsored by Target and centering on the youngest Original brother, with Nathaniel Buzolic reprising the fan favorite role. (Daniel Sharman currently plays the character on the series. It’s a whole body-jumping witch thing.) We’ve also got your first look at Buzolic, who appeared via flashback in a recent episode, back in action.

Of returning to the role that scored him legions of loyal fans, Nathaniel Buzolic exclusively tells us he’s “excited for fans to see a little more of Kol, the most misunderstood member of the Mikaelson family.” Spoken like a true misunderstood Mikaelson family member!

Awakening will premiere on Monday, Nov. 10 on during the east coast airing of The Originals, with new episodes rolling out each Monday. With the series paralleling The Originals’ storylines, fans can expect Awakening to directly tie into the midseason finale, airing on Dec. 8.

So what’s the digital series about exactly?
We’re flashing back to 1914, with Kol on a quest to form an alliance with the witches of the French Quarter. And Awakening will gives fans answers to some major burning questions about Kol’s past, including how and why he found himself up against his siblings, why he was daggered and the unique backstory he has with the NoLa witches.

Carina MacKenzie, a writer on The Originals, penned the Kol-centric series, telling us she was excited to delve into Kol’s mischievous nature and previously untapped backstory.
“When we found out we were going to get to do a web series, I immediately thought of Kol—because his mischief has always been part of the fabric of the city. We know from The Vampire Diaries that Kol has a history with the witches of New Orleans, and we’ve kept that in mind since the very beginning of The Originals,” she said. “In the web series fans will get to see how some events of last season can actually be traced back to Kol, and we’ll reveal some clues as to his current agenda with Davina. Thanks to some body-swapping hijinks, we’ve got Daniel Sharman playing the character on the show now, but we’re always super excited when we can bring Nathaniel Buzolic in for flashbacks. I had a great time working with him— he’s hilarious, and just steps right back into Kol so brilliantly. And he’s a really, really good sport about getting positively drenched in fake blood.”

The Originals airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on the CW. The Originals: Awakening, sponsored by Target, will premiere Monday, Nov. 10 on

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