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, Ian Somerhalder and The Originals’ Joseph Morgan have been nominated for a Teen Choice Award presented by FOX. Be sure to vote for them here!

Here’s a short video of The Vampire Diaries’ cast who celebrated the series finale.

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Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. Read at your own risk!

After eight seasons of love triangles, brother bonding, decade dances, and immortal foes, The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. But this time, saving the day cost him his life.

In the show’s series finale, Stefan sacrificed himself in order to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy hell. In doing so, he was able to find peace, and by hour’s end, a human Damon and a human Elena would join him in that peace, with both of them reuniting with their families — Elena hugging her parents on her front porch and Damon getting one last brother hug at the Salvatore mansion.

As for everyone else: We left Matt contemplating a run for mayor, Bonnie on her way to travel the world, and Caroline and Ric opening a school for their daughters and other “gifted” children like them. (Yes, Klaus Mikaelson was a major donor.)

So while fans figure out their feelings on the finale, EW talked to the cast about their reaction when they first read the show’s farewell:

Candice King (Caroline Forbes): As a viewer of television and a lover of series finales, from just a fan perspective, I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure. I was just excited. I kind of knew some tidbits just from talking with Julie [Plec] before, but I just thought it was a beautiful ending to eight years of twists and turns and characters and love interests and heartbreaks and triangles and ships and death and life and all that’s in between.

Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman): I got pretty emotional about it. Anytime you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and merge, I always get emotional about that.

Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore): Well, it’s not the ending that Paul and I always thought we would get — just the two bros in some Speedos on the beach drinking some rum. These things are hard to write. You obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you. The writers themselves want to pay off their own artistic integrity. And so it’s invariably difficult to satisfy everyone, and that’s what I find so interesting about the endings of TV shows that people go on and on and on discussing. You’re never going to satisfy an entire populous of people. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show.

Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan): I think ending this show was probably the hardest thing Julie’s ever had to do in writing. She and Kevin [Williamson] did a great job. But I just really loved Stefan’s sacrifice — that was a beautiful way to end it. It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie. I thought it was really beautifully written.

Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore): I didn’t [know ahead of time about death]. I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die. He’s been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it. I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end. They totally teased me and said that he wouldn’t die, so they really taunted me for a couple months. I read the finale script on an airplane. The first five acts, I was kind of like, “Okay yeah, this is interesting,” but it didn’t really hit me until the sixth act. And then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental Vampire Diaries-esque things. I thought how it ended was powerful.

Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce): I am satisfied with the way the show ends — the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, which is what she always wanted. She gets to be with the man that she loves, which is what she always wanted. She gets to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend. I cried during a lot of moments. I didn’t get the chance to be at the final read-through unfortunately but maybe that’s for the best because I would’ve been a mess. I cried during Stefan and Caroline’s final moments, because it broke my heart. I cried at the end when I read that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago.

And me… personally? I feel like a vampire who has just turned on her humanity. I’m all over the place. I’m happy with how it ended, but at the same time I would’ve loved for it to go on for another run, knowing that it was really the time to end.

The day has finally come to say goodbye to Mystic Falls, the Salvatore brothers, and eight seasons worth of shocking twists as The Vampire Diaries airs its series finale. And to honor the show that’s been so special to so many, cast members — both main cast and guest stars — took to social media Friday to say thank you and share memories of their time on the show and what it’s all meant to them. shared.

I have a bloody good relationship with @emmalalonde1 #tvdforever I think this was for a dream sequence in Season 6

Een bericht gedeeld door Candice King (@craccola) op

Regram @kevwilliamson ?❤️Season 1 #tvdforever

Een bericht gedeeld door Candice King (@craccola) op

Me and Dobreva- London circa 2010

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the book is closing. i still can't believe i'm lucky enough to say i have my own little chapter in it. this show was such a force, and its impact on my life i'll be forever thankful for. to the creators (@kevwilliamson and @julieplec) and the cw, thank you for taking a chance on a young girl that was hoping and praying for a role like this. child actors tirelessly dream of landing on such a stepping stone. it ushered me into the next phase of my career in such a seamless and graceful way. i am overcome with awe to this day of how timely everything fell into place. to the cast and crew, thank you for your open arms. you all taught me so much and made this one of the most positive and unforgettable experiences of my life. and lastly, to anna, who i am so honored to have portrayed. what a truly beautiful character and journey. from her quirkiness and innocence to her depths filled with longing and pain. she became more than a character and words on a page. she was so very real to me, and i'm so glad that others were able to fall in love with her the way that i did. #tvdforever and ever.

Een bericht gedeeld door ᴍᴀʟᴇsᴇ ᴊᴏᴡ (@malesejow) op

From the pilot. Our very first picture together! @iansomerhalder @kevwilliamson #tvdforever #tvdmemories

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Season One wrap party. @craccola @nina @kaylaewell @saracanning @kevwilliamson #tvdforever #tvdmemories

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After eight years, 171 episodes, several hot love triangles and countless gruesome kills, The CW’s bloodsucker tale The Vampire Diaries bids adieu. And what better way to go out than with the citizens of Mystic Falls—home to our favorite monsters—in peril? Wayward siblings Damon (Ian Somerhalder, right) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) Salvatore find themselves in a battle to save the people they love from their biggest enemy: the nefarious vamp Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev), who has a score to settle with her former lovers.

There could be no Katherine without Dobrev, the onetime star of the series who quit in 2015 to pursue other projects. But she’s back to play the vengeful villain as well as her kindhearted doppelgänger and Damon’s beloved, Elena Gilbert. (Former cast members Michael Trevino and Steven R. McQueen are also expected to show up in the final hour.)

TV Insider sits down with Ian Somerhalder to talk about the series finale;

Somerhalder promises some happy endings—à la last week’s joyous wedding—and at least one death in an episode he describes as “very emotional.” Will the victim be Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham), whose passing would mean that Elena’s Sleeping Beauty–like spell would break and she could finally awaken? Or will one of the Salvatore brothers bite the dust? “Damon would do and sacrifice anything to protect Elena and his brother,” teases Somerhalder. “Perhaps he doesn’t deserve to get the girl.”

“I have so many memorable moments.” the actor notes. ‘In the first season, when Damon and Vicki (Kayla Ewell, who’s returned for the final episodes) are dancing around the Salvatore House and being so free, epitomized this character for me. I realized in that moment, that Damon was going to be a lot of fun; a really unique character in the space of television.” But he notes, it’s the scenes with Paul Wesley that really stay with him. “Paul and I cherished the moments when the brothers were sort of happy together, especially in the flashback scenes, because they were very few and far between, but they were very cool and very sweet.”

Whatever happens, the series ender won’t be ambiguous like the denouement of Somerhalder’s other iconic series, Lost. “The episode [written by original showrunners Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson] ties up the story very nicely for our loyal fans, and hopefully they will feel satisfied and happy,” Somerhalder says. “It’s quite a poetic ending.”

“After eight years, these characters have become emotional avatars for our fans so they’re bound to feel like they’re on a rollercoaster of emotion,” Somerhalder says. “Hopefully, they will feel satisfied with the finale, instead of being angry and screaming at each other about it. Or at us. It’s all about love and it’s all about story telling and we want them to be happy.”

Damon may over for Somerhalder, but he has plenty of TV projects in the works, he says. “My wife [actress Nikki Reed] signed a very active production studio with Warner Bros. She’s running our company and we have ten shows in development. We’ve sold three already and we’re full steam ahead. We are going to make and tell great stories together.”

ELENA GILBERT’S CRYING. Standing in the Mystic Falls cemetery where she’s said many goodbyes — and even a few hellos — Elena’s surrounded by everyone she loves. Well, almost everyone. One person is missing. Did we forget to mention that this is a funeral?

It’s a sunny January day in Atlanta as the Vampire Diaries cast films its last group scene in the woods. In between takes, there’s laughter and excited whispers about who’s in town for the upcoming wrap party, but when showrunner Julie Plec, the director of the show’s final hour, calls “Action,” an emotional fog sets in. This is a goodbye — and it’s a big one. “We wanted to go big, emotionally, with the action, and with the spectacular of it,” says Plec, who co-wrote the episode with co-creator Kevin Williamson. “We were absolutely feeling epic.”

When The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW in 2009, it found itself smack in the middle of the vampire craze. With the success of both Twilight and True Blood, this was network television’s chance to see if fans still thirsted for blood, and when the Vampire Diaries pilot attracted the largest audience of any series premiere in CW history at that time, all signs pointed to yes. “I remember being in Vancouver with Ian [Somerhalder],” Zach Roerig, who plays Matt, says of filming the pilot. “In the hair and makeup trailer, Ian’s like, ‘Hey, kid, get ready for the ride of your life.’” Somerhalder adds: “Twilight was very much the zeitgeist of pop culture. There was just that sense that the market desired this genre. This material was going to work.”

The Vampire Diaries took what fans loved about the genre — suspense, shocking twists, forbidden romance — and, to borrow from the show, heightened everything. Out of loss, it built an epic love story between one girl and two brothers, the likes of which launched some of television’s most passionate shippers. Eight years later, many fans remain firmly Team Delena or Team Stelena, or have dedicated themselves to another ship entirely. But the one thing everyone can agree on: The show can’t end without Elena Gilbert.

And it won’t. Dobrev, who left the show when her contract expired at the end of season 6, has returned to give a proper farewell to the unflinchingly selfless Petrova doppelgänger. (The finale airs March 10.) “The nostalgia is insane,” Dobrev says of being back on set. “I keep getting triggered by moments: a piece of wardrobe, a person’s voice, a crew member’s laugh. It’s like a trip down memory lane, and I have so many beautiful memories of the six years that I spent here. I’m really glad that I got to be a part of it.”

Back at the cemetery, the emotional fog is replaced by a literal one. This is Mystic Falls, after all. And in an instant, heartbreak seamlessly turns into romance when one of the show’s main couples share a passionate kiss. Watching the kiss unfold, Plec gets within an inch of the monitor. “I want to see that tear,” she announces, prolonging the scene until she gets the perfect blend of romance and tragedy that has become the show’s signature over the years. The moment that tear falls, she calls “Cut.”

JULIE PLEC’S CRYING. Sitting in the middle of the town square, Plec watches as two longtime characters walk off the screen for the final time. “That was so good,” she says through her tears as she makes a note of the take. That one’s a keeper.

For Plec, her emotional roller coaster started three years ago when the show hit its 100th episode and she realized that, unlike the vampires she’d created, it wasn’t immortal. “I would cry just thinking about what that would feel like,” she says. “So the minute we started talking about this as the last year, everything made me emotional, because closure is so powerful both in life and in fiction. Each goodbye is real.”

And those goodbyes are starting now. With less than two weeks left shooting the finale, Plec just announced the first “series wrap” on Michael Trevino, whose Tyler is one of many returning faces in the finale. He and Plec exchange I love yous and one last hug before she returns to her director’s chair, and he heads to wardrobe to quite literally step out of Tyler’s shoes for the last time.

“It’s this very interesting melancholy,” Paul Wesley says of the feeling on set. “I did Stefan’s final scene with Elena. It was strangely emotional for me.” Wesley pauses as if coming to terms with what he’s about to say in this very instant. “You’re saying goodbye to this time and this moment. The two of us are never going to be playing these characters ever again, and these were really important characters in television for eight years.”

They’ve been important characters both on television and in the personal lives of everyone involved. All the cast members, when asked about their time on the series, share a similar sentiment: They grew up here. It changed them, or in some cases, healed them. “We all started this show, almost all of us, in the midst of some sort of life turmoil, whatever it may have been,” says Roerig. “And somehow through these eight years we’ve patched ourselves up and are now ready to face the world again.”

His castmate Candice King (Caroline) says, “[This show] changed my life. It’s hard to summarize at this point what it means because it kind of means everything.”

SOON WE’LL ALL BE CRYING. Sitting on a plane, Wesley read the finale script for the first time, and the actor, who admittedly doesn’t get sentimental when it comes to the show, teared up. He then took a photo of said tear and sent it to Plec and Williamson as proof, of both his ability to cry off screen and the power of the ending they’d created.

However, it’s not the ending they originally came up with during the second season. “The big finale episode that we had always planned did not happen because the show was successful and lasted eight years,” Williamson says. For example, the original ending involved ghosts, which no longer exist now that the Other Side has been destroyed. Plec adds: “While it was not a journey with a straight line — it took many, many forms along the way — the heart and the sentiment, dating back six years ago when he and I first thought we knew how the series would end to the way it’s ending, is pretty spot-on.”

Sitting on set, Plec starts singing “guess who’s back” from Eminem’s “Without Me” with one of the biggest returning cast members. Nostalgia might be a bitch, but on this set it’s also cause for celebration, and the finale is filled with it. “I feel like I’ve watched other shows where the series finale leaves you unsatisfied, but we really do come to a conclusion with all the characters and their lives,” Dobrev says. “Julie and Kevin wrote a really beautiful episode, with a lot of callbacks to the pilot.”

Those callbacks come in many forms: characters, lines, and even locations, all of which factor into what Plec calls “our love-letter goodbye to the series.” After five acts of a “wild, epic season finale,” Plec says the final 15 minutes is where they really bid adieu. “It could almost stand on its own as a little movie with all the stuff we’re tying to accomplish,” Plec says. “We’re so proud of it. It really did give closure, for better or for worse.”

Walking away from the funeral scene, Dobrev wipes away Elena’s tears. At this point, you’d think Elena would be used to goodbyes. But this one’s different: There will be no more witchy high jinks, no more Other Side. Bonnie Bennett’s no longer in the business of bringing people back from the dead. This goodbye, much like the show’s final hour, is goodbye forever — which, for a vampire, is forever-forever.

The Vampire Diaries series finale airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.


With only two episodes left, The Vampire Diaries is nearing its end. But considering that we’re currently living in the age of reboots and revivals, is any show ever really dead?

There’s no predicting whether The Vampire Diaries could live on in the future, but for stars Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, it sounds like the show’s series finale will serve as their goodbye to Mystic Falls, the Salvatore brothers, and all the many joys of playing vampires. “I think I’m closing the chapter,” Wesley said after a press screening of the penultimate hour.

Somerhalder quickly added, “In 10 years I’m going to be living probably on a ranch in Wyoming and you’ll never hear from me again.”

But in all seriousness, Somerhalder said, “I think it’s good to close this chapter. There’s something beautiful about closure.”

Plus, Somerhalder was quick to bring up the fact that, thanks to Netflix, “television never dies.” Even to this day, Somerhalder claims new fans come up to him in airports to talk about how they’re just discovering the allure of Damon Salvatore. “It’s never going to die,” Somerhalder said of the show. “We’re going to continue to be able to watch it and I think that’s a really interesting new thing about this modern digital world.”

Wesley joked, “It’d be funny if we did a reboot [where] we’re all old as s—.”


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