Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars | Ian Somerhalder opened up about why he picked V-Wars as his first post-Vampire Diaries project

Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars

Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars

Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars

Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars

Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars

Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars
Ian Somerhalder Will Always Love Damon Salvatore, But the Heroes and Vampires are Different in V-Wars
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Ian Somerhalder knows what you're thinking about his new vampire show V-Wars, if what you're thinking is "Vampires? Again?" 

Even after eight seasons of playing the 100+ year-old vampire Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, Somerhalder found himself putting his whole heart and soul into a new passion project about a vampire epidemic taking over the world. And even though the show's about vampires, it probably couldn't be more different from TVD

First of all, this time, he's not the vampire. Second, you probably won't be falling in love with these bloodsuckers. 

"You know, I've heard that quite a number of times, and it makes sense, but what I would say is that...while Vampire Diaries was more of the sort of fantasy, this is a more grounded, I guess more scientific, medical side of it, meaning these vampires happen as a result of a disease," Somerhalder told E! News over the phone. "So they're not super old, there's no historical component of it, it's more happening sort of in real time." 

That real time aspect is more of what attracted Somerhalder to the story, which is based on a comic series by Jonathan Maberry

"What makes it interesting though is what they're going to have to deal with is a lot of what we're already dealing with in modern society," Somerhalder says. "So borders, racism, disease, fear, politics, the politics of fear, and how it's sort of pumped into the sort of zeitgeist of society. These vampires are going to be forced to form alliances and build out a society of their own, and it's going to happen quickly, right? It's a disease that's spreading rapidly, rapid deterioration of society, sort of in like a 28 Days Later-sort of way." 

This is Somerhalder's first and only project since wrapping The Vampire Diaries, and he's not just starring in it. He's also an executive producer, and he directed an episode. It became a labor of love, and a major part of the draw was playing a character who wasn't Damon Salvatore, as much as he loves his former alter ego. 

"Damon was a blast, right? He was, in all humility, in my humble opinion, I think he was one of the best written characters in history, like in television period. Guy was so cool. He's kind of an asshole, very selfish, but you felt for him. Because there was a certain vulnerability to him, and there was a certain fun quality to him," Somerhalder says. "You wanted to go down this road with him, but with Swann, I so very badly wanted to play a character who was a superhero, but you know what his superpowers are? Just being a good dad. His superpowers are being an amazing scientist. His superpower is being a good, devoted husband. You know why? Because great husbands, great dads, and great scientists are f--king superheroes to me, because everything around them spreads into a positive way." 

Somerhalder says there were a lot of reasons he wanted to play this character, but taking on the acting and the producing at the same time proved tougher than he imagined. 

"I set out to play this guy and listen, you'll never hear me complain, I'm grateful to do it, but instead of just showing up on set and hitting your mark and preparing as an actor, there's so many different elements that I'm responsible for when I show up on set, now as a producer, or as a director, or as a creative force behind the show. And it forced me to dig deep inside of myself, to the deepest, darkest levels of my energy reserves, and my physical, mental, emotional capacity. And it was amazing. I put my heart and soul into the show. I mean, the show put me in the hospital, I worked so hard, so it means a lot to me." 

Apparently, Somerhalder over-exhausted himself to the point of having to go to the emergency room. 

"Look, when you work really, really hard and you push yourself to great lengths, sometimes your body just says no, you gotta sit down, go chill out in the ER for four or five hours," he explained. "But you know, you learn. Those are thresholds. You learn your threshold and you learn what and what not to do." 

As of three weeks ago, the show still wasn't fully completed. The shots had been delivered, but visual effects were still being worked on, and Somerhalder didn't yet feel like he could look back and feel finished. But he did say that being that close to a finished show was "an amazing feeling." 

"Because it's been a 15 month road, and the last 11 months in post-production, which is pretty unheard of in a 10 episode show, and this isn't like Game of Thrones. This is a more grounded vampire show, but the reality is we just knew we had something special with this incredible IP, and we asked Netflix and IDW if we could really have more time to craft it and build out this world, and they granted us that time which I'm very grateful for. And you know, here we are." 

So is this creative, on and off-screen work the future for Somerhalder's career? Hopefully, but maybe not forever. 

"Listen, this is a passion of mine. I love this story. I wouldn't recommend this all the time to someone. This isn't like a sustainable way of living for sure, and at some point you do have to trust in your team. But unless it's like Soderbergh or Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino or something where I would probably not be producing alongside these people, I just don't see myself doing—at least not TV, in a sense that I don't have that ownership. It's just about input. It's about being able to craft a story," he says. 

"After spending 171 episodes on a TV show and traveling the world the last decade and learning so much, not only about storytelling, but about fans, about audience, about what moves people, I feel like I'm just starting to hit my stride as a storyteller, and hopefully season one leads to season two, to season three, four and five because there is an immense amount of material here. And because it's dealing with such socially relevant, powerful themes, I feel like this is my sort of coming-out-of-the-box and applying all these skill sets that I learned on Vampire Diaries and Lost with incredible, incredible teachers," he continued, shouting out names like J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Brian Burke, Carlton Cuse, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, and Caroline Dries

All that said, this isn't forever. 

"I don't really intend on doing it too much more because it's not really sustainable. You know what I mean? I mean, I'm a father now. I really want to enjoy my child and my family and my life, but I really want to run with this story and make it great." 

The first season of V-Wars is now streaming on Netflix. 

Will Smith Reacts to ‘Aladdin’ Costar’s Lack of Auditions Since Disney Film

Will Smith Reacts to ‘Aladdin’ Costar’s Lack of Auditions Since Disney Film

Will Smith Reacts Aladdin Costar Lack of Auditions Since Disney Film
Mena Massoud and Will Smith at the ‘Aladdin’ photocall on May 22, 2019 in London, England. ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Genie wisdom! has faith in Aladdin costar after he opened up about not getting any auditions following the Disney remake.

“I’m just hearing that right now, so I haven’t spoken to Mena,” Smith, 51, told Variety on Wednesday, December 4. “He’s a spectacular actor and he has nothing to worry about.”

The Men in Black star played Genie in the 2019 Disney live-action remake of the classic film in which Massoud, 28, played the title character, Aladdin. Despite earning over $1 billion worldwide at the box office, the Egyptian-Canadian actor admitted during a recent interview with The Daily Beast that audition doors didn’t open up for him after the film was released.

Will Smith Reacts Aladdin Costar Lack of Auditions Since Disney Film
Mena Massoud and Will Smith at the film premiere of ‘Aladdin’ on May 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it … I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin,” Massoud told the publication on December 3. “‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”

The Reprisal actor was surprised that the big blockbuster wasn’t more rewarding for him, at least when it came to lining up his next role.

“It’s wild to a lot of people. People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, ‘OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion.’ Can I at least get an audition? Like, I’m not expecting you to be like, ‘Here’s Batman.’ But can I just get in the room?,” he said. “Like, can you just give me a chance? So, it’s not always what you think.”

If you are looking to see Massoud in something new, look to Hulu. The Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan alum is set to star in the upcoming series, Reprisal, which drops on the streaming site on Friday, December 6.

As for Smith, the Pennsylvania native has a new film, Spies in Disguise, hitting theaters on December 25. In the meantime, he’s kept busy in the fashion world, launching his second Fresh Prince of Bel Air collection on November 26. The collection includes hoodies, snapbacks, duffel bags and more inspired by the actor’s ‘90s comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Sage Elsesser Continues Rap Psuedonym Navy Blue With New Cut "Higher Self"

Sage Elsesser Continues Rap Psuedonym Navy Blue With New Cut "Higher Self"

You’ve probably seen him in a Supreme lookbook or the skating the streets in his Converse-sponsored sneakers, but Sage Elsesser is much more than just a model-meets-skater. The multi-hyphenate is just as talented when it comes to rapping and writing out bars under his Navy Blue pseudonym. Following his from the heart… EP that released late last year, the New York-based creative has now returned with a brand new single and video titled “Higher Self.”

Produced by Demahjiae, the new cut is nothing short of a tour de force — eerie piano loops and ambient fills grace the track, laying a relaxed basis for Elsesser to lay down strikingly-vivid metaphors and powerfully-packed double entendres. The Ryosuke Tanzawa directed visual builds on these motifs — it’s shot in an analog-style, building on Navy Blue’s portrayal of the world through black and white and heavily grainy edits as he walks through New York.

You can watch the video for “Higher Self” below.

For more music news, watch Daniel Caesar and Koffee's visual for "CYANIDE: REMIX."

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Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris' Autopsy Reveals New Details From Fatal Car Crash

Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris' Autopsy Reveals New Details From Fatal Car Crash

The investigation into a fatal car crash involving country singer Kylie Rae Harris is now complete. 

In documents obtained exclusively by E! News, Harris is revealed to have died from blunt force trauma as a result of the high-speed accident, which took place on Sept. 4 in New Mexico and also resulted in the death of 16-year-old Maria Elena Cruz.

Additionally, toxicology tests concluded that Harris had a blood-alcohol concentration of .28—more than three times the legal limit—when she struck an oncoming vehicle driven by Cruz. The Taos County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that Harris was speeding at 102 miles per hour when she hit the rear of one vehicle before careening into Cruz's vehicle at 95 miles per hour. Both Harris and Cruz were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third driver escaped injury. 

"The now completed investigation supports what we suspected at the time of our initial investigation and my earlier press release that stated alcohol consumption was suspected and speeding was a factor," Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in a statement.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator stated in the autopsy report that Harris suffered abrasions on her face and legs as well as several fractured bones.

A postmortem CT scan showed multiple broken skull bones, an abnormal collection of air in the skull, bleeding within the brain and a broken neck. The breastbone, multiple ribs and the pelvis were also broken, the documents state. 

Kylie Rae Harris

Kylie Rae Harris/Instagram

Following her passing, the 30-year-old's publicist shared with E! News in part, "Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music.The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you."

One week after Harris' death, her loved ones came together at a funeral held in her hometown of Plano, Texas.

"There was an outpouring of support from Texas musicians who attended in person and sent their condolences," family friend Deborah Mash told E! News at the time, adding that Harris' stepfather delivered the eulogy and her young daughter performed a song. 

In 2017, Harris was convicted of driving while intoxicated and ordered to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle. Three years prior, she reportedly received a speeding citation.


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