Ian Somerhalder has found a successful home on the CW Thursday night series The Vampire Diaries. He’s also one of TV’s baddest boys, which makes him a fan favorite. Check out social media if you want proof.
Somerhalder has watched how fans impact the show with their comments on social media, particularly his character Damon Salvatore.
“I will be the first to say I think the world shifted completely with the advent of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. These spaces, I guess we could call them, created an environment to transfer a lot of information very quickly; but, then, all of a sudden, it becomes this crazy, organic beast at some times, if you will,” Somerhalder recently told The Fresno Bee. “Is it nurture or nature, what’s really happening?
“But the ability for these people to start a forum and actually bond themselves over these story lines has really changed the face of the planet.”
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Somerhalder has live tweeted during broadcast, which gives him something TV actors have never had: an immediate response from viewers as if he were doing a stage production.
As Somerhalder’s character grew in popularity, the role began to shift from being evil to one of more of a sphere of evil influence of those around him. All of the writers and producers behind the show have taken into consideration what the fans say through social media when putting the show together.
There’s good reason to listen to all of those voices: The CW Network has announced that the show will be back for the 2015-16 season.