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Friday 22 August 2014

Ian Somerhalder: Fast food scares me

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder has an aversion to unhealthy food.

The 34-year-old star of The Vampire Diaries shared his strange eating habits with Us Weekly.

The Louisiana native likes to eat regularly and revealed his favourite meal is gumbo, a dish that originated in south Louisiana in the 18th century.

“I have to eat every hour, but fast food freaks me out,” he admitted.

“I put truffle oil on everything I eat and my last meal would be gumbo. I won't eat tangerines on Tuesdays and my guilty pleasure is Cap'n Crunch [cereal].”

Ian has previously starred as Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost. He revealed one memorable souvenir he took with him from the show.

“I found my cat on the Lost set,” he admitted. “I consider my pets to be mine, my family's and my friends' - so I have more than I could count.”

If he wasn’t an actor, Ian would be working as a marine biologist.

The nature-loving star set up The Ian Somerhalder Foundation in December 2010, an initiative he hopes will educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and animals.

“The thing I miss most about my hometown - Covington, Louisiana - is being immersed in nature,” he sadly reflected.

“I cofounded the IS Foundation in 2010 to empower and educate our youth. I want to see the end of deforestation through sustainable solutions. I wish we could all understand that sustainability, education, innovation and compassion are essential for progress on our planet.”

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