Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are still considered B-list TV actors at best, and that’s largely due to the nature of the TV show they’re on. The Vampire Diaries is by no means an A-list cable show or even a network show, and neither Nina nor Ian have the ability to open a movie at the box office.
And you know, despite everyone saying that TV has become infinitely superior to film lately, most actors still seem dead set on having a movie career. The difference between Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder is – Nina has a solid shot at building a strong movie career since she’s still young, and Ian’s shot at a film career has long passed him by. I mean, he’s still trying, bless him – he’s attempted to kick start a film career many times in the past few years, and most recently with The Anomaly. But right now, they’re both entering their last couple of seasons of The Vampire Diaries, and they will join the rest of the out-of-work jobbing actor community, looking for their next big break.
Now, while that’s a career-based outlook on the whole thing, we know enough about Hollywood to know that many of these actors – especially the ones that rely on their looks – are constantly pressured to lose weight, be attractive, and most importantly, BE SINGLE. For whatever reason, the actor/actress being single gives the illusion to fans that they are somehow attainable [as IF], and also allows publicists and marketing people to take advantage of their single-ness to constantly link them to bigger names in the tabloids. You think Nina and Ian got to where they are now in name recognition through talent and their place on the show? If that was the case, why are they both more famous than Paul Wesley, who shares equal billing on The Vampire Diaries? Exactly.
Now, we are hearing that while Nina Dobrev is already single, Ian Somerhalder is actually considering it – even though he’s currently engaged. Apparently, things have started getting strained between him and Nikki Reed, likely due to Nina Dobrev’s proximity. But that means that were he to break up with Nikki, not only could he get back with Nina – and gain endless publicity as a result – but he could also use his single-ness to launch his new brand, and hopefully, a film career.
It’s a silly way to go about the whole endeavor, but it’s not like Ian can go the traditional route – he’s not talented enough or young enough to coast by on his good looks anymore.