A Simple Act’s Recap Experience – Interviewing Ian Somerhalder

Check out this great recap from the sisters I mentioned previously that interviewed Ian Somerhalder before the Miami Hot Topic Event. Little did I know that there is another sister and friend that were involved! Thanks to Theressa for allowing VDO to post their experience! If you haven’t seen their interview with Ian, you can view here on their youtube, aSimpleAct. Keep an eye out for Part 2 of the interview, and the outtakes.

First off, here is some information on us:

Theressa; 21, (@iTheressa): Currently a film student in college, used to be historian/secretary for Environmental club in high school.

Cynthia; 18: Majoring in Marine Biology, took over the Environmental club after Theressa graduated and was President for 2 years.

Stephanie; 16, (@_ItsStephanieG): Currently the President of the Environmental Club at her high school after Cynthia graduated last spring

Talia; 23, (@FadesToBlack): Goes to college with Theressa and is also a film student.

Let’s start from the beginning…

We got excited when we found out that Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley were coming to Miami for the Hot Topic TVD tour. My sisters and I got to talking about how amazing Ian was for caring deeply for the environment and how he always tweets links to interesting articles. That’s when the light bulb lit up above our heads.

Stephanie is the president of her environmental club at her high school. So I (Theressa) came up with the idea to make a video to grab Ian’s attention to see if we can interview him and discuss issues involving the environment to show it to the club and to encourage more students to get involved.

So we got the video done and uploaded it to Twitvid two weeks before the event. We sent it to Ian, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Chris McLaughlin, and a few others. We sent it to Vampire Support and Vampire Stalkers and they retweeted it (thanks!). The Hot Topic event was only four days away and we were getting anxious!  No one responded but we were determined.

Of the morning of October 21, two days before the event, while I was getting ready to go to school, I receive a text message.  It’s a Tweet from Ian.  Since all of Ian’s tweets go to my phone, I thought he just tweeted about another article but what caught my attention was this: “Wow! Loved your video! I want you to connect with….” That is when I realized that it was actually a direct message from Ian himself! I was shocked and got really excited! I texted my sisters and Talia that he saw the video! {BTW, just looked at the DM again… I received it at 10:23AM… We met him on October 23 aka 10/23. Coincidence? xD }

The day of the event I get a call around 1PM saying that I have to be at the secret location before 2PM. We had one hour to print the directions, load the equipment in the car, get everybody in the car, and try to get through the traffic. We arrived exactly at 2PM! Phew!

We were escorted to the room by Chris. He looked over the questions and said that they were great!   Then he left to get Ian while Stephanie reviewed the questions and the rest of us set up the cameras.

Cynthia whispered “Isn’t that him?” We looked up in her direction and we saw Ian walking with Chris in the hallway. Ian turned to us and said “Hey guys! I will be there in just a minute!” As he disappeared behind the wall, we all got excited and nervous! A few minutes later, Cynthia whispered again, “He’s coming. He’s coming!” We all turned toward his direction. He shook hands with each of us and we introduced ourselves. When he reached Stephanie he said: “There’s the girl” and pulled her in for a hug.

We chit chatted for a few more seconds while we checked for sound and got the framing right. Before we begin, Ian looked at Stephanie and told her “Here’s a tip: when you ask me a question, look me in the eyes so it can be more engaging.” She nodded with a giggle and looked at her flashcards.

I marked the shot and then called action. Stephanie began her intro lines but she got nervous and stuttered! She said: Oh no, wait! Then Ian laughs and says it’s alright. Throughout the interview Ian would give her high fives and stuff to calm her down but that really didn’t work.  That got her more nervous.

After about 20 minutes, the interview was over. We all stood up as he said “Come here women so that we can take a picture”. Stephanie walked over to him and he gave her another big hug. We took turns taking pictures and then he signed some CDs (The TVD soundtrack) for us. He thanked us for our time and kept telling us that we were awesome but we kept telling him, no thank you! :D We said our goodbyes and before we knew it, he was gone.

We packed up our stuff and headed towards Hot Topic. We arrived at about 4:30PM and made our way to the line with our wristbands. We were one of the last ones.  Stephanie was the first of our group to go the table. When Ian saw Stephanie and said: Hey you! Then he told Paul that “this is the girl I was telling you about. She just interviewed me.” Then he noticed the rest of us in the line. “Oh the whole crew is here! You guys are awesome!” He kept telling Paul about us and he gave us each a hug and a kiss on the cheek. As we left, he said “See you soon!” I later told my friend, Talia, who held the boom for Ian: Hey, you boomed for Boone! haha

We can’t even describe how amazing this day was to us! Ian is such a sweetheart! We can’t thank him enough for taking the time out of his day to sit down with us! Thanks Ian for everything! We also want to thank Kim, Chris, and Jess for setting up this whole thing for us! We thought he would never see our Twitvid, honestly. And if he did, it would have been a five minute interview right there in Hot Topic. Boy we were wrong! We hope this interview inspires a lot of people to help out with our beautiful planet and all the creatures that live in it.

Written by Theressa :)


Ruthie took her passion for The Vampire Diaries books and started Vampire Diaries Online in February 2009. After 10 years online, she continues to engage with fellow TVD fans here and on Twitter, sharing in the love of The Vampire Diaries. #TVDForever


  1. Today, I left the water running but then I was reminded of what Ian said about turning the tap off and I did it.

    It’s amazing Stephanie even managed to talk to Ian, I think I would be too starstruck to even get more than 10 words out.

  2. If I were in Stephanie’s position, I think I will be in a bigger mess. Aside from the fact that I am interviewing someone popular and amazing and gorgeous and *insert awesome adjectives here.haha*, I’m a fan and he’s asking me to look in his eyes when asking questions. @_@ haha.But seriously, you guys did a great job! :) Congratulations. :) This is one good way of having to let the youth of this generation know how to conserve energy as well as save the environment.:) Keep it up guys:)

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