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19 Times Birthday Boy Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Made Us Jealous of Their Love Story

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Happy birthday today to Ian Somerhalder, the man with the most striking eyes, a major heart for doing good, and a super successful acting career. Not to mention that the Vampire Diaries star is also married to fellow actress Nikki Reed, giving him plenty to celebrate on his big day.

Born 38 years ago today, Somerhalder grew up in Louisiana and by age 10 was already booking gigs as a model. In his late teens, however, he decided to switch his focus and pursue acting. After landing several small TV and movie parts, Somerhalder got his big break in 2004 when he was cast as Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show, Lost. Then, in 2009, he scored a part in the Vampire Diaries series—and, if you ask us, the actor’s piercing blue eyes make him the perfect candidate to play a vampire. (Um, swoon!)

Today, Somerhalder is married to Nikki Reed, the same starlet who played Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga (2008-’12). Since tying the knot in April 2015, the couple hasn’t been shy about showing their love for one another via social media. In fact, some of their Instagram posts are just so cute, we actually can’t even. To see for yourself, scroll through the images below. Happy birthday, Ian!

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Wow. What an incredible night. Our 1st official #isf @isfofficial gala in the great city of Chicago. Experiencing so much love from my better half @iamnikkireed – this photo says it all. It’s hard to find the words to express how grateful we are for the time, energy, and love everyone put into making this night come to life. @grazielagems and the entire Kaufman family, our special guest @karolinakurkova , Katie Evans and our incredible ISF team, thank you for helping us continue our mission to save animals, educate our youth and protect our environment by building the greatest, most compassionate, grateful, innovative and intelligent next generation the world has ever seen. Love, Ian and Nikki

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Dec 4, 2016 at 8:03pm PST

My new screen saver for sure… Brother @ernestoriley thanks for snapping this sweet photo of me and my better half. I am the luckiest man on earth. Literally.

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Aug 16, 2016 at 9:07am PDT

Reposting an @mkmalarkey original image and post. Thanks brother man for snapping this awesome symbolic shot of my better half and me. Wow, 3rd comic con with this human! My “Wifey” aka my badass-life partner. Thanks for starting our production company with me and making all of my crazy dreams a reality. I can’t wait to produce some powerful and beautiful art with you which will one day be debuted right here… Thank you Comic Con 2016 you were amazing… Cheers to the future, it’s bright, so get your sunglasses 😎

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Jul 25, 2016 at 5:15pm PDT

Little tiny baby nuggets…

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Jan 2, 2016 at 6:08pm PST

Lucky Llama..At @Heifer gala fighting hunger. #BeyondHunger is a hashtag to get behind. I’ve seen the stats- we produce enough food to feed the world yet we waste most of it. Heifer International is committed to empowering women and building communities. Thank you Heifer for inspiring us and we thank you for feeding the world. Let’s empower those to know that a mother with food raises healthier, smarter family. We need healthy, smart and able families to build our future. Let’s do this

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Sep 18, 2015 at 9:57pm PDT

Feet back on US soil aka… New York City. Dreaming of the Costa Rica rainforest. Thank you to this beautiful country: it’s land and its people. Thank you to this beautiful woman who makes every day a dream come true. Pura Vida

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on May 13, 2015 at 11:14am PDT

Happy Birthday my love. Me and the world celebrate you and hope all of your dreams come true. I’m in awe of your compassion to create positive change in the world…

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on May 18, 2015 at 1:54pm PDT

Lake time with part of my little family… Smiling is truly one of the keys to life I’m convinced. Hope you smile today-it’s good to do 😉

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Aug 9, 2015 at 11:47am PDT

A day with 3 of the most beautiful ladies in the universe… Wow smiling is such a beautiful part of the human experience-I highly recommend it. Congrats to our little Neitczhe here-1 year ago today, to the minute, you brought 5 beautiful puppies into this world-thank you for your amazing contribution to all of our lives. However, welcome to the wonderful world of being spayed-The world does not need any more puppies, we kill millions and millions per year. These two beautiful creatures right here in this photo or highly intelligent, highly emotional and capable of more love than you can you can ever imagine. The ones that are in shelters are the same-let’s adopt them. @iamnikkireed your recent work with Gilt benefiting the @aspca is truly truky extraordinary. Thank you for giving so much of your life and for being a strong voice for those whom can speak. My hat is off to you. You amaze me. Love, Ian

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Oct 8, 2014 at 1:11pm PDT

No filter for this sunny Sun Valley day of awesomeness with my loves, the incredible @iamnikkireed and my brother @nathanaugustreed .The Happiest of holidays to everyone, may nothing but smiles, family time and reflection come from these moments. I’m grateful for all of the love this years for me, us and ISF from everyone-may you empower all around you with the same strength and energy you have to spread positivity and compassion. Smiles are contagious-please spread them;) I’m grateful for and l love you all… Love, Ian

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Dec 26, 2014 at 2:15pm PST

The newest addition to the family. Her name is Sohalia. Thank you @iamnikkireed for finding us this amazing kid in Conyers Georgia. Unfortunately this little kid was wildly mislabeled as “feral/not friendly”, and had Nikki not gone in and opened her cage regardless, we would have never found out that she is the most loving kitty on the planet and she may have been put down. The point is this; because shelters are so understaffed, this happens more often than not. Let’s encourage the people who work at shelters and people whom make policies for shelter workers to take more time to get to know the animals that are brought in, so they can properly inform potential adopters. Also, if you are thinking about adding a new member to your family, know that there might be more to the animal than what’s written on their cage!!! Go have fun and adopt! Send me pictures please! Thank you- Love, Ian

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Nov 2, 2014 at 5:31pm PST

At Rockdale County Animal Shelter in Conyers GA, the place we adopted little Sohalia from just last month. Some of these amazing kids have little to no chance at ever finding their forever home. For example, sweet Brooklyn, a black lab, has been waiting for months with no luck simply because of her coloring. We just spent a few minutes playing with her and she was so excited she couldn’t even hold still for a picture. Can anyone pick her up? Please please go get this beautiful girl if you’re looking to adopt. Add her to your family! We would take her but we don’t have any room!

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Nov 18, 2014 at 3:42pm PST

A night out with @iamnikkireed and this amazing guy, our Former President @BillClinton @ClintonFdn discussing the best, most efficient and collaborative way to make true positive change in our country and our world. Whatever side of an aisle you’re on or group you work with or believe in-it’s our responsibility to be good to one another, teach our young people and protect our environment through reverence, gratitude and compassion. This can be done! It’s happening and we’re grateful to help save our planet thus saving our lives with you. It’s up us:) Thank you all. Thank you so much

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Nov 8, 2014 at 9:03pm PST

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I used to think this Day was a conspiracy of chocolatiers and florists but I realize that taking a day out of our busy lives to celebrate the love in our lives is so important and should be every day. Celebrate love in your life-it’s what makes the world go around… Thank you all for giving us so much love, it’s so beautiful and so appreciated. Enjoy today-I just hope it isn’t about spending lots of money-the pressure to. THATS the corporate side that makes me sad. Love should be simple but thoughtful- a gesture or loving act shouldn’t be judged by its price tag… Love, Ian

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:29am PST

Seeing this in my feed is the best thing ever… @iamnikkireed kissing the soft muzzle of our giant “little” girl Millie. Ahhhh I love my little family

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Oct 24, 2015 at 8:36am PDT

How I spent my New Year’s Day- in a #tbt way- wow. Week one of 2015. Thank you all for giving me so much strength-we’re ready to kick major ass and make a great future staritng now . Happy 1st week of the New Year- I hope you’re on track with making your future the most sustainable and harmonious one possible… Love, Ian

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Jan 8, 2015 at 4:46pm PST

So excited-heading to @humanesociety Gala in Miami to present an honor to a beautiful woman whom I’m so grateful to be her date. Amazing how effortlessly the missions of like minds and shared hearts line up and fuel one another to create such amazing change-standing up for those with no voice. I’m blown away by @iamnikkireed , the Humane Society as well as all of you that support all of these amazing causes to make this incredible change. YOU are the real change makers… “Will the real change makers please stand up…” 🙂

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Mar 27, 2015 at 2:42pm PDT

We’re here! I’m rehearsing with my beautiful wife @iamnikkireed To host the #UNEPChampions Gala. Watch the inspiration live!!!!!! http://web.unep.org/champions/livestream Watch this-be here with us, it’s an incredible night. There are major world-changing people here in his room and they deserve the love. It’s time. Be with us, I’ll feel you watching;) THANK YOU! @mollydewolf is here shooting cool images of us for @ryotnews . @brynmooser we’ll see you soon brother!

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Sep 27, 2015 at 3:16pm PDT

Thank you Emory University for giving us the opportunity to sub-teach your business/marketing class for an hour. Teaching is as much about listening as it is about talking. We learn from you guys, truly. Identifying your skills, your passions and then marrying the two is the key to success- to the future. #BestDayEver @chevrolet #ad

A photo posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Apr 1, 2015 at 7:26am PDT