Now that "The Vampire Diaries" has wrapped its third season, Ian Somerhalder will now have some time to fill, and if fans of "Fifty Shades of Grey" have their way, he'll step into the role of Christian Grey.
For weeks, fans have been voicing their opinions on who should play the billionaire tycoon in the film adaptation of the hit erotic trilogy penned by E L James. Robert Pattinson's name has been in the mix, as well as Ryan Gosling, but it seems that most vans are gravitating toward the "Vampire Diaries" star to take on this dark and dynamic character.
MTV News caught up with Somerhalder at the CW Upfronts in New York City on Thursday (May 17) and he revealed that playing the role of Damon in the "Vampire Diaries" has been perfect training to get him ready to portray Christian Grey.
"I think it would be an amazing thing," Somerhalder said of the possibility of getting the role. "One interesting thing is, by the virtue of playing Damon for now a few years, [he's] 170 plus years old, in love with an 18 year old, I officially have a lot of experience seducing younger women. I'm not saying, I'm just saying."
"Fifty Shades of Grey" revolves around Christian Grey's relationship with young college graduate Anastasia Steele as the two develop not only a strong emotional relationship, but a much-talked-about sexual relationship. The scenes are so hot that at times it has left readers, and even Somerhalder a little flushed.
"A little bit, yeah, there's blushing," Somerhalder said of some of the S&M scenes.
We are sure fans would agree that Somerhalder could easily pull it off, but his support isn't just coming from the "Fifty Shades" fans, it is also coming from his "Vampire Diaries" co-stars.
"I know he's campaigning, I love it," Candice Accola said of Somerhalder expressing his interest for the role. "I mean, the whole thing is like Adonis, sexy and he fits that bill pretty well."
Kat Graham agrees, "Ian's an amazing actor, he's extremely dedicated to his craft and he's also very good to the fans," Graham told MTV News at the annual Wango Tango concert. "They'd be lucky to have him."
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