17 Throwback Photos of Ian Somerhalder That Prove His Hotness Isn't Bound By Time

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I remember the first time I laid eyes on Ian Somerhalder — it was during his turn as Paul Denton in the 2002 Bret Easton Ellis adaptation of The Rules of Attraction. Paul may have had only had eyes for James van der Beek's Sean Bateman, but I was immediately smitten with Paul — and, naturally, the hot actor who played him. Flash forward to 2009, and Somerhalder is onscreen again as the dangerous (and dangerously sexy) vampire Damon on The CW series The Vampire Diaries. Fans may be able to see Somerhalder every Thursday on The CW, but let's not forget the perfection that was Somerhalder in the early 00s. Want proof that Somerhalder was sexy long before he portrayed Elena's love interest? Click through these 17 pics. You will not regret it.

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