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He isn’t exactly making people forget about Robert Pattinson just yet.

But Ian Somerhalder continues to receive rave reviews for his role as Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries.

One part evil, one part sarcastic and all parts hot, Somerhalder’s work on The CW hit is a major reason it’s been picked up for an entire season.

In an interview with August Man, the actor says Damon is his ideal role. The former model also talks about his transition from modeling to acting, which has clearly gone well.

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But don’t get Ian wrong: he still knows how to strike a pose. These photos from the magazine are evidence of that: