While any Vampire Diaries fan will tell you Ian Somerhalder is Damon Salvatore, the show’s producers weren’t always so sure. During an interview at March 10’s Paleyfest, Somerhalder admitted he “bombed” his first TVD audition.
“Whether it was too much coffee, that B12 shot I gave myself, who knows? I bombed it,” the actor said. And while his coworkers and fans alike now know him as the “Smolderholder” thanks to his signature devilish gazes, screenwriter Kevin Williamson pulled Somerhalder aside after his audition and said, “‘That wasn’t good, was it?'” Luckily, Williamson had some faith in Somerhalder and was able to come back and test for CBS big wig, Les Moonves.