By Anna Hecht
Updated Dec 08, 2017 @ 6:30 am
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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 39 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!)

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Today, Somerhalder is married to Nikki Reed, the same starlet who played Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga. Since tying the knot in April 2015 and welcoming their first child, Bodhi Soleil in July 2017, 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!