Ian Somerhalder Nikki Reed
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It's no secret Ian Somerhalder and his wife Nikki Reed are animal lovers. Aside from often sharing posts on social media about animal rescue and pet adoption, and fighting for animal rights in general, the couple has a family of pets all their own (Ian revealed in 2015 he had nine pets, for example).

Now, that Somerhalder's Vampire Diaries is coming to an end though, it looks like the CW star and his lady love may be getting closer to adding some human babies into the mix of their already big family.

"It's the end of a very cool era," Somerhalder, 37, told People. "It will be quite an incredible feat to shoot that last scene and know that we're completing almost eight years of work on a television show."

As for plans to expand their family, he added, "It's just about scaling down. You have to manage, you can only do so much at one time. Once I'm not on set for 15 hours a day, five days a week, that frees up a lot of time. I'm excited about it!"

"It's been nearly a decade," he continued about his time on the show. "It's time to turn over new leaves and really put our energies into other stuff."

In addition to the possibility of starting a family, Ian said he's "very much looking forward to creating and producing more stories" with Reed. The duo recently launched their production company, Rare Birds, under Warner Brothers, and the actress, 28, shared the news with fans on Instagram last week.

"So excited to get the chance to produce amazing (& socially conscious) TV with these two powerful women running our company!," she wrote. "Now you know where we've been hiding!! With @trye and @auntietoonie !!! @rarebirdsprods."

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We can't wait to see the movie magic Reed and Somerhalder will create together.