Actor Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role on the hit TV show “The Vampire Diaries,” has temporarily stepped away from Hollywood to focus on his family and new projects. Married to fellow actress Nikki Reed, the 45-year-old has traded the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for a simpler life on a Southern California farm. And according to Somerhalder, he couldn’t be happier with his decision.
In a recent interview with E! News, Somerhalder opened up about his life on the farm and how he doesn’t miss Hollywood one bit. “I love what I did for a really long time,” he said. “I don’t miss any of it.” The actor explained that he has had an amazing run in the industry, but now he is ready for a new chapter in his life, one that prioritizes his family and other passions.
The decision to leave Hollywood behind may come as a surprise to some, especially considering Somerhalder’s successful career on “The Vampire Diaries.” However, the actor has fully embraced his new lifestyle, declaring that he and Reed have become “farm people.” He even joked that he now lives in his cowboy boots. But it’s not all fun and games on the farm, as Somerhalder and Reed have taken on the challenge of producing most of their own food.
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Reed, who also produced the new farming documentary “Common Ground,” echoed her husband’s sentiments about their life on the farm. In a recent interview with E! News, she shared how watching nature operate and participating in the growing of their own food has brought them a newfound sense of compassion. She also emphasized the importance of teaching children where their food comes from and involving them in the process.
Speaking of the future, Somerhalder hinted at big plans for him and Reed. He referred to their life on the farm as “Version 2.0” and teased that they were about to embark on “Version 3.0.” This hints at the couple’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and making a positive impact on the world through their lifestyle choices.
Their latest project, “Common Ground,” is a follow-up to the 2020 documentary “Kiss the Ground.” This new film explores regenerative agriculture and its potential to transform the future of farming and combat climate change. According to the film’s website, it delves into the corruption and unfair practices in the current food system and highlights the struggles of farmers of all backgrounds.
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With “Common Ground,” Somerhalder and Reed hope to shed light on important issues surrounding food production and inspire viewers to make a positive change. By using personal stories and investigative journalism, the film aims to educate and empower audiences to think differently about their food choices.