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Ian Somerhalder Talks Empowering Youth Voters in Essential Homme Magazine (Photo Gallery)

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Ian Somerhalder for Essential Homme

Ian Somerhalder smolders on the cover of Essential Homme magazine. Inside, the actor opens up about everything from empowering young people to dealing with a career full of ups and downs.

When it comes to issues that matter, Somerhalder is very passionate. He said, “If you empower a 15-year-old kid, or a 17-year-old kid who turns 18 in October, who can vote in November — if you empower that young person to understand what’s going on in the world around them, how certain politics and environmental implications are going to not serve them very well later on in life — are going to affect the way that they grow up and their children grow up — you affect that young person. They become empowered, and an empowered young person is the coolest thing in the world. And untimely, that’s where change comes in.”

As for his career, the actor admits, “Much of life is like a television show. You have ups and downs. You never know where it’s going to go. And yes, it’s iffy as an actor, because you’re at the mercy of the writers’ imaginations. You’re ultimately subjected to exactly what they want and you have to deal with it.”

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