It started with an innocent question from a fan: What do the actor and his character Damon Salvatore have in common?
“Damon and I have a lot in common. I love to kill people, I love to seduce women, who are way to young for me.” Ian said. As he mentioned the last fact all the fans started to scream, because as we all know Nina is 10 years younger than him. Before Ian could’ve continued one of the fans said: “Both of you have sex with Elena”
Of course the audience exploded but Ian stayed real cool: “Damon hadn’t had sex with Elena..” He didn’t say a word about himself (he didn’t deny it either). But then he added: “…but Damon will have sex with Elena”.

In the end he still answered the question: “We actually have a lot in common. Damon has a lot of humanity. I know how it feels to be in love, I know how it feels to be in pain and I know how it feels to argue with your brother .
All in all Damon lives through the same experiences as I do. It’s a weird relationship between us. I don’t even know who Damon really is. It’s a lot of me in him. It’s weird, maybe I shouldn’t talk about this and usually I don’t talk about it.