The bad news: There were two vampires in front of us.
The good news: They were not trying to kill us.
One of them was thirsty, but not for our blood. “Can I get some water? Does anyone have water?” Nina Dobrev asked.
Ian Somerhalder stood up to get her a bottle.
The actors, stars of the hit TV series “The Vampire Diaries,” were at EZ Studios in Manhattan’s Fashion District. It was day two of their three-day photo shoot for Penshoppe with photographer Darren Tieste.
Ian, who plays vampire Damon Salvatore, isn’t new to the Penshoppe family. The clothing brand first signed him as an endorser in 2012. Last year, he flew to Palawan for a photo shoot and spent time in Manila, charming hordes of fans and members of the press.
The relationship between Ian and Penshoppe was fruitful, one that went beyond photo shoots and billboards. Realizing that he was deeply passionate about the environment, Bernie and Alice Liu—CEO and VP for retail brands, respectively, of Golden ABC Inc., Penshoppe’s mother company—decided to support the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. “Penshoppe donates money directly to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and that is huge,” Ian said.