Ian Somerhalder Smoulders at the 2011 Emmy Awards (PHOTOS)
Unlike his Vampire Diaries character, he can thankfully join his fellow day walkers in the bright Southern California sun for the red carpet before the big show.
Ian gave a few sly smiles for the cameras before heading in to take in the night's events.
Although he was snapped on the press line solo, Ian and his girlfriend (and costar) costar Nina Dobrev were hanging tight all night.
Ian recently gushed over his gal to Us Weekly, saying, “She truly enjoys life. Her desire to experience and appreciate everything around her, and chuckle and enjoy it, is great.” Vampire Diaries returned to The CW with a premiere this past week.