Ian Somerhalder on Damon's New Girlfriend, Vampire Diaries Death: 'No One Is Safe'

In case you haven’t heard, Damon’s getting a girlfriend!

The moody broody vamp is following in his brother’s footsteps and enjoying the company of a gorgeous human gal. But, as Ian Somerhalder tells TVLine, this doesn’t mean Damon’s love for Elena (played by Nina Dobrev) is gone. In fact, his battle with all those icky feelings only gets worse.

“Sometimes you just have to eat people,” Somerhalder laughs, referring of course to the end of last week’s episode where his growing heart resulted in the death of an innocent bystander.

“This whole ‘feeling thing’ is really starting to weigh on Damon and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to quell those feelings,” he tells us. “That frustration, compounded with the danger and problematic nature of having this werewolf thing and the Klaus thing — there are a lot of odds stacked against him”

Pile on Damon’s pesky love for Elena, and you’ve trouble ahead for the vamp. Previews Somerhalder, “The fact that Elena, this beautiful creature that he just adores, could fall to another entity and he has no control over it, really pisses him off. He has to protect what he loves, and he and Stefan will come together and make this Klaus thing happen.”

Enter Andie Star (played by Dawn Olivieri) as Damon’s new girlfriend. Sadly, this is no love story. “Damon gets a hot beard, who just so happens to be a local newscaster,” Somerhalder explains. “She’s super-fun to be around, and she’s a woman, not a high school girl. She adds a totally different dynamic to the show. She’s very quirky, very witty, she doesn’t have anything to lose. She’s not running from any supernatural entity, she’s just a person — but underneath it all, it’s sad that the only way he can express his real feelings is when he has compelled someone not to do anything.”

Now, about that much-talked about death coming at the end of TVD‘s second season: Somerhalder says he’s still in the dark, but “no one’s safe. It’s like Lost! You can just off whichever character you want — ‘Oh, a werewolf killed him!’ I do know that the werewolves will have to be dealt with. And poor Tyler. Jules is really hot, though, so maybe they can run off and have pretty little werewolf husky babies.”

(Remind us again why Ian doesn’t write this show?)

Oh a different note, most of you know about Somerhalder’s charity by now, and since many of you asked, here’s a little update on the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, from the man himself:

“It is amazing how things have come together and how much support we get from people. This seven-year-old girl sent me an email the other day saying, ‘Mr. Somerhalder, I sent my tooth fairy money to your foundation to help save the world.’ She says she understands that she’s too young to have voice yet, but she will someday, and she’d like to start helping at her school. And it’s that kind of inspiration every day that blows my mind.”

So keep your IS Foundation support coming, and don’t miss Somerhalder and The Vampire Diaries Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.