When speaking about friends, it’s typical for us to say, “This guy’s my buddy,” or “He’s my close friend.” It’s even better when you can say, “He’s like my brother. Our bond is bigger than both of us.”
To that point, we spent the better part of a day with beyond besties Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley in gorgeous Malibu, Calif. There was no shortage of snarky banter and hijinks as we traipsed through the rustic landscape and rocky creeks in Malibu Canyon, scaling terrain in the hopes of creating a memorable pictorial diary of the day.
Ian and Paul are a few years removed from working side-by-side for eight seasons on the television phenomena that was The Vampire Diaries. The series ended its run in 2017. They’ve since moved on individually to other entertainment projects, but the impact they made on each other has kept them together. Both are family-oriented men and activists with a similar world view.
Ian and Paul have established or worked for philanthropic groups for a number of years, and their efforts (individually and collectively) have impacted causes ranging from animal welfare, LGBT youth and climate change, to name a few.
Ian and Paul are as fun loving as any dynamic duo could be. Both have big hearts that inform their portfolio as award-winning actors, as well as their philanthropic endeavors.
They’ve stayed connected through it all, and have shared experiences beyond their Hollywood lives. Recently, they decided to showcase their friendship to the world with Brother’s Bond Bourbon.
It was a great excuse for all of us to talk cigars and bourbon.