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Ian Somerhalder‘s Vampire Diaries character, Damon, has a new love interest played by Dawn Olivieri and it sounds like Ian couldn’t be more “stoked.”

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Damon has a new leading lady in his life — reporter Andie Star.

“Andie’s awesome. She’s hot, quick, quirky, and witty,” Ian told Just Jared. “Even under compulsion she doesn’t give Damon sh–. What she does is she fires back at him as quickly as he fires off to her, and what’s cute about it is that he has this funny little answer yet he ties her scarf around her neck so no one can see. It’s just awesome. “

“I love the dynamic that they created with her and they’re sort of this little team,” he added. “She’s helping him execute his plans and they’re really just an unlikely team.”

And the girl playing her isn’t all that bad either!

“Her name is Dawn Olivieri. She’s a good friend of mine and I’ve known her for years and I was stoked when I heard that she was coming [to Vampire Diaries],” he explained. “I don’t know how long we can keep her because she’s just got cast opposite Don Cheadle [in House of Lies] so I don’t think we get to keep her, but it’s bad for Damon and great for her.”

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“We have this impending ritual, the sacrifice that will break the curse of the sun and the moon — that’s where we’ll end our season,” Julie Plec, executive producer, previously teased about the show.

So what’s Ian’s take on what that means?

“It’s funny because we get our scripts just a couple of days before,” Ian explained. “I know that there’s going to be a pretty sizable showdown between the werewolves and vampires and I can’t imagine Klaus not showing up after all this talk. So I don’t know, I can only imagine the way I see things going so there will be a big showdown, its a problem.”

“Damon forged these relationships, found himself caring in places and times when its very intermediate, but I think protecting Elena and his home from one entity that’s more powerful or could possibly kill him is enough,” he added. “Protecting her too is very difficult and it’s wearing on him and the couple is starting feel emotional and start not being able to understand how to grapple with all this emotion, it’s really tough.”

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