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OK! Exclusive: Nikki Reed Says She And Ian Somerhalder "Are A Team," Discusses Autism, Her Passions, And More!

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Mar. 11 2015, Published 7:46 p.m. ET

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Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks

Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks
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Newly-engaged Nikki Reed was radiant as she launched the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks at Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, and not just because of her chic yellow Etro dress!

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Engaged couple Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are all cuddly at the 3rd Annual Noble Awards in Beverly Hills, CA

Engaged couple Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are all cuddly at the 3rd Annual Noble Awards in Beverly Hills, CA
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The beauty, who recently got engaged to Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder, spoke to OKMagazine.com exclusively about life these days, gushing, “Everything is wonderful.”

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INF - Nikki Reed Launches 6th Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction

INF – Nikki Reed Launches 6th Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction
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And we can see why! To go along with her engagement, Nikki has a gorgeous flower-shaped diamond ring, which she happily showed us. It’s even bigger in real life!

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The 3rd Annual Noble Awards in Los Angeles

The 3rd Annual Noble Awards in Los Angeles
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Aside from being in love, Nikki and Ian are also working together! She told OK! that she is currently working on building a production company for the two off them, and revealed it already has “a few projects.”

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Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks

Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks
Source: Courtesy of Lindt

And when asked if she and her fiancé (who prefer to refer to each other as “human”) are planning any other collaborations together, the 26-year-old said with a smile, “We’re a team, put it that way.” We’ll take it!

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Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks

Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks
Source: Courtesy of Lindt

In addition to her production company with the hot actor, Nikki also shared personal upcoming projects she has in the works, which include a cause close to her heart, a movie, music, and more!

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Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks

Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks
Source: Courtesy of Lindt

The beauty, who hosted the Lindt auction, spoke about the significance of the event to her. She has a younger brother who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2.

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Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks

Nikki Reed Celebrates the Launch of the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks
Source: Courtesy of Lindt

“I have a long-standing relationship with Autism Speaks. I’ve been supporting them for many, many years now. I have a personal connection and so I’m just so thrilled that Lindt wants to encourage this partnership and use their voice and mine-our collective voice to spread awareness. That’s the only way you really create change.”

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INF - Nikki Reed Launches 6th Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction

INF – Nikki Reed Launches 6th Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction
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When asked what she hopes to see Autism Speaks accomplish in the near future, she said: “Autism is still something we know very little about, and I think in 20 years or 30 years we’ll look back and understand that we were just in the baby stages of even knowing what the word “autism” means. So right now it’s a very broad category and I think it’s about really narrowing that down and figuring how to treat every single person with autism as an individual.”

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INF – Unstopables Launch Event
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In addition to working with Autism Speaks, the actress has a movie, Scout that’s coming out, directed by Laurie Weltz, which she’s excited about because she’s “a huge supporter of female directors, including up-and-coming female directors.”

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Nikki
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She’s also found a way to mix film with her other passion: animals! In addition to 4 dogs and 3 cats, Nikki also has two horses, which she sometimes shows off in cute Instagram snaps. “I did a film last year called The Sunday Horse which is actually where my horses came from, funny enough.”

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3rd Annual Noble Awards

3rd Annual Noble Awards
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The very busy lady also revealed she’s releasing new music and getting behind the camera. “I’m also writing a project that I’m going to direct and although I don’t want to talk about the topic right now, I’ll say it’s a very relevant one and something very meaningful.”

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3rd Annual Noble Awards

3rd Annual Noble Awards
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What are your thoughts on Nikki and Ian’s engagement, and her efforts to raise awareness on autism? Let us know in the comments section below.

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