Ian Somerhalder Gushes Over Newlywed Life, 'Can't Wait' to Have Kids With Nikki Reed

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Ian Somerhalder
is ready for fatherhood!

“Oh, hell yes! Absolutely,” the 36-year-old actor exclaimed to ET when asked if he wants to be a dad. “You know, it’s all about practice… It's not practice makes perfect - it's perfect practice.”

Ian and wife Nikki Reed are certainly getting their practice in. The couple, who tied the knot in April, are parents to nine pets. The pair is famously vocal about their love for animals and often use their celebrity platform to raise awareness about animal rights. 

In fact, Ian is so excited about someday being a dad he joked that he’s the one already expecting, saying, “I’m actually pregnant right now!”

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Perhaps the Vampire Diaries star is so eager for children because of his dream-come-true newlywed life.

“It’s the most incredible thing to be happy and secure in something,” he gushed. “It’s a pretty crazy time and place to bring a child into this turbulent and insane world -- but I really can’t wait to do it and really just love it.” 

Ian and actress Sophia Bush were on-hand as celebrity coaches in the first-ever live Words With Friends tournament in Los Angeles on Thursday. The celeb duo teamed up with finalists and battled in a friendly charitable portion of the tournament.

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Ian’s team was victorious in the charity tournament, contributing a $5,000 prize to the ASPCA to support its mission of preventing animal cruelty. 

Both stars are self-proclaimed Words With Friends fans – and Ian credits his school days as an adolescent for getting him excited about playing the mobile spelling game.

“You know, kids are mean in school. I was a cool kid but I was always told I like to hang out with the nerds and I always said, 'Well, define nerd' like, what is nerd? And I started to realize that nerd meant anyone who wasn't on the football team or didn't wear the right jeans or khakis or whatever was in fashion at that time and I thought, 'Wow, man, that's pretty fickle,'” he explains. “It's so superficial. I guess I would just rather be around smart people and I think what's cool about this - being able to activate your brain and have fun is a really cool thing - whether you're 60 or your 16.”

Original reporting by Katie Krause

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