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Vampire Diaries actor on being shirtless

Stefan (Paul Wesley) in The Vampire Diaries on TV2

Thought that Damon and Stefan were frequently shirtless purely for our viewing pleasure?

Apparently not, according to Ian Somerhalder.

In an interview with EW magazine, he was asked if the hot steamy weather in Atlanta, Georgia (where the series is filmed) was the reason behind so many shirtless scenes.  Not that we're complaining...

He confirmed the theory saying, "When we are in wardrobe and it's 100 degrees, with 60, 70, 80 percent humidity, you get this heat index and it just sticks to you. So yeah, why not? It is easier just to have your shirt off. I walk around set with it off half the time anyway now, so we might as well shoot it on camera."

Hands up who'd like to be a crew member on that set!

EW also asked when Ian when Damon will be getting shirtless again on the show.

Ian's response "Immediately...I think Damon will probably have his clothes off often. [Laughs] He's a troublemaker..."

He added, "There are a lot of things for Damon to do with his clothes off."

Phew! What more we say?

If your screen hasn't already melted from that mental picture or the actual one of Stefan on the right, check out our "Hunka spunk" photo gallery on the Vampire Diaries page .
And keep watching The Vampire Diaries for more of those shirtless scenes - Thursdays at 8.30pm on TV2.