Ian Somerhalder says moving to a farmhouse with Nikki Reed was ‘magical’
Ian Somerhalder gained a new perspective when he decided to leave city life behind and move to a farm with his wife Nikki Reed.
At Shiseido’s annual beach cleanup on behalf of their Blue Project in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, the vampire diary alum opened up to PEOPLE about how embracing a calmer life has allowed him to continue implementing the couple’s enduring endeavors.
“[It’s been] magical,” the 43-year-old actor says of his move to a farm outside Los Angeles with Reed and their daughter, Bodhi Soleil, 5, on Wednesday. “That’s really how it went. always had to be. I think you see a lot of people now who used to work in corporate offices, and you can see that now from a societal perspective. People are really struggling to get back to work. »
He adds, “People have realized that their time, the value of their time, and the value proposition of time has changed a bit. Be more engaged, be more outdoors, spend more time with each other. ”
Somerhalder – who says he doesn’t “plan on being on screen for long” – also shared what he’s learned over the past few years.
“I think what the pandemic has kind of done is show us that moments matter. Birthdays matter. Holidays matter. Those little granular little moments with each other really matter,” he says. “And that’s why Nikki and I find this rural or even urban/rural lifestyle – that I think a lot of people get into, whether it’s permaculture, building food forests – we’ve passed the point of think we’re gonna stop all of this by not using plastic straws and driving electric cars.”
While taking a break from acting, the star is busier than ever with Brother’s Bond, his bourbon with pal Paul Wesley.
“We’re moving away from just the word sustainability, because ultimately sustainability means maintaining the status quo, which doesn’t work,” he says. “At Brother’s Bond and in our house as well, we use the words ‘re’: regenerate, reuse, reclaim, replenish, rearrange, regenerate everything. It’s regenerative, not just sustainable.”
The Dusk The 34-year-old actress has previously spoken to PEOPLE about her own experience during the pandemic.
“It was a turning point for me,” Reed said in May. “I made a conscious choice to give my child the most normal life possible.”
That meant moving to a farm “far out of town” where they raise animals and grow lavender and rosemary alongside cucumbers and peppers. “It felt like a relief to leave town,” she said. “I promise that if anyone wants a sense of well-being, of peace, of calm, the answer is nature.”
She also revealed how much of an impact it had on her mental health.
“Nature is the best form of therapy,” she said. “And it’s instantaneous – you don’t have to spend six months in nature to feel it. Go for a hike and release endorphins. Look at a tree instead of the blue light from your phone. All of our souls have need a dose of that kind of medicine.”
At the Shiseido Blue Project event – which took place during the US Open of Surfing – Somerhalder rolled up his sleeves and cleaned up the beach with the team. He also spoke in detail about his passion for preserving the oceans.
“The idea is that it’s not just about raising awareness. Awareness is great, but raising awareness is nothing without action,” he says.
“That’s the big thing, and I think that’s what people kind of miss. What I love about it is that there’s an actionable element, which is to go on the beach, people see it’s clean and bring home the fact that there are seven and a half billion of us here,” he adds. “So if we each do a little thing, we are doing our part, the world is changing.”