Things are often pretty grim on The Vampire Diaries, but behind the scenes, things are definitely a bit nuttier.
"I'd spent almost two days on set completely naked, which is kinda awesome, because as if I wasn't close enough to our crew members, I feel really close after that," he tells Entertainment Weekly.
"The first thing we see is Nina's reaction, so what if I was completely naked and we had elephant ears and double-stick tape, and I put them on each of my thighs, and ultimately, she would be staring at a very small, young elephant," Somerhalder, 32, explains.
"The reaction that we got was f--king amazing," he laughs. "I hope and pray that that is what we used in the edit because it was such a natural 'Ohmygod!' reaction."
The Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.