What a team! Nikki Reed came out to support her husband-to-be Ian Somerhalder as he was honored at the Noble Awards in L.A. on Friday, Feb. 27. The newly engaged couple gushed to Us Weekly and other reporters about their passions — and about the actresses' gorgeous diamond engagement ring!
The Vampire Diaries actor is a tireless advocate for global issues, pet adoption, and much more. In 2010, he created the IS Foundation to educate and draw attention to environmental issues.
"Obviously it's incredible to be here together," Somerhalder, 36, said at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "This town celebrates people who do things on screen whether it's acting, writing, directing, producing, what have you. What's unique and incredible about this space and time here is [it's] recognizing people about what they do off-screen."
Somerhalder and the Twilight alum, 26, often connect with their fans about issues they feel deeply about via Twitter and Instagram. The couple in particular discuss pet adoption, and are now parents to several horses, dogs, and cats since they began dating back in July.
"Most of our conversations revolve around [what we can do better], because whether or not we have similar passions, I think it all stems around the idea that everything is connected," Reed, who stunned in an N: Philanthropy black dress, added on the red carpet. "What's nurtured this long friendship that we've had is that we are passionate about similar things, whether it's animals or the environment or education or climate change. So we do wake up in the morning and talk about those things."
"Ian is very good at this," she continued. "He understands the power of social media and having a fan base and the loyalty there. I'm a little bit newer to it and there is real value in that."
The future spouses — who got engaged last month after six months of dating — jokingly admitted that they really don't disagree on much. That is, unless someone brings up the color of Somerhalder's eyes.
"He thinks his eyes are ocean blue and I think they're aqua," Reed said, laughing. As for her new engagement ring? She gushed: "Can't tell you anything about it other than I love it more than anything in the world!"