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.
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