Ian Somerhalder Absolutely Wants Kids With Nikki Reed: It Takes “Perfect Practice”

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Ian Somerhalder really wants kids with his wife, Nikki Reed Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Vamp babies! Ian Somerhalder is counting down the days until fatherhood. The Vampire Diaries hunk gushed about wanting to start a family with his wife, Nikki Reed, during a Words With Friends event on Thursday, Sept. 10.

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“Oh, hell yes! Absolutely. You know, it’s all about practice. It’s not practice makes perfect — it’s perfect practice,” Somerhalder, 36, joked to Entertainment Tonight. “I’m actually pregnant right now!”

He continued: “It’s the most incredible thing to be happy and secure in something. It’s a pretty crazy time and place to bring a child into this turbulent and insane world — but I really can’t wait to do it and really just love it.”

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Somerhalder and Reed, 27 – who also dabbled in some vampirism in the Twilight franchise — tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Topanga, Calif., on April 26 after nine months of dating. The couple take pride in their love for animals, and are already parents to nine pets, including horses Eagle and Millie, kitten Sohalia, and dogs Nietzsche and Enzo.

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Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries and Nikki Reed in The Twilight saga: Eclipse Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW/Courtesy Everett Collection; Kimberley French

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“The amount of compassion fueled by passion that [Nikki] puts into the world in regards to animals is second to none,” Somerhalder said at the debut of his We All Love Wildlife video series in San Pedro, Calif., in July. “I mean she changes her house into a rescue and a foster home for so many animals and has taken so much time and energy and money of her own with her family, particularly her mom, to foster animals and make sure that they are safe. That in and of itself is really something that solidifies us as a unit that really is an amazing thing to wake up to every morning.”

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