Ian Somerhalder: 'The Gulf of Mexico is gone'

ian-somerhalder-275.jpg Ian Somerhalder's activism in efforts to help his home state of Louisiana recover from the Gulf oil disaster have been well-documented in this space. But the "Vampire Diaries" star says he's still "beyond angry and beyond sad" at the state of the Gulf.

"I grew up on those estuaries," he tells Zap2it. "I literally grew up on a marsh, freshwater bayous that run into a saltwater lake. The connection is like no other. The nutrients, the fruit of the waters, literally fed me and grew me into the guy I am. That's a connection similar to what you have with your parents. It goes very, very deep."

Nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, causing the massive spill, Somerhalder questions the government's response.