Pairs Division: Somerhalder and Bomer

Posted on January 10, 2013

It’s a BabyBlues-stravaganza, darlings!


Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer attend 2013 People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Y’know, we’d love these pictures so much more if they just turned to each other and started making out.

It’s virtually impossible to talk about the clothes because they obviously can’t keep their hands off each other, so things like fit are off the table for discussion.

Oh, to hell with it: Combined Score: 9/10. They both look too delicious to critique (although that is some awfully high hair on Matt).

The real question here is: Who’s prettier? We say Matt.


[Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images]

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  • Patricia Gillett

    I love this pic, I love this post, I love these two. There’s nothing not to love here. 

  • filmcricket

    Matt, for sure. 

    •  100% with you. I gather that Somerhalder does a lot of work with animal charities, so I respect him & all, but Matt is BEAUTIFUL and is giving much better face.

      • Kathy_Marlow

         Matt always gives great face.  Ian should take a lesson or two from him.

    • Kristin McNamara

      No competition.

  • Clearly their mental soundtrack is “I’m Sexy And I Know It.”

    • DeborahJozayt

      But they’re not wiggling. WHY CAN’T THEY WIGGLE?!

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        Surely someone could make a GIF with all the pap shots?

      • fursa_saida


  • Yesssss.  IAN.

  • Sobaika

    I would so like to be in the middle of this sandwich.

    • AuntieAnonny

       I’ll get the butter.

      • Damien W

         Boy Butter, of course.

    • StellaZafella

       I wouldn’t believe either one of them for a minute if he said “I love you” to me…But go ahead – lie!

    • MzzPants

       I was just going to type that!

  • Damien W


    Me want snu-snu.

    • JasmineAM


      • barbarienne

         Why is Ian suddenly looking like Kif Kroker to me?

        • JasmineAM

          They have the same head shape/size, haha!

      • H2olovngrl

        MORE FUTURAMA!!!

  • hyperionic

    I think Matt’s prettier but Ian is sexier. 

  • clatie

    IS’s case of douche-face is insurmountable me. Blecch.

    • I’m pretty sure his face is mountable. 8)

      • TaurusKW

        @algaechick  Best.Reply.Ever.

      • clatie

        So funny! At least with a face that douche-y, you’d be as fresh as a spring morning

        • fursa_saida

          OH MY GOD YOU DIDN’T.

        • avidreader02

          i actually choked! That had to be the most shocking (and funny!) thing I have read in a looooong time!

          • ConnieBV

            I’ll be stealing that at some point next week. Too good not to repeat.

      • MissAmynae

        line of the year. seriously.

  • JasmineAM

    They are just so pretty. But Matt Bomer will ALWAYS take the cake.


    who are these guys? Doesn’t matter. Sexy all around.

  • BobStPaul

    Matt FTW.

  • ralish

    Amazing. But is it just me, or does Matt Bomer have a bit of “New Kids on the Block” hair?

  • Annabelle Archer

    They aren’t a couple right? Because they look so alike it’s freaking me out a little. Like making out with your twin or something.
    Pretty boys, though, I have to give them that. 

    •  Yes! Thank you! Pretty twins.

    • My beautiful gay friend just moved to Rhode Island to study glasswork at RISD. He also started dating a guy who could be his slightly less pretty twin. They also both have the same first name and last initial. It kind of creeps me out, but we always knew that Friend’s ideal partner would be himself…

    • Hell Yes, I Would!

      Not a couple. Though – it would be pretty hot.

    •  I’ve seen a picture of Matt’s husband – also gorgeous.

    • fursa_saida

      Ian Somerhalder seems to be straight, as he’s dating his costar Nina Dobrev (who is also insanely gorgeous).

  • Once again proving to me that as a blue-eyed caucasian, I cannot go wrong in navy. Thanks for the object lesson, attractive young men.

  • I’m definitely on for Matt. Yumminess squared.

  • captrenault

    Hands out of your pockets, buddy.  Someone’s taking your picture.


    • H2olovngrl


  • They’re both pretty, but there’s something a bit sinister about Ian. Matt’s cuter AND I like the blue suit better.

    • He IS a bit sinister, which is kind of why I like him. I dig that about Peter Sarsgaard too, who always seems mildly threatening but in a hot way?

      They’re both ridiculously good looking. Sigh.

  • sockandaphone

    the eyes tho. Mmmmhmmmm

  • Le_Sigh

    Matt is way prettier.  And the fact that he is not smirking like a douche makes him a 1000% more attractive.

    •  Or 50% more robotic. He’s always doing Bland Blue Steel to me.

  • BayTampaBay

    Who are these people????  Man, I am really getting old as I no idea!

    Could a fellow kitten enlighten me?

    • siena Mystic

       I can’t help with Somerhalder, but Matt Bomer is one of the leads of the show White Collar (aka, the show with the canon 0T3).

      • BayTampaBay

        White Collar: Is this the TNT show where the federal criminal is “pulled” out of jail to help the people who put him in jail put other people in jail?

        • not_Bridget

          Now streaming on Netflix!

        • kimmeister


        • MilaXX

           No it’s the USA show where the criminal is on house arrest and works with the FBI solving “white collar” crimes.

    • TaurusKW

      Somerhalder is currently starring in The Vampire Diaries, and he was previously on Lost.  Bomer was also recently in Magic Mike.

      • H2olovngrl

        When I read “previously on Lost” I heard it in full on Lost announcer voice.

    •  Ian is Damon on the Vampire Diaries (He apparently also played on Lost.)   Also, while I do not care Ian the actor. His character is awesomely sexy. 

  • hands down Matt…if only because he’s NOT making a cocky little smirky face!

    • Hell Yes, I Would!

      I feel like that’s the only way Somerhalder can smile. It’s always some sideways smirk.

  • another_laura

    Matt is prettier.  No question in my mind.

  • you should make this picture the background of the site for a short time…  and yes, i think Matt is prettier <3

  • Matt is prettiest, but he’d be a lot prettier with Ian on top of him.

  • Imasewsure

    Matt is hotter and more handsome (and looks like a fun guy), but Ian is prettier….Only Rob Lowe in his prime was prettier than this…. and the perfect edition to this pretty sandwich

    • I don’t think even Rob Lowe in his prime was prettier. Maybe AS pretty…

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp


  • M_E_S

    Matt Bomer easily wins this round, as his eyes are bluer and he has a genuine smile and not a smirk.

    Now just sit back and wait for the fanfic…

    • H2olovngrl

      As I replied to an earlier commenter, ATTHS. Thanks, X-files fanfic for teaching me that little gem!

  • Jessi03

    Definitely Matt.  Ian is giving major douche-face.  I do love a dark haired man with bright blue eyes.  Thanks for the double shot of handsome!

  • Hell Yes, I Would!

    My ladyparts just squeed with delight. This was lovely. Absolutely what I needed to get me through the day…

  • hellkell

    Matt. Somerhalder gives off cartoon stink lines of douche, I can’t with him.

  • MissMariRose

    I recorded this week’s episode of The New Normal just for the scenes with a shirtless Matt Bomer.


    • JosephLamour

      I didn’t even read any of the words in this article. ::faints::

    • MilaXX

       There are .gifs online of him doing those sit up thingys.

  • PaperPusher2

    Matt for the win.  Not only better looking, but not an ounce of douchebagginess.  

  • jonnyf8

    Ian, forever . . .  I just rewatched that scene from Rules of Attraction the other night when he’s jumping on the bed with that other guy.  So good.

  • ErmengardeGreen

    Agreed on the making out and agreed on Matt’s superiority. His facial expressions look less calculated.

  • Matt

  • KSpence

    TLo, I say this with love, but you be cray-cray. Ian is the prettiest.

    • formerlyAnon

       Now, now. No need to call crazy. They’re both pretty –  Matt is more “Dudley Do-Right” pretty, Ian is more, um, MY kind of pretty!

  • dorothea_brooke

    Objectively extremely handsome but leave me cold.  Y’all can have them.  I like my imaginary boyfriends a little, how do I put it, rough?  Javier Bardemish?

    • filmcricket

      I can see where you’re coming from with that. It’s tough when my imaginary boyfriends are prettier than I am. I make an exception for Bomer because of the dark hair/blue eyes/utter perfection/Bryce Larkin/Cooper Anderson smorgasbord of yum.

      • MilaXX

         My thoughts exactly. I don’t usually go for the pretty boys, but I love Matt. Did you see him on the New Normal this week?

        • filmcricket

          No, I’ve learned my lesson about getting involved with Ryan Murphy shows. Plus the whole meta-ness of the Ryan/Bryan/Glee/Sing stuff strikes me as less “witty” and more “lazy.”

          • MilaXX

            completely understandable. I’ve just learned to lower my expectations as far a Ryan is concerned. It’s a harmless little sitcom & I don’t expect much more from it.

      • formerlyAnon

        As I get older, I find that more and more of my imaginary boyfriends (I’m a fickle tart, few of ’em last long) are prettier than I.

        • libraangel

          Ha Ha I agree!

  • SistaT

    My God … Ian.  I lust after him with such ferocity.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Matt wins all pretty contests. The Jiffy Pop hair is a little odd, however.

  • Those are some pretty eyes.

  • Donna Schmidt

    Baby blues and chiseled jaws! Matt is better looking.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Matt is DEFINITELY prettier. I enjoy these pictures very much, thank you 🙂

  • iCouture

    Jeeeezus ladies, enough with the douchebag comments because of how a guy smiles/smirks…  They are both gorgeous in different ways, and love the dark hair/blue eyed combo….MMmmmm…

  • I’d go with Ian as prettier, just because he’s got the more fem face. Matt’s better looking any day of the week! (Better dressed too.)

  • Matt. Oh god, MATT.

  • julnyes

    Don’t know much about either of these guys, so I will say the one on the left is prettier. Somerhalder, right?

  • elleg929

    Ian’s bitch-face makes him unattractive.  Get over yourself…you are on a show on the CW about vampires.

  • kimmeister

    They’re both gorgeous but Matt is more classically handsome.  His features are so much squarer than Ian’s, they’re cut like Superman’s.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yup, and your perfectly stated points are strikes against him in my book.

      Which would greatly increase my odds of winning were the Bitter Kittens buying raffle tickets for one or the other of them, but in reality means nada mucho.

  • lbl

    Matt. Why is this even a question?

  • Joyce VG

    Cheekbones for days…

  • Matt’s prettier, but Ian’s sleazier, which is sometimes more attractive. Bomer had such a hard time being a bad boy in Magic Mike. Your score is utterly fair.

  • I agree that Matt is prettier but Ian is sexier.  I’d like to see them in a pair of matching dog collars and nothing else.

  • Qitkat

    Matt’s prettier, but Ian has that slightly bad boy look here that women pant for. Can’t wait for White Collar! Big cheers to Ian for his environmental work. I’m a bad kitten, can’t remember him from Lost. Never seen TVD.

    • MilaXX

       He was Shannon’s big brother on LOST. White Collar returns on the 22nd I believe.

      • Qitkat

        And now I can’t remember who Shannon is! oops
        Maybe because I skipped parts of the middle seasons.

        • MilaXX

          Boone and Shannon were sibs. Shannon was always getting into trouble & Bone(Ian) would go rescue her. Shannon translates the song they find when they go looking for the French woman. The song was La Mer.

          • Qitkat

            Ohh, I do remember searching for the French woman. A few years down the road, I will probably re-watch the entire show.

          • MilaXX

             G-4 channel airs repeats and I often find myself getting sucked in.

        •  He and Shannon were there from the start. She eventually got sort of involved with Sayid, while Boone died when the wrecked plane fell over a cliff.

  • MilaXX

    Matt does indeed win prettiest male award here. Not sure what’s happening with his hair though. It’s either too short on the sides, or too high on the top. Ian needs to watch that smirk.

  • Kristy Evans

    Matt wins. Ian has beautiful bone structure, but his facial expressions too often veer into douche/serial killer territory.

  • Puck Thornton

    I have never heard of these two gentlemen, but in that last picture Mr. Bomer looks a bit like the late, great Montgomery Clift.

    • Funny you should say that, as Matt has expressed an ambition to star in a bio-pic of Clift. Someone needs to make this happen RFN.

  • girliecue

    Ian or Matt? Hmm, let me thiMATT! Even with the puffy hair. Ian’s pretty too but every time I see him I start getting obsessed with obtaining evidence that he is indeed related to/cloned from Rob Lowe.

  • Kris

    I am a Matt girl, for sure. I wonder if he dressed that well prior to working on White Collar… 

    • MilaXX

       yes, when I would see him promoting Chuck, he looked just as fine.

  •  Yucky. both.

  • sleepycat

    I seem to be in the minority here, but Ian is way hotter then Mat. Sorry everyone

    •  No, no, I’m with you. I find Ian to be infinitely hotter than Matt, but Matt looks like a former high school football player and that never did it for me.

  • butterflysunita

    What a vision of loveliness.  I could look at this photo all day.  

  • Carly Warnock

    Matt is prettier, but Ian poses nicely. On first thought of seeing these I also thought about them making out and I am a hetero female. Mmmmmmmmm. 

  • fursa_saida

    I know nothing about him outside of his True Blood character, but Ian Somerhalder always radiates such incredible levels of douchecanoe in pictures that it totally cancels out his good looks–whereas Matt Bomer seems like a GIGANTIC SWEETIE, and also I love White Collar. So Bomer it is for me.

  • AngelaGreen

    Yeah, it’s Matt, though there’s a whole lotta luscious in these pictures.

  • Matt, definitely. He makes Ian look a little homely, which I did not think was possible!

  • libraangel

    I say Ian with that little forelock of hair and that crooked smirky smile. I will faint.

  • altalinda

    Definitely Matt.  Ian is reminding me of the Grinch.

  • I vote Ian. Loooove him. But these pics are double the fun.

  • librarygrrl64

    There is a crapton of pretty boy in these pics, gentlemen.

  • thecitysleeps

    Definitely Matt.  I think Ian has a weird face.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  • Matt is prettier, but I’d do them both. Preferably at the same time.

  • Matt gets my vote.  Plus I like his gingham shirt better, too.

  • Matt is prettier, but this post is so ridiculously pretty it’s a bit dizzy-making.

  • Hetha Innis

    Matt for the prettier boy, even with the hiddy facial hair! 

  • Dani

    omg, totally agree with you guys about the making out. this might be one of the most drool worthy picture ever!


    They’re both unattractive to me.   

  • Prettier? Not sure.  More appealing?  Matt, hands-the-hell-down. His “HEY GUYS I’M AT A FANCY EVENT HAH!” grin will always beat Somerhalder’s over-it smirk.

  • Courtney St. Julian

    Ian looks like a young, preppy Rob Lowe. Delicious.

  • Peeve

    These two are scarily pretty…I can’t decide!

  • i vote for ian,  if matt have shaved and got the high hair under control, it’d be a tough decision.  ian does need to fix his tie.  and notice how he can’t keep his other hand out of his pocket?  hmmmm…

  • PrunellaV

    Boys, I’d love to make you a sandwich.

    • Melvis Velour

      with or without mayo?

      • PrunellaV

        I’ll leave that up to them…

    • H2olovngrl

      I’d like to make them breakfast.

  • Arms around each other and … Ian’s hands down his pants … hmmm

  • Matt is prettier but Ian looks more mischievous 😀

  • quiltrx

    They both look like douches who would make fun of people not as pretty as them.  No thanks.

    • Kind of funny, as they’re both pretty much the opposite of douches who would do any such thing. Seems like you’re being pretty-ist.

  • Matt’s the prettier one.  Ian always has such a smirky look on his face that he loses pretty points.

  • Markatha


  • Matt all the way!

  • mom2ajs5

    I don’t know who’s who but I like the scruffier one. I wouldn’t kick either out of bed though, mmm.

  • bd73

    damn those clark kent types are so fine. the funniest thing is i thought bomer was on the short side and somerhalder was very tall…

  • Frank Lithium

    I’m straight, but salivate I shall.

  • j_anson

    I think Matt Bomer may be the most attractive man in Hollywood at the moment but WHAT is going on in this pic with his forehead? Has it been surgically lengthened?

  • ccm800

    Matt in a landslide. 

  • Prettier: Matt. Sexier: Somerhalder. 

  • Northern_Light_27

    Men rarely do much for me, but oh MY! Ian Somerhalder! Goddamn, but that man is hot. 

  • RzYoung

    I’ve just realised I always thought these two were the same person

  • Pretty boys face off!

  • Frankly that smirk on Ian Somerhalder’s face makes me glad Locke killed Boone.  Annoying.

  • AlexisPayne

    Matt is definitely prettier, but Ian has something….

  • neofashionista


  • iheartbuffy

    They’re both so pretty in such different ways. I’m guessing Matt’s facial skin doesn’t end up looking like cottage cheese up close on TV though like Ian’s. Hard choice though, because seeing Ian with Nina on a regular basis. is. too. hot. to. handle. TOSS UP.

  • dharmabum8

    Boone,errr, Ian 🙂

  • formerlyAnon

    Ian gets my vote. Hands down. Annoying smirk notwithstanding.

  • Gener1c

    Without question, Matt.

  • Crystal

    Matt. And he sings! 

  • UglyTalents

    Matt is way prettier. Ian looks like an a-hole, is it just me?

  • H2olovngrl

    If only Ian would smile nor smirk…

  • Team Matt.

  • Akmall Razlan

    yup! matt for sure.