Meet Taylor Kinney: Lady Gaga's boyfriend loves surfing, art, and Ian Somerhalder

Thumbnail image for lady-gaga-taylor-kinney.jpgLady Gaga, we're happy for you and we're gonna let you finish... but we found Taylor Kinney first. Just saying.

Yes, Gaga and her "Vampire Diaries" boyfriend are allegedly getting a little more serious, shopping for houses in Pennsylvania and PDA-ing it up in public. Now that they're getting all official on us, we have a feeling that Kinney's star is on the rise -- after all, look what happened to K. Fed, and he wasn't even hot.

If you want to have something to contribute to the water cooler conversation, here's what you need to know about Kinney. He's from Lancaster, PA and he's 31 years old. He's got three brothers and went to West Virginia University for business. Though he's had considerable success as a TV actor, he currently lives in a pretty run-down condo on the beach in San Diego (obviously, surfing is a priority) with three buddies.

Don't let the surf-bum thing fool you, though -- he's got fine tastes. Last year, we chatted with him about a Salvador Dali exhibit. That's right. He's cultured. "I have such an appreciation for art," he told us. "You know, when you're a kid and you go to these museums on field trips, you don't recognize what's in front of you. You're more interested in pinching the girl from your math class. Now I can appreciate it."

taylor-kinney-ian-somerhalder.jpgHe seemed a little too good to be true. "What if I was lying?" he laughed. "What if I was really in a bar on my sixth Budweiser?"

We'd still love him, for the record. (Would Lady Gaga? Just wondering. Just wondering.)

In addition to his run as Hot Uncle Mason (H.U.M. will suffice) on "The Vampire Diaries," Kinney starred on the short-lived "Trauma." Season 2 of "Shameless," which begins Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. on Showtime, features Kinney in a guest starring role. All of him, for the record -- episode 3 opens with him in the buff.

He's also filming a web series, "Dating Rules From My Future Self," with Shiri Appleby. But as far as we know, he wears clothes in that.

For what it's worth, back in his "Vampire Diaries" days, Lady Gaga was not Kinney's biggest celebrity crush. "I have a man crush on Ian [Somerhalder]," he admitted to us.

Somerhalder assured us that the crush was requited. "Taylor's awesome, we adore each other, and it's so funny that we have to hate each other [on screen]. He's a sweetie pie, and he's one handsome son of a bitch," Somerhalder said.

We concur. And we may or may not be holding out hope for Kinney to get tired of getting poked by Gaga's spiky hair and spiky clothes and spiky face, come knock on our door, and sweep us off our feet.
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