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March 13, 2015 03:00 PM

Ian Somerhalder made his directorial debut with Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, and his fans making “#DirectorSomerhalder” a worldwide trend weren’t the only ones fired up about the addition to his résumé.

His fiancée, Nikki Reed, took to Instagram to gush over Somerhalder’s directing prowess.

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“You blow me away,” wrote Reed, 26. “I am beyond inspired by the person you are, but mostly I am humbled by your work ethic and desire to always push for the best in yourself and others. With distinct style and an unwavering vision you directed something you should be truly proud of.

“Congratulations to you!!!!!!! All of your hard work paid off. Your talent has trickled into every facet of your life, and this is only the beginning,” she captioned the photo of Somerhalder (as Damon) on her television screen.

Sure, she might be a biased party, but “The Downward Spiral” was incredibly well-received by the fandom at large, if the mass enthusiasm on Twitter was any indication.

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Somerhalder, 36, where he revealed the biggest challenge of directing as well as his ideal ending for the series.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on The CW.

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