Vampire Diaries Hunk Gets Ripped for New Role

Vampire Diaries Hunk Gets Ripped for New Role
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12/18/2009 AT 08:30 AM EST

Looks like Sean Faris will be wielding more than just acting skills when he joins the delicious cast of Vampire Diaries!

The hunky actor, who'll be playing Mystic Grill bartender Ben in the new year, said in the new issue of Men's Health that he packed on 15 lbs. for the CW's fangtastic hit.

"Cooking at home is key to being in shape," the 27-year-old star said. "You can order a salad in a restaurant, but not know what you’re getting."

And the secret to achieving his six-pack? It's all about taking it slow.

"I see so many people in the gym just slinging weights around," he said. "You can accomplish more if you squeeze the reps out in perfect form, instead of going big and trying to kill it every time."

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