On Monday, Kate Couric pulled out all the stops to really theme up her show for her special guest, author E L James, the women behind the runaway smash-hit book, 50 Shades of Grey. Lit and draped in passionate red tones, Couric herself entered the soundstage in a sleevless sexy leather dress wearing quite the pair of heels. To even up the anti further, Couric introduced herself as your “mistress” for the day.

I fully expected for E L James to enter the stage in whips and chains and leather. Instead, the modest and shy writer simply came on stage with such a soft spoken voice, it was hard to actually understand her most of the time. In actual fact, James is still floored by the success of her book saying “it’s ridiculous.” James isn’t living in the regalness of her success either admitting her only big purchase since the sales skyrocketed was a new Volkswagen. “I know how to live, laides!”

During the segment, Katie asked James about the many rumors and thoughts surrounding who should play the lead roles in the adapted film. E L admits that she has a few people on her list but didn’t divulge any information on who she would pick. However, Katie opened up the question to her fans and they picked which actor and actress they would like to see in the roles of Christian Grey and Ana Steele. While you think the obvious choices would be the winner, you are going to be mistaken. I hadn’t actually thought of these two playing the roles at all. But now that they are in my head, I can see them being quite the interesting choice. Find out who below.

To step into the sexy shoes of Christian Grey, the fans chose Ian Somherhalder famously from the CW’s hit series, The Vampire Diaries. While I would have pegged someone a bit older to play the role, Smolderhaler as he’s known on the blogosphere definitely is no stranger to S&M. He seems to know his way around the bedroom quite well if you’ve ever watched him on the Vampire hit. His body isn’t too bad either.

For the innocent Ana Steele, the fans thought Alexis Bledel would be a great choice. You probably remember this fresh faced actress from Gilmore Girls or the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. One thing is for sure, Alexis definitely has that innocent look that would work perfectly for the role and the sexual tension between her and Ian could be quite the thing to watch. What do you think of the fans’ choices?