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June 12, 2019

Paul Wesley is set to return to CBS All Access’ Tell Me a Story in Season 2 as a new character.

The actor known for his role in the former series The Vampire Diaries appeared in the psychological thriller’s first season as Eddie Longo. Created by Kevin Williamson, Tell Me a Story presents well-known fairy tales in a dark and twisted re-imagination.

Each season, new fairy tales and characters are featured, and in Season 2, three princesses take center stage in a way you’ve never seen them before. Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella will all be explored in this next chapter.

In this iteration, Wesley will take on the role of Tucker, who’s a struggling novelist who spends sleepless nights attempting to prove he’s good enough for his fiancée. But things could collapse when a secret threatens his future.

Apart from his work on Tell Me a Story and The Vampire Diaries, Wesley has appeared in Medal of Honor and is currently working on Confessions of a Drug Addicted High School Teacher. Wesley is also a director and has helmed episodes of Roswell, New Mexico and Legacies on The CW.

Don’t miss him when he returns for Season 2 of Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access, and binge the first season on the streaming service now.

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June 10, 2019

Nina shared that things were not always friendly between her and Paul during their time filming Vampire Diaries.

Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley may have played a couple on season one of The Vampire Diaries — but they “despised” each other on set.

On Monday’s episode of Candice King and Kayla Ewell’s Directionally Challenged podcast, Dobrev reflected on joining the CW series 10 years ago, and revealed that her relationship with Wesley has come a long way since they first starred as Elena Gilbert and Stefan Salvatore.

“Paul and I didn’t get along at the beginning of the show. I respected Paul Wesley, I didn’t like Paul Wesley,” the actress dished, sharing that she was shocked by how their chemistry played off on screen. “I remember everyone would walk up to me after the show aired and they’d be like, ‘Are you and Paul dating in real life?'”

“Everyone thought that we had such good chemistry. I realize now that there’s a fine line between love and hate and we despised each other so much that it read as love but… We really just didn’t get along the first five months of shooting,” she recalled.

Dobrev’s experience with Wesley is a common one for actors, she explained. “Most of the time, love interests in film and TV don’t get along and that reads as really intense chemistry,” she said.

“Maybe we had a moment where we actually connected, and he looked at me and he was like, ’10 years from now, when we’re not on this show, you’re gonna really miss me. You’re gonna miss these times; you’ll look back, and this is gonna be the good old days. We’ll appreciate each other in 10 years,'” she recalled.

“He was so f**king right. We ended up getting to a good place and it was fine,” Dobrev said. “Of everyone, I think I probably see him the most and hang out with him the most. We’re probably the closest. We hang out a lot. We’re really good friends. I love his wife. It’s so funny how time changes everything because I never thought he would be one of my best friends.”

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March 7, 2019

EW.com shares how Paul felt returning to the set that he spent 8 years on when he returned to Atlanta to direct an episode of The Vampire Diaries.

It’s been almost exactly two years since The Vampire Diaries aired its series finale, which — spoiler alert! — saw the heroic Stefan Salvatore sacrifice himself to save everyone he loved (not to mention the entire town of Mystic Falls). With his final shot of the series, Paul Wesley closed a chapter in his life, one that remains closed to this day. “I definitely closed the chapter of that part of my life in terms of in front of the camera. I can’t imagine entering that world in front of the camera,” Wesley tells EW. But the same can’t be said of his life behind the camera.

Thanks to Legacies, which exists in the same world as The Vampire Diaries, the TVD universe lives on with familiar faces (TVD star Matthew Davis is one of Legacies‘ leads) and familiar places (the Salvatore house is now the Salvatore School). So when Wesley was asked to direct an episode of the Originals spin-off, not only did he return to Atlanta, where they’d shot TVD for eight seasons, but he found himself standing in the Salvatore great room, where he’d filmed many a scene as Stefan (including his last).

“As a director, it was still a new experience for me. I was directing a whole new set of actors. The scripts have a different tone,” Wesley says. “But obviously there’s similarities. We were in the Salvatore great room and that was totally trippy. I was having weird flashbacks. Vampire Diaries ended two years ago, and I felt like it had ended three decades ago and when I stepped in there, all these weird memories started coming back. I was like, ‘Oh my god I remember when I sat here and I did this scene and I remember talking to Ian [Somerhalder] about this.’ Everything came rushing in and then it just passed and I moved on. But for a minute there, I had this flood of memories. It was very unusual.”

As for how the directing experience went, Wesley found comfort in some familiar faces he saw around set. “It was so nice having some old friends there,” Wesley says. “Matt Davis of course, some of the crew, my cinematographer and my A.D. These are guys I worked with very intimately for years and it was so nice to see them again and to hang out, and we really all worked our asses off to try to create something good.”

Wesley’s episode of Legacies airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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  • February 13, 2019

    Deadline shares the news that Paul has a new producing deal with Kapital Entertainment!

    EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment has forged a production partnership with The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley and his company Citizen Media.

    The first two series projects Kapital and Citizen are rolling out together are a drama based on Jason Smith’s non-fiction article Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher, with Wesley attached to star and David Slade (Black Mirror) to direct, and supernatural crime drama Possessed, based on a Korean format.

    Under the pact, Kapital will work with Wesley to build his company and its footprint in the market. The Kapital team and Wesley will jointly develop content for Wesley to produce. It will be aimed at broadcast, cable and streaming. Some — but not all — of the projects will be intended as starring vehicles for Wesley who recently co-starred on Kapital’s CBS All Access series Tell Me a Story.

    “Paul and I found ourselves aligned in the kinds of stories we wanted to tell and in synch in how we wanted to share them,” Kaplan said. “I am so excited that Paul trusted Kapital to work with Citizen Media to develop and produce great content.”

    Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher was one of the first projects Wesley put in development when he launched Citizen Media in 2016 with a deal at Warner Bros. TV. Smith’s article chronicles his two-year stint teaching public high school in northern California. Despite teaching while anesthetized by a heavy dose of prescription narcotics, Jason finds that his brokenness from addiction begins attracting broken students, and in a town obsessed with high school football, he’s not alone in his obsession to escape from himself.

    Kapital is executive producing with Wesley, who will star, his former producing partner Bob Levy. as well as Slade, who will direct.

    Based on the 2009 Korean series from MBC, Possessed centers on high school girl Ha-na who is always the first to come out and protect her introverted twin sister Doo-na. After Doo-na passes away in a fire, Ha-na finds that her body no longer completely belongs to herself. Doo-na’s angry spirit now lives in Ha-na, giving her special powers and monstrous strength. Genius criminal psychologist Shin Ryu is an expert profiler who is determined to see justice served. When he learns about Ha-na’s abilities, he uses her powers to eliminate criminals that are above the law, and to plan his revenge on the man who helped his family’s killer go free. (You can watch a trailer for the original series below.)

    Craig Plestic (The Masked Singer) is executive producing Possessed alongside Kapital and Citizen Media.

    This is the latest producing partnership for Kapital, which also has deals with directors Victor Gonzalez and David Semel.

    “I’ve admired the work that Aaron and Kapital have been doing, and I’m very excited to team up with them to create content we can be proud of,” Wesley said.

    Over the last few years, Wesley’s production company, Citizen Media, has set up multiple series projects for development at various networks and studios including ABC, Fox 21 TV TV Studios, Warner Bros TV/Warner Horizon and Freeform.

    Wesley starred on The Vampire Diaries for eight seasons, directed multiple episodes throughout the series’ run, and served as a producer for the 8th and final season.

    He recently appeared in Netflix’s docu-drama Medal Of Honor produced by Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. He also did two off Broadway theater productions in 2018. Behind the camera, last year he directed episodes of Roswell, New Mexico and Legacies.

    Wesley is repped by ICM, Management 360, and attorney Marcy Morris. Slade is with UTA. MBC is repped by Paradigm.

    Kaplan currently has 11 series on the air, 10 of them through Kapital.

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  • February 8, 2019

    Paul and Ines de Ramon were married in a private ceremony recently. The news was shared by E!News.

    I’d like to wish them both congratulations and best wishes on this exciting time in their lives.

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  • October 26, 2018

    Today Paul participated in the Build Series in New York and discussed his new series Tell Me A Story.

    “Tell Me a Story” takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder. Star Paul Wesley stops by BUILD to talk about the new CBS All Access Original Series.

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  • October 25, 2018

    Paul did a podcast with US Weekly’s “Watch with Us” to talk about his new series Tell Me A Story, which premieres on Halloween.

    Listen to the podcast here.

    Paul Wesley Opens a New Window. has come a long way. While he’s best known for his role as Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries Opens a New Window. , he began acting 10 years before taking on the famous blood-sucking role. Now, he’s taking on a whole new world in his first streaming series, Tell Me a Story. Creator Kevin Williamson knew of Wesley’s talents as they worked together on The Vampire Diaries, but the role is completely opposite from Stefan, allowing the 36-year-old to head back to his roots.

    “It’s funny, I used to play antiheroes when I was younger prior to joining The Vampire Diaries. I was always playing, I would say, troubled characters and so it’s nice to go back to that. It’s nice to do something that I am actually more comfortable with, believe it or not,” the actor said on this week’s “Watch With Us” podcast Opens a New Window. . “I love it and it was one of the things that I was looking to do, something different, something that would be the antithesis of what people need from the guy.”

    That guy he’s playing now is Eddie, a reckless bartender who “numbs himself every day” through some sort of substance, and dabbles in robberies. “He’s a mess, so when the opportunity presents itself to him where he can make some cash and potentially get away with it, he takes it,” Welsey said.

    The actor also opened up to Us about his career – from working on Guiding Light with Brittany Snow Opens a New Window. at 16 to appearing in an episode of The O.C. alongside Ben McKenzie, who he is still in touch with, to starring on Everwood. However, none of those prepared him for life on Vampire Diaries. He was thankful he was 26 when The CW hit began.

    “If I had achieved that level of fame at 19, I probably would have been even bigger of a mess than I was when I was 26. So I am grateful it happened a little bit later,” he told Us. Plus, after eight years on the hit show, it was time to hang up the Stefan hat.

    “To be honest with you, the show probably could’ve ended maybe a year earlier. I felt like we kept it going, but we all knew this was the best possible thing to do. You start to run out of story, and I think we had told all the story that needed to be told,” he said, adding that it only works if you have it based around all new characters, like Legacies is doing.

    “I’m actually gonna go direct it. I’m leaving in like a week and a half. And it’s amazing to me that they were able to do it, but this makes sense to me, it’s a whole new set of characters,” he noted. “It’s really a whole new generation and that’s the only way that I think the show could continue was a whole new set of characters and a new generation. But as far as the Stefan and Damon of it all, I think those guys … they needed to hang up their hats and retire.”

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  • October 25, 2018

    No more Stefan? Paul shares his thoughts with TV Guide.

    Julie Plec’s thrilling supernatural world will live on with Legacies, the The Vampire Diaries and The Originals spin-off set to premiere Thursday on the CW. The new series, which follows Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) at the Salvatore Boarding School, will see several familiar faces drop by including Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig), who is now the sheriff of Mystic Falls, and fully-fledged hunter Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen). While Plec has expressed an open-door policy for TVD alumnus to appear, there’s one character you can be certain won’t ever make their way to the Originals spinoff: Stefan Salvatore.

    After sacrificing his life for his brother Damon (Ian Somherlader) in the Vampire Dairies series finale, Stefan earned a blissful afterlife with his bestie Lexie (Arielle Kebbel) and a memorial library named after him on Legacies. But if you were hoping to see the deceased ex-vamp and his hero hair again on screen, you’re in for major disappointment. Paul Wesley says there’s no way he’ll reprise his role as the swoon-worthy Salvatore on Legacies.

    “Absolutely, 100 percent not. Stefan is forever dead,” he told TV Guide.

    Stefan might be gone for good but you can catch Wesley in the fairytale drama Tell Me a Story from Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson. He is set to play a bartender and low-level thief named Eddie whose petulance is fueled even more by his struggles with alcohol and drugs. The series, which is a dark twist on classic fairy tales, is sure to be a treat for Vampire Diaries fans itching to see some familiar faces back on screen. Wesley will star opposite The Originals alum Danielle Campbell who has nothing but love for her TVD past.

    “I will forever love my vampire-werewolf-witch family,” she said. “They’re always so dear and near to me and I love Julie [Plec] to death.” Perhaps we’ll see Davina Claire drop by the Salvatore Boarding School to offer up some important lessons on witchcraft. You never know!

    Catch Wesley and Campbell in action on Tell Me a Story which drops Wednesday, Oct. 31 on CBS All Access. Plus, Legacies premieres Thursday, Oct. 25 at 9/8c on The CW.

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