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Paul did a Q&A with Andy Warhol for Interview Magazine!
New Jersey-native Paul Wesley is a rather busy man. The 32-year-old actor spends much of the year filming The Vampire Diaries in Georgia, a CW show on which he has played the brooding vampire heartthrob Stefan Salvatore since 2009. Over the last year he’s also filmed several indie movies, including Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear, which won the Audience Award at SXSW, and Amira & Sam, which is currently in competition at the Savannah Film Festival.
ANDY WARHOL: What do you think about love?
PAUL WESLEY: Love is something that is very personal to each individual based on where they are in their lives. It fluctuates and changes over time. I think there is a massive differentiation between infatuation and love, but people tend to confuse the two.
WARHOL: When did you start making movies?
WESLEY: I started working in front of the camera for the first time when I was 15 years old. I joined a soap opera. We filmed in Brooklyn and I would skip class to shoot my scenes. It was terrifying and I entirely self-conscious in front of the camera.
WARHOL: What’s your favorite movie?
WESLEY: That answer always changes depending on what mood I’m in. the one that seems to consistently come to mind is Scenes from a Marriage (1973) by Ingmar Bergman. Not exactly uplifting, but it had a huge impact on me that I can’t seem to get out of my mind.
WARHOL: Did you go to acting school?
WESLEY: Yes and no. I would go to acting classes in New York City, but it was sporadic. I went to a bunch of classes in L.A. as an adult. I enjoy it for certain things but I am not dogmatic about it.
WARHOL: What’s the craziest thing a fan has sent you?
WESLEY: A box full of sausages—Polish sausages. I couldn’t tell if it was innuendo or if she really wanted me to enjoy the Polish sausages.
WARHOL: If you got a movie tomorrow, what would be your ideal role?
WESLEY: At this point in my career, anything that is non-vampire related. I look for characters that are extremely flawed and the anti-hero.
WARHOL: Do you go out a lot or stay at home?
WESLEY: I stay at home a lot by choice, but go out a lot due to work. As I’ve grown older, the simple pleasure of sitting on the couch with someone you love and watching a documentary is about as good as it gets for me.
WARHOL: Is there anything you regret not doing?
WESLEY: There’s one particular incident that comes to mind: one time I was assigned community service for getting into a fight in high school and they told me I had a week to complete 20 hours. I convinced the lady at the library (I was assigned to stack books) to sign off that I had finished the community service, but that between her and I, I would take several weeks because I was busy that week. She trusted me, signed the paper that I completed service, and I duped her and never came back. I literally think about that all that time. It haunts me and sometimes want to go back there and find her and stack books because I’m really wracked with terrible guilt. I was 16 at the time and didn’t have much of a conscience.
WARHOL: Do you dream?
WESLEY: Yes, but I rarely remember them for more than two to three minutes after waking up—unless I’m going through a trying time in my life, in which case I vividly remember everything.
WARHOL: How many hotels have you been kicked out of?
WESLEY: None, but I did get kicked out of several high schools. Does that count/make me cool?
Okay if you haven’t watched this yet … you NEED to! Love Paul & his sense of humor!
People.com asked Paul five questions including what he really thinks about Mr. Somerhalder!
The Vampire Diaries star gets it right when he sums up his onscreen bro in three almost-real words
Today Paul was on Pix11 talking about his directorial debut on The Vampire Diaries.
Known best for his work on CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” Paul Wesley is now venturing behind the camera and onto the big screen.
Wesley will make his directorial debut with Thursday’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” and his movie “Before I Disappear” won an award from this year’s SXSW.
He’ll be a judge at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The 31-year-old joined the PIX11 Morning News to talk about his new professional adventures, in the video above.
Paul spoke with the Wall Street Journal about his first experience directing.
With just five days of filming left to complete season five of “The Vampire Diaries,” fan favorite Paul Wesley, better known as Stefan Salvatore, caught up with Speakeasy to discuss his directing debut. Fans will now get to see what their favorite vampire brother has to offer the other side of the camera in the coming “Vampire Diaries” episode titled “Resident Evil” airing on April 17.
Speakeasy: So you’ve acted, produced and now directed – are you positioning yourself as a triple threat?
Paul Wesley: I hate to say it, but I think I enjoy directing on “Vampire Diaries” more than acting on Vampire Diaries. I mean don’t get me wrong, I really love acting on the show, but there was just something about directing that really spoke to me and it’s really something I always envisioned myself doing.
I never really thought I would be a TV director. I always thought surely I’ll have directed my first feature by now, but that hasn’t happened because I’ve obviously been preoccupied for the last half decade filming “Vampire Diaries.” So the feature is coming soon, but this was a good start and I’ve got to tell you it’s really amazing to work with a polished crew and with amazing people supporting you. It was a great way to get started, I can tell you that much.
What led you to the decision to try directing?
Well, it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. I’ve always been a fan of film and I’ve always admired directors. It’s just something that is difficult to obtain. I actually always wanted to go to film school and I didn’t get a chance to because I started working as an actor at a very young age. I’ve just instinctively always wanted to try.
You’ve all been working together now for five years, so how did the other actors respond to you suddenly becoming the boss?
In a way that’s a funny word because you’re not really the boss. You rely so heavily on the actors, it’s funny. My entire episode is essentially dictated by how the actors are feeling and if they want to support me and I needed them more than they needed me. I was definitely kissing their a—-.
I was expecting them to maybe tease me a little more. I was really anticipating it, but no one really did anything, which was nice. In fact, they were all just incredibly warm and supportive and they were very respectful. It wasn’t like “Oh, I’m not going to listen to Paul” it was like “Oh hey, Paul’s been doing this for five years and we would really love to hear what he has to say.” It was a really nice experience.
Will fans notice any overall style changes in the episode you directed?
Not necessarily. “The Vampire Diaries” is a formula that works and it’s a very specific formula. I think that there are some things in my episode that are very interesting and unique. I tried to give my own spin on it, but ultimately the beats are still Vampire Diaries’ beats. The show is still “The Vampire Diaries” and there is only so much you can do as a director on a TV series. You really need to just follow the formula, that’s what you are hired to do to follow the formula that has been working really successfully for the last half a decade. You’re not shooting a pilot where you can create your own look and style. You’re not shooting a film. It’s an episode of a TV series so you can’t deviate. Otherwise you’re not really doing your job and you might not get hired to do it again.
It sounds like you’ve really become inspired by this experience. Any future directing plans?
I do want to pursue this – and in television as well. I think it’s safe to say there is more compelling material in television than there is in film statistically. For every good movie that comes out there is probably five thousand really crappy ones that you never see and on TV, on any given night you can really find some incredible stuff coming on. TV is an incredible world right now for creative types and it used to be such a limited experience, but I’m learning that’s a really foolish way to look at things.
With just a week left of filming season five of “Vampire Diaries,” what else do you have in the works?
I just premiered the first film that I produced at South by Southwest [“Before I Disappear”], and we won the audience award and hopefully people will see it as something I’m very, very proud of. And I actually started a little production company with a friend of mine who is a veteran in the TV business and he and I are going to go out there and try and do some compelling things. I don’t want to speak too soon, but that’s what I’ve been focusing on lately.
And now, I have to ask, can you give fans any sneak peaks of the last part of season five?
I read the finale and it ends on a really interesting note. I guess you could say some of the main characters, something happens to them that is. Season five ends on a note of ambiguity in that you really don’t know what is going to happen in season six because people sort of …a very mysterious fate takes two of our main characters.
Dana Ward chatted with Paul Wesley at the 100th episode celebration for The Vampire Diaries about his favorite thing about TVD fans, his favorite Stefan Salvatore memory and what dating advice he’d give Stefan.
Cinema Blaze shared this great interview with Paul where he talks about how he likes Stefan to be and about pranks on the set.
Interview with Paul Wesley of ‘The Vampire Diaries’. In The CW’s new hit series “The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley plays the role of Stefan Salvatore, a vampire who struggles to live in peace with humans. He’s in love with a human by the name of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev). As if it’s not difficult enough to keep himself from sinking his teeth into her neck, he’s forced to protect her from his villainous brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) who has no problem drinking blood directly from a human’s neck.
During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Paul Wesley talked about how much he enjoys wearing fangs and getting to work with the cast on the series.
Q: Do you talk to the producers about aspects of the character you’d like to see on The Vampire Diaries?
Paul: Yes, absolutely. As a matter of fact, when we get the scripts, we have a relationship where we can call them and say, “Why do I do this?” Julie and Kevin write our characters for us and, the way that we play our characters, they’ll see something and go, “Oh, I like that smile there,” or “I like Stefan sort of sinister,” and they start writing more of that. They cater to it and, in a sense, mold it to your liking.
Q: What powers of Stefan’s do you wish you had?
Paul: I have every power that he has, he just has it tenfold. Everything that he has is heightened.
Q: Would you want to have those heightened senses?
Paul: It would make me insanely neurotic, even more than I am now, especially overhearing what people say about me. I don’t think I’d want it.
Q: Do you and Ian discuss the sibling relationship?
Paul: We do analyze it. We do a lot of work and spend a lot of time talking about our roles, but then we let it go and drift. We are bros in real life and you can’t fabricate that.
Q: Did you enjoy it when Stefan and Damon were imitating each other?
Paul: That was fantastic! We had a blast. We spend 24 hours a day together, so I didn’t have to look at him anymore. I knew exactly what he did. I knew exactly how to make fun of him. I get all his little quirks. We had so much fun that day. Everybody was laughing. It was one of those days on set where the crew was like, “Oh, my God, Ian and Paul are not taking themselves so seriously.” I’m usually like, “I need another take.” I’m always about it being good and perfect, to the point of detriment, and that day we just wanted to have fun.
Q: You and Ian talk about how much you love working together. Does Nina ever feel left out?
Paul: She’s mutually admired, in the same way. Ian and I are bros, so I can mess with him. Nina is like our little sister, in a sense. It sounds a little incestuous because we’re acting that we’re in love with her, but we protect her. Me and Ian just rip on each other, but that’s ‘cause I love him.
Q: What makes you a good friend?
Paul: At the end of the day, if someone I cared about called me at 4:00 in the morning and said, “I’m stuck. Can you drive two hours to help me?,” I’ll do it. I have four friends that will do that for me and I know Ian is one of them. I have five people on my speed dial and he’s one of them.
Q: Are there ever any pranks on the set?
Paul: We prank each other on a daily basis. There’s nothing major, but they’re constantly ripping on me. Ian and I kid around, constantly. I’ll switch Ian’s number on the call sheet, so that instead of number 3, I’ll make him number 13 and say, “You dropped to number 13 status, man. You’re not up on the list of priorities.” We rip on each other ‘cause we love each other so much. It’s little things like that, but nothing crazy.
Paul recently spoke with Parade and they talked about working on The Vampire Diaries, his co-star & friend Ian Somerhalder and what his first love is.
Last year may have marked the end of The Twilight Saga, but the vampire phenomenon is alive and well on the small screen thanks in part to The Vampire Diaries (CW, Thursdays). At the center of the bloodsucking hit is Paul Wesley, who plays a 165-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore.
As The Vampire Diaries gets ready to wrap its fourth season, Wesley, 30, talked to PARADE about his role on the show, his heartthrob status, and more.
On playing undead.
“My favorite part about playing Stefan is when he gets to explore his own darkness. I really enjoy finding flaws in the hero, and I think Stefan is the hero of the story in a sense. I love finding his faults and what makes him tick. I definitely prefer the dark Stefan.”
On becoming a pop culture phenomenon.
“I had an idea it would take off the way it did because I knew that vampires were very popular, and I knew of [creator] Kevin Williamson’s work, so I had an inkling that this would do well — I just didn’t know just how well!”
On filming in Atlanta, Ga.
“It is really hard work. It’s a lot of night shoots and grueling schedules, so levity is definitely something we need every once and awhile in order to make it sustainable. There’s definitely a lot of silliness that ensues on set!”
On his on-screen brother (and off-screen friend) Ian Somerhalder.
“We’ve become really good buddies. I know every single thing about him on every possible level. I’ve never done a television series for this long, and it’s kind of like the longest relationship you’ll ever have — other than my family and my wife. I feel like I know the good, the bad, the ugly, and the great about everyone in the cast — and they can say the same about me!
On his heartthrob status.
“To be honest, I think its endearing and sweet, but I don’t really think about it too much.”
On what he wanted to be as a kid.
“Hockey was my first passion and my first love. I wanted to be an ice hockey player, but I got into a little bit of trouble and got kicked off the team. I started looking for something else to do, and that’s when I got into theater. I don’t know if I ever saw myself making it a profession, but I definitely think that by the age of 18 I figured out that I would do this for the rest of my life.”
On finding time for his first love.
“I get out on the ice every once in awhile and play hockey —definitely in the winter time. I like doing winter activities. Sometimes I’ll go home to New Jersey and play a couple of pick-up games. I don’t get to do a ton of it in Atlanta. I’m sure there’s an ice rink somewhere, but I don’t get a lot of time with filming. I think its one of the best sports out there. I miss it. I miss being a kid and having ice hockey being the most important thing in the world!”