FLASHBACKS TO THE 1960s – Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to distract Elena (Nina Dobrev) from obsessing about the state of her relationship with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), while Bonnie (Kat Graham) does her best to be realistic about how the changes happening on the Other Side will affect her existence as the Anchor. Damon demands the Traveler knife, forcing Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt (Zach Roerig) to admit it has gone missing. Through flashbacks to election night, 1960, Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) reveals to Elena, Stefan and Bonnie that he has learned what happened to his long-lost love, Maggie (guest star Heather Hemmens), and then, with the unwilling help of Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (guest star Chris Brochu), things take an ugly turn. Trying to calm Enzo down, Damon intervenes, but his words cause Enzo to make a desperate and dangerous decision that leads to a violent confrontation with Stefan. Finally, Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) enlists Sloan’s (guest star Caitlin McHugh) help in a ritual designed to break an ancient curse against the Travelers. Tyler (Michael Trevino) is forced to play a dangerous part in the ritual, while witnessing the incredible power the Travelers now possess.
In honor of Paul’s directorial debut tonight (which I think he did amazingly!) we have some new pics of him in his new role!
I love this article from Zap2It talking about Paul, the triple threat!
Paul Wesley is about to become a triple threat. He’s a well-known actor (the screams at “The Vampire Diaries” PaleyFest panel can attest to that), he’s a producer (he produced and starred in the movie “Before I Disappear,” which won the Audience Award at SXSW) and now he’s making his directorial debut with an episode of “The Vampire Diaries.” That’s one impressive resume.
Wesley’s episode, “Resident Evil,” airs on Thursday (April 17), and he couldn’t be more excited for fans to see all his hard work pay off. “It feels very good. I’ve always aspired to do all three and it’s incredibly fulfilling to be a part of the experience in the pre-production phase like as a producer or a director,” Wesley tells Zap2it. “I think acting is incredibly fulfilling in many, many ways. It’s an important profession but in a way, it can be somewhat frustrating to not have a certain say in different factors that you wish you could. So it was a very fulfilling experience for me to have more control.”
And Wesley promises that his episode is a doozy. Since it’s so close to the season finale, “Resident Evil” is filled with complicated stunts, powerful scenes, game-changing twists … everything we’ve come to love and expect from a later-season episode of The CW’s hit show. “It’s funny how complex my episode was,” Wesley says. “I had like two different crews going on two different days, I had stunts, I had a 50-foot blue screen, I had VFX, I had flashbacks, I had harness work, I made somebody disappear midair. I was incredibly grateful that they entrusted me with all of that.”
Despite all the complicated aspects of the episode, Wesley assures that the hour won’t feel different than what fans have come to expect on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET. “It’s not revolutionary or anything. I don’t want audiences thinking I’m like recreating the show,” Wesley says. “It’s an episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ I followed the formula that is very good and has proven to be very successful.”
He continues, “And there are a couple things I really like about the episode. But one thing in particular is this one storyline where there are some really nice throwbacks to Season 1, some really interesting visions and flashbacks with Stefan and Elena. It’s just really nice to shoot such a nostalgic episode because Seasons 1, 2 ad 3 were my favorite seasons of the show. I was able to recreate some of that which was really nice.”
Wesley is talking about these “sex dreams” that the promos for the episode teased, which gave Stelena fans something major to look forward to. “I can’t tease much other than the fact that these dreams are not just arbitrary or random dreams,” Wesley says. “There is a reason behind these dreams and they all lead to one conclusive thing that occurs at the end of the episode.”
Could that have anything to do with the Travelers’ leader Markos, who was just brought back from the Other Side? Wesley’s not spilling, but he did reveal that he was happy to incorporate some of the Other Side’s storyline into his episode.
“Now that the Travelers brought Markos back things are starting to fall apart,” Wesley says. “I’ve been able to do some really cool visual stuff with the Other Side falling apart and disintegrating. I’m so glad I got to recreate the visual aesthetic of the Other Side because it was so interesting to me, getting to work with the production designer and the creative team to try to make a new way of telling the Other Side’s story.”
And for any super fans out there, keep your eyes peeled for a common theme Wesley wove into his vision scenes like easter eggs. “There’s an interesting thing I did in some of the visions, and I wonder if anyone will pick up on it,” Wesley says. “It’s not like a big deal, and I don’t want to sound pretentious but there’s kind of an interesting theme in the vision sequences that I’ll be curious to see if anyone picks up on. It’s a fun little clue for the fans.”
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
All kinds of fun articles keep popping up about Paul’s directing tonight’s episode of the Vampire Diaries … love it! I think this is definitely just the beginning.
Here is an article from The Associated Press where Paul talks about how he would like to start doing more directing!
NEW YORK — Paul Wesley admits to experiencing jitters on his first day of directing Thursday’s episode of the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” particularly when it came to saying the word “action.”
“I had been hearing the word ‘action’ for 15 years, but it was always from behind-the-camera,” explained the 31-year-old actor in a recent interview at 8 p.m. Eastern. “To say it was really a weird feeling.”
On “The Vampire Diaries,” Wesley plays Stefan Salvatore, a 165-year-old vampire with a conscience, who happens to look eternally youthful because he was “turned” at a young age.
Wesley has long been fascinated by directing, admiring the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman, and says that after developing a good relationship with the brass at the network and on the show, he got the OK to get behind the camera this fifth season.
He was convinced they’d give him a lighter episode to start with but instead was thrown a “cool” challenge.
“I did blue screens, I had stunts, I had all sorts of visual effects, I had flashbacks,” he said. “I mean it was really an action-packed episode. I was surprised at how much they gave me. I thought they were really gonna go easy on me, it was gonna be incredibly generic but it wasn’t.”
Now that he’s experienced it once, Wesley is itching to direct more.
“This is not something that is sort of a one-time thing for me … I’m gonna do more episodes next year, but I think it’s about doing other things that aren’t ‘Vampire Diaries.’ There’s some cable shows that film during my hiatus which I’d love to direct, so I’d love to take a swing at that.”
He said it’s just a matter of time before he directs a feature film.
Wesley is also interested in other aspects of filmmaking. He produced and co-starred in “Before I Disappear” with Emmy Rossum and Richard Schiff, where he helped make creative decisions.
“I loved it. For me it was an incredibly gratifying experience.”
The movie won the Audience Award at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.
Wesley, who keeps an apartment in New York, was in town to serve on the jury of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in the short film category.
“I’m really inspired by short films. It’s a fascinating medium.”
The People’s Choice Awards released this video clip from the Paley Media Fest talking to Paul about The Vampire Diaries … Against the Clock!
The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley makes his directorial debut on the series tomorrow, and to celebrate we’re debuting his first ever People’s Choice Against the Clock!
From the most romantic scene he’s shot so far (get excited, Stelena shippers!) to the co-star who makes him break character most often, Wesley raced through our rapid-fire Q/A like a pro — and gave us some really good behind-the-scenes scoop along the way.