by Christina Radish
In the popular CW television series The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley stars as Stefan Salvatore, a vampire struggling to live at peace with human beings. In love with Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a young woman with a striking and undeniable resemblance to the villainous Katherine, who turned the Salvatore brothers both into vampires, Stefan is compelled to protect Elena from the things that lurk in the shadows.
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: 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.
The cast of the Vampire Diaries did a Hot Topic tour event in Atlanta last Saturday. The CW put a video on YouTube sharing a bit of the event with the fans.
Paul, Nina & Ian are filmed for Nylon TV. Enjoy!
ITN interviewed Paul, Ian & Nina. Here is the video:
Paul will be in the new issue of VMan which hits stands on Thursday, January 28th.
Here are some clips of this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries.
PASADENA, Calif. _ Actor Paul Wesley was often in trouble when he was a teenager. In fact, he was booted out of two high schools in New Jersey, where he grew up. “I was a little bit of a troublemaker, not in a malicious way,” he says, easing his lean body into an overstuffed chair in a hotel room here.
“But I’m glad. I’m glad I didn’t conform to the system of the school. I’m a law-abiding citizen now. I haven’t brought it to the soundstage,” he grins.
Though he’s been an employable actor since his voice changed, intense attention focused on him when Wesley was cast as Stefan, the good vampire brother on the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” Like everything else in his career it was tough landing the job, but Wesley wasn’t about to give up.
“I had to really fight for it because … they were being pretty meticulous about the actor. They didn’t know if they wanted to go with someone 17 or someone in his 20s. ‘What do we need to do because we have to get that worldly thing where the person’s been alive for 160 years but yet maintain innocence.’ Understandably it was difficult.”
He kept reading for the role of Damon, the bad vampire brother. “And they decided no on that. When I initially read the script, it was Stefan, but they didn’t see me as Stefan. Then after casting Ian (Somerhalder) as Damon, I think they thought this could work.”
The casting people had seen hundreds of possible Stefans by the time Wesley forged his last try.
“I finally went in after reading a bunch of times and it was literally me and nine other guys _ a couple from Australia, a couple from London and some from New York. And a week later I was on the set filming. But it was way worth it, I’ll tell you that much. It’s the greatest part I’ve ever played. It’s a little more fun to play the villain, but this is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done and the thing I’ve fallen in love with the most.”