Yesterday Paul was in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the Salt Lake Comic Con.First Paul did a spotlight panel along with his co-star Phoebe Tonkin and then he did autograph signings and photo ops. And last he did a meet and greet event. I was privileged to attend and so the pictures shared are my own. Paul was extremely gracious and it was so fun to meet him. Paul is sitting in most of the images since he injured his leg on Friday. He shared how he enjoyed working with Bryan Cranston, how if he wasn’t an actor he would like to be an investigative journalist like April from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, how he loves to travel and would like to travel to Africa and Tokyo one day. He has been a big fan of Ice Hockey since he was a child and he loves to snowboard. He definitely wants to do more directing outside of The Vampire Diaries and is working on setting up some other opportunities to do that. Oh and he would like to remind you to wear your seat belt!
MTV.com talks to Paul about his new film Amira & Sam and what drew him to this story and character.
The ‘Vampire Diaries’ star tells us all about his new indie.
Over the past six years, fans have grown to love Paul Wesley‘s portrayal of the White Knight vampire with a heart of gold, Stefan Salvatore, on “The Vampire Diaries.” Now, those same fans will get to see Wesley in a very different, much slimier light in the indie love story “Amira & Sam” — he plays the crooked Wall Street cousin of the main character — and Wesley says he wouldn’t want it any other way.
“This guy is definitely more human [than Stefan], and I mean that literally and figuratively,” Wesley told MTV News over the phone. “He’s very flawed. He eschews this enormous amount of confidence, but he’s really just falling apart; he’s this vulnerable, weak person who is doing all of these questionable things in terms of illegal activities on Wall Street. It was such a welcome change from what I do on a daily basis, where [Stefan] is all-knowing and confident, and he’s always doing the right thing. I really think it was a 180, and I hope audiences can see that.”
Of course, it was more than just “a change of pace” that made Wesley, who had to travel back-and-forth from New York to Atlanta last summer to fit “Amira” into his schedule, want to do the film. “Amira & Sam” focuses on the love story between an American solider (Martin Starr) and an illegal immigrant from Iraq (Dina Shihabi), and the issues that arise from this pairing hit pretty close to home for Wesley.
“My brother-in-law is Egyptian, it’s a middle eastern culture,” Wesley explained, when asked how he felt about the film’s depiction of Islamophobia. “I was exposed to it at a pretty young age… I generally don’t like these kinds of films that are like, ‘Hey, we’re trying to spread a message,’ but this movie does it in a clever way. You’re rooting for this character that is not from America, she’s not like the rest of us, quote-unquote.”
This — coupled with his bro-y, challenging character — is what drew Wesley in to “Amira & Sam.”
“What I love about it is America really is comprised of immigrants, including my own family,” Wesley continued. “I’m first generation. I hope people see [the movie] and appreciate it. That’s what I loved about New York growing up — I was always around different cultures. It’s great to do this movie, because even people who aren’t exposed to different culture like I was will take something away from it.”
… And as for what Wesley himself took away from his “Amira” experience, he could only say great things — and that he hopes to do more independent films like this in the near future.
“I love indie film because I can fit it into my schedule — I have such a tight schedule; I can just bang them out,” he concluded. “It’s hard to do a studio film in the short amount of time that I have off. Indie film can be risky, but it’s just so rewarding… You make this little film and then it suddenly gets picked up for distribution, and people are seeing it, and you feel a sense of accomplishment. It’s a little different than being an actor for hire, and you know what’s going to happen in a genre [film]. There’s something magical about it, it’s a magical environment. Especially when you’re shooting in New York City over the summer, there’s something about it that’s just one of a kind.”
“Amira & Sam” is playing in select cities and on Video OnDemand starting January 30.
This week Paul did an appearance on the series “The Talk” … here is a clip of his interview on the show where he talked about his new film Amira & Sam.
Actor Paul Wesley shares behind-the-scenes stories from the set of “The Vampire Diaries.” He also discusses his upcoming indie romantic dramedy, “Amira & Sam” and how the film is offering a “date night special” for members of the military. Wesley says, “If you’re an army veteran or if you’re active military you can go to the movie and buy the ticket and your date gets a free admission.”
Teen.com gives us a run down on some of the actors who auditioned for other roles on the show they are currently starring on. Did you know that Paul auditioned for Damon?
When it comes to our favorite TV shows, our hearts are pretty much invested in the characters. And because of that, we’re ALSO invested in the actors and actresses who play those characters.
But in the case of some of our fave CW/WB (depending on what year you were watching) shows like The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, viewers were thiiiis close to witnessing OTHER stars in those roles. No, this isn’t like some of our other They Almost Had It posts featuring outside actors and actresses — in this case, stars originally went out for different roles in the shows they ended up starring on!
A bit confused? No worries! See which actors auditioned for which parts!
The Vampire Diaries
WHO: Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore)
AUDITIONED FOR: Damon Salvatore
WHO: Torrey DeVitto (Meredith Fell)
AUDITIONED FOR: Elena Gilbert
WHO: Stephen Amell (Brady)
AUDITIONED FOR: Mason Lockwood and Elijah
WHO: David Gallagher (Ray Sutton)
AUDITIONED FOR: Damon Salvatore and Stefan Salvatore
WHO: Michaela McManus (Jules)
AUDITIONED FOR: Rose
To see the rest of the shows that had cast other stars go to the Teen.com site.
When Liv and Luke’s father arrives to town to celebrate their birthday, they try and convince him to let Jo and Kai take their place in the merge ceremony. After Tyler finds out that the merge is happening sooner than he expected, he urges Liv to let him talk to her father. Meanwhile, after Caroline’s plan to cure her mother takes an unexpected and devastating turn, Elena, Stefan and Damon gather at the hospital, while Jo attempts to save Sheriff Forbes’ life. Lastly, with the merge set to take place, Damon’s risky plan quickly sends things spiraling out of control, forcing one of the twins to take matters into their own hands
I have added four promotional shoots to the gallery from Paul’s mini-series Fallen where he played an angel named Aaron Corbett.
Paul did an exclusive interview with People.com and spoke about Steroline, about the possibility of Stefan and Elena being together again and how he’d like to see the series story end like.
When we last left the denizens of Mystic Falls, many of them were in mortal (or immortal) peril. Obviously.
Elena (Nina Dobrev) was kidnapped by Kai (Chris Wood), Enzo (Michael Malarkey) has vowed to ruin Stefan’s life, and Matt (Zach Roerig) has been roped into helping him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s (Candice Accola) mother has an inoperable brain tumor that vampire blood can’t cure.
To find out whether our intrepid heroes will ever experience any modicum of happiness, The Vampire Diaries returns from its midseason hiatus on Thursday, with Paul Wesley at the helm as director.
This isn’t his first time behind the camera: Wesley, 32, also directed the episode “Resident Evil” from season 5.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Wesley revealed what it’s been like to direct for a second time, and why his episode, “Woke Up with a Monster,” will be important to the development of the relationship between Caroline and Stefan moving forward throughout the rest of season 6. He also revealed whether there’s any prayer for Stelena fans still holding tight onto their OTP dreams, and how he’d like The Vampire Diaries to end.
(Hint: In Wesley’s vision, some of the characters don’t make it out alive.)
How did your experience directing the second time compare to the first time around?
I found myself to be a lot more relaxed and a lot more confident about it. For obvious reasons, because I had done it once before, but also because I got a little lucky this episode. I had no location shots, so I didn’t have to worry about daylight, I didn’t have to worry about weather … it was technically an easier shoot, and I was in love with the script. It was amazing, and I just got really fortunate. I was also working with a new director of photography – they’re both amazing – and I just realized, you know, a lot of directing is trusting your DP, and the experience really helped me.
Are your costars good sports when you direct them, or do they mess around with you a little bit?
They all say they prefer me when I’m directing, for whatever reason! I think a lot of it is because directing is such a … you have to rely so heavily on the actors, and so, your episode is going to suck unless the actors really nail their performances and so I found myself really having to connect with the actors and understand where they’re coming from and really emotionally connect with them, and people respond to that.
What can you tell me about your episode in relation to the cliffhanger from “Christmas Through Your Eyes”, when Enzo threatened to ruin Stefan’s life?
Enzo has a vendetta against Stefan, but in my episode, it doesn’t necessarily end on a really dramatic note. But, there’s a lot of foreshadowing of things to come.
Obviously, Caroline has a lot to worry about right now, but as you know, there are a lot of people that want to see Stefan and Caroline get together. Will there be any more romantic development on that front?
They have a really beautiful thing that starts blossoming. But, you know, it’s a little confusing for both of them, but there’s definitely going to be some exploration of that. And I really enjoy working with [Candice] and there’s definitely going to be a little bit of that going on. But, you know, I don’t really know whether it’s going to last, or whether the friendship is going to override that romance, but I think, eventually, we are going to get what we want – which is them coming together and having some sort of a romance. I just don’t know to what degree.
Can you point to any significant moment where Stefan may have realized he started to feel feelings for Caroline in the past?
No, not really. I think it’s been a slow kind of … with it being so dramatic with her mom, I think that when things are dramatic, people come together and connect. I think that maybe plays a huge role in [Stefan and Caroline’s relationship].
Speaking of Stefan’s relationships, his distant niece, Sarah, will be joining the fold. Are we going to see any familial bond between them?
I think he views her as his little sister, in a way. He feels a responsibility, like a godfather, to her. I’m not really sure what happens between them, necessarily, because I actually haven’t gotten that far into [filming]. I don’t really know how that’s going to go. But, in “Woke Up with a Monster,” the audience sees her for the first time.
As a couple, are Stefan and Elena dead and gone forever? Or is there hope for Stelena yet?
I don’t think it’s out of the question. I think it’s contingent upon the writing – writers are really magicians. They can come up with anything, and it just depends on what the audience wants. Writers can make it seem like Caroline and Stefan are the end game, and suddenly switch it on a dime and then everyone is rooting for Stefan and Elena. You never know on this show, but I think that’s what keeps it fresh and exciting. If you do have a preconceived notion of what’s going to happen next, it just becomes unreliably boring, and so I don’t think you could ever rule anything out.
How does “Woke Up with a Monster” set up the rest of the season? What can we expect to see in Stefan’s storyline?
The stuff between Stefan and Caroline is what’s really going to be the driving point, the focal effort of season 6. I think that their interactions – their potential romance and friendship – are what really make Stefan’s storyline come to life.
The Vampire Diaries isn’t ending any time soon, of course, but what would you see as the perfect end?
I think Elena should go back to being human, if that’s at all humanly … [laughs] … if that’s at all possible with the mythology of our show. I think Damon and Stefan, to be honest with you, I think they’ve had a long run. I think that maybe when the show ends, they should sort of end as well. I don’t meant to be morbid, but they’ve been around for 160 years – I think they’ve had their fun. I think that would be a really poetic ending to the story.
The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on The CW.