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January 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on Paul Wesley Explains Why ‘Amira & Sam”s Arab-American Love Story Hit Close To Home Amira & Sam, Articles

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.

January 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on Paul on the Talk Guest Appearances, Interviews, Video

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.”

January 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on CW Actors who Auditioned for Different Roles on the Same Show Articles, Images, Vampire Diaries

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.

January 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on Next on the Vampire Diaries | Prayer For the Dying Vampire Diaries, Video

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

January 22, 2015
Jan 22, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on Fallen Promotional Images Fallen, Images

I have added four promotional shoots to the gallery from Paul’s mini-series Fallen where he played an angel named Aaron Corbett.

Gallery Links:
Paul Wesley Web > TELEVISION > 2007 | Fallen > Promotional Images

January 22, 2015
Jan 22, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on The Vampire Diaries: Paul Wesley Opens Up About the Future of Steroline Articles, Vampire Diaries

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.

January 22, 2015
Jan 22, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Paul Wesley on Directing, Steven R. McQueen’s Exit Articles, Vampire Diaries

Paul shares with the Hollywood Reporter his take on Julie Plec and Ian Somerhalder directing and Steven R. McQueen’s exit from the show.

The Vampire Diaries returns from its winter hiatus Thursday with Elena (Nina Dobrev) MIA thanks to Kai’s (Christopher Wood) shenanigans in an episode directed by star Paul Wesley.

“That bind is pretty fun, I have to say,” The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec told The Hollywood Reporter. “Kai is so nutty — the teaser is him talking for like three minutes straight. He’s babbling about, ‘We’re here together, and gosh, you’re pretty.’ Just going on about [everything], and Elena being, ‘Oh my God, I don’t think I’ve ever been in the hands of a sociopath before.’ She’s been with some evil, evil people, but this kid is so unpredictable, and yet completely predictable, because he will always make the mean choice. So she has to fight back in her own smart ways. It’s a game of who’s trying to outsmart the other. He’s trying to experiment on her with his magic, and she’s trying to use her strength as a vampire to defeat him. And into that comes the hero squad, led by Damon (Ian Somerhalder), and it all kind of goes down at … the high school, which is kind of fun.”

The hour is also special because The Vampire Diaries star Wesley returned to his perch behind the camera to direct. (He previously directed the 2014 episode, “Resident Evil.”) Wesley spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his passion for directing, and what he lessons he applied from his first experience.

How did your approach change from your first to second time directing?

Well, there were two things: first, I was certainly not as nervous; I was a little more assured. Second, the first time out of the gate, you have this idea of how things will go, and then when one little thing doesn’t go the way you planned — which is just inevitable — you don’t really know and you don’t have experience handling a change. So this time, I was much more malleable if my DP or an actor said [something], I was much more open. I was open before, but I was much more comfortable changing on the day. And it made me realize, the best directors have an idea, but it becomes a really special collaborative effort. Which I always knew, but it was much more apparent this time around.

Were there any challenges you faced that were unique to this particular episode?

I think the way you approach an episode is based on the content. This script was much different than the previous script I had directed. Vampire Diaries is a pretty complex show. The cameras are always moving, it’s a beautiful looking show. There’s a ton of stunts, there are a lot of visual effects. My last episode had some visual effects, but this one was more stunt-orientated. And again, the script was a different energy, a different take. Every episode should not be directed with the same [mindset]. You have to honor the style of the show, but each episode has a unique voice. So for me, this was a completely different episode. It’s night and day, as far as the last episode I did. It’s a much more faster paced, high intensity. But at the same time, there are some emotional moments, especially towards the end of the episode — there’s this sort of climactic thing that is riveting. The trick for me with this episode, the fun, the challenge, was the tempo, the tempo. Keeping the audience entertained, but then taking the time to find the little moments where they have a deep level of connection with this character, whether it’s empathy or fear, or whatever.

How did directing yourself go this time?

To be honest, I didn’t find it as challenging as I thought I would. I made this pact with myself to not over-analyze. Because there’s a schedule you have to keep. As a director, one of your jobs is to make the day, and to make the shots you need. And I think one of the problems with an actor directing themselves, potentially, is that most actors are narcissists and egomaniacs. And they’re like, “I’m the director? I’m going to do seven takes, because I can.” And I just said I wasn’t going to do that. It’s not fair to everyone, and it’s not upholding my responsibility.

I didn’t watch playback of myself, and I didn’t do it the first time, either. I really just did my scenes. I knew when it felt good to me as an actor, and then I would check in with my DP, Darren [Genet], and would say, was the focus good, did we get the shot we talked about? Great, let’s move on. So it wasn’t really that tough for me.

You directed one episode last year and one this year. If you had your way, would you expand that?

I’d like to do more than one a year. It’s such a fulfilling and enriching experience for me. It opens up another level of excitement for me. I really want to branch out and do other shows. Obviously my schedule makes that tough right now. TV directing, and directing in general, is for me equally exciting — I’m not just directing because I’m on the show and why not? It’s something I plan on pursuing on an aggressive level in terms of my passions.

Atlanta does seem to have a lot of shows currently in production there.

Yeah, though the issue is when I’m in Atlanta, I’m shooting Vampire Diaries, and I can’t do anything else!

Makes sense. Stefan and Caroline have a bit of an adventure in “Woke Up With a Monster.” What can you tease about that?

Stefan and Caroline, they go on this road trip, and then Caroline goes on her own little mission, and then Stefan diverts and goes on his own little mission. They both have their own agendas, so they don’t have a ton of interaction. They do, but they’re separate storylines in a sense.

What can you preview about the other storylines?

Kai — Chris Wood — has a lot of stuff with Elena. The interactions are pretty amazing. Caroline has a lot to do in my episode, and Candice Accola is dealing with some things with her mom. Those were the two storylines that are the most pivotal in episode, and the most compelling and effective. And if people can get through the episode, then they’re really in for a great treat at the end. The last 10-15 minutes, I want to make sure people watch it. There’s not a lot I can tease, but I really want to make sure people stay with it; make sure you watch it live.

Julie is directing her first episode this year. How has that been?

It’s really great. She’s very decisive, she knows what she wants, she moves it right along. She’s very confident, which is very important for a director, because the actors rely on you. I felt very safe; she was great.

Did she ask for any tips since you’ve done it a few times?

She didn’t come to me for tips. Julie’s been editing for the past six years, she’s in charge of hiring the directors. She went in there with a game plan. I don’t think Julie needed any tips from me! [Laughs.]

Ian’s also directing an upcoming episode. Have you spoken about directing a show you’re also acting in?

Not much. He sat in on a production meeting I was having for my episode to listen in. I’ve directed two episodes now that he’s been in, so I’m sure he was able to observe what I was doing on set. But we didn’t talk about it too much. I’m interested to see how he handles the set.

The show is also losing an original cast member with Steven R. McQueen’s exit. What was your reaction when you heard the news?

It’s an interesting thing. Steven is a sweetheart. The show has been on for six years. I think, inevitably, change is a necessity. I’m not saying Steven in particular, but I think it has to happen. I remember in season one, we lost Kayla Ewell (Vicki), and then season two, it was [Sara Canning’s] Aunt Jenna. It’s what makes the show exciting. And I hate to say it, because if I was killed off — and I’m not saying he’s killed off — it would be hard for me to have an objective opinion. I’d be pissed off. But I think it’s important for a show, especially a vampire show, to maintain a level of the audience not knowing what’s happening next, we don’t know who’s going to go. It’s a bummer it’s Steven, because he’s such a sweet kid, and I really enjoy having him here. But he’s also young and extremely good looking, and I’m sure he could get on another show in 30 seconds. So I’m not worried about him. But it’s a weird end to a chapter.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. What are you looking forward to seeing? Sound off in the comments section below.

January 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015   Ali   Comments Off on The Vampire Diaries is back TOMORROW!!! Vampire Diaries, Video

I am so excited! I have missed the show during the hiatus! Be sure to tune in tomorrow night for an all new episode of the Vampire Diaries … Woke Up With a Monster.

Kai holds Elena captive while he learns to control his newly acquired magic; Liv and Alaric prepare Jo for the impending merge ceremony with Kai; Caroline travels with Stefan to North Carolina in search of a cure for her mother’s cancer; Enzo demands to know what Stefan is hiding.