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September 17, 2017

Some additional outtakes from the photoshoot that Paul participated in during the 2016 San Diego Comic Con have been released.

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  • August 6, 2017

    TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Those at Spiedie Fest on Saturday had the chance to meet the well-known vampire from the CW’s Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley.

    The line was filled with people of all ages. Many people 12 News spoke with say Vampire Diaries is one of their favorite shows.

    “I think it has such a good plot,” said Caitlyn Raspantini, of Candor. “It always keeps you on your toes. You’re always ready for something new and action packed to happen. I just never wanted it to end.”

    Event organizers say they were happy with turn-out.


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  • July 13, 2017

    The cast of Shadowhunters shares with TV Guide about working with Paul as a director.

    If you were worried about Paul Wesley’s first directorial debut on a show that he didn’t happen to star in, the cast of Shadowhunters is here to put your mind at ease.

    Wesley’s episode of Shadowhunters, which airs July 17, has a whole lot of magic, vampire drama and even a few werewolves, which are all right up Paul Wesley’s alley. And though he may not have been as familiar with the show as he obviously was with The Vampire Diaries, it sounds like he took to it like a fish to water.

    “He gets it,” Dominic Sherwood says. “He gets the dangers and the powers and the abilities that we have. He understands all of that, so it’s really great to work with someone who has this kind of database of knowledge already.”

    Most directors might be intimidated by the sheer amount of CGI and visual effects necessary to make an episode of Shadowhunters — not to mention all the logistics that go into fight scenes between supernatural creatures — but everyone knew Wesley could handle that right off the bat thanks to his eight years of experience.

    “It was really cool to work with an actor that was directing that you knew was on a series, so he knew how TV worked,” Alberto Rosende (fellow TV vampire) says. “What he needed, what he didn’t need and what he could get — that was the cool thing, he could see what he could push.”

    Shadowhunters airs Mondays at 8/7c on Freeform.

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  • July 13, 2017

    TVLine spoke with Paul on the ending of The Vampire Diaries and how he feels with the end of Stefan’s story.

    It’s been more than four months since The Vampire Diaries wrapped its eight-season run on The CW, and some people are still angry about the way things ended for Stefan Salvatore — but his portrayer, Paul Wesley, isn’t one of them.

    “It was something I was really hoping for,” Wesley tells TVLine of Stefan’s untimely demise, which came less than 24 hours after he and Caroline Forbes became husband and wife. “I’d put in a good word, because I felt it needed end that way. I thought he really needed to die.”

    Unlike many of the fans who forgave Stefan for his (countless) transgressions over the years — because, come on, it’s a show about vampires! — Wesley isn’t about to let his character off so easily.

    “It was important poetic justice for all the bad things he’d done,” Wesley continues. “He was a murderer ultimately. He’d found so much redemption, yet was still tormented. For me, him making that ultimate sacrifice was a great way to say goodbye.”

    Wesley’s line of thinking certainly lines up with that of showrunner Julie Plec, who had this to say about Stefan’s death back in March: “When we landed on the idea of Caroline needing to leave [Stefan] behind in honor of protecting her family, and then him needing to leave her behind in honor of protecting his, it felt somehow like the responsible outcome of a responsible relationship.”

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  • July 7, 2017

    Entertainment Weekly gives us our first look of Paul directing an episode of Shadowhunters.

    After a trip to the Seelie Queen threw a wrench in Simon and Clary’s relationship when Clary was forced to kiss the man she had feelings for and that man was Jace, it’s fair to say the love triangle is now even more complicated. And in the episode airing July 17, Clary will find herself alone with Jace when the two of them go on an unsanctioned mission to test out some new rune powers. As for Simon, he struggles to tell his family the truth about what he is. (Thankfully, Maia’s there to help him.)

    All of that action will be brought to Shadowhunters fans by former Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley, who directed the July 17 episode. EW has your first look at Wesley working with the cast below.

    Shadowhunters airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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  • March 11, 2017

    And the Wrap’s exit interviews … They talked with Julie, Kevin & Candice … and see how they discuss the finale and Paul and whether or not they are Team Damon or Team Stefan!

    Cast and crew share on-set memories, job perks and which storyline Julie Plec never got to do

    As Elena Gilbert and her human and supernatural friends and foes get set to leave Mystic Falls for the final time, “The Vampire Diaries” star Candice King and co-creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson got a little nostalgic as they looked back on the eight-year journey.

    Ahead of Friday’s series finale, TheWrap caught up with a few of the supernatural creatures and people who brought them to life to ask the tough questions about their experience on the show.

    What was the biggest job perk? Which cast member was the greatest distraction? Seriously, who wins — Team Stefan or Team Damon?

    See the answers to these questions and more in a new edition of TheWrap’s “Exit Interview.”

    Candice King (Caroline Forbes)

    Describe your workplace environment.

    Was your wifi and/or parking sufficient?
    Wifi?!? We might as well have been in a bunker. It’s a great way to remember that we are humans that are able to converse with each other about day-to-day thoughts. However, the parking was spectacular.

    Were your own expectations of the job met? How?
    This job surpassed all of my very high expectations. To say that it was life changing would be an understatement. From Season 1 to Season 8, I appreciated the twists and turns of Caroline’s storyline. It made going to work an adventure.

    Favorite craft service item?
    DGT Ian style (Damn Good Turkey Sandwich with whatever fancy bread Ian liked to eat).

    Did you take any memorabilia or tokens from set?
    Yes, but I’m not telling what.

    Which costar was the biggest distraction?
    It’s a tie between Ian’s food, Nina’s gum, and Paul’s hair.

    Biggest job perk?
    Getting my hair and make-up done every day. I’ve basically forgotten how to use a curling iron.

    How satisfied are you with where your character ends up?
    I’m very satisfied. I know the ending has shifted over the years but I was so happy reading the finale. Julie and Kevin did a great job bringing eight seasons to a close. I think fans of the series will be fulfilled and teary eyed watching it.

    Which dearly departed character would you bring back to life?
    Sheriff Forbes. (Cue the tears.)

    Was there a scene or a story you wanted to play out but didn’t get a chance to?
    After thinking about it… No! Caroline has been through it all!

    What scene do you wish you could’ve played on “Vampire Diaries,” and with which costar?
    I wish I could have participated in the flashbacks with anybody! I was so jealous of all the spectacular costumes and locations.

    Once and for all, Team Stefan or Team Damon?
    I played Caroline… Team Stefan all the way!


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  • March 11, 2017

    Another set of exit interviews … this time with Parade Magazine.

    All good things come to an end and such will be the case tonight when the series finale for The Vampire Diaries airs, bringing the hit CW series’ eight-year run to a close.

    The night begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a one-hour retrospective, featuring interviews with past and present cast members and guest stars, a conversation with executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, behind-the-scenes footage from the final season and special moments from the past eight years.

    Then Old Friends, the series finale episode, airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT when Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle, which will determine the fate of Mystic Falls.

    But before tuning in, check out the interview with Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Michael Malarkey (Enzo) and Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) in which they share their favorite memories of the show, their feelings on reading the final script, what they took as a remembrance from the set, the return of old cast members, the possibility of a reboot, and more.

    What is your favorite memory from the past eight seasons?

    Paul Wesley: Off the top of my head, I don’t really have a favorite memory, but in the general sense, as an actor, you audition for something, you get a job, you shoot that job, and then you go away and shoot the next job. It all comes and goes. And with something like this, I never knew walking into that room that it was going to be eight years of my life. I started the job as a certain kind of person, and I left a completely different person. It’s shaped my entire existence, or at least a lot of my formative years, my 20s. This show is going to forever be ingrained in my personality, which is a major deal. I didn’t sign up for that when I walked into the audition, but I’m very grateful for it. It’s amazing! I’m scarred for life.

    Ian Somerhalder: You have to realize that it’s 171 episodes, at a minimum of eight days per episode and sometimes ten, so you’re looking at hundreds and hundreds of days. The newness of it, in the beginning, was really special, with the bonding of this cast and crew. That’s what you miss most, when you leave these things. It’s not performing every day, or the writing. You miss the cast and the crew. You miss all the people who make it work because you, effectively, become a family.

    Paul and I have been joking for years while we’re killing each other or staking people. In the middle of it, all of a sudden, there’s a fart joke, and you’re just hysterically laughing while everyone is covered in blood. There were these really funny juxtapositions, and there are just too many to count. It’s an era of our lives. I’m 38. Eight years of that is a substantial part of your life.

    Paul: We watched Episode 5 in my apartment, with a bunch of people. I think that’s when we were like, “Oh, this show is pretty good!” It was this episode called “Lost Girls.”

    Ian: It’s my favorite episode, ever.

    Paul: Mine, too. Ian and I watched the episode together, and that’s when we were both like, “This is really good!” That was a great moment.

    Zach Roerig: My favorite memory would be the pilot. A lot of us were very young, and it was early in our careers. There was a certain excitement. There was an electric buzz in Vancouver that we all felt, especially around the casting of Stefan. Most of us were there in Vancouver, waiting to see who they were going to cast.

    I remember Kayla Ewell and Nina [Dobrev] floating around pictures on their phones of who they might pick, and I saw a picture of Paul. It was the beginning of the very formative years of all of our lives, I guess. Vancouver definitely sticks out in my mind.

    Michael Malarkey: For me, it was also the beginning. That first episode that I shot, with Ian in the cell, felt like we were shooting this little short film. All my scenes, we were shooting together, and we just had this instant connection and understanding of each other. When you come onto a show late in the game, it’s rare that you have that synergy with one of the main actors on the show. I found that, subsequently, with the rest of the cast and was embraced into this world. I feel like I’ve been there forever. It all started with that episode, so that’s my most pivotal and favorite memory.

    In these final episodes, you had some returning cast members, like Melinda Clarke, Kayla Ewell and Nina Dobrev. What was it like to work with the returning cast again?

    Zach: It was very fitting. It was nice having Kayla come back to say goodbye, as a friend, and getting to work with her again.

    Paul: And on that note, I think it would be strange to not have Nina come back for the finale. The whole story is about two brothers, essentially, fighting over a girl. Obviously, there were a bazillion other storylines, but I felt like it would have been a real shame for the fans and for the show not to wrap that up to a degree.


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  • March 11, 2017

    The Huffington Post talks to the Vampire Diaries cast on the end of the series ….

    Showrunner Julie Plec and stars Paul Wesley and Candice King reflect on the series’ end.

    After eight successful seasons, CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” is closing the doors of the Salvatore mansion and saying farewell to Mystic Falls.

    The supernatural series, which starred Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice King, Kat Graham and Nina Dobrev, is wrapping up on March 10, leaving behind a legacy of wacky, witchy, blood-sucking, doppelgänging storylines.

    But how will it all come to an end? Below, “The Vampire Diaries” showrunner Julie Plec and stars Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) and Candice King (Caroline Forbes) reflect on the show’s run with The Huffington Post, and hint at what’s to come in the series finale.

    Bidding Farewell To The Characters

    Julie Plec: I told everybody at the read-through that we would be saying goodbye to every set, every person and every important prop along the way, up to and including, literally, the last shot of Damon’s Camaro. [Laughs]

    Candice King: I think the only time I kept getting choked up was at the mention of saying goodbye to Caroline. I’ve been lucky to play a character for so long that I kind of felt like I knew who she was. I didn’t really have to dive into it too much after eight years, and so whenever anyone asked me what it would feel like to say goodbye and put that character to rest, that’s when I started tearing up a little bit. This was my first show, it was my first significant job, and for the first couple of years I didn’t know if I was going to be lucky enough to keep my job because they killed a lot of characters off. So she just represents so much of who I became as an actor. I feel like playing Caroline prepared me for whatever happens next in my career, wherever that takes me.

    Paul Wesley: Saying goodbye to the character Stefan and the things that came along with being on the show [was hard]. Honestly, the show went on for so long that you sort of start saying goodbye by Season 6. It’s not a sudden jolt — you’re already starting to transition into a different phase in your life. So it wasn’t like I was splashed in the face with cold water and in complete shock. I’ve sort of been saying my slow goodbye to the character for about three years now, which I’m grateful for because it makes it easier to transition.

    Last Day On Set

    CK: The last day on set was incredibly emotional. I knew that I needed to cry … a lot. And luckily Julie was directing and wrote the last episode and she’s a crier, so it made me feel comfortable to cry as much as I did. It felt like an important moment of closure. “The Vampire Diaries” represented the majority of my 20s. I booked the show when I was 21 and I’m about to turn 30 now, so it’s really defined a decade of my life — and a pretty significant one as far as growing up and who you become. It really did shape me, and a lot of that is because of the people I got to work with. It felt so significant to stand next to so many people that had seen me grow and change and who’ve I’ve seen grow and change. We’ve all been with each other through life and death and marriage and divorce, and to be able to all stand in the Salvatore House great room set and hold hands and put arms around each other and really say goodbye to the series was a powerful moment I’ll never forget. A lot of tears, and silly string. The silly string brought the laughs after the tears.

    JP: In that last moment, we really wanted to get Paul and Ian [Somerhalder] at the same time and so I had Candice and Kat [Graham] work with the art department, props and the AD department so that they could ninja-style launch an attack with the silly string and all the poppers and the sparkling champagne and all that. So we ended up wrapping on a party note.

    PW: Oh, it was really funny. It was a bit surreal. I finished my take in my final scene and literally they hadn’t even yelled cut yet and someone just sprayed silly string directly into my eye. [Laughs] I have grown up on the set of “Vampire Diaries,” and, in many ways, it’s a beautiful thing and, in many ways, I have a relatively myopic view of things because you’re on set eight months out of the year. I’m 34 and I certainly want to be able to honor some of the artistic feelings I have in terms of my taste level. “The Vampire Diaries” is a fantastic show and I am so grateful for it and I think that it’s been incredible, but it will be exciting for me to do a series or a film or a play, as an actor, that is definitely a little more focused on adult stories.


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