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March 1, 2017

Entertainment Weekly talked with Paul about his time playing Stefan Salvatore.

With one season left in The Vampire Diaries’ run, we decided it was time to start collecting everyone’s final diary entries. Every week during the final season, EW is asking those involved with the show to look back on one of their favorite moments from the series. So grab your tissues and join us on this trip down a vampire-filled memory lane.

This week, Paul Wesley looks back on playing Stefan Salvatore…

I remember watching episode two and thinking, “This is pretty good.” The pilot was so much set up and there was so much over-analyzing and I was so worried about this and that, and you want to do well. There’s so much that goes into a pilot. You can’t view it objectively. And then I remember watching episode two and that was when it really hit me.

I think the show’s at its best when the stakes mean something. So I think seasons 1, 2, 3 were very real and all the consequences meant something. The show’s best when it’s able to do that and when people really do die and when tragic things do occur and there’s no going back. And I also think the show’s at its best honestly when it’s about the relationship between the brothers. The show’s really about brothers — two brothers fighting over a girl — but it’s really about two brothers and their relationship with each other and their story.

In season 3, I had been the hero and the good guy for two years and I think when they gave me the opportunity to become the anti-hero, to go against all the things that I had been stereotyped as and all the things that the character had personified, I felt like that was an opportunity to show not only a different range as an artist, but also, as someone watching the show, I thought, “This is great for the fans, to see their hero become the villain.” So that was exciting for me.

If there’s one thing I hope I learned from this experience it’s: When a show becomes really popular and people recognize you and come up to you, it’s really important to not forget that you’re an actor on a show and you need to have humility. I see a lot of young actors lose themselves and they really start believing it. It’s important to harness that energy and that power and use it for good, but I also think a lot of people these days take fame and it becomes about narcissism and ego. I hope it never got that way for me. But I would hope that, for me, regardless of what happens in my career in the future, I always want to maintain a level of humility. I think it’s so important to not lose yourself and to just understand that you’re a conduit.

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  • March 1, 2017

    Entertainment Weekly shared how when Paul read the finale script that he was very emotional.

    You know a script is impactful when it makes Paul Wesley cry.

    The Vampire Diaries star, known for playing Stefan Salvatore on the CW show, is the first to admit that he’s not overly sentimental when it comes to the show. But sitting on a plane, Wesley read the series finale script for the first time and teared up. He then took a photo of said tear and sent it to show creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson (a photo he says should never see the light of day). “I wanted them to see that Paul Wesley could actually formulate tears in his personal life and not just on screen,” Wesley tells EW before adding, “I thought how it ended was powerful.”

    And when it came time to actually film the show’s final hour, the actor once again found himself getting emotional. “It’s this very interesting melancholy,” Wesley says of the vibe on set during the finale. “I did Stefan’s final scene with Elena. It was strangely emotional for me. You’re saying goodbye to this time and this moment. The two of us are never going to be playing these characters ever again, and these were really important characters in television for eight years. That’s emotional.”

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  • February 7, 2017

    Sadly it is almost time for us all to say good-bye to the Salvatores … and the first step was the series wrap party for the cast held this past weekend.

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  • February 7, 2017

    More set pics from the final days of filming The Vampire Diaries.

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  • January 26, 2017

    Nina shared the below picture on instagram today confirming her return for the series finale of The Vampire Diaries.

    I know it's Thursday, but this is not a TBT. #BackOnSet #TVDForever

    A photo posted by Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) on

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  • January 12, 2017 talks to Paul & Candice about the end of The Vampire Diaries.

    With nine episodes left in The Vampire Diaries‘ run, it’s time for the show to start building to its end. But with the introduction of hell in season 8, there’s the question of just how happy the series finale might be. Could the show ultimately end with the characters we love having to pay for their sins? After all, these are vampires we’re talking about.

    “I suppose it would be justice,” Paul Wesley says of the idea that everyone ends up in hell. “I wouldn’t be entirely like, ‘Oh my god, how could they do that to Stefan?’”

    Candice King agrees: “As a logical thinking person, yes, that’s exactly what should probably happen. They’ve committed awful heinous supernatural crimes and they should probably pay for them. It’s a show where a lot of people get brutally murdered every week, so it’s definitely not that far off that it’s been coming to them for a while to pay for the crimes they’ve committed.”

    And yet, neither Wesley nor King is a big fan of the idea that the show ends in actual hell. As a concept, they understand that their characters have done bad things, but there are other ways to incorporate that idea. “Whatever they do, I’ll respect, but I do think there needs to be some level of what goes around comes around,” Wesley says. “But this whole notion of showing hell and Stefan’s being tortured in some like lava layer is ridiculous.”

    “It’s not fun to watch these characters go through that. I hope it’s a quick payment — they can just use Apple pay and get it done real fast,” King says with a laugh. “As a television viewer, I think it’s much more fun to live in the romanticized version where they’re just good people at heart, and there’s nice vampires and witches. I’d like a happy-ish ending for most of them.”

    The Vampire Diaries returns Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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  • January 2, 2017

    I am excited to celebrate our seventh year anniversary with our visitors! This site keeps growing as we follow Paul’s career! I think 2017 has a lot of new things ahead for Paul and the site!

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  • December 22, 2016

    Stefan Salvatore isn’t one to shy away from a scary situation. This is a guy who has offered to sacrifice himself countless times over the course of The Vampire Diaries, whether he’s trying to save his brother, Jenna, Elena, Caroline, and the list goes on. But in this week’s episode, he could make one of his last big sacrifices.

    Because Seline has taken Caroline’s daughters, tensions are running high, and Stefan will find his relationship more strained than usual — after all, the only people Caroline loves more than Stefan are her girls. “This episode is a bit of a weird dismantling of Stefan and Caroline,” Paul Wesley says, noting that the girls being taken becomes “a major issue” for the formerly happy couple.

    As for that sacrifice, we’re not sure what Stefan’s going to do, but we do know that the hour, which Wesley also directed, features Stefan diving into Enzo’s subconscious to prevent Sybil from killing him. Then again, there’s always the chance that Stefan’s big sacrifice has more to do with his brother. “I don’t think he ever gives up on his brother,” Wesley says. “No matter what you do, you’re always thinking about your family. It’s family over anything, over rationale and logic. He’s always going to back up his brother no matter what.”

    Whatever it is, Wesley admits that Stefan’s big decision is going to change things moving forward. “It’s all gonna shift a little bit,” Wesley says. “He won’t be making as many sacrifices soon.”

    Regardless of what happens, this hour marks Wesley’s final time directing for the show. “There was I suppose a little bit of nostalgia, but after I locked this episode I still had 10 more episodes to shoot as an actor,” Wesley says, “So it wasn’t all that emotional for me.”

    The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.


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