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.