Paul and his TVD co-stars Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder hit the green carpet last night at the CW Network Upfront in NYC. The NY Post had a talk with our favorite man and his co-stars!
Although I watch them bring the drama, heart and impossibly chiseled cheekbones to Mystic Falls every week, I have never watched Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley interact with one another in real life before — therefore I never knew that the “Vampire Diaries” stars really bring the playful sides out in one another.
It was a sensational sight to see Paul crash Nina’s MTV chat, Nina try to make Ian crack up during an on-camera interview and Ian refuse to untie the invisible string that kept the smallscreen siblings attached at the hip … although that might have had something to do with the innate humor of their unintentionally matching outfits.
So read on to find out what I learned at this morning’s CW Upfronts as Nina talked Elena’s dueling loves and the dynamic dude duo demanded a two drink minimum for their green carpet comedy act!
PopWrap: With Stefan’s turn towards the dark side, it seems like you’ll pretty much be playing one another’s characters next year, huh?
Paul Wesley: Literally! I’m going to be playing Damon, and he’ll be playing Stefan and we’re hoping no one notices.
Ian Somerhalder: It’s going to be a musical season.
PW: Like “Freaky Friday?”
Ian: I actually tested for that movie – I didn’t get it, obviously.
PW: I think it all worked out ok for you in the end though, right?
Ian: Oh, yea [laughs]
PW: What excites you about this switch?
Ian: It excites Paul because he gets to be a bad ass again!
Paul: Yep! I’m so excited to have fun and be bad.
Ian: I’m less excited, I hope I don’t have to be sappy like Stefan.
Paul: Oh, you will. And I get to have a little bit of fun and not brood all the time. Monogamy is nice, but come on Stefan – let loose.
Ian: I: For a little while. I just hope Stefan, Damon and Klaus get to go on one major bender
Paul: We will, I promise.
Ian: Just something where we go to the next town and wreak havoc.
Paul: We’ll go to Vegas and have a boys night out – we’ll ever bring Elijah!
Ian: Brothers weekend!
Paul: Alaric can be the designated driver [laughs]
PW: But with Stefan and Damon split up, that also means Paul and Ian will be split up for the first time since the pilot.
Ian: Hopefully, we’ll still have scenes in the library, where Damon can tell Stefan what a good kisser his girlfriend is [laughs].
PopWrap: Your dress is beautiful and sort of matches the green carpet!
Nina Dobrev: Thank you, it’s Jay Godfrey. I called ahead to find out what color the carpet was so I could match [giggles].
PW: Congrats on an amazing finale.
Nina: I still haven’t seen it by the way.
PW: Oh, well you were certainly right about Jeremy having a world life changing moment — I mean, ghosts?
Nina: Wasn’t it?!? I can’t tell you what they are yet though …
PW: Having your best friend Kayla Ewell back on set must have been so great.
Nina: It is exciting – we didn’t have any scenes together, but when we got there, we all just lit up – the family was back again. Although it was bittersweet since one family member had to leave for another to come in since Sarah [Canning, who played Aunt Jenna] had to go. But it’s going to be really awesome.
PW: The finale set up some very interesting stuff for Elena in season three. What do you think about Katherine’s comment “it’s ok to love them both” — you think that’s true?
Nina: God, I don’t know. The thing is, you can’t help who you love and who you’re attracted to. It’s not something you can just shut off, so Katherine – for once – did have some words of wisdom! She told the truth, which is rare because she never speaks the truth. Or saves the day, which she also did!
PW: And she also walked in on quite a tender moment for Elena & Damon.
Nina: Of course she did [laughs].
PW: What did you think of the kiss?
Nina: I think it was a sad, beautiful, bittersweet moment for Damon & Elena that was interrupted and short-lived.
PW: To be continued?
Nina: We’ll see…
PW: What excites you about the possibilities this raises for season three?
Nina: The entire third season is like a blank slate – I think it’s going to feel like a completely new show now that Stefan has gone to the dark side. He will be with Klaus and I think that’ll set up a dark shift because when we started Damon was the mysterious one with all the fog following him [laughs]. Now I think we’ll see that come back with Stefan and Elena is turned around because she doesn’t know what to do.
PW: Yea, Elena does have a lot of choices ahead of her.
Nina: Totally. Will she be by herself? Will she be with Damon? Will she try to find Stefan? Everything is kind of shifting, so it’ll be refreshing and different, which is nice – you never want to fall into a familiar pattern on a show. And I think Kevin [Williamson] and Julie [Plec] found a way to keep it fresh.