Today Paul participated in the Build Series in New York and discussed his new series Tell Me A Story.
“Tell Me a Story” takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder. Star Paul Wesley stops by BUILD to talk about the new CBS All Access Original Series.
Paul did a podcast with US Weekly’s “Watch with Us” to talk about his new series Tell Me A Story, which premieres on Halloween.
Paul Wesley Opens a New Window. has come a long way. While he’s best known for his role as Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries Opens a New Window. , he began acting 10 years before taking on the famous blood-sucking role. Now, he’s taking on a whole new world in his first streaming series, Tell Me a Story. Creator Kevin Williamson knew of Wesley’s talents as they worked together on The Vampire Diaries, but the role is completely opposite from Stefan, allowing the 36-year-old to head back to his roots.
“It’s funny, I used to play antiheroes when I was younger prior to joining The Vampire Diaries. I was always playing, I would say, troubled characters and so it’s nice to go back to that. It’s nice to do something that I am actually more comfortable with, believe it or not,” the actor said on this week’s “Watch With Us” podcast Opens a New Window. . “I love it and it was one of the things that I was looking to do, something different, something that would be the antithesis of what people need from the guy.”
That guy he’s playing now is Eddie, a reckless bartender who “numbs himself every day” through some sort of substance, and dabbles in robberies. “He’s a mess, so when the opportunity presents itself to him where he can make some cash and potentially get away with it, he takes it,” Welsey said.
The actor also opened up to Us about his career – from working on Guiding Light with Brittany Snow Opens a New Window. at 16 to appearing in an episode of The O.C. alongside Ben McKenzie, who he is still in touch with, to starring on Everwood. However, none of those prepared him for life on Vampire Diaries. He was thankful he was 26 when The CW hit began.
“If I had achieved that level of fame at 19, I probably would have been even bigger of a mess than I was when I was 26. So I am grateful it happened a little bit later,” he told Us. Plus, after eight years on the hit show, it was time to hang up the Stefan hat.
“To be honest with you, the show probably could’ve ended maybe a year earlier. I felt like we kept it going, but we all knew this was the best possible thing to do. You start to run out of story, and I think we had told all the story that needed to be told,” he said, adding that it only works if you have it based around all new characters, like Legacies is doing.
“I’m actually gonna go direct it. I’m leaving in like a week and a half. And it’s amazing to me that they were able to do it, but this makes sense to me, it’s a whole new set of characters,” he noted. “It’s really a whole new generation and that’s the only way that I think the show could continue was a whole new set of characters and a new generation. But as far as the Stefan and Damon of it all, I think those guys … they needed to hang up their hats and retire.”
No more Stefan? Paul shares his thoughts with TV Guide.
Julie Plec’s thrilling supernatural world will live on with Legacies, the The Vampire Diaries and The Originals spin-off set to premiere Thursday on the CW. The new series, which follows Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) at the Salvatore Boarding School, will see several familiar faces drop by including Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig), who is now the sheriff of Mystic Falls, and fully-fledged hunter Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen). While Plec has expressed an open-door policy for TVD alumnus to appear, there’s one character you can be certain won’t ever make their way to the Originals spinoff: Stefan Salvatore.
After sacrificing his life for his brother Damon (Ian Somherlader) in the Vampire Dairies series finale, Stefan earned a blissful afterlife with his bestie Lexie (Arielle Kebbel) and a memorial library named after him on Legacies. But if you were hoping to see the deceased ex-vamp and his hero hair again on screen, you’re in for major disappointment. Paul Wesley says there’s no way he’ll reprise his role as the swoon-worthy Salvatore on Legacies.
“Absolutely, 100 percent not. Stefan is forever dead,” he told TV Guide.
Stefan might be gone for good but you can catch Wesley in the fairytale drama Tell Me a Story from Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson. He is set to play a bartender and low-level thief named Eddie whose petulance is fueled even more by his struggles with alcohol and drugs. The series, which is a dark twist on classic fairy tales, is sure to be a treat for Vampire Diaries fans itching to see some familiar faces back on screen. Wesley will star opposite The Originals alum Danielle Campbell who has nothing but love for her TVD past.
“I will forever love my vampire-werewolf-witch family,” she said. “They’re always so dear and near to me and I love Julie [Plec] to death.” Perhaps we’ll see Davina Claire drop by the Salvatore Boarding School to offer up some important lessons on witchcraft. You never know!
Catch Wesley and Campbell in action on Tell Me a Story which drops Wednesday, Oct. 31 on CBS All Access. Plus, Legacies premieres Thursday, Oct. 25 at 9/8c on The CW.
Last night Paul attended the New York Premiere of his new series on CBS All Access, Tell Me A Story.
Lately Paul has seen a few of his former co-stars from The Vampire Diaries and it is always a fun time!
Here is a video of Paul showing up at the taping of Nina’s (Elena) new show, Fam.
Then Arielle Kebbel (Lexi) spoke with US Weekly on running into Paul this past week.
“I just saw Paul last night. It’s always such a fun reunion. We just always, you know, you run into each other at these things … it’s a very small world.”
Collider played Ice Breakers with some of the visitors to their booth at Comic Con and recently shared this fun video which includes Paul.
Since we’ve now aired all our Comic-Con interviews, we thought it would be cool to put all of the “Ice Breaker” answers into a big supercut featuring everyone that played the game. So in the video above, you can see Kevin Williamson, Paul Wesley and James Wolk from CBS’ Tell Me a Story, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Augusto Aguilera, Thomas Jane, and Shane Black from The Predator, Jake Johnson and Shameik Moore from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Alice Eve, Simone Missick and showrunner Raven Metzner from Iron Fist.
Check it out! This series looks intense … I can’t wait! The series includes Paul along with James Wolk, Billy Magnussen, Kim Cattrall, Danielle Campbell, and Dania Ramirez
Get a sneak peek at the new CBS All Access Original Series, Tell Me A Story, which takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.