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Photos: 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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6.15 Let Her Go – Promo

6.01 I’ll Remember Captures

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Interview: Paul Wesley Talks Before I Disappear

Enduring a dramatically intense and drastic situation with someone who has played a major part in the shaping of your past, present and future can not only strengthen your bond and make you better understand each other, but can also help you embrace your life goals. But during that enlightening experience, your realization of your full potential can also unfortunately alter your connection with someone else, who may not necessarily want to see you change your life plans. That striking realization and evolution is powerfully presented in the new independent drama, ‘Before I Disappear.’

Paul Wesley, one of the film’s actors and producers, developed a strong personal and professional bond with the movie’s writer-director-editor, Shawn Christensen, who also starred in and produced the feature, when he was just a teenager. Their friendship led to an emotional and collaboration on the relatable story, which focuses on the filmmaker’s struggling protagonist’s newfound determination to improve his life, in an effort to repair his estranged relationships with his sister and niece. But in the process, he inadvertently damaged his bond with Wesley’s character, who’s one of his bosses, which gravely impacted their future connection.

‘Before I Disappear,’ which unfolds over one emotionally turbulent night in New York City, follows Richie (Christensen), a seemingly hopeless introvert, who has decided he has had enough with his existence. He’s unable to cope with the fact that he has lost the love of his life, Vista (Isabelle McNally), and continuously tries to write her a letter, explaining the reasoning for his actions, but is unable to find the right words to express his feelings. As he attempts to end his life, he gets a phone call from his estranged sister, Maggie (Emmy Rossum), who he used to have a closer relationship with when they were younger. Although they haven’t spoken in years, Maggie has found herself in a complex situation, and needs Richie to pick up her 11-year-old daughter from school.

Feeling guilty over the way they ended their relationship, Richie reluctantly agrees to help his sister, and goes to pick up his intelligent niece, Sophia (Fátima Ptacek), and escort her home. However, hours after dropping her off at the apartment she lives in with Maggie, Sophia calls her uncle, informing him that her mother hasn’t returned home yet, or even called her to let her know what’s going on. So Richie heads back to the apartment to figure out what happened to his sister.

Despite Sophia’s insistence that they go back to his apartment so that she can study for a test she has scheduled for the next morning, Richie instead brings her to both the bar and bowling alley where he works part-time jobs. He finds himself caught in a troublesome battle between Bill (Ron Perlman), who runs the bar and has acted like a father to Richie over the years, and Gideon (Wesley), the successful young businessman who owns the bowling alley and wants to protect him, despite the fact they don’t truly know each other. Along the way, Richie realizes that even though he doesn’t want to betray either of his bosses, in an effort to keep both his jobs, Sophia has taught him that family and doing the right thing are the most important aspects in life.

Wesley generously took the time recently to talk about filming ‘Before I Disappear’ over the phone during an exclusive interview. Among other things, the actor and producer discussed how he became involved in the feature after Christensen decided to adapt his Academy Award-winning 2012 short film, ‘Curfew,’ into ‘Before I Disappear,’ and showcase how Richie’s improving relationships with Maggie and Sophia altered the bond he had with Gideon; how it was important to actually shoot the film on location in New York, as the city played a major part in the ever-changing relationships between Richie and his family and friends, but how filming independently on a short schedule at times provided obstacles in getting the full coverage they needed; and how Wesley supporting Christensen’s writing efforts throughout his career helped him realize what a talented and genuine person the filmmaker is to not only work with, but also have as a friend.

ShockYa (SY): You play Gideon in the new drama, ‘Before I Disappear.’ What was it about the character and the film’s story that convinced you to take on the role?

Paul Wesley (PW): Well, the story was created organically. The film’s director and screenwriter (Christensen) is a really good friend of mine. Gideon wasn’t really conceived until much later on, when Shawn essentially wanted to expand the short into a feature. He wanted to create intersecting storylines, so Gideon was a creation that occurred much later on in the screenplay process.

I was drawn to Gideon because he’s incredibly layered in the sense that he’s the “bad guy” in the story. But he has a really big heart, and is a hopeless romantic. I really related to the idea of a character who’s a hopeless romantic.


6.08 Episode Stills

Added 2 stills for 6.08 Fade Into You.

‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Paul Wesley Set For Sci-Fier ‘Convergence’

The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley is jumping from the supernatural to the scientific with Convergence, a sci-fi action film that he’ll star in and produce.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Convergence is described as a college-age ensemble piece in the vein of Flatliners, The Matrix, and Fight Club based on real life “science fact”. It follows a group of underground biotech engineers, including an MIT student wunderkind, exploring a new technology far beyond their expectations and beyond the limits of human control.

The actor, director, and producer currently stars as Stefan Salvatore on The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries. The series is in its sixth season and will return from its midseason hiatus with a January episode that Wesley directed, his second after making his directorial debut on the show last season.


2015 Return Date

The return date for the show is January 22nd after it goes on break.


Q & Andy: Paul Wesley

New Jersey-native Paul Wesley is a rather busy man. The 32-year-old actor spends much of the year filming The Vampire Diaries in Georgia, a CW show on which he has played the brooding vampire heartthrob Stefan Salvatore since 2009. Over the last year he’s also filmed several indie movies, including Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear, which won the Audience Award at SXSW, and Amira & Sam, which is currently in competition at the Savannah Film Festival presented by SCAD.

ANDY WARHOL: What do you think about love?

PAUL WESLEY: Love is something that is very personal to each individual based on where they are in their lives. It fluctuates and changes over time. I think there is a massive differentiation between infatuation and love, but people tend to confuse the two.

WARHOL: When did you start making movies?

WESLEY: I started working in front of the camera for the first time when I was 15 years old. I joined a soap opera. We filmed in Brooklyn and I would skip class to shoot my scenes. It was terrifying and I entirely self-conscious in front of the camera.



2015 People’s Choice Awards Nominations

Here are all the awards Paul & his co-stars are up for.

Favorite Comedic Movie

“22 Jump Street”
“Let’s Be Cops” (Nina)
“The Other Woman”

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

“Beauty and the Beast”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“Once Upon a Time”
“The Vampire Diaries”

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor

Ian Somerhalder
Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles
Misha Collins
Paul Wesley

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress

Ginnifer Goodwin
Jennifer Morrison
Jessica Lange
Kristin Kreuk
Nina Dobrev

Favorite TV Duo

David Boreanaz & Emily Deschanel (“Bones”)
Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas (“Once Upon a Time”)
Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”)
Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic (“Castle”)
Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”)