Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has revealed that playing a darker character gives him a high.
The 31-year-old, who plays vampire Stefan Salvatore in the supernatural drama, relishes in showing off his acting chops as he explores his alter-ego’s darker side.
“We all selfishly want to do different things, we want to do versatile roles, so for me it’s a fantastic opportunity to do something else. It’s really interesting. I’ve been acting for a fairly decent amount of time and I’ve played some dark characters,” he said.
“I did a series where I played a werewolf who was the alpha male jock bully, so it’s not like this is completely foreign to me – not that I’m going to be an alpha male jock bully, but just to not be this noble heroic being. I also look at it as like a narcotic: I have the freedom and the liberty to do whatever I want because I am completely immersed in this blood that has shifted me.
“It’s like being drunk and making a fool of yourself. We all do it, you can’t help it,” he added.
Paul said it is more fun being a bad boy, saying: “It is. I’m not going to lie, it’s a little easier when you’re not crying all the time. I hate to say it, but those scenes can become taxing.”
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Paul has won People’s Best of 2009 for Second Hottest Vampire.
You might think that with Buffy, Twilight and True Blood, we’ve got more than enough vampire shows to satisfy our cravings for the folk with fangs – but that was before we heard about The Vampire Diaries. Made by the man behind Dawson’s Creek and Scream and starring three extremely hot young talents in the shape of Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries is set in a modern world where real vampires laugh at Twilight and nice girls next door fall in love with them. We caught up with Ian, Nina and Paul this weekend after they took part in a very special Q&A session at the Apple Store in London, and asked them what it is about The Vampire Diaries that makes it so great. “We fall into this really great niche,” Paul told us. “Thirteen-year-old girls can’t sit and watch True Blood with their parents – that would be awkward.” Ian agrees, adding, “It’s different. There’s a subtle sort of humour.” Asked if they’ve ever experienced the same sort of craziness as fellow vamp Robert Pattinson, Ian admits, “People ask me to bite them a lot.” Paul, too. “A girl asked me to bite her as well, in a bar,” he tells us. Eek! However, none of them are at the stage where they can’t leave the house. “We’re not that popular yet,” jokes Ian, as Paul adds, “He [R-Pattz] can’t even go out. Not even Johnny Depp is at his level. I don’t think I’d want that.” When we asked what it is about vampires that audiences can’t seem to get enough of, all three were in agreement that humans love the idea of “danger and love” together, with Ian explaining, “As a vampire you lose the constraints of a mortal human. Humans are lured to something that’s sexy and dangerous at the same time.” Ian, Nina and Paul are staying here in London for a few days to “hang out and be tourists” and Nina told us excitedly that she can’t wait to visit Topshop. Wise lady.
If you’d like a sneak peek at The Vampire Diaries, you can download the very first episode on iTunes right NOW. It’s already stormed straight to the top of their chart. The whole series will start on ITV2 early next year. We can’t wait!
Paul was listed as one of the TV’s 100 Sexiest Men of 2009 at BuddyTV.
#5 Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
You Twilight fans can keep your Edwards and your Jacobs, because television has Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore. He combines Edward Pattinson’s wounded, brooding eyes with Taylor Lautner’s insanely toned body, and we don’t need to wait once a year to see him do his thing.
Taking a two-month hiatus, “The Vampire Diaries” will keep its fans entertained with a week-long marathon. This week’s episode will be the last airing this year before it returns in January 2010. In anticipation of that, The CW will run all the 10 episodes in season 1 to celebrate the holiday season.
The marathon will begin Monday, December 14 and end Friday, December 18. The 10 episodes, which have managed to deliver the show a status of being The CW’s most-watched series among adults 18-34 this season, will be cramped within the week by airing two episodes each night starting at 8/7c. The show is slated to come back with originals on January 14.
People’s Choice Awards 2010
Lisa Spodak’s Avon Walk Information Center
Small (7″) stuffed breast cancer awareness bear with tag signed by Paul Wesley. This bear also comes with a 4×6 print of the above photo. (bear received is not bear in photo)
This year I walked in my 16th and 17th Avon Walks for Breast Cancer (each walk is a 2-day, marathon-and-a-half!) and I’m trying to raise $25,000. All proceeds (after eBay and Paypal fees) from this auction will go toward my fundraising.
Because I donate the money from these sales, all sales must be final.
If I do not receive payment from you within a week of your winning the auction, I’ll consider your auction forfeited and the bear may be opened for auction again.
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TV Guide Magazine have posted a image, including Paul, Ian and Nina from the Fall Preview issue.
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries;
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Nina mentioned about Paul in her interview.
Q: The cast is so isolated in Atlanta. Do you hang out with each other because of that?
Nina: Ian and Paul are like my brothers. Ian helped me buy my first car last week. I got an Audi. He bullied me into it. He was like, “You have to get this one. You’re going to love it.” I would have gotten a Volvo, as long as it got me to the set. I don’t really care.