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Paul Wesley on Vampire Diaries

Published February 3, 2010 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of CW
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The Vampire Diaries centers on a pair of vampire brothers. There’s Stefan, the “good” one, and Damon, the “bad” one. The siblings play extremes of the vampire continuum, from the sensitive emo ones to the traditional blood suckers. Paul Wesley, who plays Stefan, says that he and Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon, really take the roles seriously.

Paul Wesley Talks Vampire Diaries


“We do analyze it,” Wesley said. “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.”

Wesley has some ideas for where Stefan should go, and the producers of the show are open to suggestions. “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 [Plec] and Kevin [Williamson] 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.”



That made it really easy when the brothers started imitating each other. “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.”

Perhaps the characters are not as different as they appear on the surface. “In a way, but I’m biding my time. I know it’s just a matter of time before I get to go nuts. This is a game of tennis. He’s playing his game right now by serving his aces, and I’m doing my backhands and staying in front of the net. Eventually, I’m going switch up my game. I think Stefan’s the good guy, but my biggest interest is Elena and her love. He lives for Elena. Without her, he’s nothing. If he loses her to Damon, he will resort to something else.”

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