You heard it right TVD fans, after five years of playing 120-year-old vampire, Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley will make his directorial debut this season on an upcoming episode.
“It’s an honor and the cast couldn’t be any more supportive, which I feel truly grateful for,” Wesley said to BuzzFeed on landing the gig.
We learned that Wesley will direct Episode 18 of Season 5 that will air later this year. Wesley said he has been looking to get behind the camera for years. “I had expressed my interest to [executive producer] Julie Plec and the studio early on. They responded positively, but also made it clear I had to earn the position if they were to grant it to me. I spent a year shadowing directors, attending meetings, prepping, sitting in the editing room, etc. Even though I have been working in TV for years, it ended up being such a blessing because I learned invaluable information. They finally granted me an episode, which was met with a great deal of excitement and nervousness on my part.”
“Directing is something that I’ve been passionate about for a long time [and] I’ve had many, many lessons over the last 15 years and many mentors,” Wesley added. “But the thing that I have most discovered over the last year is that it is entirely a team effort. Every single person on set, from props to focus puller to director of photography to the actors themselves, is crucial. And everyone is there to create something truly memorable that will be captured on film for eternity. You have to trust in your team entirely and do everything you can to incentivize everyone to be the best they can be.”
We love him on-screen and I’m sure we will love his off-screen talents as well. We can’t wait to see what happens.
Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay