You’ve seen him shirtless and showing off his muscles on-screen but now The Vampire Diaries‘ Paul Wesley will be flexing his other talents as he’ll be going behind the camera for his directorial debut.
“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,” Wesley told BuzzFeed.
He will be directing episode 18 of the current season, which will air later this year. But Wesley assures that his new job behind-the-scenes won’t take away from the amount of Stefan Salvatore (his character) in the episode. Regarding the plot of the episode he’ll be directing, he says it is “both nostalgic and suspenseful … It feels like our world, but something is a bit askew. It feels uneasy. And I respond to that.”
Being part of the television and film world for 15 years now, Wesley has had a lot of experience on sets. But to earn his way to direct an episode of The Vampire Diaries he “spent a year shadowing directors, attending meetings, prepping [and] sitting in the editing room.”
He is the first cast member of the show to step into the directors chair which he is both excited and nervous about. “It’s an honour and the cast couldn’t be any more supportive, which I feel truly grateful for,” he said.
While the vampire drama is on hiatus for three weeks thanks to the Olympics, we’ll be keeping an eye out for details from the set about Wesley’s new role.