INTERVIEW: Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) from The Vampire Diaries

September 7th, 2010 by

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The Vampire Diaries was one of my favorites from last season, prominently standing out as one of the best new shows in a crowded pack. Last season ended on a huge cliffhanger and this season brings a lot of surprises. There are supernatural beings and twists and turns that I’m not going to spoil for you. However, I can say that everyone is in for a treat because the premiere is absolutely amazing. And if you haven’t watched the first season, seriously, the show is out on DVD, what are you waiting for? At Comic Con, I spoke with the cast and producers of The Vampire Diaries. Paul Wesley talked about playing the darker side of Stefan, what his motivations are for the upcoming season and how is relationship with his super sexy brother Damon is going to change.

In season 2, how does Damon and Stefans’s relationship change?
From my perspective, for me, I’m broken hearted by my brother because as sociopathic and religious as he is, I still love him, and he knows that as well. I think at this point Stefan — he doesn’t empathize as much or care. He’s like “You know what, I’m not going to deal with this guy.”

What do you think Stefan’s motivations are for season 2?
Elena, Elena, Elena, Elena…he loves her. Also, coming to terms with himself — sort of the transformation. Season 2 is going to be a lot of acceptance for Stefan, being like “this is who I am.” He’s going to do other things. Be jovial. I think it will be nice.

What are his feelings for Katherine?
It’s a mix. He thought he was in love with her at one point and she’s the person that is responsible for his immortality. It’s heavy. [He looks at her with] disgust but at the same time a little bit of sort of interest.

Will Elena’s mortality ever be an issue?
I don’t think he’s come to terms with her dying one day.

Do you think she will one day?
Not any time on Vampire Diaries on the CW. It would be quite the triangle if it was just me and Damon stuck staring at each other. [Ed Note: I would really enjoy watching this show, too.]

How would you sum up the new season?
I’ve only really gotten the first two episodes. We just shot the first one and the second one we are just about to start, so I don’t know what’s going to quite happen. But I think a lot of the supporting characters are going to become very important. Obviously, Katherine is a huge part of season 2. And then I think between Damon and Stefan, there’s a bit of going back and forth, a role reversal. A little bit of that, I think it’s necessary.

Will we see Stefan go over to the dark side again?
I would imagine.

Do you like playing that other side of Stefan?
I love it. I love not necessarily the dark side — I mean I love that as well — I like Stefan to have some other tactics other than being victimized and accepting. And I want him to be more proactive.

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