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Paul Wesley Delves Into His Character on The Vampire Diaries

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Paul Wesley is no Robert Pattinson... yet.

Similar to that Twilight Saga star and fellow fake blood-sucker, the actor will soon rise to prominence after The Vampire Diaries premieres next month on The CW.

What's the deal with the character Wesley portrays? He dished on Stefan Salvatore in a recent interview. Here are excerpts from it:

On delving into Stefan's past: We're going to have some flashbacks to the Civil War, which I actually really look forward to. I think that'll be interesting.

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On his character's morality: He's a vampire. He is constantly struggling with the dark side. He's constantly eager, and he has a need to feed on human blood. It's always there. It's not easy for him not to do it. I'm making Stefan have anger and a temper, but also passion, love and tenderness toward Elena. He's vicious and violent. He loves her and he'll die for her, but he's a violent creature.

On comparisons to his brother: Stefan hates being a vampire. He doesn't want to be a vampire. He believes it's immoral. He has a conflict. He does not want to take human life. He just wants to experience life as a normal human being, whereas his brother is completely basking in this. He loves vampirism. He's enjoying it.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.