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.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.