“When two actors have great chemistry, it’s just like playing tennis- back and forth. It just felt so good, and I walked out of the room saying ‘this is awesome’.” ~ Paul Wesley.
“I think you have to have this innate sort of energy that is sort of 160 years old… where people look at you in the eye and they go ‘you’ve experienced something.” ~ Paul Wesley.
“I would have loved to have a Damon-type brother! I always wanted a brother to kick everybody’s ass for me when I was picked on in school.” ~ Paul Wesley.
“I grew up with Dawson’s Creek and I always watched it. In fact since then I have a deep admiration for Kevin Williamson both for this show than for ‘Scream’: it is still strange to think that a figure who influenced so much my childhood now has chosen me to work with him!” – Paul Wesley.
“Stefan is surely the most romantic character I’ve ever played. I believe in true love as well. I know it exists because I saw it. My grandparents taught it to me by example; they have been together since they were sixteen.” ~ Paul Wesley.
“Ian has the same values as me. We’ve both been doing this for so long, for 10 years we’ve been working, so we don’t have that naïveté in a sense where we have that seniority. We sort of bond on that level where we can talk from a place like ‘hey man, isn’t this great?’ We’ve been working so hard to get something like this.” ~ Paul Wesley.
“When we were shooting the pilot for Vampire Diaries, Kellan was shooting Twilight in Vancouver as well. We were all staying in the same hotel and hung out a couple of times. I was kind of like ‘This is either really lame or kind of cool.’ It was like some sort of vampire gathering where we trade secrets.” ~ Paul Wesley.
“The thing that I like about this guy, [is] I think, for an actor, it’s really appealing to play an outcast in general. It’s always just so nice because there’s real depth and quality and range. And you know, not to sound like a sob story, but I guess I was always an outcast growing up. I went from high school to high school, and I just can relate to…
“Oh my God, hardest I’ve ever worked for a part. I auditioned for the role of Damon three times, four times maybe. Constantly went back for Damon, back and forth, back and forth. They wouldn’t see me for Stefan, they thought I wasn’t right for it. Then they went older for Damon, they passed it to Ian, and they go ‘maybe this will work.’ They brought me in for Stefan…
I then had to screen test against like, three guys from Australia, three guys from London, four guys from New York, five guys from LA. It was like American Idol. It was like ‘go home… go home…’ and ‘you stay… you stay. “I don’t know how I got it but I will have to say, I’ve been on my own since I was 16 years old and that’s a long…