Speaking with Bullet Magazine, Paul Wesley spoke about the effects that Elena’s vampirism will have on their relationship. He also shared what we can expect from Stefan for the rest of Season 4.
Vampire Diaries is exploring new territory this season now that Elena is a vampire. Do you think that development will have lasting effects on Elena and Stefan’s relationship?
I would think so. Ultimately, it’s kind of a hilarious thing when you’re doing a TV series where the stakes are so high and you’re trying to think about it on a realistic level. She’s a vampire, so obviously it’s going to have an effect, but in the TV world, in the Vampire Diaries world, we have to suspend our disbelief. Maybe there’s a way to salvage the relationship and go back to normal, but I hope they never go back to the way they were. People change, and I know they’re the romantic love story in the entire series, but I do believe potentially that they can find a different kind of romance that isn’t as naive as it was before. I feel in season one, they were really naive lovers who weren’t aware of impending doom of any relationship. Sounds pretty negative, I know.
In general, your character Stefan has had such a multidimensional story arc. Do you find it more or less difficult to keep your character grounded as the storylines progress?
In a way, we’re playing superheroes, and when you watch any superhero movie, you just have to go with it. As much as it is a teen drama romance, it’s also this adventure. I think as an actor you need to commit to it. It’s not like I’m portraying Abraham Lincoln, you know what I mean? Were doing a vampire show. So for me, it’s exciting to become bloodthirsty and a sociopathic killer, and then go to being a hero again. I think those extremes are totally okay. It’s sort of a given. But yes, it’s obviously very difficult. As an actor, you’re sort of going, “What’s happening right now? How are we getting away with so many murders, and there’s no police investigating? Is there really no FBI thats coming to Mystic Falls, because 500 people die every month?” But I try not to think about that stuff.
What can we expect from Stefan for the rest of season four?
I think as Elena and Damon start to move towards one another, I think Stefan will lose his marbles a little bit. I always welcome that, very wholeheartedly. So they’ll be searching for a cure for Elena. It’s kind of an interesting thing to see if Stefan continues to give a shit about finding this cure or if he’s just like, “You’re totally hooking up with my brother. I don’t care.” We’ll see. I don’t know what he’s going to do. I like when he’s not predictable.
He also spoke about his upcoming movie, Baytown Outlaws and his plans for when The Vampire Diaries eventually end.
Tell me about your upcoming film, Baytown Outlaws and your character Reese.
It’s an over-the-top, violent sort of comedy in the vein of Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. It’s definitely for a very specific audience in terms of it being really gross. I did the movie because I wanted to do something not PG. Vampire Diaries is pretty gory, but this is definitely adult fare, an R-rated film. My character is a detective chasing criminals—Billy Bob Thornton’s one of them. My character’s got a wife and kids, and that was another thing that attracted me to the role, because I play a 17-year-old on TV, and I’m 30. I wanted to play someone a bit older.
How was it getting out of the supernatural vampire zone?
It was good, but I found myself in a fantasy world anyway. [Baytown Outlaws] has a little bit of a Mad Max feel. All this shit happens and you’re like, “What, how is this happening right now?” You also have to suspend your disbelief. It’s not sci-fi, but it is fantasy in a way.
Obviously, Vampire Diaries will inevitably end. What do you have planned for when that comes to pass?
Really? No. Never! I’ll be 45 and still playing Stefan [Laughs]. Obviously, I’m going to work as an actor, but I’m also writing and producing a film right now with a really talented director and writer. We’re going to make that next year. I’m also going to get behind the camera, and hopefully do a little directing myself. For me, I’m not just interested in acting, I’m interested in the process of either making film or television. I’m definitely going to be sticking in this field, but I plan on really forging in several different outlets as opposed to just being in front of the camera.
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