Polish-American actor Paul Wesley has had a spectacular life and career. Having been born and raised in New Jersey, Paul first took theater classes in New York City and went on to play a role on Guiding Light before he even graduated from high school. Afterwards, Paul briefly attended Rutgers University before turning his time and attention to acting on a full time basis. He would go on to co-star in the off-Broadway show Cal in Cameo.
Paul started out on the small screen in 2001, appearing in TV shows such as Army Wives, Everwood and 24. In 2007 he starred in a mini-series called Fallen, which aired on the ABC Family network.The next year he appeared in a TV movie called The Russel Girl. He followed that up in 2009 with his role in The Vampire Diaries. By the beginning of the show’s fifth season Paul was directing and by the show’s eighth season was working as one of its producers.
Starting in 2014, Paul began acting in movies such as Before I Disappear, which he also served as the director for. The movie was screened at the Venice Film Festival as well as at the SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. He followed up his performance later that year in Drafthouse Film’s Amira and Sam. 2014 also saw Paul acting in Mother’s Day, with co-star Susan Sarandon. The next year Paul went on to star in The Late Bloomer, in which he appeared alongside JK Simmons and Brittany Snow.
While appearing in The Vampire Diaries, in real life, Paul and Ian Somerhalder worked on a campaign in which they sold close to 10,000 t-shirts that were created by a fan of the show. In a nod to the show, the t-shirt said Blood Brothers Since 1864.