Cult Comic-Con Panel
Paul Wesley’s Panel at the Chicago Convention in April 2012
Was it easier to play a wolf [in Wolf Lake] or a vampire?
PW: (laughs) Yeah. I went from playing a wolf, to an angel [in Fallen], to a vampire…. I’m going to be a succubus in my next series. [audience laughs] Playing a wolf was easier – it was more innate – animalistic.. Vampires are more like… poets, so it takes more work. [In Wolf Lake] I could act more aggressive – like an aggressive high school jock – and get the job done.
What was it like working with the dolphins on Beneath the Blue?
[Audience and Paul laughing] It’s a lovely family film; nice times in the Bahamas. Here’s the thing: I did it like five years ago and CW decided to air this film of me swimming with dolphins in a baby blue bathing suit. (laughs) I’m like “what the hell?!” I’m trying to be this badass vampire – people tune into CW on a Thursday night expecting a TVD re-run of Ripper Stefan – and here I am, petting dolphins. [Audience laughing] It was a lovely experience but I feel like it could have stayed in the video section [at a movie store]. I mean, it’s “Stefan the Ripper!” then me [pantomimes swimming]. WTF? (laughs)
What is your favorite TVD episode?
1920’s Ripper. Definitely. It’s so great because it’s uninhibited Stefan – just pure dark and evil. No conscience. It was the antithesis of Season 1 and Season 2 Stefan. It was lovely; I’d love to revisit that era again. Also love doing scenes with Klaus. [In a girl voice:] ”He’s so hot!” [audience cheers]
If you could be any other supernatural being, what would you be?
What other supernatural beings do they have? [Audience suggests some, including a fairy] Ooh, a fairy! Yay! (laughing) Actually, I think Stefan should be a fairy. [audience laughing] Great. That just became a huge opening for the rest of the cast to rip on me. [in a mocking voice] “Ooh Paul said he wanted to be a fairy.” Let me leave myself wide open for that. Thanks. (laughs)
Who is your favorite actor to work with?
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If the TVD cast was stranded on a deserted island, who would survive and who wouldn’t make it?
What 3 words describe you?
Random… Thoughtful… Umm… [Audience member yelled “Indecisive!”] (laughs) Yeah, indecisive.
How difficult is it to play a psycho?
Not very. Pretty easy actually. My mom called me up and told me that I play a psycho very well. [audience laughs] It’s a lot of fun. It’s not that hard. You can just enjoy it and it’s basically just stopping the pretense.
What is your guilty pleasure?
(laughs) “I don’t think I can say that in front of all these women. Next question.”
You were great in Urban Legends. Were there any of the legends that you believed in?
(laughs) I don’t remember many of them… the babysitters getting phone calls from “Upstairs” was cool. I forgot I was even in that movie.
How is it different between shooting TV and shooting Film?
The speed. TV is quick. You shoot 8-10 pages in a day. In film, you’ll shoot about 1 page a day…. It is a blessing and a curse for creative development…. Unfortunately, the actors – I think – get short-ended because you are rushing through moments. You have to be on-point right away. Film gives you more time to really explore. But TV has been a blessing. I’m looking forward to doing some films.
What is your favorite movie quote?
Shit, I’m so bad at this. [Steven] McQueen is so good with stuff like this. Uhh “I think we need a bigger boat.”
How do you get into character?
That’s a long and complicated answer. Character work involves understanding the archetype of your character; what your character represents. You creatively physicalize who you believe to be the body of the character: create a link to the root; lines and behavior and circumstance. It’s about channeling these archetypes.
When I had a chance to play Klaus… they had envisioned a sort of Jim Morrison costume originally for the decade dance. So, it was like trying to embody Jim Morrison — in a the form of a crazy, maniacal vampire.