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Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley
Paul Wesley at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski
(1982-07-23) July 23, 1982
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Occupation Actor, model, director, producer
Years active 1999–present
Notable work The Vampire Diaries
Home town Atlanta, Georgia
Spouse(s) Torrey DeVitto (m. 2011–13)[1]

Paul Wesley (born Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski;[2] July 23, 1982[3]) is an American actor, director,[4] and producer.[5] He is best known for his role as Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Philanthropy 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Filmography 5
    • as Actor 5.1
    • As Director 5.2
    • as Producer 5.3
  • Awards 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Wesley was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Polish parents Tomasz and Agnieszka Wasilewski, and grew up in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. He has one older sister, Monika, and two younger sisters, Julia and Leah.[6] In addition to English, he speaks Polish, having spent four months every year in Poland until the age of 16.[7]

Wesley attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years. During his junior year in high school, he was cast in the soap opera Guiding Light as character Max Nickerson. He transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to accommodate his acting schedule.[6][8][9] He graduated from there in 2000 and then started college at Rutgers University in New Jersey but left after one semester with his parents' support when more roles were offered to him, and he realized he could make a career out of acting.[6][10]


Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder in 2012.

In 2001, he was one of the main cast members of the short lived TV series Wolf Lake, playing the role of Lucas "Luke" Cates. The show's cast also featured Tim Matheson, Sharon Lawrence, Graham Greene & Bruce McGill. The show was about a Seattle policeman John Kanin Lou Diamond Phillips proposes to his girlfriend, Ruby Wilder Mia Kirshner, and she accepts. However, as she gets into her car, she is attacked and all Kanin finds is a severed hand. He travels to her hometown of Wolf Lake to find some answers. However, his experiences there raise even more questions. What John doesn't know is that some of the inhabitants of Wolf Lake are actually werewolves. The werewolves, or the ones who survive the change, live on the "Hill" and enjoy special treatment, separated from the normal humans.

In 2005, he began to credit himself as Paul Wesley. When asked why he changed his professional name to Paul Wesley, he replied, "My birthname is too hard to pronounce."[11]

He is currently starring as vampire Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries which premiered in September 2009 on The CW. In the series, he plays a younger brother to Damon Salvatore (played by Ian Somerhalder) as well as the love interest of a 17-year-old girl named Elena Gilbert (played by Nina Dobrev). Wesley began directing "The Vampire Diaries" in Season 5 and is currently directing as well as starring in the show.[12]

In May 2011, he joined the cast of The Baytown Outlaws opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher.[13]

He was recently cast opposite Susan Sarandon in a film called Mother's Day,[14] and is set to star and produce Convergence.[15]

He has had a number of roles on television shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C.. He starred opposite Amber Tamblyn in CBS' The Russell Girl and had the lead role in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen. He also appeared in several films throughout the years including "Peaceful Warrior" and director Agnieszka Holland's "Shot in the Heart" opposite Giovanni Ribisi and Sam Shepard [16]

Wesley had two films released in 2015. Before I Disappear , which he produced and costarred in, went on to win the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award and competed in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival.[17] He also co-starred in Amira and Sam from Drafthouse Films.[18]

In August 2015, he joined the cast of "Late Bloomer" opposite Brittany Snow and JK Simmons.[19]


Wesley has hosted 2 fundraising campaigns on to raise funds for charity. For his first campaign, Wesley released a cat shirt design to raise funds for The Humane Society of the United States.[20][21] The campaign sold almost 3,000 units. For his second campaign, Wesley teamed up with The Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder to release a limited edition shirt designed by a fan, with the words "Blood Brothers Since 1864."[22] This campaign sold almost 10,000 shirts.[23]

Personal life

Wesley met and began dating actress Torrey DeVitto in 2007 when they acted together in Killer Movie. They married in a private ceremony in New York City in April 2011.[24] In July 2013, it was reported that they had filed for divorce.[25] The divorce was finalized in December 2013.

Wesley lived in Torrey DeVitto in Los Angeles, California.[26] He sold his Los Angeles-residence after his divorce at the end of 2013.[27]

Wesley met actress Phoebe Tonkin on the set of The Vampire Diaries in 2012; they have been a couple since September 2013.[28]


as Actor

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Last Run Seth
2005 Roll Bounce Troy
2006 Cloud 9 Jackson Fargo
2006 Peaceful Warrior Trevor
2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile Rick Lausier
2008 Killer Movie Jake Tanner
2009 Elsewhere Billy
2010 Beneath the Blue Craig Morrison
2013 The Baytown Outlaws Anthony Reese
2014 Before I Disappear Gideon
2014 Amira and Sam[29] Charlie
2016 Mothers Day Filming
2016 The Late Bloomer Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Another World Sean McKinnon
1999–2001 Guiding Light Max Nickerson #2
2000, 2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Danny Burrell/Luke Breslin Episodes: "Wrong is Right" and "Ripped"
2001 Shot in the Heart Gary (Age 15–22) Television film
2001–2002 Wolf Lake Luke Cates 9 episodes
2002 Young Arthur Lancelot Television film
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Luke Miller Episode: "Malignant"
2002–2005 American Dreams Tommy DeFelice 10 episodes
2003 The Edge Himself Television film
2003 Smallville Lucas Luthor Episode: "Prodigal"
2003 The O.C. Donnie Episode: "The Outsider"
2003–2004 8 Simple Rules Damian Episodes: "Premiere" and "Opposites Attract: Part 3: Night of the Locust"
2003–2004 Everwood Tommy Callahan 9 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Jack Warner Bradford Episode: "Legal"
2005 CSI: NY Steve Samprass Episode: "Grand Murder at Central Station"
2006 Crossing Jordan Quentin Baker Episode: "Thin Ice"
2006 Fallen Aaron Corbett Television film
2007 Fallen Aaron Corbett 3 episodes
2007 Cane Nick 3 episodes
2007 Shark Justin Bishop Episode: "Shaun of the Dead"
2008 The Russell Girl Evan Carroll Television film
2008 Cold Case Petey Murphy '08 Episode: "Bad Reputation"
2008–2009 Army Wives Logan Atwater 6 episodes
2009–2010 24 Stephen 4 episodes
2009–present The Vampire Diaries Stefan Salvatore
Tom Avery
Main cast

As Director

Year Title Notes
2014 The Vampire Diaries Episode: "Resident Evil"
2015 The Vampire Diaries Episode: "Woke Up With a Monster"

as Producer

Year Title
2010 Norman
2014 Before I Disappear


Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Young Hollywood Awards Cast To Watch (with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2010 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Star Male The Vampire Diaries Won
2010 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Vampire The Vampire Diaries Won
2012 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actor The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards TV Villain The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Best Threesome (with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev) The Vampire Diaries Won
2014 Northeast Film Festival Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Before I Disappear Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Liplock (with Candice Accola) The Vampire Diaries Nominated


  1. ^ Vampire Diaries' star Paul Wesley finalizes divorce"'". Toronto Sun. December 24, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paul Wesley pronounces Full name in Polish". YouTube. 
  3. ^ "Paul Wesley’s 31st Birthday — ‘Vampire Diaries’ Tribute To Stefan - Hollywood Life". Hollywood Life. 
  4. ^ Wieselman, Jarrett (February 7, 2014). """Paul Wesley will make his directorial debut on "The Vampire Diaries. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Yamato, Jen (November 17, 2014). "‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Paul Wesley Set For Sci-Fier ‘Convergence’". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Morton, Rebecca (September 10, 2009). Vampire Diaries' to give area native star turn"'". New Brunswick Sentinel. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Lee, Luaine (January 27, 2010). "The 'good' vampire was a teenage bad boy". McClatchy/Tribune News (Chicago Tribune). Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Talbot, Lindsay (October 12, 2009). "New Blood". Teen Vogue. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  9. ^ Martin, Patti (January 28, 2010). "Perhaps one of Howell's best kept secrets". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Getting to Know: Paul Wesley". Teen Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  11. ^ Walsh, Dorothy. "Getting to Know Paul Wesley". Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ """Paul Wesley Will Make His Directorial Debut On "The Vampire Diaries. February 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (May 13, 2011). "'"Paul Wesley Joins Eva Longoria in 'The Baytown Disco. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ "'"Wesley, Sarandon to star in 'Mother's Day. September 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ "'"Paul Wesley cast in 'Convergence. November 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ Paul Wesley at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ Before I Disappear' picked up for North American distribution"'". Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ "'"Paul Wesley makes 'Amira and Sam. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Paul Wesley, Brittany Snow, Blake Cooper Join Comedy ‘The Late Bloomer’". August 25, 2015. 
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  24. ^ "Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley and actress Torrey DeVitto married!". 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  25. ^ "Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto to Divorce". 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  26. ^ Chako Suzuki (2012-11-29). "Where Does Paul Wesley Live? You Ask, We Answer!". Retrieved 2014-10-29. 
  27. ^ Andrea Simpson. "Paul Wesley Sells His Hollywood Hills Panty-Dropping Palace for $1.7 Million". Retrieved 2014-10-29. 
  28. ^ "Phoebe Tonkin and Paul Wesley step out in rare public appearance together". Mail Online. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  29. ^ Yamato, Jen. "Drafthouse Acquires Martin Starr Romance ‘Amira & Sam’" (Archive). Deadline. August 28, 2014. Retrieved on January 28, 2015.

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