While most fans still are most likely to recognize Paul Wesley from his role long-running role as Stefan on “The Vampire Diaries,” he wants people to know that he’s focusing on the world of film. More specifically, producing and directing films.
Wesley’s first stab at movie production was on the 2014 independent film “Before I Disappear,” which starred Shawn Christensen, Emily Rossum and Ron Perlman. He produced the film and also has a small supporting role in the project. At nearly the same time, he took on a featured role in the independent film “Amira and Sam.” In that project, Wesley played the crooked Wall Street cousin of the main character.
Ironically, that focus on small-scale motion pictures opened up a new opportunity for the actor: theater. Following the strong reviews for both films, Wesley was offered a lead role in the William Francis Hoffman play “Cal in Camo,” which became his New York stage debut. In the play, Wesley played a man trying to make sense of his life following the death of his wife. He begins spending a lot of time with his sister and her husband, whose ongoing personal problems manage to make his life even more of a challenge.
Wesley returned to motion pictures in 2016 with roles in the films “Mothers And Daughters” and “The Late Bloomers.” He also wrapped up his role on TV’s “Vampire Diaries,” when his character was killed off in the one of the show’s final episodes. He’s now at work on another television series “Medal of Honor,” which focuses on the stories of men and women who have won the American Medal of Honor for bravery during their military service.