Paul Wesley, born Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski on July 23, 1982, is well-known for his portrayal of a perpetually brooding yet sweet vampire in the hit television show “The Vampire Diaries.” Over the years, the actor only kept getting better and gained acclaim for his work. Today, he acts, directs, and produces — and we must say, we are impressed! So, let’s find out more about this talented actor on his birthday.
Paul Wesley was born to Polish parents Agnieszka and Tomasz Wasilewski in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S. However, he was raised in New Jersey’s Marlboro Township. Wesley has three siblings — an older sister named Monika Emara and two younger sisters named Julia and Leah.
Until he turned 16, the actor spent four months each year in his native country Poland. As a result, he is fluent in English as well as Polish. He attended Marlboro High School and the Christian Brothers Academy in New Jersey. Wesley began studying theater in New York City but decided to take a transfer to the Lakewood Prep School in New Jersey instead. When he was a junior in high school, he was cast in a soap opera named “Guiding Light.” Later, Wesley attended Rutgers University but dropped out after one semester when he was offered more roles and he figured that he could make a career out of acting.
The actor made his debut in 2001 as Luke Cates in “Wolf Lake.” In 2008, he appeared in the CBS T.V. film titled “The Russell Girl.” Thereafter, he continued to garner popularity and played several roles in numerous television shows, such as “24,” “American Dreams,” “Cane,” “Guiding Light,” and “The O.C.” The actor’s fame skyrocketed when he played Stefan Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries,” which first aired in 2009. He has also appeared in a number of films, such as “Before I Disappear,” “Amira and Sam,” “The Late Bloomer,” “Shot in the Heart,” “Peaceful Warrior,” and “The Baytown Outlaws,” among others.
The actor lands himself the lead role in “Fallen.”
He plays the role of Stefan Salvatore in the hit T.V. series “The Vampire Diaries.”
Wesley co-stars and produces “Before I Disappear,” which goes on to receive the S.X.S.W. Film Festival ‘Audience Award’ as well as an inclusion in Venice Film Festival.
He begins directing season five of “The Vampire Diaries.”
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Why We Love Paul Wesley
His amazing personality
Wesley rose to fame as the brooding Stefan Salvatore — a character he perfected! However, the actor could not be farther away from his on-screen persona. In real life, he is a fun person who clowns around and acts goofy without any hesitation. His friends describe him as someone who can easily diffuse tension and make you laugh.
Wesley is an extraordinary actor, of course. Over the course of his acting career, he has been a part of numerous films ranging from comedy dramas to psychological thrillers. The actor has played a myriad of diverse characters and even has director and producer credits to his name.
He supports social causes
For his contribution to farm animals’ welfare, he received the ‘Humane Generation Award’ in 2014. The actor uses his platform and influence to create awareness about various social welfare programs and organizations. In this manner, Wesley not only extends a helping hand, he also encourages his fans to do so.
5 Surprising Facts
Paul Wesley is not his real name
The actor’s real name is Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski, which he changed in 2005.
He believes in ghosts
Wesley believes in the existence of ghosts and claims that he had once seen a woman fade away.
He wanted to play Damon
The actor was initially more inclined to play the role of Damon Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries.”
He is a bookworm
Wesley loves to read and “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is his favorite book.
He wanted to be a journalist
In an interview, Wesley revealed that he would’ve pursued a career in journalism if he was not an actor.
Paul Wesley FAQs
Is Paul Wesley vegan?
Yes, he is vegan.
Does Paul Wesley have kids?
No, he does not have any kids.
Why did Paul Wesley change his name?
The actor changed his name as his real name was too difficult to pronounce. Changing it to Paul Wesley, he believes, helped his career.
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