Actor, producer, director, Paul Wesley, was born on July 23, 1982 to Polish immigrant parents, Tomasz and Agnieszka Wasilewski. Paul was raised, with his three sisters, in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. Wesley was, by his own admission, something of a troublemaker as a teen, and was expelled from school twice before settling down.
It was theater classes in high school that led Paul Wesley to his first professional role on the soap opera, “Another World.” Though Wesley later entered Rutgers University, more acting job offers made it obvious acting was the path he should follow.
Paul Wesley appeared in numerous television series, including “CSI, Special Victims Unit,” as a member of the cast of “Wolf Lake,” and a recurring role in “American Dreams.” Eventually, he was offered a lead role in “The Vampire Diaries,” where he played vampire Stefan Salvatore. During a nine year run, Wesley brought out his undead character’s struggle to hold on to his humanity. After the 2014 season of Vampire Diaries, Wesley accepted the role of an unscrupulous cousin of the lead in the romantic comedy, “Amira and Sam.”
In addition to acting, Paul Wesley has also taken on directing and producing. He directed five episodes of Vampire Diaries. In 2017, he returned to television to direct an episode of “Shadowhunters.” As executive producer Paul took charge of the eighth season of the Vampire Diaries”. Later, he served as producer and associate producer for, “Norman” 2010, and “Before I Disappear”(2014).
Following “Vampire Diaries,” Paul Wesley had his New York stage debut in 2016. Appearing in William Francis Hoffman’s “Cal in Camo,” Wesley’s performance as the brother of the lead character, Cal was “superbly vulnerable,” according to one reviewer.
Now living in Los Angeles, Paul Wesley is currently producing several new television series for Warner Brothers.