Paul Wesley

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Paul Wesley
Paul Wesley by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Paul Wesley at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski
(1982-07-23) July 23, 1982 (age 34)
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Other names Paul Wasilewski
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active 1999–present
Notable work The Vampire Diaries
Home town Marlboro, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Torrey DeVitto (m. 2011; div. 2013)[1]

Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski[2] (born July 23, 1982),[3] known professionally as Paul Wesley, is an American actor, director,[4] and producer.[5]

Early life[edit]

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. He started his theater studies in New York City and transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to better accommodate his acting schedule. During his junior year in high school, he was cast in the soap opera Guiding Light as character Max Nickerson.[6][8][9] He started college at Rutgers University in New Jersey but left after one semester when more roles were offered to him, and he realized he could make a career out of acting.[6][10]



Throughout the years, he has appeared in a variety of films. In 2014, he co-starred in, as well as produced, Before I Disappear , which went on to win the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award and compete at the Venice Film Festival's 'Venice Days' section.[11] That same year he co-starred in Amira and Sam which was acquired by Drafthouse Films.[12] In August of 2015, it was reported that he joined the cast of "Late Bloomer" opposite Brittany Snow and JK Simmons.[13] Other feature credits include HBO's Shot in the Heart directed by Agnieszka Holland and Liongate's Peaceful Warrior opposite Nick Nolte.

In 2014, he was cast opposite Susan Sarandon in the film Mother's Day,[14] and it was also announced he is set to star in and produce the film Convergence[5] He also co-starred in The Baytown Outlaws opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher.[15]


Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder in 2012.

In 2001 Wesley, then credited as Paul Wasilewski, was one of the main cast members of the short lived CBS television series Wolf Lake playing the role of Lucas "Luke" Cates.[16][17] He appeared opposite Amber Tamblyn in the 2008 CBS television film The Russell Girl,[18] and had the lead role in the 2007 ABC Family miniseries Fallen opposite Bryan Cranston and Tom Skerritt.[19][20][21] Wesley has had a number of roles in television shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C.

Wesley has starred as Stefan Salvatore in the television series The Vampire Diaries since its premiere 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 its fifth season and is currently directing as well as starring in the show.[22]

He will be directing episode 16 in season 2 of Shadowhunters for Freeform.


His theater work includes the co-lead in the well received Off Broadway production Cal in Camo at the Rattlestick Theater in New York City.[23] He was also the co-lead in Sensitive Skin written by Shem Bitterman.[24]


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.[25][26] 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."[27] This campaign sold almost 10,000 shirts.[28]

Personal life[edit]

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.[29] In July 2013, it was reported that they had filed for divorce.[30] The divorce was finalized in December 2013.

Wesley lived in Atlanta, Georgia while filming The Vampire Diaries and the rest of the time with his then-wife Torrey DeVitto in Los Angeles, California.[31] He sold his Los Angeles-residence after his divorce at the end of 2013.[32]

Paul Wesley met actress Phoebe Tonkin on the set of The Vampire Diaries in 2012. They have been in a relationship since September 2013. [33]


Paul Wesley in 2010

As actor[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Last Run Seth as Paul Wasilewski
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 Reesey
2014 Before I Disappear Gideon
2014 Amira and Sam[34] Charlie
2016 Mothers and Daughters Kevin
2016 The Late Bloomer Charlie


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Another World Sean McKinnon as Paul Wasilewski
1999–2001 Guiding Light Max Nickerson #2 as Paul Wasilewski
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Danny Burrell/Luke Breslin Episodes: "Wrong is Right" (as Paul Wasilewski)
and "Ripped"
2001 Shot in the Heart Gary (Age 15–22) Television film; as Paul Wasilewski
2001–2002 Wolf Lake Luke Cates Main role, 9 episodes; as Paul Wasilewski
2002 Young Arthur Lancelot Television film; as Paul Wasilewski
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Craig Episode: "One More Time"; as Paul Wasilewski
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Luke Miller Episode: "Malignant"; as Paul Wasilewski
2002–2005 American Dreams Tommy DeFelice Recurring role, 10 episodes (credited as Paul Wasilewski through 2003)
2003 The Edge Himself Television film; as Paul Wasilewski
2003 Smallville Lucas Luthor Episode: "Prodigal"; as Paul Wasilewski
2003 The O.C. Donnie Episode: "The Outsider"; as Paul Wasilewski
2003–2004 8 Simple Rules Damian Episodes: "Premiere" and "Opposites Attract: Part 3: Night of the Locust"; as Paul Wasilewski
2003–2004 Everwood Tommy Callahan Recurring role, 9 episodes; as Paul Wasilewski
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 Television miniseries
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 Recurring role, 6 episodes
2009–2010 24 Stephen 4 episodes
2009–present The Vampire Diaries Stefan Salvatore / Silas
/ Tom Avery / Ambrose
Main role
2016 The Originals Stefan Salvatore Special guest role[35]

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 The Vampire Diaries Episode: "Resident Evil"
2015 The Vampire Diaries Episode: "Woke Up With a Monster"
2016 The Vampire Diaries Episode: "Things We Lost In The Fire"
The Vampire Diaries Episode: "Requiem for a Dream"
2017 Shadowhunters Episode: Season 2, Episode 16

As producer[edit]

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 Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Vampire The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
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
2016 Teen Choice Awards Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Vampire Diaries Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Liplock (with Candice King) The Vampire Diaries Nominated


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  35. ^ "'The Originals' Klaus Welcomes 'The Vampire Diaries' Stefan With A Drink In New Crossover Promo Clip". ibtimes. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 

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