Paul Wesley was born Paul Wasilewski on July 23, 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Paul’s parents emigrated from Poland and he is the only son of four children in the family. The actor, director, and film producer grew up in Marlboro Township, New Jersey and also lived in Poland for several months in the year during his childhood. Paul studied theater in New York City while in high school and landed a role in the television daytime soap opera, “Guiding Light” in his junior year. After graduating, Paul enrolled at Rutgers University. After completing his first semester, the virile young man decidedly quit to pursue an acting career.
Paul has appeared in a variety of films and television shows, including a lead role in the short-lived T.V. series, “Wolf Lake”(2001) and in the ABC Family mini-series, “Fallen” in 2007. His most notable role ever came in 2009, playing ‘Stefan Salvatore’ in the popular CW television series, “The Vampire Diaries” (2009-2017) Paul Wesley appeared in 171 episodes of the teen-adoring drama series. Over the years, the dashing young Hollywood man has worked with some of the most creative in the entertainment business- Susan Sarandon, Bryan Cranston, Nick Nolte, and Billy Bob Thornton.
In 2014, Paul played the role of Gideon in the madcap drama, “Before I Disappear”. The movie was filmed in New York City and was written, directed by Shawn Christensen, who also starred in the production. Later in that year, Paul co-starred in director Sean Mullin’s, “Amira & Sam”. A film, all about a romance between an Iraq war veteran and a beautiful Iraqi immigrant, who have to fight to stay together.
In 2016, Paul starred in his first Off-Broadway play, William Francis Hoffman’s “Cal In Camo” in New York City.
“The notion of doing a play is something I wanted to delve into.” the multi-talented actor was quoted.
He starred as, Flynt- a lonely, mourning husband who lost his wife in a flood and decidedly visits his sister (Cal) and her family. Ironically, although Flynt is looking for encouragement and solace, he finds that his sister and husband are battling financial hardship. One online stage critic who reviewed the play, notably remarked that Paul’s performance was, “smooth and sensitive”.