|Years active 1999–present|
Name Paul Wesley
|Home town Marlboro, New Jersey|
Notable work The Vampire Diaries
Height 1.80 m
|Full Name Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski|
Born July 23, 1982 (age 33) (1982-07-23) New Brunswick, New Jersey
Occupation Actor, model, director, producer
Spouse Torrey DeVitto (m. 2011–2013)
Siblings Leah Wasilewski, Julia Wasilewski, Monica Wasilewski
Parents Agnieszka Wasilewska, Thomas Wasilewski
Movies and TV shows The Vampire Diaries, Fallen, Smallville, Law & Order: Special V, Killer Movie
Similar People Ian Somerhalder, Torrey DeVitto, Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Phoebe Tonkin
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Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski (born July 23, 1982), known professionally as Paul Wesley and (formerly) Paul Wasilewski, is an American actor, director, and producer.
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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 Emara (née Wasilewski) and two younger sisters, Leah and Julia Wasilewski.
In addition to English, he speaks Polish, having spent four months every year in Poland until the age of 16.
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. 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.
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. That same year he co-starred in Amira and Sam which was acquired by Drafthouse Films. In August 2015, it was reported that he joined the cast of The Late Bloomer opposite Brittany Snow and JK Simmons. 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, and it was also announced he is set to star in and produce the film Convergence. He also co-starred in The Baytown Outlaws opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher.
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. He appeared opposite Amber Tamblyn in the 2008 CBS television film The Russell Girl, and had the lead role in the 2007 ABC Family miniseries Fallen opposite Bryan Cranston and Tom Skerritt. 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, and The O.C..
Wesley has starred as Stefan Salvatore in the hit 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 produced the series at the start of season 8.
He directed episode 16 in season 2 of Shadowhunters for Freeform. In November 2016, it was announced that under the label of his newly formed production company, Citizen Media, Wesley signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television to produce four new television shows, including Confessions of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher, written by Jason Smith; Pecos, written by Shawn Christensen; Finding Natalie, written by Hilary Bettis and Shanghai Summer, written by Oanh Ly.
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. He was also the co-lead in Sensitive Skin written by Shem Bitterman.
Wesley has hosted two fundraising campaigns on Represent.com 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. 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." This campaign sold almost 10,000 shirts.
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. In July 2013, it was reported that they had filed for divorce. 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. He sold his Los Angeles residence after his divorce at the end of 2013.