Paul Wesley, who plays Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, is getting back behind the camera this season. It will be his second time in the director seat, and one that he has been looking forward to for some time.
The first time on the opposite side of the camera was in season five. He directed Resident Evil, and mentioned how it had been a passion for some time. When he started acting, he said he wanted to see what it was like on the other side. The directing was always something that stood out whenever he watched movies, and he envisioned it being part of his career at some point.
It seems that The Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec has agreed that he is good enough for her show. He has been invited back to direct, this time with an episode called Woke Up With a Monster. This is the 11th episode of the current season, and likely to air after the winter hiatus. Fans will have to wait until January to see one of their favorites get back behind the camera.
Wesley will not be the first actor to switch. Just recently, Jensen Ackles got behind the camera to direct the third episode of Supernatural’s 10th season, which was actually the first episode filmed. That was his fourth stint in the director’s chair, and he just keeps getting better.
Usually when an actor goes behind the camera, his character does not have a major part in the episode. While that was not the case with Ackles this season, some fans will be wondering about Wesley. Will Stefan get a little less air time when Wesley gets back behind the camera on The Vampire Diaries?
The question that many fans will have is what it means for Wesley in the future. Is he going to switch the acting cap for a directing one?
At the moment, only two of the main cast have signed new contracts for The Vampire Diaries. All three of the main actors—Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev—were only signed up for six seasons. There are rumors that one of the three main characters will leave after this season. Wesley has always been on that fans have thought will stick around, since the main reported issues are between Somerhalder and Dobrev. However, Wesley may have decided to do a switch for directing, and decided that this is the best time to do it.
He will certainly not be the first actor who has decided to give up that side of the job for behind the camera work. Ellen Pompeo who plays Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy has talked about giving up acting for producing after the TV show ends. She has not officially decided, but it really is something she is considering. In an interview, she spoke about how she wanted a challenge, and acting is not longer that exciting challenge for her.
There is no confirmed date for episode 11 of the vampire program. However, it is expected some time in January or February, depending on when the winter hiatus starts. Fans will be tuning in to watch Wesley get back behind The Vampire Diaries camera.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
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