'Vampire Diaries': Paul Wesley on Stefan's 'incredibly hostile' episode

When we talked to Paul Wesley about this Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries – the one in which Stefan mentions turning Elena (Nina Dobrev) into a vampire, bites his wrist, and may force her to drink his blood in a speeding vehicle – he hadn’t seen it. He had, however, received a call from TVD exec producer Julie Plec to tell him the intense moments between Stefan and Elena were some of her 最喜爱的 scenes. “He’s essentially kidnapping her,” Wesley says. “There’s layers of humanity, regret, and sadness in his eyes, but it’s all sort of masked 由 this sociopathic, raging maniac who’s scaring her to death. His relationship [with Elena] is sort of the antithesis of what it was, which was this really romantic, soft, protective relationship. Elena is the key to everything [in his battle with Klaus], and Stefan will go to any extreme to get what he needs, which makes him much 更多 terrifying.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It’s an interesting turn in Stefan’s arc that it’s after his humanity begins to creep back in and he saves Damon that he becomes 更多 of a villain than he ever was when the switch was fully in the ‘off’ position.
PAUL WESLEY:
He reveals that if he lets any emotions 或者 feelings in, all he feels is deep pain and regret, so he doesn’t want to go there. He’d prefer to just sort of rationalize it 由 being… incredibly hostile. [Laughs]

Are we going to cry watching this episode?
Who’s we? [Laughs] It depends on how susceptible 你 are to the Stefan-Elena 爱情 story/tragedy.

Well, I talked to Plec about scenes on the 显示 that have made her cry, and 你 got us both with that call Stefan made to Elena on her 18th birthday — and 你 didn’t even speak.
Ah, that’s cool. I think any time anybody sees the bad guy 显示 emotion and you’re not hitting the audience over the head, there’s always a tinge of empathy for that individual. So if we did it correctly, and Stefan shows his humanity in the most subtle ways, and we don’t hit the audience over the head with ‘Oh, feel bad for me, I’m a tortured soul,’ then I think it will be effective. But again, I haven’t seen it. But supposedly it’s great. [Laughs]

I was surprised that Stefan agreed to let Damon 加入 forces with him so quickly in last week’s episode. What’s your theory there: Did he realize he needs minions like Klaus has, 或者 was it simply better to give Damon something to do so Damon doesn’t do something on his own that jeopardizes Stefan’s plan?
It is interesting: In that scene, all of the sudden he’s like, “You want in? Okay, I’ll let 你 in on this.” Maybe it’s because he wants to be closer to Elena. Maybe it’s because [this is the one time] 你 keep your 老友记 closer than your enemies. It’s his brother. They’re buddies. 你 can justify it so many different ways. I really have no idea.

Early in season 2, 你 sat down with Plec and 说 that while 你 爱情 Stefan’s heroic side, as an actor, you’d 爱情 to dirty him up a bit. She told 你 she and Kevin Williamson already had that in the works. Has this arc turned out to be everything 你 hoped for?
Yeah, I don’t want the arc to end. I don’t want to go back to being the good guy. Look, Julie 说 we’re gonna 牛奶 it as long as we can. I also understand that things get old. Hopefully this is still new and fresh. 你 know, he was the good guy for two years. Maybe I can do another two years as the bad guy to balance it out. [Laughs] I think everybody likes playing the bad boy.

And everybody likes watching the bad boy.
I was talking to Torrey [DeVitto, his wife, who's now recurring on the 显示 as Dr. Fell], and she’s like, “You know, I watch Vampire Diaries all the time. I’ve always enjoyed watching Stefan. But now that you’re playing him as the bad guy, it’s, like, infinitely 更多 entertaining and pleasurable to watch.” [Laughs] I’m thinkin’ to myself, it’s so funny, you’d think the girls would enjoy the good guy, the hero, the protagonist. But it’s like, no, that’s why nice guys finish last. [Laughs] It’s really true. And as an actor, it’s just so much 更多 enjoyable.

With Stefan, it’s really the best of both worlds: He’s a bad boy, but we don’t have to feel guilty for enjoying him because we refuse to believe Good Stefan isn’t under there somewhere.
I refuse to believe that he’s not under there either.