Nina Dobrev Shares Photo of Paul Wesley Directing Season 5, Episode 18 (PHOTO)
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The Vampire Diaries

Nina Dobrev Shares Photo of Paul Wesley Directing Season 5, Episode 18 (PHOTO)

The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) is stepping behind the camera to direct Season 5, Episode 18 -- and the rest of the cast couldn’t be more supportive! Check out the photo Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) shared from the set...

“@paulwesley directing @paulvedere,” Nina tweeted yesterday, along with a photo of the camera pointed at Paul, the director himself. That’s right! Paul is both the director and star of this shot. Like many actors-turned-directors, we’re impressed with his ability to pull double duty in this episode without completely losing it.

Nina isn’t the only one of Paul’s co-stars to give us a peek at the director in action. Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett) shared a pic of Paul in the director’s chair. Unlike Nina’s shot, Paul seemed to be completely immersed in his behind-the-camera role. As he’s rocking a backwards cap in the pic, we doubt he was planning on playing Stefan any time soon. (Seriously, the hat would mess up his Hero Hair.)

Co-star Michael Trevino (Tyler) shared his support in a less traditional way: by planning pranks. Michael told the crowd at the aTV Festival panel discussion earlier this month: “I’m gonna f—k with him so bad,” “I can’t wait! I can’t wait for his first note. I’ll be like, ‘What’d you say?’” We’re sure Michael speaks from a place of affection.

Some of the rest of the TVDers were a bit more straight forward with their shows of support. Executive producer Julie Plec was fully in proud mother hen mode, tweeting: “According to set, @paulwesley is about to yell ‘ACTION’ on his first shot as a director of #TVD. Way to go, Paul(a), way to go.”

And Marguerite MacIntyre (Sheriff Forbes) had nothing but praise for Paul’s first day of work: “Worked with an awesome new director yesterday, @paulwesley. #likeaducktowater,” she tweeted. Aww!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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