We’re so proud of Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) for stepping out of his acting comfort zone and into the director’s chair. The TVD star just finished his directing duties for Season 5, Episode 18 — and he’s pretty sure he didn’t totally screw it up!
“Officially wrapped my first ep as director. Relatively confident I didn't entirely screw it up,” Paul tweeted yesterday, after a few weeks of directors duties. We love that Paul seems genuinely grateful for the opportunity: “Even though I have been working in TV for years, it ended up being a blessing because I learned invaluable information,” Paul said. “They finally granted me an episode, which was met with a great deal of excitement and nervousness on my part.”
We’re not the only ones who have faith in Paul. Paul’s boss, executive producer Julie Plec, tweeted: “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.” Marguerite MacIntyre (aka Sheriff Forbes) gave her vote of approval right away, tweeting: “Worked with an awesome new director yesterday, @paulwesley. #likeaducktowater.”
Paul’s co-stars have been keeping us up-to-date on his turn as director. Penelope Mitchell (Liv Parker) recently tweeted a hilarious photo of Paul in his backwards baseball cap, sternly giving Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy) direction. Steven is smirking back at him. She captioned the shot: “Rocked up at work today to discover that @paulwesley has killed & usurped our director - this place is weird,”
Being director doesn’t come without its sacrifices. In addition to the added pressure of both being figuratively behind and literally in front of the camera for Stefan shots and scenes, Paul was in for many a late night at the TVD helm: “Spending my Saturday night directing a blue screen shot,” Paul tweeted, along with a pic of an actress standing in front of a blue screen. Such dedication! And we can’t wait to see the product. Episode 18 doesn’t have an official air date, but it will most likely air sometime in April.
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Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.