Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley Attends Humane Society Gala With Phoebe Tonkin, Ex-Wife Torrey DeVitto Also in Attendance (PHOTOS)

Paul Wesley has long been a supporter of animal rights, so it was no surprise to see him walking the red carpet at the Humane Society’s 60th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, March 29. The 31-year-old actor was joined at the event by his girlfriend, Phoebe Tonkin — though we have to admit, we wonder if this proved to be a bit awkward for Paul.

Not only did the Vampire Diaries star attend the benefit with his girlfriend and former co-star, but Paul’s ex-wife (and fellow former co-star) Torrey DeVitto was also on hand for the event. Paul appeared to keep his distance from Torrey on the red carpet, and avoiding taking photos with Phoebe as well. However, that didn’t stop Torrey from snapping a few cute pics with their other former castmate, TVD guest star Nathaniel Buzolic!

Whether or not Torrey and Paul have managed to stay cordial after their split, it’s nice to know that their friends haven’t been forced to take sides. As a matter of fact, just three months before Nate got cozy with Torrey on the red carpet, he was seen hanging out with Paul and Phoebe on the beach in Australia!

Inside the event, Paul took the stage to accept the Humane Generation Award for using his “massive star platform to advocate for farm animals and alert youth to the inherent cruelty of confinement on factory farms.”

“I know that one of the main reasons that I'm here is because I happen to be on a television series that has a massive youth following," Paul said in his speech. "Based on the interactions that I've had with Vampire Diaries fans all over the world, young people today are comprised of an incredible morally grounded generation. When presented with logic and with facts, they want to do the right thing. So ultimately I think this Humane Generation Award is representative of the younger generation that will take the right steps to create a positive change for the future."

Click through to see all the photos from the Humane Society’s 60th Anniversary Gala!