Usually the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con — which was held over the weekend — means lots of scoop. The cast of The Vampire Diaries was excited to talk about Season 5, but when reporters spoke with Paul Wesley, the actor, who will be pulling double duty as Stefan and Silas this season, was masterful at not revealing too much.
So now you’re playing Silas. How is that?
I love it, I love the challenge and I love that Stefan is in the bottom of a lake. I love him but at the same time, you know, I feel like I need a little space from Stefan right now.
What is Stefan brooding about down there, do you think?
He’s actually having hallucinations; I’m not kidding.
Are we going to visit Stefan in the box?
Maybe. With a really small camera.
When you played Stefan the Ripper you had such powerful performances, is that kind of acting going to come with Silas?
I hope so! I think it’s different; I don’t think he shows his colors as much. I think he has a lot more fun. I’m going to approach him in a very light way; I’m going to have a lot of fun.
Has Nina given you any tips about…
Everyone’s been asking me that. I haven’t done it yet. So but when I do do it I will ask her!
Are you looking forward to that?
Not looking forward to the extra hours and having to work all day, but yeah, I am. It’s definitely a challenge; I’ve never done anything like it.
What do you think Stefan will do first when he gets out of the box?
Get a beer. Smoke a cigarette, not that I endorse that... but it’s just like I don’t know, I’m curious as to how they are going to write that, what sort of place he would be in psychologically. What if he just gets out and he’s like hey, hey guys, I just took a nap, it’s all good.
I’m excited to see how Stefan and Caroline (Candice Accola) play out!
Oh, yeah. Everybody likes that. I love Candice; she’s fantastic and we have great chemistry and I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen; I truly don’t know anything. But I hope Stefan gets some action. I hope Silas gets some action, come to think of it.
So right now no one knows that Stefan is Silas, correct?
You said no one knows it’s Silas right now but is that going to change?
I mean, eventually, for sure; it has to.
What do you hope to see in season five?
I want to see Vampire Diaries reset itself and go back to its old school roots. I want it to unwind and not be so complicated. I want the story lines to be simplified.
What single thing has happened to Stefan that surprised you the most?
I thought the 1920’s flashback when he was so sinister and evil and so dark was really to me very powerful. I felt like it was incredible that we had been following this character for three years and we’d loved everything he did and he was so noble and then we see this truth behind why he is so noble. I thought that was so powerful, it was like roots of how dark can come to the light.
I miss Lexi!
I know I love Lexi!! She brings out the lighter side in Stefan. I miss her too. Maybe she will come back!