Can you imagine Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) on Jersey Shore? No? Well, it really could have happened. The Vampire Diaries star was born and raised in New Jersey. He can even fist pump with the best of ‘em!

Born on July 23, 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Paul and his family later moved to Marlboro, where he grew up. He’s the son of Polish parents, and he often visited Poland with them as a child. He speaks the language — and yes, it’s pretty sexy

It was in high school that Paul scored his first acting role, as Max Nickerson on the soap opera Guiding Light. He graduated high school in 2000 and attended Rutgers University for one semester before deciding that he wanted to pursue a career in acting. Good thing he did!

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