'Vampire Diaries' star sinks teeth into directing


NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Wesley is sinking his teeth into something new.

The actor, who plays a vampire with a conscience, Stefan Salvatore, on the CW series "The Vampire Diaries," directed this Thursday's episode.

Wesley has long been fascinated by directing, admiring the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman. He says his good relationship with the brass at the network and on the show, got him the OK to get behind the camera this fifth season.

He was convinced they'd give him a lighter episode to start with but instead was thrown stunt scenes, visual effects and flashbacks.

Now that he's experienced it once, Wesley is itching to do more.

Wesley says he'll direct more episodes next season and says "it's just a matter of time" before he does a feature film.


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