Acting is a difficult job. With thousands of people flooding the Los Angeles market with acting gigs, it’s tough to make a name for yourself. Even if you do manage to get noticed, breaking through and maintaining your success is even more difficult. Many actors end up “making it”, others end up eeking out careers in their respective fields. Either way, it’s a brutal market. Paul Wesley has managed to carve out a career for himself in the Los Angeles scene with a penchant for playing characters who take on profound interpersonal struggles. He’s been involved with cinema since he was a teenager, writing scripts and making key connections with Hollywood insiders.
Paul is rarely the star of a film but he does tend to make strong contributions to every role he plays. In Before I Disappear, a dark coming of age story featuring a man taking care of his sister. Paul nails the role of Gideon, a wild and somber character who tempers the main characters apathy. He shot his part in the film in four days, leaving him room to work on other projects. The short film went on to win an Oscar.
Paul Wesley is the lead role in the play Cal in Camo, where he plays a character who must reconcile with the sudden death of his wife. The shift in production is welcoming as Paul is well versed in every aspect of the filmmaking process. He recently directed an episode of “the Vampire Diaries,” leading a foray into the directors chair. Paul’s passion and love of filmmaking and acting will likely grow with time, but for now, he’s happy to have collaborated with high profile actors and directors.