'The Vampire Diaries': Paul Wesley reveals Stefan's 'lustful' side
Zap2it caught up with "The Vampire Diaries" star Paul Wesley at a recent promotional shoot in Los Angeles, and before he had to hop on a plane back to Atlanta for production, he filled us in on a whole new side of Stefan.
In an upcoming episode, we'll flash back to 1864 again -- but this time, we'll see just how Damon ( Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan first adjusted to their new vampire instincts after they turned.
"I'm so excited," Wesley tells us, his eyes lighting up. "We have a flashback, and Stefan is very Damon-esque. He's lost; he doesn't know what to do with himself. He's living in guilt, so he's just sinful, and lustful, and very Damon-like -- times ten. It's kind of fantastic."
In the present, Stefan has found a temporary fix for his blood addiction, as Elena ( Nina Dobrev) has been slowly feeding him her own to build up his tolerance and quell his cravings. Back in 1864, however, Stefan hadn't yet learned the careful control that rules his life now.
Grinning as he always does when he's talking about Stefan's dark past, Wesley says, "We'll get some blood addiction going in the 1860s. It's awesome. It's a drug. He's a drug addict. I get to play a drug addict, which I love. I'm going back to his days of usage, heavy usage." He laughs. "When I'm in my lustful state, it's so much fun. I felt like I got to play a role that I'd never played before. I felt like I was doing something different. I just love it, and I hope it comes out the way that I envisioned."
Stefan isn't the only one with secrets in his past. When Stefan and Elena, newly reunited, decide to get out of Mystic Falls, they get more than they'd bargained for. "We take a romantic weekend that goes awry," Wesley says. "Come on. How can it not? They need a break from all the chaos, and they just want to be a normal couple that goes on a nice little vacation. Of course, danger is pursuing them."
Seriously... when isn't danger pursuing Elena?
"There are some unexpected surprises at this lake house," he says. The place belongs to Grayson and Miranda Gilbert, Elena's deceased adoptive parents -- so there's plenty of history lurking.
"It's a little bit like - I love that movie 'The Strangers,' where they go to that cabin," Wesley laughs -- referring to the terrifying 2008 movie in which a happy couple goes on a vacation, which turns into a Manson Family-inspired gore-fest. "I was so scared. I saw it in a hotel room and I wouldn't go to my bathroom. I was like, 'I have to pee. I don't care; that isn't happening.'"
Before things go terribly wrong, fans of Stefan and Elena as a couple will be pleased to see some sweet, happy moments, including an emotional scene where they discuss the reality of Elena's mortality. After all, if Elena remains human, she is inevitably going to age and someday die -- while Stefan will stay 17 forever. "There's a lovely scene that we do at the lake house discussing that," Wesley says. "Touching lightly upon it without hitting you over the head, you know what I mean? It's really kind of beautiful."
That's not to say that Stefan and Elena's relationship won't suffer a few serious blows. "It's going to piss me off that she's martyring herself. I mean, how would you feel? Obviously you'd be livid," Wesley says. "The relationship is sort of in ruins because of the prevailing circumstances." He shakes his head, smiling wryly. "They're both so noble. They want to martyr themselves all the time. What a sweet couple. What selfless individuals. I say that sarcastically."
Aside from sexy, bloody flashbacks, romantic confessions, and the hero complex factor, we can also look forward to the return of the man we love to hate: John Gilbert ( David Anders). When last John and Stefan were in the same room, Stefan wasn't feeling too friendly.
"He did hulk out a little. 'Let me show you who's boss, bitch!'" Wesley laughs. This time, Stefan finds himself in need of John's help -- in fact, he's the one who convinces him to come back to Mystic Falls. "I think he's approaching him with a different tactic this time. He's trying to protect Elena from Klaus, so we need to search back in history. What can we find out? What can we do? So we go back to her roots and start with 'Hey, Uncle John, what do you know?' It leads us, and we start uncovering all these different things in the Jonathan Gilbert journals and this and that."
They do, of course, proceed with caution. "He has some information that we need to extract from him, but we also don't know if we can trust him."
With everything that's going on in Mystic Falls with the Originals, the werewolves, and Katherine trapped in the tomb, Wesley says he's just as curious to see how it all comes to a climax as the fans are. "Good luck, Kevin and Julie," he laughs.
He tells us to expect some "unforeseen alliances," but they may not last long.
"Every time I read an episode, I'm like 'Oh, he's a good guy!' And the final line is like," -- he lowers his voice ominously -- "'And then he looks up, and we see, he's really not there for that reason,' and you're like 'Son of a bitch!'"
He sighs. "Every time I believe something there's a twist. For all I know Klaus and Katherine are shacking up."