Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski (born July 23, 1982), known professionally as Paul Wesley, is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for playing Tommy Callahan in The WB medical drama series Everwood (2003–2004) and as Stefan Salvatore from The CW supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017).
Early life Edit
Wesley was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Polish parents Tomasz and Agnieszka Wasilewski, and grew up in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. He has one older sister, Monika Emara (née Wasilewski) and two younger sisters, Leah and Julia Wasilewski.
In addition to English, he speaks Polish, having spent four months every year in Poland until the age of 16.
Wesley attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years. He started his theater studies in New York City and transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to better accommodate his acting schedule. During his junior year in high school, he was cast in the soap opera Guiding Light as character Max Nickerson. He started college at Rutgers University in New Jersey but left after one semester when more roles were offered to him, and he realized he could make a career out of acting.
Throughout the years, he has appeared in a variety of films. In 2014, he co-starred in, as well as produced, Before I Disappear , which went on to win the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award and compete at the Venice Film Festival's "Venice Days" section. That same year he co-starred in Amira and Sam which was acquired by Drafthouse Films. In August 2015, it was reported that he joined the cast of The Late Bloomer opposite Brittany Snow and JK Simmons. Other feature credits include HBO's Shot in the Heart directed by Agnieszka Holland and Liongate's Peaceful Warrioropposite Nick Nolte.
In 2014, he was cast opposite Susan Sarandon in the film Mother's Day, and it was also announced he is set to star in and produce the film Convergence. He also co-starred in The Baytown Outlaws opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher.
In 2001, Wesley, then credited as Paul Wasilewski, was one of the main cast members of the short-lived CBS television series Wolf Lake, playing the role of Lucas "Luke" Cates. He appeared opposite Amber Tamblynin the 2008 CBS television film The Russell Girl, and had the lead role in the 2007 ABC Family miniseries Fallen opposite Bryan Cranston and Tom Skerritt. Wesley has had a number of roles in television shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, and The O.C..