When The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes on Thursday, April 17, the first one back “Resident Evil” marks the directorial debut for star Paul Wesley.
Wesley talked to E! Online about his terrifying directorial debut, the new baddie Markos and the actor Wesley had a problem directing (spoiler alert: it was himself).
“It was amazing. I mean it was really amazing. The cast was so supportive. I was nervous at first. I mean, I remember my first scene—I was terrified,” Wesley recalls. “Then it got easier and easier, and it became more natural, and now it just feels like I want to do it again and I want to do it even better. But it was a really wonderful experience.”
He goes on to say “how fantastically supportive the cast was. That was what surprised me. Not that I doubt the cast, but I kind of thought these guys were gonna totally give me shit, in a friendly way, but I assumed everyone would just give me sh-t, but everyone was really prepared and really wanted to do well, which was to me really, not surprising, but I was definitely taken aback to a degree.”
The only actor that Wesley had a problem directing? Himself.
“That was hard for me because I had a playback monitor, but at the same time, I almost didn’t want to even look at it, because I hate watching myself,” he admits. “We would like, shoot the scene and then I would like literally look at it for maybe two seconds just to make sure it was lined up right and then move on.”
Wesley also discussed the show’s new big bad, Markos, who first appeared in the March 27 episode.
“The first time he spoke on camera was actually in my episode and [Raffi Barsoumian] did a really nice job. He’s a really good actor. He had a lot of information that he had to unload in some scenes and he handled it very naturally. He surprised me,” Wesley says. “He did a really nice job. I really like him. He played it really well. He’s sort of an atypical villain for some reason. I don’t think we’ve had a guy like him before.”
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c.