Why Filming The Vampire Diaries Finally Made Paul Wesley Cry

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As Stefan Salvatore, actor Paul Wesley has played a TV vampire for about as long as anyone else has on the small screen, especially when we're talking about network television. To be expected, spending that long in the role connects him to it in a way that people in other jobs might not understand, and now that the job is coming to an end, Wesley is apparently getting more human than ever, as he's revealed what finally broke him down. It involves filming the series finale, and it also involves a certain returning co-star. In his words:

I did Stefan's final scene with Elena. It was strangely emotional for me. You're saying goodbye to this time and this moment. The two of us are never going to be playing these characters ever again, and these were really important characters in television for eight years. That's emotional.

You're damned right, Stefan, er, Paul Wesley. Saying goodbye to the biggest breakout gig of one's career is a bitch of an experience, and even hilarious sitcoms have wildly heartfelt stories told about the final days of filming, so you know a show as emotionally attaching as Vampire Diaries would influence some sob fests on the set. And if the tears are even happening for Wesley, who doesn't exactly identify with geyser-like behavior of the sort, then you can bet that fans are going to completely melt. And not just for that last time Stefan and Nina Dobrev's Elena are together, but probably the first time they reconnect, too. And then all the other moments.

As The Vampire Diaries has been heading to its series finale, the marketing has obviously been pretty heavy on Nina Dobrev's return, with the actress appearing in a handful of teasers promoting The CW drama's last outing. And a recent one possibly hints at the scene Paul Wesley was talking about, though it's sadly too quick to tell how things are going between them.

Don't let Paul Wesley fool you, though. It wasn't just the filming itself that got his water-works going, and he didn't even have to be anywhere near Nina Dobrev to get worked up. Apparently, when he was looking over the finale's script for the first time, while sitting on a plane, that was enough to squeeze a tear out. And the moment was so powerful that he took a picture of himself and sent the shot to creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. Here's how he amusingly put it to EW.

I wanted them to see that Paul Wesley could actually formulate tears in his personal life and not just on screen. I thought how it ended was powerful.

Sadly, we'll likely never see that picture with our own eyes. However, we can definitely get our eyes on The Vampire Diaries' final three episodes on The CW on Friday nights. When you're finished feeding, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what's coming to the small screen soon.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.