In a recent interview on Michael Rosenbaum's Inside of You podcast, Paul Wesley opened up about how his onscreen dynamic with Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries helped improve their real-life friendship. The two actors portrayed the iconic brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore on the popular CW teen drama, and their sibling relationship became one of the show's standout elements.
Wesley explained that when they first started filming The Vampire Diaries, he and Somerhalder were complete opposites. However, this contrast worked in their favor by creating a magnetic onscreen chemistry. Wesley compared their differences to
The bond between Damon and Stefan evolved throughout the show's eight seasons. The brothers started as enemies due to their shared love for the same woman in the 1800s. However, they eventually found their way back to each other, forging an unbreakable bond.
Since The Vampire Diaries concluded, both Wesley and Somerhalder have pursued new projects.
Somerhalder, on the other hand, appeared in the science fiction horror film V Wars, playing the role of scientist and physician Dr. Luther Swann. He also made an appearance as himself in the groundbreaking documentary Kiss the Ground, which focuses on climate change and where he served as an executive producer.
Despite their new endeavors, Wesley and Somerhalder's connection from The Vampire Diaries remains strong.
The onscreen chemistry between Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder undoubtedly contributed to the success of The Vampire Diaries. Their contrasting personalities not only created compelling characters but also fostered a genuine friendship that has stood the test of time.