17 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For eight years, Paul Wesley was best known for his role as the tortured Stefan Salvatore on “The Vampire Diaries.” During his tenure on the long-running CW supernatural drama, Wesley had a few chances to sit in the director’s chair and shape more than just the character he portrayed. Now that “Vampire Diaries” has come to an end, he is able to focus even more on behind-the-camera work. While his production company, Citizen Media, has been developing projects across several networks, he recently got the opportunity to direct an episode of Freeform’s supernatural series “Shadowhunters.”

“I’ve been preparing myself to direct a feature film, and directing television is a really incredible resource,” Wesley tells Variety. “It’s an incredibly well-seasoned machine. You have all of this crew, and all of this talent, and it’s a support system.”

Ahead of his July 17 episode of “Shadowhunters,” Wesley talks to Variety about his transition from being »


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