Born in New Jersey in 1982 as Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski and known professionally as Paul Wesley since 2005, Paul has one older and two younger sisters. He spent several months each summer of his childhood in Poland where his parents immigrated from. he speaks fluent Polish, in addition to English.
During Mr. Wesley’s junior year in high school he was cast as Max Nickerson on the soap opera Guiding Light. He changed schools several times to accommodate his acting schedule, graduating in 2000. He began college at Rutgers University. Due to the offer of several acting roles, he only finished one semester. He has appeared in several films, becoming known world-wide from his role in the “Vampire Diaries” series which premiered in 2009.
In 2014, he had his first chance to co-produce and costar in “Before I Disappear”, a full length adaptation of the Oscar-winning short film “Curfew” written by one of his closest friends, Shawn Christianson. The two had decided it would make a great full feature before winning the Oscar, but winning definitely helped with the fund raising for “Before I Disappear”.
Also filmed in 2014, Mr. Westley costarred in “Amira and Sam”, a film about the unlikely romance between an army veteran and an Iraqi immigrant faced with deportation. Paul plays the main character’s cousin as crooked Wall Street employee doing questionable, if not totally illegal, acts.
In 2016, he made his New York stage debute in “Cal in Camo”. Mr. Westley starred as a man who is dealing with the death of his wife by spending time with his sister and brother-in-law, who are having problems of their own. Each character is fighting their own demons. Mr. Westley gave a great performance and truly commanded the stage.