TVD’s Paul Wesley Directs “Woke Up With a Monster”!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // January 20, 2015

Paul Wesley, Stefan Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries

Paul Wesley directs his second episode on The Vampire Diaries 6×11 “Woke Up With a Monster”!

The Vampire Diaries 6×11 “Woke Up With a Monster” episode is the second episode that star Paul Wesley, who plays Stefan Salvatore, has directed. Last season his directorial debut was the 5×18 “Resident Evil” episode.

With his second directorial outing Paul admitted it was mentally and physically easier than the first time since this time there were no locations so he didn’t have to worry about the weather or whether there was enough light since the whole episode was in the studio. As he says, “I was much more comfortable in the director chair. I really trusted the process and it was a really pleasurable experience. Not that the other one wasn’t; it just was like I felt more comfortable in my own skin, in a way.”

Paul revealed the first time around he wanted everything to go so well he mentally psyched himself out. This time, he trusted the process and the actors. Although there were still some bumps in the road, it “comes with the job”!

Even though “Woke Up With a Monster” might sound mystical, Paul said it was more about “tender moments” with beautiful interaction between Kai and Elena that’s really intimate, but it’s still fast-paced, entertaining, and exciting.

Paul isn’t the only star who is in the director’s chair. Co-star Ian Somerhalder, who plays his brother Damon Salvatore, will be directing 6×16 “The Downward Spiral” which will air February 26th, 2015 (estimated). Paul said Ian didn’t ask for any advice, so he didn’t offer any.

If he had given him any advice it would have been to not watch his coverage. Just do the scene and trust your DP to make sure it looks good, “Otherwise you’re going to spend hours criticizing yourself because that’s what we do as actors. I do not want to watch myself. I have no interest in watching myself act.”

“Woke Up With a Monster” press release synopsis

CONTROLLING YOUR MAGIC – More powerful than ever, Kai (guest star Chris Wood) holds Elena (Nina Dobrev) captive while he learns to control his newly acquired magic. At the Salvatore mansion, Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Alaric (Matt Davis) try to prepare Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) for the impending merge ceremony with Kai, but they quickly realize Jo is weaker than they thought. After bringing Sheriff Forbes (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) home from the hospital, Caroline (Candice Accola) travels with Stefan (Paul Wesley) to North Carolina in search of a cure for her mother’s cancer. Meanwhile, Stefan, who has his own intentions for traveling to North Carolina, is caught off guard when Enzo (Michael Malarkey) shows up demanding to know what Stefan is hiding. Lastly, when Damon (Ian Somerhalder) discovers Elena has been kidnapped by Kai, he is forced to rethink his strategy after an unexpected visitor throws a wrench into his plan. Michael Trevino, Steven R. McQueen and Zach Roerig also star.

Paul Wesley directed this episode which was written by Melinda Hsu Taylor.

Promotional pictures for “Woke Up With a Monster”

Extended promo video for “Woke Up With a Monster”

Check out Paul’s directing when The Vampire Diaries 6×11 “Woke Up With a Monster” airs Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, at 8/7c, on The CW!

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