Sep 09, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

'The Vampire Diaries' Stefan Salvatore: 5 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Paul Wesley [PHOTOS]

“The Vampire Diaries” Season 7's premiere is already near with only 30 days more to go before the show returns to The CW. Expect major changes to happen as the plotline shifts from a story centered on Elena Gilbert to the other characters of the series. One of the focal points this season will be the relationship of Caroline Forbes and Stefan Salvatore.

While waiting for the show’s premiere, get to know the one-half of the Salvatore brothers more.

Here are 5 interesting facts you should know about Paul Wesley:  

1. Paul Thomas Wasilewski was born on July 23, 1982. 

The 33-year-old actor speaks Polish fluently as his parents were both Polish immigrants. He was raised in Marlboro, New Jersey, as per IMDb.


2. Paul Wesley auditioned for both the role of Damon and Stefan on "The Vampire Diaries." Eventually, the higher-ups decided he would be the best choice for Stefan with his suave hairdo and infectious smile. Their judgement was spot on as Paul Wesley's Stefan Salvatore was wildly rooted for by fans when the CW vampire drama premiered in 2009.

 3. He played a half-angel first before he became a blood-sucking vampire. In 2007, he starred in a TV mini-series called “Fallen” where he played 18-year-old Aaron Corbett. The adventure-fantasy show had Bryan Cranston as Lucifer, as per the show’s IMDb.

Related: 'The Vampire Diaries' Season 7 UPDATE: Paul Wesley And Candice Accola's Stefan And Caroline's Relationship Will Come In Stages; Creator Julie Plec Teases Another Spinoff Following 'The Originals' 

 4. "The Vampire Diaries" Stefan Salvatore has a ring on his finger. Paul Wesley married longtime girlfriend Torrey DeVitto in April 2011. She was also part of the "TVD" family and played Dr. Meredith Fell.

The couple later broke up and eventually, Paul found love again in another "TVD" co-star and "The Originals" wolf queen Phoebe Tonkin. The couple recently traveled to Europe and caught up on some needed R&R which he posted on his Instagram account.

Me and babe back in NYC A photo posted by Paul Wesley (@paulvedere) on Jul 19, 2015 at 12:14pm PDT


5. Paul Wesley is a car enthusiast.

Just Jared reported that “The Vampire Diaries” actor was seen keeping it cool and casual when he attended “The New Jeep Renegade Celebration” at the Atlanta Summer Shade Festival at Atlanta’s Grant Park. He looked like he enjoyed X Ambassadors’ surprise set as the car company celebrated the latest Jeep Renegade.

"The Vampire Diaries" Season 7 premieres on Oct. 8, Thursday on CW.

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