Paul Wesley is an American actor. The son of Polish immigrants, Wesley grew up in New Jersey. Wesley went to New York to pursue an acting career. Wesley starred on the soap opera Guiding Light while he was still in high school. Wesley soon realized that he could make a living as an actor.
Wesley’s breakthrough film was Before I Disappear, which Wesley helped produce. Wesley has been friends with the director, Shawn Christensen, since childhood. Before I Disappear is based off of the short film Curfew, which won an Oscar. Wesley believed that Curfew had potential as a full length film. Wesley felt that producing Before I Disappear was the next step in his progression. Initially, Wesley planned on just helping Christensen, but through the advancement of the story, a new character was created that gave Wesley the opportunity to act in the movie. Wesley plays a supporting character in Before I Disappear. Wesley’s next big role was in Amira & Sam, a romantic comedy that looks at issues such as immigration and life after the military.
Wesley made his stage debut in Cal in Camo. In order to successfully portray his character, Wesley created an imaginary universe and began to think about any losses that he may have suffered in his personal life. When comparing acting on television to theater, Wesley notes that there is less exposition in theater.
Wesley plans to continue directing television and perhaps a feature film. Film making is something that Wesley is passionate about, and he plans to continue evolving in the future. Wesley is also known for his philanthropy. He raised funds for the Humane Society of The United States on Multiple Occasions.