Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has revealed that playing a darker character gives him a high.
The 31-year-old, who plays vampire Stefan Salvatore in the supernatural drama, relishes in showing off his acting chops as he explores his alter-ego's darker side.
"We all selfishly want to do different things, we want to do versatile roles, so for me it's a fantastic opportunity to do something else. It's really interesting. I've been acting for a fairly decent amount of time and I've played some dark characters," he said.
"I did a series where I played a werewolf who was the alpha male jock bully, so it's not like this is completely foreign to me - not that I'm going to be an alpha male jock bully, but just to not be this noble heroic being. I also look at it as like a narcotic: I have the freedom and the liberty to do whatever I want because I am completely immersed in this blood that has shifted me.
"It's like being drunk and making a fool of yourself. We all do it, you can't help it," he added.
Paul said it is more fun being a bad boy, saying: "It is. I'm not going to lie, it's a little easier when you're not crying all the time. I hate to say it, but those scenes can become taxing."
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