Rick Yaeger: Hey, everyone, it’s Rick Yaeger here with One Question Interviews. The show where I get the golden opportunity to talk to a celebrity, and then I waste it on some totally random question. Sitting across the Internet from me today is one of the stars of the CW’s “Vampire Diaries.” Please welcome Paul Wesley.
Paul Wesley: Hello, everyone.
Rick: Welcome, my friend. Thank you so much for doing this.
Paul: Yeah, of course. Thanks for having me.
Rick: Before we launch into the one question, and I grab the magic hat, I like to let my guests talk about what they’ve been up to, what they’re doing. Of course, “Vampire Dairies” just picked up for seventh season.
Paul: It’s a long time. That’s a half a decade and a half.
Rick: [laughs] A half and a half, so three-quarters of a decade.
Paul: Three-quarters, I guess I could have simplified it by saying three-quarters of a decade. Seventh season, it’s pretty crazy.
Rick: Congrats on that.
Paul: Thank you.
Rick: The fan base is huge. People like to say “rabid” fan base, but in “Vampire Dairies,” it might actually be rabid. [laughs]
Rick: They could be a bit bitey.
Paul: I could be rabid, for all. I’ve eaten enough weird squirrels. I could have caught something.
Rick: You’ve got to keep your shots up-to-date.
Paul: Stefan goes monthly.
Paul: That’s my character name, by the way. I know you don’t watch the show. Let’s be honest.
Rick: Come on.
Paul: Come on, man. You’re not my demographic.
Rick: That’s true. I’m not, but I did do my research.
Paul: Good. Great.
Rick: I want to talk to you more about your film work. I understand you’ve got quite a few in the works. Let’s start with “Before I Disappear.”
Paul: Great. I’d love that. “Before I Disappear” is a movie that I put together with a couple of my friends a couple of years ago. We finally shot it, and it came out. It’s one of these things we did for fun.
A brilliant friend of mine, named Shawn Christensen, shot, directed, starred in, and edited a short film that won the Academy Award. Prior to it winning the Academy Award, he’s one of my good friends, we were all like, “Man, this is a great short.”
We didn’t think it was ever going to win an Oscar, but we thought, “OK, let’s try to have fun, make it into a feature, and try to raise a little bit of money.” We had started that process, and then suddenly the short won an Oscar.
There was an investor from wherever, who said, “Hey, I’ll help you guys make this thing.” It wasn’t a lot of money, but we shot it for fun in 19 days in New York City. The result is “Before I Disappear.” It’s this really surrealist, interesting film that came out in some theaters and also on VOD and DVD.
I would love everyone to see it. It’s a character that I’ve really never played before. I also produced the film. It’s funny, but it’s dark. It’s a beautiful, little Indie film. But you can get it basically on VOD for now, and iTunes if it’s not playing in a theater near you.
Rick: If it’s not playing, if it has just left the theater near you, it’s probably been replaced by “Amira and Sam.”
Paul: Yes, I’m glad you brought that up. I’m really glad you brought that up, because I love this movie. It’s another New York City Indie film that I shot, again, over the course of very short amount of time for a very limited amount of money.
It was picked up by a really phenomenal distribution company called Drafthouse Films, which they…I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a Drafthouse Cinema, but they’re one of the coolest movie theater chains.
These guys pick up amazing films. We’re so honored that they picked us up. It’s a story that, I hate using the word “romantic comedy,” because it’s so not romantic comedy, but it has romance. It has comedy, and it has drama, but it’s shot in a very independent way.
It’s very improvy. It’s this really great film about an Iraqi immigrant who’s here illegally, who falls in love with this World War II veteran guy, who just got back from Afghanistan. Sorry, I said, “World War II.” I’m an idiot.
Rick: I don’t know why. I was thinking of my grandfather in World War II.
Paul: Yes. [laughs] This is shortly after 9/11. He comes back from being in Afghanistan, and he falls in love with this girl who’s here illegally. It’s this romance between these two people that is completely a contradiction in a way. It’s really a study of different cultures, but also it’s a bit of a study on America post 9/11.
Rick: It is, and it’s not dark in the way that…
Rick: …”Before I Disappear” is dark, but it’s got some grit to it.
Paul: It’s definitely…Well, it’s got grit to it because the actors are really good. Martin Starr who was on “Silicon Valley,” and he was in a bunch of stuff. Dina Shihabi who’s pretty new. She just graduated from film drama school.
They both have this really amazing chemistry that’s improvy. You really buy their romance. A lot of people, I was just watching them at the Camden Film Festival and with the whole crowd, and everything got really emotional at the end, because they really cared about these two people. That’s always a good sign when you’re watching a film.
Rick: It looks great. I saw the trailer, and it’s got funny moments, poignant moments. It’s very cool.
Rick: I wanted to ask you about “Convergence.”
Paul: “Convergence” is a film that I am putting together with my friend Adam Schroeder, who’s a really pretty prolific producer. It’s a script that he brought to me. It’s this really phenomenal sci-fi-esque story about this group of MIT kids who come up on this new technology and, of course, take it to the dark place.
We just attached this amazing director, and we’re aiming to shoot in May. I’m really excited about it.
Rick: We’re going to get to the question…
Paul: Let’s do it.
Rick: …if you’re ready. Get the one question hat out. As you know, the show is called One Question Interviews. I have…
Paul: I’m in.
Rick: You’re in.
Paul: I’m ready. I’m ready to do…
Rick: I’ve got to do my spiel. I’ve got to do my spiel.
Paul: My bad. My bad. My bad.
Rick: No, that’s OK. You didn’t know. As you know, the show is called One Question Interviews. I have almost a thousand different questions ranging from the profane to the profound. I’ll choose one at random. Actually we’ll choose one at random.
You’ll answer it seriously or in a funny voice, if you like. Everyone goes home happy. Cool?
Rick: I’ve got a handful here. I’ll riffle down the side. You tell me when to stop.
Paul: Are they literally random?
Rick: They are literally random.
Paul: That’s phenomenal. Let’s go. Stop.
Rick: Wow. That was early. [laughs]
Paul: Well, you know…
Rick: Do you want the top or the bottom? That’s not the question.
Paul: This is weird, buddy.
Paul: I’ll take the bottom.
Rick: Paul Wesley, what’s a subject you would like to study.
Paul: I would like to study journalism. I always wanted to be a journalist, and I love the idea of researching something, and then writing about it. I find that to be…I don’t know. It’s just something that I have always wanted to…I don’t know, maybe it’s because I would watch “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and there was that reporter.
She was just a reporter, but she would go and investigate. She found the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and she was like, “Oh my God.” Maybe that excited me and I thought, “Oh, I want to discover and find things, and then report on them.” That’s always something that I wanted to do.
Rick: The investigative journalist that uncovers…
Paul: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles living in sewers.
Rick: Turtles living in sewers or some other thing that basically puts you in peril for the rest of your career.
Paul: Hey, listen, it’s the only way to live your life.
Rick: On the edge.
Rick: If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.
Paul: Exactly. I couldn’t agree more.
Rick: [laughs] Good question. Good answer. Thank you so much for doing the show. Everyone catch…
Paul: I think you should keep the hat on.
Rick: You think so? You don’t like the hair. [laughs]
Paul: I think you look phenomenal with the hat. You should go bowling tonight. Wear that hat.
Rick: Don’t think I won’t.
Rick: Everyone catch Paul on “The Vampire Diaries” Thursdays at 8 PM, 7 Central on the CW. That’s correct. That is correct.
Paul: I wasn’t listening.
Rick: [laughs] Thursday, 8 PM, 7 Central CW.
Paul: That sounds about right.
Rick: If you haven’t been watching the show, if it’s not your demographic and you want to catch up on it, first five seasons are on Netflix. You can catch right up there, and then the rest of season six is on iTunes.
Paul: Is it?
Rick: I think so.
Paul: I’m sure it is. I’m sure it is.
Rick: Yeah, you can buy the season pass, and then…
Paul: Yeah, of course you can. That’s how my mom uses it.
Rick: …the day after.
Paul: My mom watches it that way.
Rick: There you go. You, you people out there, and Paul’s mom follow him on Twitter @paulwesley…
Paul: I’m waiting for my mom to follow me on Twitter.
Rick: She’s following me. [laughs]
Paul: That is so weird.
Paul: Well, unfortunately, I think the campaign will be over by the time…But I’m going to do some more stuff with them. They do a lot of work with Human Societies. Keep looking out for whatever things I do to try to…I’ll bring attention to the cause.
Rick: Thanks again for being my guest. I hope you had fun.
Paul: I did.
Rick: You people, thank you so much for watching, and thank you even more for subscribing for free on YouTube or on iTunes or whatever you want. I really appreciate that. That makes me feel really happy. That’s it. This is Rick Yaeger for One Question Interviews. Take care.
Rick: Do you want to get shirtless now? Is now a good time?
Paul: How are your ratings?