Stefan Salvatore is Damon Salvatore in real life. Yes, you read that right. For as long as I can remember, I have had this weird fascination with Vampires. Probably because the supernatural romance genre was my thing, or just that Edward and Bella won my impressionable heart as a new teenager. I’ve read and followed plenty of vampire-related content over the years. Yes, even Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani as well. So trust me when I say this, ‘The Vampire Diaries‘ is timeless.
Call it the mystical allure of the Mystic Falls or the enduring fascination towards the Salvatore Brothers, The Vampire Diaries has kept its audience enchanted since its inception. The Salvatore Brothers, in particular, played by actors Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, have sustained a loyal fanbase of people who only recognise the actors as Stefan and Damon Salvatore and nobody else. As tempting as Damon’s intensity was, a part of me yearned for an old-school romantic like Stefan.
Six years back, the final episode of the series premiered, concluding the story in the most dramatic fashion. I won’t deny the show lost its flavour in the later seasons. But the first few seasons are my comfort watch any day. Salvatore Brothers and their complicated love triangle with Elena is a booze you can’t help but be drawn towards. Their clashing personalities, endless disagreements, and scarred history, rooted in love and bloodshed, made for perfect BROmance sequences. It’s almost like a guilty pleasure.
And that is why it becomes insane when you realise the actors are nothing like the characters they play but the characters they don’t play. Simply put, they are each other’s real-life selves on the show. At least, that’s what you infer when you watch viral reels of Paul Wesley on a loop.
If you're a fan of the vampire diaries you should know that Paul Wesley is Damon in real life. You can't tell me otherwise.— SmileJas 🏳️🌈 (@SmileJasz) March 10, 2021
To give you more context: Lately, reels of actor Paul Wesley nonchalantly musing at his fans’ questions and comments on Insta’s close friends have been going viral. There, the all-nicety-nice, kind, and reserved Stefan-like personality traits we’ve associated him with have gone for a toss. And Wesley’s humorous remarks and outrageous reactions look straight out of Damon’s philosophy of life.
in real life ian is nothing like his character in tvd, paul wesley is THE REAL damon, he's TO DIE FOR and he's THE ONE in every way. I'M PAUL'S GIRL 10000000% https://t.co/K0667yGyQK— jdb'girl (@jdbbbygirl) August 18, 2023
The Stefan versus Damon debate has ended. It’s Team Paul all the way now. Take a look:
why is he the funniest man alive😭😭 pic.twitter.com/TUBy5s1SJK— desiburgerbacha (@shortiekiddo28) September 22, 2023
The way Paul Wesley acts like Damon Salvatore’s character irl is fucking hilarious— ˚✧₊⁎N444T⁎⁺˳✧༚ (@nautalii) February 3, 2022
Guys my whole insta fyp is just Paul Wesley answering fan questions on his close friends and he is pretty much just Damon in real life, the clips are so fun to watch 💀💀💀— Alishba (Taylor’s Version) (@urfavealibaba) August 20, 2023
im a damon girlie but irl paul wesley is so funny ive been watching his close friends vids all day😭😭😭— em 𐐪𐑂 comms open! eras sg 3/3 (@vanillabearart) September 22, 2023
paul wesley > stefan > damon ANYYYDAAAAYYYY— 🍐 (@dystopear) December 24, 2020
Paul Wesley goes viral for his Q+A on social media. pic.twitter.com/zUzrNqKc9D— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 4, 2023
Die-hard fans of TVD had been divided between Stefan and Damon all these years, passionately deliberating whether Elena should have remained with Stefan or not, only to realise Stefan was Damon all along. It’s a joke! Life’s a joke, people!