Paul & Ian both turned out award-worthy performances on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ this season, but Paul outshone his on-screen brother with his chilling portrayal of ‘Ripper’ Stefan.
Let me begin by making one thing clear: The Vampire Diaries absolutely deserved to clean up at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Candice Accola and Michael Trevino are total scene stealers, Nina Dobrev is by far my favorite sci-fi/fantasy actress on TV, and Ian Somerhalder is undoubtedly the hottest of hotties. But did Ian also deserve to be named Choice Actor (Sci-fi/Fantasy)? If I’m being honest, that’s an accolade I would have given to Paul Wesley.
Regardless of which ship you sail on, there’s no denying that Paul stole the Salvatore spotlight this season. His dramatic turn as Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) “Ripper” sent chills down my spine when the season began, a feat I’m not sure Ian could easily accomplish. (Honestly, can you imagine being legitimately frightened by Damon?)
You never quite knew where Stefan stood week to week, which wasn’t a result of indecisive writing, but rather a testament to how good an actor Paul really is. While some characters wore their emotions on their sleeves, Stefan was nearly impossible to read, which made him so engaging to watch.
Need I remind you of the scene on the third season premiere, “The Birthday,” when Stefan reached his most desperate point and called Elena? Without even saying a single word, we felt all of Stefan’s pain — and there was so much to feel. Here it is, in case you need a refresher:
Again, I don’t think Ian is a bad actor. On the contrary, I’m constantly blown away by his performances season after season. But Paul owned this season and exhibited a range we hadn’t been privy to. He may not have won the official Teen Choice Award, but he definitely won my respect.
What say you, Vampire Diaries fans? Do you think Ian deserved his win, or should Paul’s acting chops have earned him the award? Vote below, then drop a comment with more of your thoughts.
— Andy Swift
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