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TVD Cast About Stelena.
  • Paul Wesley: At the end of the day I am biased, and I would say that Stefan and Elena are probably the couple.
  • Julie Plec: I know in my mind I felt very strongly that Elena could not and would not separate from Stefan and fall in love with Damon until she was a vampire. [...] I didn’t feel comfortable letting her let go of what is pure in her heart, which is Stefan, to explore the darker sides of her impulses until her entire life had been turned inside out.
  • Caroline Dries: Stefan is good. Stefan’s knee-jerk reaction is to do the heroic thing. He can take care of Elena and influence her in the right ways. [...] Stefan is a person that she’s going to lean on for advice and wisdom. She trusts him fully.
  • Candice Accola: To Caroline, Stefan is just a friend and a companion and Elena’s one true love. She wants Elena and Stefan to be together. She does not like Damon. She hates Damon, she thinks Damon is the worst choice for Elena and although she wants her friends to be happy, that’s who down deep in her core, that should be together — Stefan and Elena.
  • Julie Plec: My cups overflow with Stelena love and alway will.
  • Paul Wesley: You know, I like this one moment in season 1, when his veins started to come out and he was embarrassed and she was like “no, no, you don’t have to hide from me” and she was touching his face and accepted him for who he is… I really liked that. Season 1 is great. I rewatched recently a few episodes from seasons 1 and 2, and there was some really compelling stuff in the beginning as far as when they first met, like they kind of dragged it a little bit, and I really like that.
  • Paul Wesley recently said that he believes that Stefan will never truly get over Elena. “That love has to always exist,” he says.
  • Charles Michael Davis (Marcel), Daniella Pineda (Sophie) and Danielle Campbell from The Originals have all admitted to being Team Stefan/Team Stelena.
  • Ian Somerhalder: The beautiful thing about Elena is that she is so dialed into Stefan. She and Stefan particularly have this bond, and we later figure out in the mythology of the story why that is. But her having this feeling is genuine.
  • As Stefan suffers and Silas wreaks havoc, Elena’s kindred connection to Stefan will prove stronger than ever, giving her a deep sense that something is seriously wrong. “When you were in love with someone, even if they’re not in your life you have that connection with them; the love is still there whether it’s romantic or not.” Nina Dobrev says. “When she finds out what he’s been through it’s not easy for her.”
  • Nina Dobrev: It’s this cosmic connection you have with someone that you’ve spent so much time with and I don’t know if that will go away.
  • Candice Accola: Oh yeah, Caroline is still a Stelena fan!
  • Torrey DeVitto: Stefan is fiercely loyal to Elena, and Paul is the most loyal person I know.
  • Paul Wesley: Yes, I think there’s hope. Any time you have this intense relationship that lasts for two seasons… I always think there’s a possibility in TV series for people to rekindle.
  • Nina Dobrev: There’s a different connection you have with different people, and I think that Elena had a certain connection with Stefan that was very profound.
  • Julie Plec: The bottom line is that Elena as a human made a very, very, very clear choice that she would love Stefan always and forever. But then her entire life turned upside down, and any feelings she originally had for Damon were still there, and of course magnified. There was always going to be a little bit of a confusion there for her — but not enough confusion for her to be over Stefan. It would take a lot to rip Elena away from loving Stefan. It would take years and seasons.
  • Paul Wesley: “I can’t imagine Elena ever definitively saying, ‘Oh, I’m not in love with you; it’s just Stefan,’ because then I think, where does the show go from there? But her intense feelings for Damon during the sire bond — I can’t imagine that they were true 110 percent.”
  • Julie Plec says TVD’s premise was the girl (Elena) that loses parents, feels dead inside, meets undead boy (Stefan), they bring each other to life. “You want to be able to say ‘This is a show about this thing’ and at end of show, you have to set up how that will work again and again.”
  • Paul Wesley: I really like the relationship between an innocent human and a vampire, it’s an interesting combination. It makes for a very good storytelling.
  • Paul Wesley (about the impact of Jeremy’s death on Stefan): This character is the only living relative of the woman that I’m in love with. So it affects me because it affects her.
  • Paul Wesley: The key to Stefan and Elena, as far as I’m concerned, is time and distance. The more you keep them away from one another, the less Stefan is trying to help Elena, trying to fix Elena, trying to run after her and pick up everything she drops — the more she just screws up on her own, he screws up on his own, they have all these experiences, and then something maybe happens.
  • Julie Plec: There’s the strong, stoic, ‘I’m going to stand by your side no matter how painful it is for me because I know it doesn’t compare to your pain,’ you had that in Stefan.
  • Ian Somerhalder: [Damon] has an exorbitant amount of trepidation about getting this cure because he has a pretty clear idea that once she gets it, she’s going to go back to feeling this way for Stefan.
  • Candice Accola: [Caroline] is Team Stefan all the way. She knows that the root of him is a very selfless, good man and she wants that for her friend. She doesn’t want Elena to get hurt. That’s why she wants to just hit Elena over the head with a frying pan being like, ‘What are you doing? There is this great man that has done nothing but prove that he’s selfless and yeah maybe he was the Ripper and maybe he messed up but he works on it. He wants to be better. Damon never wants to be better. Damon’s always Damon.’ That’s very much the tone of what Caroline has been giving Elena.
  • Candice Accola: Right now, Caroline is really just rooting for [Stefan] and Elena to be together so bad because she knows this is a good guy. He deserves to be with someone great. Elena is great; she deserves to be with someone great. They would be perfect together and live happily ever and I could plan that whole wedding!
  • If Elena became human again, Stefan would be the one living happily ever after with her, Ian Somerhalder predicts.
  • Paul Wesley: I know [Stefan and Elena] are the romantic love story in the entire series, but I do believe potentially that they can find a different kind of romance that isn’t as naive as it was before. I feel in season one, they were really naive lovers who weren’t aware of impending doom of any relationship.
  • Arielle Kebbel: It’s all about Stelena #thatsright #isaidit
  • Kendrick Sampson (who portrays Jessie) has tweeted in support of Stelena.
  • Nathaniel Buzolic admitted at a convention that he is Team Stefan/Team Stelena: “I don't know why girls love bad boys. They cheat on you, disrespect your family and your opinions. I'm team Stefan!”
  • Julie Plec: We wanted Stefan to be her hero, to really reaffirm all the ways and all the reasons why she chose him at the end of last year.
  • Ian Somerhalder: There’s some really sexy stuff with Stefan and Elena, which I always look forward to.
  • Julie Plec: They love each other as deeply as two people can love each other, but that doesn’t mean that their relationship is infallible.
  • Zach Roerig: Stefan honored Elena’s choice to save [Matt] and he’s kind of OK with that because that’s how much he really loves Elena.
  • Julie Plec: Damon and Elena’s feelings for Damon continue to be the biggest things that could keep Stefan and Elena from being together forever.
  • Paul Wesley: You always want what you can’t have. So I’m really secretly hoping that Damon/Elena get together so everyone gets really sick of them. And then they’d say “Stefan would be so great for her, because it’s just so annoying watching those two on screen all the time!”
  • Nina Dobrev (about the closet scene between Stefan and Elena in 3×03): That was definitely a very intense scene, especially because, for the past two years, Paul and I have been working together so closely almost every day. Towards the beginning of the season, we had absolutely no scenes together, so that was actually one of the first scenes where we were working together again. It was such a weird dynamic, and when we locked eyes it really felt like we were locking eyes for the first time. But nothing was said, everything’s in the looks, and the feeling, the tension was built up so much and it was palpable, you can feel the love, the fear, the anxiety, the memories and the history between the two…
  • Julie Plec: There is a scene in “The Reckoning” which I think might be my favorite absolute of the whole year, where Klaus compels Stefan to turn off his emotions. It’s a very intense scene. [...] It seems so ridiculous to say that moment should be romantic, but in a way it was the most romantic moment of the series. It’s a guy trying so hard to hold on to his humanity through his love for this one girl, and then watching as this get ripped out from him… And so we went back in and said you know what, take out all the tension music and make it epic, make it sad and beautiful, use the love cue that Stefan and Elena have, use that cue, not the scary cue.
  • If Elena was Steven R. McQueen’s real sister, he would tell her to choose Stefan/Paul.
  • Steven R. McQueen: “Damon broke my neck so screw that guy! I would go with Wesley (Stefan).”
  • Paul Wesley: I think that Elena’s love with Stefan is an undying romance that will exist forever, but I don’t know if the circumstances allow for them to end up together.
  • Paul Wesley (about the S3 finale underwater scene): “I don’t buy it. I’ll be completely honest. The writers are probably going to get mad at me! I don’t buy it, but it is what it is and so we have to live with it. I personally think Stefan would have just went, ‘I don’t really care what the hell you have to say’, and would have grabbed her – but it is a story and frustrating things happen in life and stories.”
  • Paul Wesley: My reaction to the finale was frustration that Stefan didn’t save Elena. And this year my real question is whether they’re gonna embrace her being a vampire and just commit to it, or whether they’re gonna fight it.
  • Julie Plec: Stefan is devastated. He knows that she never wanted this. He would do anything he could to make sure she didn’t have to go through it but it’s kind of inevitable that she has to. So now he’s got to be her champion and her partner and her true love, and yet also adjust to her having to be a vampire when he himself is not very good at being one.
  • Julie Plec: tefan thinks he screwed up, he didn’t. That’s a point that Elena will make very, very quickly: “Yes, that’s why when I had a choice to make, in about who I wanted to be with, that helped inform the choice that I made. Knowing these things about Stefan versus Damon… Stefan respects me and my choices and me as an individual.”
  • Nina Dobrev: She was in the same position when her parents died and Stefan saved her. Although she was grateful to him, she didn’t want that to happen again. She wanted to sacrifice herself for the people she loved. She had enough of all this. Of course, she’s going to be incredibly thankful that he had enough respect for her and cared enough to respect her wishes.
  • Paul Wesley: I’ve never compelled Elena. I’ve never done it! I respect her too much.
  • Nina Dobrev: Stefan feeds Elena’s soul.
  • Paul Wesley: I think that Elena and Stefan have an undying love and romance.
  • Paul Wesley: I think we all have that situation in real life. But ultimately we make one choice. Elena has made that choice – it will always be Stefan.
  • Ian Somerhalder: No shit it’s always gonna be Stefan… It’s always gonna be Stefan. I don’t blame her, Stefan’s a better dude.
  • Claire Holt nodding to the audience screaming “Stefan!”: Yeah. I think she made the right choice. They’re pretty great together.
  • Paul Wesley: Stelena will always be the core of the show, the show revolves around Stelena.
  • Ian Somerhalder thinks the most romantic scene in TVD history was Stefan & Elena’s first kiss.
  • Julie Plec: Paul Wesley called when he read the script and he said ‘How could he…there’s no way that Stefan would leave her to die, you know… like he loves her so much’. He’s like ‘I don’t buy it for a minute’. And I said ‘What do you mean you don’t buy it? That’s the entire freakin foundation of Stefan and Elena’s relationship…that he respects her choice’. And this is her choice. And she’s saying to you ‘help him first’. I said to him, that your not leaving her to die, your just helping him first. And unfortunately, time has run out and then she dies before he can get back there but you know…it’s the beauty of the dynamic of your relationship and the fundamental thing that separates Damon and Elena from Stefan and Elena. What do you do in a moment where you know that if you don’t save the child, then you save your wife…she will probably never forgive you for saving her. And I believe that to be so true for Elena… like if Stefan saved Elena and let Matt die, especially given the way it all turned out, I don’t know that Elena could ever recover from that. The guilt would have been too much. So even though it sucked… it was horrible for Stefan… it was the worst thing he had to do in his entire life, and he would never probably do it again… it was the right call.
  • Julie Plec: We were heading toward the end of the road knowing that as a human, Stefan was Elena’s choice. We really wanted to see Stefan and Elena come back together after a really long and really horrible season. She was his champion and fought for him, even when he didn’t deserve to be fought for, she still came back and said “I couldn’t stop loving you, I could never stop loving you.” That deserved payoff. When we wrote “The Last Day” last year, we knew where Stefan was going, and that was the last romantic episode those two were going to have probably for a year. We knew it was all going to go to hell, so finally being able to have one tiny moment of intimacy was nice.
  • Candice Accola: Caroline is such a Stelena worshipper. So I think that she just recognizes that Stefan is someone good for Elena, and she is rooting for her to open her eyes and give him a chance. I think Caroline, deep down, does have that little “He’s the best for you. He is your one epic true love. I am not going to let you just throw him away because you’re getting distracted by shiny Damon things.”
  • Candice Accola: Caroline is very much a Stelena shipper. I think Caroline has seen such a wonderful side of Stefan. She really has seen the reasons in which Elena has fallen for him, and she sees that he can protect her and bring a good side of her out. I think she sees Stefan as much more protective and, you know, a good person to be with.
  • Candice Accola: I think that it’s so beautiful that Elena really is Stefan’s true love. So I think ultimately it would be kind of terrifying for a character, who has become strong but still as vulnerable as Caroline, to open her heart to a character like Stefan, who is already so emotionally attached to Elena… because she would probably get hurt.
  • Paul Wesley: I think the Elena/Stefan storyline is an integral part of the show. I think their love is infinite.
  • Paul Wesley: Stefan and Elena are the core of the story.
  • Torrey DeVitto: I’m team Stefan. I think it’s a great love story. [Damon/Elena] would be like Bella and Jacob ending together, it can’t happen!
  • Paul Wesley: This is the case for any relationship: you can’t force anything. You have to let things happen naturally. Stefan, for his part, thinks that if Elena needs to explore the Damon side of things, she should be allowed to do that, and if she decides that Damon is indeed the guy she wants to be with, then I think Stefan would at that point be okay with losing her, because it means she wasn’t the right girl for him anyway.
  • Paul Wesley: I think what they’re trying to do is they built this relationship with Damon and Elena and I think now they need to bring it back to the root of Stefan and Elena. And to do that they need to make Stefan a little more acceptable by her standards.
  • Paul Wesley: I think the story is grounded in that relationship. There has to be hope for them. The series needs that backdrop of them potentially being together and being torn apart. That’s the key component.
  • @paulwesley thinks that Elena and Stefan will end up together in the end.
  • Candice Accola (on the obstacles for Stefan and Caroline ever getting together): He’s star crossed lovers with her best friend!
  • Julie Plec: In my mind, Elena’s parents are dead. It was a human accident, and a human tragedy, and as we know, the night that Stefan pulled her out of the water and saved her life. That was kind of the beginning of their love story.
  • Daniel Gillies: I also don’t think Stefan is out of the picture really. Both Elijah and Daniel think Stefan is still the biggest romantic threat for Elena’s heart.
  • Kevin Williamson: And now will he ever be able to forgive himself and get back from it? And earn the love of a girl again? She’ll love him, but I don’t think he’s going to let her so easily.
  • Julie Plec (about episode 3×11): It’s a big Stefan-and-Elena relationship episode in that you get a sense of how tragic and sad it is that such a great love has been ripped apart as a result of everything that Klaus has done.
  • Julie Plec (about episode 3×01): And then Kevin, in his infinite brilliance, just said, “No, she should get home. It’s the end of the night. We think all hope is lost. And then the phone should ring. And she should almost miss the call. And then when she picks up, he’s there, but he doesn’t say anything because he just needs to hear her voice, because it’s the one thing keeping him from completely falling apart.” And I started to cry. I think that our most successful emotional moments on the show, they’re all very human, real moments. It’s a guy who just needs to hear the voice of his touchstone, of the love of his life, to let him have a better day.
  • Julie Plec (about episode 3×03): Stefan opens the closet door and he sees her, and they come face-to-face. It’s the strangest moment because she’s in his, like, murder board closet, but the way they look at each other… and you realize, ohmygod, these two have not seen each other in so long, and they love each other so much, and the look on his face… We know how much he needs her, how she’s what keeps him from falling over the edge, and he’s in this predicament: oh god, is she about to get caught? Am I about to get caught? It’s just this powerful reunion that always makes me get a little teary.
  • Nina Dobrev: I think that deep down she’s in love with the person that Stefan is. She loves warm-hearted people who are loving… In the last few episodes we haven’t seen that from Stefan but that’s the person that she fell in love with, this guy who’d do anything and everything for her, move mountains, and that’s why it’s so heartbreaking for her to see him the way he is now.
  • Paul Wesley: I’ve been compelled by Klaus to turn off all of my feelings, to forget all of my love for Elena and to give into the lust of the blood and to kill her, to suck on her neck, to suck on her blood. I’m doing everything in my power to hold back. It was really excruciating, on a physical level, and also just the idea of having that woman that you love standing in front of you and feeling the need to drain her of her blood, but fighting that and trying to find your humanity… it was pretty demanding.
  • Joseph Morgan: But there is always going to be this connection between Elena and Stefan. So maybe eventually, that will win. Won’t it?
  • Plec assures that this storyline will be a big deal for the Stefan/Elena relationship, especially as Elena struggles “with her desire to help rescue this person that she loved very purely and very deeply, but also learning the lesson that you can’t necessarily let yourself be consumed in your life by saving someone else’s.”
  • Paul Wesley: Because the love story is important you know, it really is. That’s sort of the undertone of the whole thing.
  • “That’s why it’s tricky,” Nina Dobrev said. “It’s yes and no. I mean, they are because last they saw each other they were, and they do still love each other, there’s no doubt about that. But when you don’t see someone for so long — forget about long distance — you’re not even speaking to them. It’s not really a relationship so it’s really, really hard for them. But when they finally do reunite, there’s a lot of tension in the air because they haven’t seen each other in so long.”
  • Paul Wesley: That eternal love story between Elena and Stefan is something that I hope everyone always roots for.
  • Nina Dobrev: Elena is still holding on to her love and the idea of what she remembers to be the perfect relationship that she had with Stefan.
  • Paul Wesley: Anything’s possible but to my knowledge at this point, her heart is strictly for Stefan, as Stefan’s heart is strictly for Elena.
  • Kevin Williamson: This is a story about Stefan and Elena’s love story. I think it’s fun to watch the twists and turns that we take. Because you know what? She doesn’t know.
  • Ian Somerhalder: Stefan’s left Damon here in Mystic Falls. Now he’s got to protect this girl that he loves, but that he can’t have, because it’s his brother’s girl — and even though it’s Damon, he can’t do that to his brother. And even if he could, she doesn’t love him anyway. She wants his brother.
  • Paul says that despite the blood, Stefan’s eye isn’t wandering. “If Stefan is the way he is now, then no,” he tells us. “Because Stefan isn’t thinking about other women in the least bit. He’s completely in love with Elena and he’s doing this whole thing for Elena.”
  • Kevin Williamson: At the end of Season 2, Katherine uttered that one line, ‘It’s OK to love both of them.’ We’re gonna sort of watch that play out. And what does that mean? It meant one thing for Katherine. What’s it going to mean for Elena? You can love someone brotherly. You can love someone as a friend. And I just think romantic love — it may not be OK to love both of them. I think that’s the journey. She’s got a big journey, because 100 percent, yes, she’s attracted to this man [Damon]. Yes, she loves Stefan unbelievably — I mean, it’s an epic love that’s never going to change.
  • Nina Dobrev thinks Elena’s heart will always belong to Stefan, even if he’s enjoying a taste of the dark side. “You always want what you can’t have, and that’s why for so long [the writers] have been keeping [Elena and Damon] apart because they want the fans to want what they can’t have,” she says. “Now that Stefan is gone Elena will want what she can’t have and she’ll miss him and wonder if he’s ok, and I think it will make their relationship stronger.”
  • Nina Dobrev: With Stefan, whenever he’s around she’s just, it’s almost like she melts into his arms and she feels somewhat relieved.
  • Joseph Morgan: Stefan is more predictable for him because he’s in love with Elena in a way that is honourable.
  • Julie Plec: That’s the difference right now between Stefan and Damon: Stefan sees that in love you have to take the other person’s wishes into consideration.
  • Paul Wesley (about Elena becoming a vampire): I feel it’s sort of a very odd line to walk, because on the positive side, we can be in love forever, do this forever, and be happy forever. If we’re going to speak from a really logical sense, it’s difficult for me to not understand why Elena would want to be a vampire. Because, look, if it gets really bad and you’re really bored and you start fighting, just take the ring off. Step into the sun.
  • If we’re talking about it in a metaphorical, kind of symbolical way, I do think there is a torturous side to being a vampire and it’s this guilt-ridden, tortured, dark, place that can manifest inside of you and I think that Stefan has seen the worst of it, the darkest parts so he knows that Elena would have to endure that and that would be selfish of him to want to impose that upon on her but at the same time, he cannot be like: “Listen, hey, I don’t want you to get old and die…can we just do this?” [interviewer: "don't get old and gross, please"] Yeah, “I’ll still love you, I think”…No, I’m just kidding (laughs).”
  • Julie Plec: Stefan is in the ultimate predicament, which is that he has this wonderfully solid, beautiful love story with Elena, but he’s also got a very complicated love story with his brother.
  • Paul Wesley (about giving Elena immortality): Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He is absolutely not against giving her immortality. But I also think that it would be selfish of him to impose that on her, he knows that she knows it’s an option. So she needs to approach him. But I think yeah, for sure, from a completely selfish place…it’s the woman he loves, eternal love with the woman that you’re with and you never age? That’s fantastic. But this is a curse as well [...] It can be amazing, and it can also be really horrid. And I think having the love of his life with him would be pretty incredible.
  • Nina Dobrev: She loves Stefan so so much… She right now is so unbelievably in love with him, but that’s a big choice, it’s like marriage times ten…
  • Paul Wesley: When Stefan and Elena first made love, it was beautiful. So innocent, so Romeo and Juliet. With Elena and Stefan, there’s an obvious love.
  • Paul Wesley (on his favourite scene to shoot): Season one, my favorite scene was the moment when I… uhm… this is going to sound ridiculous, but it really was that entire sequence I did with Nina up to the point where we first made love. But for me it was more about, you know… she touched my face for the first time, saw my veins, watched me turn into this creature and she accepted me for who I was and it was symbolic on many levels. It was a very intimate moment and I loved shooting that scene, that was beautiful. I think honestly that’s my favorite moment so far.
  • Paul Wesley: I care about this character, I care about these characters very much, I’m very attached… I think the story is beautiful and it’s really difficult not to get involved. It’s like the woman that I love, that I’ve spent this entire existence living for her, for everything she does, she’s everything to me… She’s leaving my life… How can you not emote?
  • Nina Dobrev tells us that as far as Elena is concerned, she’s totally devoted to Stefan. “Elena loves Damon and cares about him, but she’s not in love with him,” she says. “She’s in love with Stefan.”
  • Nina Dobrev (on who loves Stefan more, Elena or Katherine): I’d have to say that their loves come from two very different places. Elena loves Stefan because she feels a deep connection with him that surpasses all the common emotions of high school life. Katherine loves Stefan because her history with him ties back further than most mortals could ever understand. And it’s like a game of cat and mouse. He’s playing hard to get. It’s exciting for her.
  • Nina Dobrev says she was thrilled when she started reading the script for an upcoming episode in which Stefan and Elena take a romantic getaway. As Welsey told us, it doesn’t end well. “I was really excited for them when I started reading that script!” she says, shaking her head. “I was like ‘Oh my god! Would you look at that? There’s sunshine!’ Actually, it’s the best time they’ve had in a long time. It almost starts to feel like the fairytale that it began as, but it doesn’t end that way. It takes a turn for the worst toward the end, but they do have a good five minutes, give or take. Elena smiles a couple times.”
  • Julie Plec: If at any point in the life of this series, that could go on forever and ever, I think that if we didn’t go down that road eventually, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs right. But, I would never say when or how or to what end. I can only say that it’s a show predicated on a girl coming back to life and her development of love for one brother who then, because of who she is, changes the life of the other brother and that’s our show. There are roads we can go down with that in the future, for sure, so stay tuned.
  • Nina Dobrev: Elena’s nature is very wholesome, she needs that sort of consistant love and protection, and that’s what Stefan gives to her.
  • Kevin Williamson: Is she single right now? Elena is always, no matter how single she is, she’s still standing there with Stefan. They’re a couple who have conflicts and they have a big one looming. They’re starting to truly disagree about how to handle things. But no, I wouldn’t stay she’s going to stay single by any means. I wouldn’t say she’s single now. She may be arguing or disagreeing with Stefan at the moment, but I don’t think they’re too far apart.
  • But it’s something more powerful than planning that will keep Stefan’s blood thirst at bay: Love. “One very telling thing that he said two episodes ago was that he has something else to live for,” says Julie Plec. “The difference between last year and this year is last year he didn’t believe he deserved Elena’s love. … Right now we’re at a place where Stefan has come to terms with some of his demons and is feeling very strong in his love for Elena and is confident that she loves him in spite of their current relationship problems.”
  • Nina Dobrev: I think Elena would marry Stefan, kiss Damon because she’s never done it and kill Edward.
  • Kevin Williamson: It’s all about Elena and Stefan.
  • Kevin Williamson: The thing that works so well about this show is that’s a serialized mythology genre love story. It’s about these two lost souls, these two dead souls, one human (Elena) and one a vampire (Stefan), who are together, their love for each other brings them back to life. I mean that’s EPIC.
  • Nina Dobrev: Elena at first meets Stefan and she can’t explain what is exactly that draws her to him but there’s something mysterious and interesting and they have this connection and this bond, and they’re drawn to each other they just can’t help it. She later finds out that he’s a vampire, which complicates the situation […] Stefan is committed and loving and would do anything to protect her…
  • Julie Plec (on Stefan and Elena blood sharing): That’s a beautiful commitment in their relationship. It’s kind of like a monogamy commitment in a way. It’s a little cheesy and it’s very perverse, but I thought it was kind of beautiful and special. Their relationship as of that moment has never been stronger.
  • Paul Wesley: “I can’t see Stefan ever having other romantic relationships”.
  • “I think Stefan went out and experienced every single possible life and in the end, with everything he learned, he came back to the root of it, which is that he wants to be a good man and he wants to find pure, real love. The rest of it doesn’t matter.”
  • Paul Wesley: Elena, Elena, Elena, Elena – he (Stefan) loves her.
  • Nina Dobrev says: “I feel like she has high morals, and she loves Stefan. It’s always been Stefan.”
  • “I think that Elena’s feelings for Damon are still friendly,” Nina Dobrev says. “She’s concerned about him, and she definitely cares about him, but she and Stefan have been through so much. She wants to make that work.”
  • Paul Wesley: I think Stefan is genuinely in love with Elena. Not to get sappy, but I think that counts for something.
  • Nina Dobrev: Stefan is committed and sweet and caring and protective and loving.
  • Paul Wesley: Stefan is sorta hopeless romantic and Elena she’s the love of his life.
  • Nina Dobrev: Elena’s in love with Stefan. And she really was not searching, but it sort of came to her. He’s like this spirit, this person, this thing that fills the emptiness and the loss in her life.
  • Julie Plec: We always said in the Pilot, it’s a girl (Elena) who feels dead inside and a boy (Stefan) who is dead inside and how they bring each other back to life.
  • Bob Levi: For the pilot and the TV series to work, the relationship between Elena and Stefan had to be magic. I said to myself “This is phenomenal”. There is real chemistry between Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev.
  • Julie Plec: It’s the scene where Elena was running in the cemetery. And he’s there, out of nowhere. And the sun is just hitting him so perfectly and his eyes are so beautifully green and he’s just staring at her and she’s staring up in him… Kevin and I both went “He is our guy, oh my god he is our guy!”
  • Kevin Williamson: The look on her face, the way they connected in this moment, that’s what worked for me.
  • Nina Dobrev: Stefan is very attractive because he is protective of Elena and he loves her unconditionally. He would do anything for her, and he’s committed.
  • Nina Dobrev: She still hasn’t decided at her age. Why choose when you have two of the hottest brothers after you? She’s all Stefan, all the time though – she loves Stefan. He’s always looking after her. Both (Stefan and Damon) have different qualities. Stefan will always protect her.
  • Paul Wesley (on fave scene to shoot in the first season): I think my favorite moment is right before Elena and I make looove – not that scene, although that was… anyway, I’m gonna go on the tangent! – the first time I vamp out in front of her and my entire face turns red and I have veins and I’m ashamed of myself because I’m ashamed that I am this creature, and she tells me it’s okay and says turn around and touches my face and tells me it’s beautiful. I thought that was one of the most intimate moment that the two of them could ever share together because he’s never done that with another human being, so that was my favorite scene and I love it. And then the love scene, close second.
  • Paul Wesley: Stefan and Elena have this love that is so pure and natural, and I think that that’s not gonna change and I don’t really want that to. I think it will be challenged as it has been.
  • Julie Plec: In the beginning of the series it was very important to have the journals because the two of them didn’t have anybody to talk to about their deepest feelings. Stefan is alone and caring this huge secret and needed an outlet for that. Elena was spiritually alone in that she’d lost her parents and didn’t feel like anybody really understood what she was feeling and where she was coming from, and so they were able to express themselves on paper. But the minute they felt in love they had each other. He doesn’t need to write something down if he doesn’t keep secrets from her, and she can express herself to him, she can open herself up to him, so the actual dramatic need for the journals diminished just by definition of putting those two into a relationship.
  • Julie Plec: Every time Stefan has withheld something from Elena, it’s always been to protect her. It comes from the right place.
  • Nina Dobrev: But Elena — it’s not about that for her. She cares about Stefan. And he’s important to her and she has this connection with him, but she will put her friends and her family and the safety of her town before anything else, and she’s not going to swoon over the fact that he’s a vampire and ask her to bite him right away and all that.
  • Nina Dobrev: Who knows what could happen in the future, but right now, it’s all Stefan all the time for Elena. She will do anything for him.
  • Elena is very loyal, has high morals and whatever she does, it’s for good. She’s nothing like Katherine. She’s not conniving and she would never do anything to hurt Stefan.
  • Paul Wesley: I have my eyes on Elena only, she’s my love.
  • Paul Wesley: I think that Stefan is a true romantic. He lives for love, and it’s so genuine. He would do anything for Elena. But that said, I think he’s kind of a bad boy himself. He’s a vampire, he’s got a bad side.
  • Kevin Williamson: ne of the most important things Julie and I wanted to do this season is cement the love between Stefan and Elena. It’s that love story that will be the anchor of this entire show. We have to earn that.
  • Paul Wesley (on whether Stelena are soul mates and will end up together): If you ask me what I would like, of course I can’t imagine otherwise. Damon is nothing but a distraction from the true romance.
  • Paul Wesley: Stefan sort of lives for her. You have to kind of think about Stefan’s mind set, it’s very extreme.
  • Nina Dobrev: We want to make it as real as possible, and as genuine, and we want to make everyone fall in love with these characters and believe the love story. That’s what it’s about. It’s about Stefan and Elena’s undying love.
  • Paul Wesley (on whether he thinks Stefan and Elena belong together): Of course, it’s not even a remote option to think otherwise. I think there is no other place for her.
  • Julie Plec: The bottom line is that Elena and Stefan are the true epic love story of the show. Damon is the third point of the triangle.
  • Paul Wesley: I’m thinking ‘why am I in love with this young girl?’ and then I’m like ‘why wouldn’t I be in love with this young girl?’ Her innocence is amazing. Think about it. I’m 160 years old, her innocence is so endearing and amazing to me. I cherish it.
  • Paul Wesley: There’s not anybody and there’s no human that is closer to Stefan than Elena, I think that’s obvious. She really accepts him and loves him for who he is and with all this sort of baggage that he brings, which is obviously just tremendous.
  • Paul Wesley: There was a moment where we were kissing intensely and my face just started vamping, and I hid it from her and she turned my cheek to herself and said “no please, it’s beautiful” and touched my face. And it was so intimate and special, that’s the Stefan-Elena relationship. They no longer hide anything from each other. It’s his greatest insecurity, it’s being a vampire, it’s the thing that he runs away from the most, he’s ashamed of it. So the fact that she can accept that and think it’s beautiful, to Stefan there is no other closer form of intimacy for him.
  • Paul Wesley: It’s really the story of this sort of triangle in a sense, but really actually more so the love between my character and Elena.
  • Paul Wesley: At the beginning it’s not a triangle, Elena and I just have this passion and love that is undying. Stefan is so desperately in love with Elena he would die for her. He would do anything for her; nurture, care and protect her, even jump in front of a bus for her. But at the end of the day, when he sees her he wants to bite her neck and suck on her blood which would kill her.
  • Paul Wesley: He’s in love with Elena; that’s his true love. No doubt about it.
  • Paul Wesley: I think Stefan’s the good guy, but my biggest interest is Elena and her love. He lives for Elena. Without her, he’s nothing. If he loses her to Damon, he will resort to something else.
  • “At first Elena has no idea that he’s a blood sucker,” explains Nina laughing. “They have an attraction that neither of them can explain but she just goes about life and then things start to go crazy.”
  • “This show is cemented in a love triangle over the whole run of the series,” notes exec producer Julie Plec, “and right now we’re very much embedded in the pure love [of] Stefan and Elena.”
  • Kevin Williamson: This show is always going to be about Stefan and Elena. It has to be. They’re soul mates.
  • Paul Wesley: In the books… Stefan & Elena, their love is just so important.
  • Paul Wesley: I just want [Stefan] in the end to find his love, that’s all he cares about. Of course I want him to end up with Elena. Cause I have to, that’s all I can hope for. Elena is his true love.
  • Paul Wesley: That protective, nurturing, endless love that they have and the passion for, like with my character for Elena, but is also infused with this desire to suck on her neck and feed on her and kill her because it’s in my nature so I think people are fascinated by that.
  • Paul Wesley: He’s so protective and in love with Elena that, if her life was in stake or if her life was jeopardized, I think he would take a human life for her.
  • Paul Wesley: My character, he’s been like dead for hundreds of years and then this girl is one thing that wakes him up and he’s alive, so it’s like he’s experiencing love for the first time…
  • Paul Wesley: Elena is his only reason for living at this point, because he doesn’t really have any hope or joy, so when he sees this girl it’s the one thing in his life that gives him purpose.
  • Julie Plec: When you’re telling a love story, the great love stories of all time are always about people who are attracted who are polar opposites. It’s about, “Who is that person who caught my eye across the room, and what is it about that person, why do they seem so different and why do I find myself so drawn to them? What is it about them that fills me up from the inside?” When you have a love story that’s this powerful, and then you throw this genre element into it, with the great guy across the room who’s moody and brooding and sexy and dangerous, and also happens to be a vampire, then you end up with stories you can tell for days!