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Paul Wesley, Chris Colfer, and More TV Actors Who Also Direct and Write

With Paul Wesley directing an episode of The Vampire Diaries, and Chris Colfer writing for Glee, we take a look at the other actors who also work their magic behind the scenes.
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  1. Paul Wesley. Stefan Salvatore's real-life doppelganger enjoyed his first time on the director's chair for The Vampire Diaries' "Resident Evil" episode—yes, the Stelena fanfic ep. Paul says the experience taught him "to be objective enough to say, 'I'm not going to do that take again because I didn't like how my hair was off in one angle.'"But he did veto Stefan's shirtless moment when he was making out with Elena in the kitchen. "I was like 'Guys, I think this should be romantic and not sexual,' and the writers fell for it. Suckers!"

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  2. Chris Colfer. With the movie Struck by Lightning, children's book series Land of Stories, and Disney pilot The Little Leftover Witch under his belt, it was only a matter of time until Glee asked Chris to write for the show. Chris co-wrote the second to the last episode of this season, where his character joins an assisted living production of Peter Pan. "Kurt teaches everyone (in a retirement home) how to be young again, very much like what Peter did to the Darlings."

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  3. Matthew Morrison. Remember when Mr. Schue directed Glee’s black and white Christmas episode? As an actor, he felt iffy giving notes to his fellow actors, but of course he had to. "The first time I was going to give Jane (Sue Sylvester) some direction, she raised a finger and said, 'I just want to remind you that I have an Emmy Award and was just nominated for a People's Choice Award.' It was really funny."

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  4. Neil Patrick Harris. Three years after he directed an episode of How I Met Your Mother—the one where Ted's students make fun of Robin's "but... umm" habit—NPH directed the finale of the sitcom The Goodwin Games. Barney Stinson would've given him the highest of fives!

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  5. Jason Segel. Haaave you met Jason the writer? The guy you know as Marshall Eriksen on HIMYM also co-wrote comedy flicks The Five-Year Engagement, The Muppets, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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  6. Jensen Ackles. The actor who plays Dean Winchester has directed a Supernatural episode almost every year since 2010. Next season, he hopes to direct another one. "Last year, I was busy being a new dad, so this year... well, actually I don't have more time on my hands, but I'm going to try to do it again."

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  7. Misha Collins. If there's one thing that Supernatural's Castiel learned while directing, it's that being the butt of jokes has its pros and cons. Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam) kept pranking him, throwing pies at his face! "But all in all, it was a remarkably good experience. The boys were so excited to, for example, throw pies at my face, that the time in between (pranks), they actually did their jobs very well—because they were trying to catch me off guard."

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  8. Chad Lowe. Aria's dad has actually directed a bunch of shows aside from Pretty Little Liars like Twisted, Bones, and Brothers & Sisters—but we bet PLL holds a special place in his heart.

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  9. Amy Poehler. Regina George's mom has directed and written episodes of Parks and Recreation, which she also produces and stars in. Coolest mom in the world? Coolest mom in the world.

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  10. Tina Fey. You have Saturday Night Live's former head writer to thank for the masterpiece that is Mean Girls. Four for you, Glen Coco! You go, Glen Coco! 

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