After their Saturday panel at this year’s Comic-Con, the cast of The Vampire Diaries and exec producer Julie Plec visited EW’s VIP lounge to chat with our own Sandra Gonzalez. Naturally, she led with a question about the season 3 footage that got the loudest reaction at the panel: A wet, shirtless Ian Somerhalder. “I soaped him for that scene,” Paul Wesley cracked. And that wasn’t the last laugh: If Wesley doesn’t love the attention of, say, 4,250 people singing “Happy Birthday” to him — which the crowd did during the panel — why did he become an actor? “I hide behind the complexities of Stefan,” Wesley deadpanned into the camera. We want to see Stefan be that funny! Watch a clip from the interview below.