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True Blood’s Hiatus Means Busy Times for Stephen Moyer

Stephen is interviewed below by The Daily Record about True Blood, The Caller and all the work he does during True Blood’s hiatus. It seems he works harder while on the break than when filming the show and it’s hard for he and Anna to be together. Read the interview by Brian Mciver below.

Many modern couples are kept apart by their jobs – long hours, business travel and endless back-to-back shifts mean it’s not uncommon for family life to be reduced to passing ships in the night and text-message romance.

But few relationships will ever be as distant, and as geographically difficult as that of True Blood lovers Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, who spend at least half of the year apart chasing movie work all over the world.

In fact, according to the charming Mr Moyer, the only time that he and his Kiwi-born wife actually get to spend any quality time together, is when they are on the True Blood set watching the other one in an undead sex scene with a co-star. And often while covered in sticky fake blood.

The Essex-born actor, who has become an international pin-up as southern gentleman vampire Bill Compton, is excited that he’s finally about to return to his day job on the HBO show after another busy, globe-trotting summer and autumn.

After years earning his spurs in bit-part telly dramas like Midsomer Murders, the friendly Englishman is enjoying being one of the most in-demand actors in the world. And he’s determined to enjoy every bit of the experience.

One of those jobs is fantastic new thriller movie, The Caller, by Scottish screenwriter Sergio Casci, which has just been released on DVD.

Meanwhile his wife Paquin, who is famed for her Oscar-winning work in The Piano as a youngster, and a sexy turn in the X-Men movies, is just as busy.

The pair are excited that they will be back together again when they start work on season five of True Blood, which is now rivalling The Sopranos for ratings and popularity.

Even if that reunion might involve watching a naked Swedish man sucking blood from various parts of his wife’s body.

“During our break from True Blood, or hiatus as they call it out here, we are always really busy because we have a lot of work on and it always seems to cross over,” he said.

“We try to plan holidays and time together, but there’s always a gig coming up and it’s just the way of the world and the nature of the job that the only chance we get to spend a lot of time together is on True Blood.

“We’re not the kind of couple that gets to spend a lot of time together on the sofa,” he added.

“Right now she is in New Zealand working. I’m in Toronto making a horror movie about the Jersey Devil, and then as soon as that finishes we are working on a film together.

“But as is our luck, she is acting in the film (family drama Free Ride), which is shot in Miami, while I am producing it from our base in LA. So even then we won’t get any time together .”

But Stephen said, despite the gore and raunchy scenes the vampire drama is famous for, it’s actually a great place to relax and be a normal couple.

And whatever their secret is, whether it’s the long hours or the insane storylines they share, the actor says True Blood has been very good for the supernatural sweethearts.

“Of course couples can have their moments, but in four-and-a-half years I can think of two moments we have had.

“And that’s usually over things like not loading the dishwasher, which I am not very good at. It does sound a bit sickening and not interesting for other people, but we do get on really, really well.

“We work well together and the connection we have makes even the smallest material fun to try. We push each other to make it as interesting as possible.

“And for the sex scenes, we both have to do it, so it’s not like one of us gets to be jealous while the other one gets all the fun.

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9 Comment responses

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    October 29, 2011

    Thanks so much for this. Another delightful interview with Stephen, who never fails to charm. True Blood will start up soon, giving Stephen and Anna the opportunity to share the same show, if not always the same scenes. I’m happily anticipating Season 5.


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    October 29, 2011

    He got into trouble with Anna for not loading the dishwasher, haha! Like glimpses into his normal life.


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      October 29, 2011

      Must be a male thing, my man can’t do it right either.


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        October 29, 2011

        I’m married to an engineer. He’s rather anal about the dishwasher and very specific about how he thinks it should be loaded. I follow along … okay, mostly.

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    October 29, 2011

    Aww, I hope that they’re still able to see each other sometimes. Hey, they can use Skype, like they did in the beginings! :)
    But still, must be tough…


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    October 29, 2011

    Fun article. Love reading anything about the charming talented Mr. M., even how he’s not fond of loading the dishwasher. Haha, neither am I.
    Happy to hear they are so busy with work, but sad that it takes time away from their being together.
    But just think of their happy reunions. :-)

    I dont think they will have loads of screen time together in the next season of true blood (I hope Im wrong, because their chemstry is sizzlin), but at least they can share some stolen alone time in their trailer ;)


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    October 29, 2011

    There’re something curious about Anna working in New Zeland while Stephen was filmming the Barrens. At that moment Anna had finished Straight A’s in Sherveport but she didn’t start Free Ride in Florida until this Monday, so maybe it’s possible she did another movie. Thoughts? More Paquin’s magic for the next year? I hope so.


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    October 30, 2011

    Another great interview. Must be tough for them to spend time apart from each other, but I’m glad both are getting projects in their hiatus.


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    October 30, 2011

    I don’t imagine Anna was working in New Zealand she probably went home to see family, like Stephen took a weekend to go to UK to see his son.


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