Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, And The Sock of Destiny

September 7, 2009 by  

Anna Paquin and Stephen MoyerStephen Moyer and Anna Paquin give a candid and hilarious interview about Anna being blonde, their working together and love scenes on HBO’s hit series “True Blood”.

The Oscar-winning actress, 27, states that being a blonde is very high maintenance, as her hair is naturally dark and even the tiniest amount of dark roots showing must be colored. When she’s filming, the upkeep requires going to a colorist once every ten days for a couple hours. She’s noticed, now that she’s a blonde, that she does get treated like she’s less intelligent sometimes and garners more attention,

“It’s such a cliché but yes. I really didn’t think that was going to be the case, but people stare at blonde girls. It’s funny. It’s bright and shiny and it catches the light. Like a magpie.”

The New Zealand-raised Paquin confirms that she actually does have to work out for her role,

“Okay well genetics were kind, so I’m not gonna say it’s the hardest thing in the world, but of course I work out. If you were going to do your job naked you would probably have very specific opinions about what you look like, as do most actors – particularly ones who take their clothes off on a regular basis or have little outfits that are this big at work.”

The newly engaged couple discuss how it feels to work with each other, Anna states,

“He’s great. He’s really talented, and so is every other member of our cast and crew and writing staff and directors I mean, we have, we have such an amazing group of people and it’s a real treat.”

English-born Moyer, 39, adds how they got to know each other and spent time together,

“We both were absolutely single and we were doing this job and HBO puts us in the same hotel. We were the only two out of towners as everybody else lived in LA. We just had some time off so we started hanging out together and literally finished the pilot, went home and felt very strange not being together suddenly. And I think we were both really surprised about that. Really nicely surprised by that.”

And as to the difficulties in having an on/off screen relationship with Anna, he answers

“Our relationship obviously started at the beginning of the show. We got together because we loved being together and created the thing in the first place. So I think this might be easier because the crew has grown up with us, watching us as a couple and we feel comfortable with them. So, we are able in some ways to explore an intimacy which maybe some people aren’t able to. “

When asked how Alan Ball directs the love scenes between her and Stephen, Anna answers,

“He’s not usually around when we’re shooting that stuff. I don’t know if he feels less awkward about asking you to do things with someone that you know, you would optionally do things with. I don’t know. Again, this is the only way I have experience with the show but, our whole cast is really comfortable with each other as far as t he sort of weird and emotionally scary and physically odd places that we go with it. There’s a comfort level with all of us that is really really good and really important and that goes for any kind of scene you know not just the sexy naked stuff, I don’t think that’s important.”

With respect to the love scenes, Stephen is asked to describe the infamous socks the actors can don to keep their modesty intact,

“I love the sock! Everyone has got a different size sock, as you can imagine.” And the size? “I veer medium to extra large. No, it’s very funny, they brought in a selection of socks to try on and I don’t know whether they were doing it very sweetly, the costume department, like they brought in an extra-small one so that you feel really good. But I wasn’t the extra small which was very gratifying for me”

Anna says that the women don’t have the sock, obviously, they have the patch, which is a topstick, double sided toupee tape. It’s not like glue,

“No, that is not like glue. Glue would be messy and awkward. Topstick is also awkward but less messy. Yeah a modesty patch, or just the patch or the sock. I think they started calling it ‘the sock of destiny’ last season, I’m not entirely sure, I think that might have been a Ryan Kwanten coinage cause he was in little else for most of that season and if I’m not very much forsaken, I think he gave socks to all of the boys on the crew as a wrap gift. He had the wardrobe department make them which I thought was kind of hilarious.”

When asked about the amount of raunch on the show, Stephen says,

“I like the fact that sex is shown in our show, I like the fact it is shown to be true. We show lustful sex, we show loving sex, and then my character does the loving and lustful sex. We’re in a society where it’s ok at 7 o’clock in the evening to see 200 terrorists gunned down by Jack Bauer [on 24], but we can’t see one female nipple unless it’s on cable network and I think that’s ridiculous.”

and Anna is asked if it bothers her having the amount of raunch on the show,

“I’ve done plenty of not particularly child-friendly work when I was less age-appropriate to do it. So maybe I’ve just never had conservative taste”

The role (that wasn’t child-friendly) that immediately comes to mind is the one in “The Piano”. Recently, Anna Paquin admitted that she hadn’t actually seen ‘The Piano’, the movie in which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar when she was 11, until recently due to its sexual content. She decided to watch it so that should could confirm that she’d actually seen her film, but after seeing it, she confessed that she really didn’t know what the big fuss was about her performance.

This kind of refreshing humor, candor, and modesty leaves no doubt why this couple has become one of the more sought out duos in Hollywood.

Source: nwonline.com.au – Anna, Stephen

(Photo credit: dailylife.com)

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  • Nia

    “The Sock of Destiny” I love it! Too cute.
    I am happily obsessed with this show and especially Stephen Moyer. I am so happy for them both. He and Anna make a great couple. Comfortable with each other on and off the set. That is rare. Also to have such a fun, talented and happy cast together, it must be a treat to go into to work each day.
    The hiatus will be difficult to get through. To To Long! Thank goodness for DVD’s, and DVR’s. And I will be watching all of Stephens prior works AGAIN! Can’t get enough of him!!!!!
    I am so glad that Alan Ball and HBO took a chance on True Blood. They gave us all the best entertainment on tv.

  • Elizabeth

    I love this interview! They are both very funny. TB seems like a nice place to work.

    So, The Sock of Destiny and the Patch of Destiny!!! How funny!

  • Leslie

    This topped off my day. Watched Stephen Moyer on Regis & Kelly this morning (they never give him enough time!)and then read this. Although some of their responses sound very familiar, still appreciate the post. I simply don’t have enough adjectives to describe how I feel about the show and the cast. I’m obsessed with TB, enthralled by Stephen & Anna, awestruck by the amazing cast and the incredibly smart scriptwriting & direction. Thank you Alan Ball for giving me (us) this gift. Of course the downside is that we have to wait until next June for the next season. It’s gonna be tough going, but at least I have my DVDs and On Demand, whenever the going gets too tough!

  • Anna and Steve are just awesome. And the way they describe how they work with everyone on set is really refreshing. Not all sets are like that, and not all cast members are as comfortable around each other as the True Blood cast seems to be.

    I just wish they’d film out by me and film a scene or two at my school, maybe for Jessica to attend some sort of night school, and have Bill and Sookie meet her there to make sure that she’s safe… Something to bring the three of them closer together… /daydream

    Back to what I was saying about close casts. While on the set of Numb3rs last year, I noticed that the actors were all nice to each other, but they just didn’t have that easy way about them when they communicated that I saw when I was getting my True Blood poster signed by the True Blood cast at Comic-Con. They’re special!