A Fan Encounter With Stephen Moyer In New Zealand

November 10, 2009 by  

A wonderful True Blood fan by the name of Cindy was so kind and generous to share with us, and with all True Blood fans, her encounter with Stephen Moyer, who portrays vampire Bill Compton on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV series True Blood, in New Zealand.  As many of you know, Stephen is in New Zealand filming the action mini-series “Ice” based on the James Follett book and directed by Nick Copus.  As Cindy begins her story she states that she is a huge fan of True Blood and as fate would have it she would have her encounter with Stephen in of all places, a store in Piha on the west coast of Auckland, New Zealand. I think the best way to present the story to to have Cindy tell it in her own words.


Cindy, Stephen Moyer and Lani

I work at the Piha store on the west coast of Auckland, New Zealand just one day a week and lucky me, that was the day Stephen came in. I didn’t actually get to serve him because I couldn’t I was making a coffee for another customer.  However, I saw him right away and couldn’t believe it! What the heck is he doing here in Piha of all places ??????! Well, by nature I’m quite cool and collected so I didn’t say a word! Honest.  He asked if there were any washrooms and I blurted out where they were and he kind of looked at me like, “she’s on to me….?” I’m not sure but I must have given it away that I knew who he was.

He left to use the bathroom whilst his panini toasted so I knew he had to come back. As soon as he left I lost my cool exterior and screamed throughout the shop. But why of all days, NO ONE WORKING WITH ME THAT DAY WATCHED TRUE BLOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!  He came back in and I just couldn’t say anything I was star struck completely!  Well Piha is a small community so I jumped on the phone and called one of my friends who actually got me into True Blood and told her to get down here, as he was sitting outside of the shop eating and writing, with me peering like a crazy woman through the side window.

Thank goodness my dear friend Lani, who is the gorgeous woman in the  photo with us, brought her camera and forced me to go outside and talk with him.  Finally I did. I just said “excuse me, I’m really sorry to interrupt your writing but would you mind if I had my photo with you?”

Of course he said yes and smiled very sincerely. I felt like such a groupie and I really didn’t want to disturb him, or make him feel like I just wanted a photo and didn’t appreciate it. I held my hand out and introduced myself, he shook my hand and said his name and that was the magic bit for me. I asked him what he was doing out here in Piha and he informed me about filming in Kare kare, and thought he would have a break and have a look around.

I wanted to mention how that was so interesting that he was filming there when that was where Anna filmed her first film The Piano, but I wasn’t thinking very clearly!

We have a surfboard in the store that all the celebs that make their way to Piha, and there is a lot because its so lovely, that they sign the surfboard, so he even signed that with “bite me.” Nice !

Well, I said thank you very much, he actually came back in the shop with me to buy something and that was that. I thanked him again and tried to keep it together and just gave him a big smile. He was lovely and went back outside to write some more before leaving.

That’s it! I spent the rest of the day just amazed at how lucky I was to meet someone who I appreciate as an actor. True Blood is truly great and the Bill character is certainly fascinating.

What a wonderful encounter and we are very deeply, grateful and honored that Cindy was willing to share her story with us and with all the True Blood fans.

Once again Cindy thank you so very much for taking the time to share your experience with us! We all enjoy it immensely!

(Photo credit: Cindy)