Stephen Moyer in DETAILS Magazine with Special Video Clip

April 10, 2010 by  

As we all know by now, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, and Alexander Skarsgard are all featured on covers for May 2010’s issue of DETAILS Magazine. Each one also had an interview with the magazine, and Stephen‘s in particular was pretty fantastic.

The interview opened with Stephen calling himself an “old bloke,” even though his character Bill Compton is just a baby in the vampire world of True Blood. However, Stephen seems to be referring to himself, since he does have 2 children, is engaged to costar Anna Paquin, and has lived long enough to have some life experience.

Stephen grew up in Essex and says he never wanted to do commercials, film, or TV. He was firmly a theatre student, and he said that he was a “classic theatre is going to change the world” kind of person. However, the day came when Stephen was offered a commercial job, which paid well and would only air in Scandinavia. (Of course, back then Stephen didn’t know he would end up working on True Blood and that costar Alexander Skarsgard would know about the commercial and tease him about it.) The money Stephen made off that commercial went into a boat that was moored in London’s Little Venice.

Nowadays, Stephen lives in Venice, CA and loves it there. During the interview with DETAILS Magazine (which was done at a café near his home), he was very energetic and tapped his fingers to the beat of the music that played in the background. This was something that Stephen said his character Bill wouldn’t do, since because he’s dead, he wouldn’t make unneeded movements.

In discussing his character, Stephen explained some on the reasons why there is such an attraction to vampires and to the show.  As he states there is the whole issue of bein overpowered, which may not be politically correct, but the primal aspect of it has lots of sexual connotations in it that makes it very desirable.  As Stephen describes it, the notion of skin that is fresh and pure and having a hole being made into it with something long and sharp that causes blood to be drawn and then sucked up is very sexual.  As Stephen says, “everytime I talk about it a I get a little bit hot under the collar.”

His character Bill Compton speaks in a very deep, husky, southern drawl that many fans find very sexy and as Stephen explains he purposely emphasizes the consonants.  When is comes to saying Sookie’s name he checked with Charlaine Harris.  As she stated to him “Sookie rhymes with cookie. It doesn’t rhyme with kooky.”

Stephen is a very fun person to interview as he is quite laid back and “he likes to swear, though his English accent makes this sound salty rather than crass (he also likes to call women “luv” and use words like chuffed, which is British for stoked).” One of the charming characteristics of Stephen is that regardless of what the tabloids try to say, he has no problem discussing his relationship with Anna, “which he entered into with great caution.”

“To get a pilot that runs to a series, it’s big shit to people,” Moyer says. “And so to come along and go, ‘Oh, let’s have a quick f**k,’ and then risk arguing and being a nightmare when you’re playing the two people who are together the whole time—that would be immature.”

In talking about his with fiancée Anna Paquin and how the relationship between them the two of them started, he blames HBO for putting them both into suites at the same hotel while they worked on the pilot for True Blood. That jump started a relationship that is now going to turn into a wedding… someday.  Stephen jokes that when he’s asked about his upcoming nuptials, they won’t be taking place until 2020.

“They put us in the same hotel.” Not the same room—at least “not to begin with,” he snickers. “No, I’m joking. They put us in these hotel suites, and we hung out for a while and got to know each other. The attraction was there, so it was a matter of whether we acted on it or not.”

Even Alan Ball weighed in on Stephen and Anna‘s relationship, saying he was worried early on, but trusted the couple and their professionalism, and he’s happy now that they are so happy together. That relationship between the two in real life also shows through their characters on True Blood.  In describing Bill Compton, Alan said,

“He’s in many ways an old-fashioned romantic, like Mr. Rochester or Heathcliff… A lot of people auditioning thought playing a vampire meant acting insane. I was looking for someone who brought a dignity and gravitas to the role.”

Obviously, Alan felt that Stephen brought those qualities to the role, as fans well know. We’ll be able to see Bill Compton again starting on June 13, when Season 3 premieres, along with the other sexy men and women of True Blood.

This is a great interview and very funny. Stephen‘s personality reads through really well, and it’s a very energetic and fun interview.

Below is the coffee commercial that Stephen was referring to in the interview that aired in Scandinavia which Alex grew up watching and teases him on.  The commercial is from 1993 and in it we see a young 24 year old Stephen Moyer who is just as handsome as he is today.


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