Stephen Moyer And His Rise To Fame On True Blood

September 24, 2009 by  

stephen-moyer-uk-1The British website, Telegraph, recently talked with their own Stephen Moyer about his role as the sexy vampire, Bill Compton and working on Alan Ball‘s phenomenal HBO TV series True Blood. True Blood has become a massive hit in the North America amassing over five million viewers per episode and becoming the most watched HBO series since The Sopranos.

The show has also made Stephen Moyer an instant star with True Blood fans who can’t get enough of and a sex symbol with millions of female fans all over the world falling in love with him. But unfortunately for all of those adoring female fans Stephen‘s heart has been captured by the lovely Anna Paquin, who plays alongside Stephen in True Blood as the telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse. Their relationship alongside with the show’s tremendous success has made them a huge target for the paparazzi in Los Angeles recently.

When the Telegraph interviewed Stephen one of the first things they noticed was how Stephen was so different from the vampire character he portrays. Stephen discussed Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse novels, which the True Blood series is based on and called them “a rollicking read”.   He explained it is from the books that we obtain many of the distinctive vocabulary we hear on the show. A few of our favorite words are “fangbangers” and the vampire‘s ability to hypnotize humans called “glamouring”. Charlaine Harris‘ first book in the series, “Dead Until Dark” was published in 2001 but all nine of her novels in the series have shown up on the New York Times bestseller list simultaneously just last month. In other exciting news, fans were ecstatic to hear that True Blood had been picked up for a third season which further emphasizes the popularity of the show.  Stephen explained the storyline and had this to say:

“It starts off odd, and gets odder,’ Stephen says. It is very sexy, very violent, very smart and easily transcends the cliche-ridden vampire genre. It can be very funny: Angelina adopts vampire baby reads a newspaper headline in the first episode; god hates fangs announces a sign in the title sequence.”

Another interesting point that Stephen made is the concept of who is evil and who is good on the show.  Sometimes those lines can be become blurred.  It is a well known fact that vampires drink human blood but the humans can be just as dangerous as we see in the show as they hunt down vampires to drain them of their blood to be sold as an illegal drug on the black market.

“The town sees Bill as the pariah, but Alan doesn’t set him up that way. Yes, he’s a vampire and, yes, he could tear your throat out, but he’s old-fashioned and romantic, so the sexual tension between Bill and Sookie is something that’s very romantic and courtly. Apart from the biting, their relationship is one of great love.”

Most fans of Stephen know that he hails from England and he told the Telegraph that he always loves to come back because England will always feel like home. Stephen has two children from previous relationships that live in England with their mothers who he spends his free time with when he is back and a furry friend, a dog named Splash, who stays with him in L.A..  He stated about his time when he is back in England:

“I still think of home as here, and the Heath is my place, my quiet place. On Saturday the first thing that we did, me and my boy, was jump in the men’s pond. I loved it. [Splash] he’s 10, so it didn’t seem fair to bring him back. I do miss him. I went for a walk on the Heath without my dog and it was weird.”

Stephen went on to explain that although he has a house in nearby Highgate, he grew up in a village near Brentwood in Essex and it shaped his early taste in clothes and music. As Stephen says, “I was a Mod, a Paul Weller fanatic. We all were.”

Stephen discussed how he had dreamed of becoming an actor from an early age. He chose to attend drama school which most people who lived around him thought was quite odd. He performed in school and in some theater productions, and at seventeen he created his own company called, “The Reject Society”. He went on to attended the London Academy for Music and the Dramatic Arts. His first professional job was a part in the production of “Oliver” with the National Theater of Wales and then he went on to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company for 18 months. After that Stephen toured with the Oxford Stage Company portraying “Romeo”. Stephen then made the leap to television and was then cast in many sexy roles. Guess they were on to something. Stephen says that it doesn’t bother him though, he has gotten used to having to play more provocative roles.

“Whenever people ask me if it feels weird doing all those sex scenes [in True Blood], well, look at my back catalogue, my little cantaloupe arse has been up and down in many, many things before.”

Stephen has since been seen in “Casuality”, “Cold Feet”, “Midsomer Murders”, “Peak Practice”, and “Waking the Dead”. He had just finished his first American series “The Starter Wife” and had no intention of doing another series until his manager emailed him the script for True Blood and it blew him away.

Vampires were never my genre – I’d read Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire but that was about it – but I felt that what Alan had managed to put into a 55-minute pilot was so deep and dense, I loved it.”

The next morning Stephen made an audition tape and sent it off to Alan to which Alan admitted he noticed Stephen because he wasn’t wearing all black which made him stand out.. After the audition Stephen came home to a huge surprise:

“Afterwards I picked my kids up from school, got home and found we had been burgled. My daughter went into her bedroom and said, “They haven’t stolen my teddy bear,” and Billy said, “They haven’t stolen my pillow or my duvet!” Hearing them I broke down, then half an hour later HBO rang saying they wanted to fly me over. It was an interesting day.”

Interesting to say the least, wow! After being called back Stephen flew in to do a screen test and met his co-star and future fiance, Anna Paquin. There was instant chemistry. They both agreed to keep their relationship under wraps until the first season of True Blood had played out. Neither of them wanted their relationship to be the focus and to take away from the excellence of the show. These days this handsome couple can’t go anywhere without being swarmed by the paparazzi. Stephen spoke about his first experience with the paparazzi:

“I was shocked the first time the paps got me in America – when a videocamera is put in your face and you’re asked questions and 15 people are walking backwards taking your picture. I was coming out of a pizza shop and had my daughter with me. Your parental bond comes out at times like that, because they haven’t chosen to be an actor’s child – and I suddenly realized why actors have hit out before.”

Stephen is now engaged to Anna Paquin but the couple have not settled down on a date yet. Stephen explained how the cast and crew have watched them grow as a couple but that their lives are very different from those of the characters they portray. One of the startling differences is Stephen‘s voice. Stephen told the Telegraph how he gets stopped all the time and asked to do “the voice”. Stephen was able to pull off a southern drawl on his American accent but admits he got a little help with a voice coach to make sure it was perfect.

Stephen Moyer is incredibly good-looking in real life as well as on TV but admits to being as insecure as anyone else. He is not the first British actor to play a sexy vampire either. This brings us once again to the battle between the vamps. The British actor and sex symbol, Robert Pattinson, who plays a teen vampire in the hit Twilight Saga. Stephen says he does not see Rob as competition since he is old enough to be his father if he started early enough. Stephen has gotten into some controversy recently when he called Rob’s character, Edward Cullen, the “SlimFast, Diet Coke of vampires“. It has not hurt Stephen‘s fan base at all:

“Our show’s very different, of course, and has its place. Although sometimes I’ll get 10- or 11-year-olds coming up and asking for my autograph, and I say, “Have you seen that show?” and they go, “Yeah, love it.” I couldn’t sit in the same room as my mother and watch that show. I mean, it’s seriously racy”.

We all love watching Stephen Moyer on True Blood and can understand exactly why fans adore him!


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  • Sandra

    Regarding the kinds of questions that some interviewers ask this couple, it’s embarrassing. The most recent example is one interviewer asking if Anna “dresses up her dog” during their event to raise awareness for homeless dogs. The look on Anna’s face said it all. I only hope they don’t think most Americans are so superficial. Anyone who truly respects animals would have been offended. Eventually, this couple is going start screening the questions.

    • Nia

      Hey Sandra, I thought the same thing when I saw the interview. What a rediculous question. I am sure that there are better questions or topics to address these wonderful actors with. They were both looking a bit harrassed, but bless them they were going along with the flow. I feel for them, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t cooperate. Hoping the paps are civil is wishful thinking.

  • Loved the interview…And I love Stephen’s little cantaloupe…looking forward to seeing more of it!!! (Seriously!)

  • AKL

    Every one of you have put my feelings into the exact words needed. I love to see a dad that is devoted and openly affectionate and loving. Stephen Moyer has been all over with his daughter this summer, she’s cute as a button. I can’t imagine having the relationship he has with them and to have to be so far apart. I wonder if at some point in life if he and Anna will move there and keep it as their primary base. Neither are “Americans” but both are adaptable. I wonder if the two of them have gone to New Zealand, the place Anna grew up, and I think still has her family over there.

    They have both given so much of themselves to the show and to their relationship. I’m always torn, they have a right to keep their personal life, well personal. Can you imagine someone repoting to the world that you got the mail? 🙂 At the same time these two are so engaging I can’t help to want to hear and see more. In the end, I love the tidbits they give, I will respect their privacy, and continue to be grateful for the devotion and talent they put into the best series I have ever loved.

    All the best to you Anna and Stephen.

    • That is why here on we will not publish paparazzi photos of them on the beach during their off time or walking along the sidewalk shopping. They work so hard to provide us with a great show that they deserve to have their private time kept private. We respect the actors a great deal and respect their private time.

      • Leslie

        This is a great site and totally respect the no Paps pictures policy, but your comment brings up the dilemma fans constantly struggle with. I’m speaking for myself, but pretty sure it’s been similar for many others. I read books, finally watched the show via 1st season DVD and was instantly addicted. Discovered that Anna & Stephen were a couple in real life (wow), wanted to learn more about them (was it true?). So it begins as always with the internet: Comic Con panel, other interviews, at first there was maybe one Pap picture of them, but the more I heard them speak, the more I wanted to know about Anna & Stephen because they come across as such real, funny & charming people who are the real deal as a couple. Inevitably I find myself searching and viewing Pap pictures of them. Do I approve of the Paps invading their private moments, NO. Did I enjoy seeing the summer pictures of them with Lilac & Billy, Anna bicycling with Lilac & her mother, Anna walking the dogs & showing off her ring, Anna laughing as she emerges from the ocean after boogie boarding,etc, you bet I did. I end up viewing Pap photos that are out there, because I can, and they validate my feelings about these actors as people. Do I want them to be stalked & asked stupid questions about a wedding date,etc? NO,don’t care. I like feeling connected to them through the pics and yet never want the Pap’s attention to escalate. It is a dilemma.

        • Hi Leslie,
          I completely understand the dilemma and it is true that the more you learn about the actors the more you want to hear and see them including pap photos. We are aware of this but out of our courtesy and respect to the actors we do not post them because we can place ourselves in their shoes and just image how we would feel if we were going out shopping for items and having photographers snapping pics of us during our down time. It would seem very creepy and intrusive. There are plenty of opportunities to see photos of them when they officially attend events instead of supporting pap photos. We hope our readers understand our policy and support our viewpoint for our website. 🙂

          • Nia

            AdoreBill, Leslie, I feel the same as both of you concerning our favorite actors. I also love seeing pictures of them in tabloids. They become more real to us. Yet I am upset if they are pursued or treated disrespectfully (which I have seen happen to Stephen outside of the Regis and Kelly show). Stephen said that once he was walking out of a pizzeria with his daughter and they were both immediately engulfed by the paps. He became very protective of Lilly. I can surely understand that and admire him for he adores his children. I then feel guilty for enjoying seeing photos of them. We must realize that they pay a hefty price for their fame, their privacy. So I would rather go without especially on this site. So kudos to you here for sticking to your guns and this no pics policy. You have my support.
            I have always felt strongly about this and any other disrespect especially directed to Stephen. There are sometimes those who cannot separate the actor from the character and when giving an opinion, it ends up being hurtful to both. There is nothing wrong with giving an opinion but when they do it with name calling and bashing, it becomes to difficult to bear.

          • Leslie

            Thanks Ollie, just want to make it clear that I absolutely support the site policy on not posting paparazzi pictures. Kudos for the awesome site you all have created!

  • antonio

    I’m happy for him and for All of the cast. I think that SM is a great actor…He brings the character of Bill Compton to vibrant life. Most people would think that playing a vampire you just have to bite,growl,hiss and wear a long cape. SM Acts through his vampire role..He runs the gamut with Bill.Its always great to watch. He deserves All his success! Bless Him and them All!
    BC is 1 of my fave characters on the show.I guess I’m Team Bill …All The Way!! I’d also be maybe Team Sam another admirable character

  • Nia

    Thanks Janet for posting that very indepth and wonderful article about our beloved Stephen Moyer. He has come a long way and has worked very hard to get here. We thank him for trying out for the role of Bill Compton. I and many others agree that he IS Bill Compton and no other could have done the part justice.
    My thanks to Stephen and Anna for these roles they have taken on and how it can be difficult to do what they do for our benefit and entertainment, at the cost of their own privacy.
    My best also to his children Billy and Lilly for letting us keep daddy here in the US. It must be hard for him to have to work so far away from his children whom he seems to love so much.
    Thank you again Stephen, we appreciate all you do!

    • Leslie

      There is actually much more that Stephen says in the interview which was given to the London Telegraph. Check it out, it’s definitely worth it. I fell in love with Stephen the minute he opened his mouth in a live interview for not only his British accent, but the fact that he always manages to mention his children and his dog. He also manages to give up some of the personal tidbits about Anna & him (which probably makes her cringe), but that’s him. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day in her shoes!

      • Nia

        Thanks Leslie, I enjoyed that. I also fell in love with our sweet southern vamp from day one.I was so glamoured I had to check out his prior works. I have watched many of his movies and tv series and was smitten all over again. He is so talented, handsome and sexy. My thanks to True Blood for bringing this wonderful actor into the spotlight. We are lucky to have him.
        I think its histerical that he loves to talk about how Anna doesn’t put up with his nonsense. I bet he is riot to be around. He has such a quick wit and is so funny. Life must always be fun for them. Good for them, I hope it lasts and is not just one of those celebrity hookups that don not last. I wish them both the best. LUCKY Anna!

        • Leslie

          Really don’t think that this is another Hollywood celebrity hook-up. They seem very different from the over-exposed celebrities we have to suffer in the gossip mags. Michelle Forbes (aka Maryann)said in a recent interview that she has seen many of those kind of couples and that they are the “real deal.” I will definitely check out Stephen’s prior work. Thanks.