Stephen Moyer was interviewed by LA Magazine about his favorite places in LA and below are his favorites haunts in the area. He admits his Los Angeles loves are mostly food-based or down on the coast.
Santa Monica/Venice Beach
I love to hire a bike and go down to Santa Monica pier and cycle up the boardwalk all the way to the Marina del Rey peninsula and back again. Down by the pier there are ten steel rings hanging from a giant frame in front of the trapeze bars. Basically, it’s giant monkey bars for grownups. I go down there and I absolutely love it. The truth is, it’s kind of the reason that I moved to the Westside. If you haven’t seen the crazies doing the drum circle in Venice, it’s a thing to behold.
Down right on the edge of the marina there’s this little swimming beach, which is very still. This bit of beach has grills outside where you can take your own BBQ charcoal and grill your own stuff. I love it down there. It’s very quiet. It won’t be quiet now that I’ve said that, but I used to go there and hang a lot.
I’ve spent a few lunches there over the years. I love the place. Just because it’s a way of driving up the PCH and stopping and getting some food, looking at the locals. One of my favorite things to do, really, is look at the crazies, and I say that with affection. I love going up there and looking at all the guys who hang out there and polish their bikes and show them off. I don’t have a motorcycle anymore. I gave up the right to do that when I had kids. I want one, but I’m not allowed!
The Huntington Library
I love those grounds, they’re beautiful. I also love the Getty Center, it’s a great place to watch the sunset.
I am particularly bad on my skateboard at a skateboard park. I have fallen quite comically a number of times.
The dog park there is just great because it feels like it’s been designed for dogs and not their owners, which I like.
Soho House West Hollywood
When we’re in town I do like the Soho House because I love playing pool and it’s somewhere I can go play and eat good food. It’s a good meeting place to see people and just be off the beaten track a little bit.
I love Gjelina, obviously, on Abbot Kinney, everyone loves that, but my favorite is the Tasting Kitchen. I think the Tasting Kitchen is just doing the most incredible stuff and I miss it when I’m not in town. They do a meat plate on Sundays for brunch and they do this crazy egg plate. You can have your eggs like four different ways. They’re unbelievable. The meat plate is steak, bacon and sausages, all on one plate. No, I’m not a vegetarian, funnily that.
Pretty much the best coffee.
Go Kart World
One of the things I love doing is racing go-carts down in Carson. Sometimes I just get by myself, get on the 405, and drive down to Carson. There’s a go-cart center there. There’s one in Ventura as well, that’s electric.
The Music Box
I love the Greek and I love the Wiltern because they are small and you feel like you are right up in everybody’s business, which I really like, but the Music Box is very much like the Brixton Academy that I used to go to a lot in south London.
In this video Stephen Moyer and Topher Grace speak to wearemoviegeeks.com about what they plan to be on Halloween and their interest in Cold War films. Although Stephen says during this interview that he is going to be The Big Bad Wolf for Halloween to his daughter’s, “Red Riding Hood,” he must have changed his mind since he wore a Ghostbusters costume instead.
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Below is a new interview with Stephen where he continues to promote his new film, The Double. However, he also answers some questions about True Blood and his other projects making it an interesting read. Read this interview by Brent Simon from Shockya.com.
For Stephen Moyer, being on True Blood is a dream gig — heck, it even landed him on the cover of “Rolling Stone.” In the new espionage thriller “The Double,” Moyer swaps out his accent to play an imprisoned Russian spy/assassin, Brutus, who comes face to face with the man (Richard Gere) who put him in prison. ShockYa recently had a chance to participate in a press day for the film, and chat with Moyer about his small screen hit and new film, his busy schedule, the challenges of shooting out of order, and the exciting insanity of his producing debut, starring “True Blood” castmate and offscreen wife Anna Paquin. The conversation is excerpted below:
Question: Filming out of sequence can be a challenge in any circumstances, but is it especially difficult in a movie with so many twists and turns? Stephen Moyer: When I started out, I used to think that shooting out of sequence was the actor’s enemy, because it stopped any fluidity or sense of finding your way. But often what happens now, since I’ve been doing this 20 years, is that I find that you’ll shoot something from two-thirds of the way through and it will flavor something, or make you think about something differently, from the beginning of the movie. …My first film was back in 1996, and I worked with a director called Anthony Hickox whose father was Doug Hickox, a famous Hammer horror director. And he always said to his son, “Always shoot the end of the movie two weeks in, because if you run out of money you’ll at least have an ending.” I liked the idea of that, because instead of finding a disadvantage, I think it’s important to look at the positives, and what you can gain from doing it in an odd way. Also, working on a TV show like I do, you’ll do something and then in episode nine was completely counter-intuitive to your thinking. Because not only have you not worked out what you’re going to be doing in episode nine, but neither have the writers. So you’re constantly learning, and I’ve learned to live with it and enjoy it, just see where you end up.
Question: At this point in your career, now that “True Blood” has an audience and has gotten you attention from Hollywood, is there any frustration to the double-edged sword of being able to (only) take jobs within the constraints of your shooting schedule for the show? SM: Of course. Every one of us, at certain points, has had to turn stuff down. I got a couple of really interesting things that came up and were going to go in the hiatus, and then got pushed to January or February. It’s happened every year that I’ve been doing the show. There’s nothing I can do about that. You also get availability checks for enormous movies that would be life-changing that you can’t do. It happened to me and Alex (Skarsgard) this year, in differing ways. But the reason that people are interested in the first place is because of our show. And it’s a pretty amazing show. I’m proud of it. So for seven months of the year I get to do one of the hottest shows on TV, and then for five months I get to play. And a lot of people in similar situations don’t get that long. We do 12 (episodes), as you know, but if you’re doing a 22-episode arc you get three months off if you’re lucky, and there’s room for (just) one gig. So I could bitch about the ones that got away, but I’m not going to because I love doing what I do.
Question: Do you see any contrast between Brutus and your character on “True Blood”? SM: It’s funny, because somebody else asked earlier if there were any similarities between my relationship with Richard Gere (in “The Double”) and Alex in “True Blood,” and I was kind of stumped because the truth is that I hadn’t thought of it at all. One could go on and find a metaphor and say that he’s a man imprisoned by his own sense of need, I guess. But no, I didn’t. I was attracted to the fact that this man is trapped, and he’s a dark character using whatever means he can to escape. I very enjoy, as an actor, playing accents, because it feels like another part of my costume. When I go in and put my boots on and change my hair — that’s very much part and parcel of what I do, so it certainly felt like it was a great opportunity to play again.
Question: On “The Double,” was there a discussion of other Cold War-type spy films? SM: Sure. It has a lot of elements of homage in it — John le Carre thrillers, and everything from “The 39 Steps” through to “Spy Game” or, my favorite, “Three Days of the Condor.” There’s a lot in common with one of Kevin Costner’s early films, “No Way Out,” which is a fantastic film, and in fact (director) Michael Brandt showed “No Way Out” to the cast and crew the night before we started filming because he wanted to give everyone an idea of the colors that he was trying to paint with.
Question: You’re producing a film in which Anna Paquin is starring, is that right? SM: Yes, it’s a film called “Free Ride,” and it’s the true story of a mom who in 1973 took her kids down to Florida to get away from an abusive relationship and ended up getting tied up in some interesting events… do you know what “square-groupers” are? Those buoys, that are out in the water, (sometimes served as drop points for) big lumps of cannabis wrapped in silver foil. And that’s what this character ends up involved in. Anna plays the mother of these two kids, and the writer-director of the story (Shana Sosin), is in real life the youngest kid — it’s her story. So it’s really interesting, and we’ve done a miraculous job of, in six weeks, finding the project, starting prep, getting a cast, and we went to camera just yesterday. It’s quite exciting, and completely insane.
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Stephen Moyer fans know that he is very animated and funny when he chats with you, but both he and Topher seemed to have caught a case of the giggles in this interview, as you’ll see in the video below.
The plot may be serious, but actors Stephen Moyer and Topher Grace were anything but straight-faced when they sat down to chat with sheknows.com about The Double.
“There’s been some good boots in here,” Stephen commented when SheKnows arrived in the actor’s interview room at The Avalon hotel in Beverly Hills. “What, I’m a foot fetishist!”
The conversation kept a steady stream of silliness the entire time as Stephen teased Topher about his secret late night career as a drag queen and Topher joked that Stephen learned to “speak Vampire” from watching Sesame Street’s Count Dracula.
The only time these two really got serious was when the topic turned to their uber-famous costar, Richard Gere.
“He’s a great guy,” Topher told us. “If I could go back in time to 15-year-old me and say, ‘Hey, not only do you become an actor, but you’re in movies and you get to partner with Richard Gere in a political thriller,’ I would really not believe you.”
Stephen was equally in awe of the great Gere, telling SheKnows, “He’s incredibly generous and soft-spoken, but I just kept trying to penetrate, and kept fighting, trying to get underneath to get him to talk. Eventually I think he kind of just went, ‘Alright.‘”
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