It’s appropriate that the week when we are about to celebrate Father’s Day that Stephen Moyer is featured in this week’s People Magazine because he is probably the best Dad out there. This one page short interview with Stephen doesn’t hold much new information for Moyer fans, but it’s nice to see him featured and talking about his wife, Anna and their new members of the family, the twins.
He talks about how the twins, Charlie and Poppy, who were born earlier than expected last September, were fragile and he and Anna decided it best to keep things quiet to protect them. Read below to learn more about the them and how they have a trailer on the True Blood set especially designed for the two little ones.
Those of us who follow Stephen Moyer’s career and his life, already know that he is on the Board of Directors at the Claire Foundation, but now it’s being announced “officially” by the local press.
Recently, I attended the Art for Clare Foundation event held in Santa Monica and in the program (seen below), as you can see, Stephen was already listed as a member of the Board of Directors earlier this month. However, this is certainly a new role for him within the charity.
We Congratulate Stephen on his new role within this wonderful charity.
The CLARE Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing effective and compassionate treatment, recovery, and prevention services for alcoholism and substance abuse, has welcomed “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer to its board of directors.
In addition to being honored for his contributions to the field of recovery at CLARE’s annual Tribute Dinner in 2010, Moyer has volunteered in CLARE’s Drug Court program for over two years.
CLARE Foundation’s board of directors is responsible for providing organizational and fiduciary oversight and ensuring that CLARE continues to successfully serve its mission.
Moyer joins CLARE’s 20 current board members, who include leaders from the financial, civic, entertainment, and philanthropic realms.
The paper provided a brief bio of Stephen:
Moyer’s passion for acting began in local theatre in Brentwood & Chelmsford, Essex, England where he also made a name for himself with his own theatre company “The Reject Society.”
He then trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and began his professional acting career on stage, including two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company (“Romeo & Juliet,” “The Thebans,” “Columbus”), touring in “Romeo & Juliet” with the Oxford Stage in the title role of Romeo, and in the world premiere of Pete Townshend’s rock opera “The Iron Man” at The Young Vic.
He made his screen debut starring in the eponymous role in “Prince Valiant” (1997) with Katherine Heigl, followed by “Quills” (2000) with Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine, as well as leading roles in subsequent movies, including “Entrusted” (2003) (TV) and “Restraint” (2008).
U.S. television credits include leading roles in “Princess of Thieves” (2001) (TV) with Keira Knightley, NBC’s mini-series “Uprising” (2001) (TV) with David Schwimmer, Hank Azaria and Donald Sutherland, USA Network’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated “The Starter Wife” (2007) starring Debra Messing, and, most recently co-starring with Anna Paquin in Alan Ball’s Golden Globe-nominated show for HBO “True Blood” (2008) as the 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton.
Moyer divides his time between homes in London and L.A., where production of the new season of “True Blood” (2008) continues.
And here’s what the Foundation says about Stephen’s contributions:
“The dedication that Stephen has shown to CLARE has been awe-inspiring,” said CLARE Executive Director Nicholas Vrataric.
“We appreciate his passion for CLARE’s mission, and we look forward to working with him and the entire CLARE board to continue our work of providing effective, cost-efficient treatment and prevention services to those in need of recovery.”
Stephen and Anna have has several sex scenes together on True Blood so, it’s no doubt the two are comfortable filming them.
Now that Stephen is a director, he says he wouldn’t mind directing Anna with someone else in a steamy scene.
“When you are directing your wife in a sex scene, you get to do what the writers come up with,” Moyer told me at True Blood’s season six premiere in Hollywood. “Maybe they’re coming up with something you haven’t thought of before. You can try things out without it being weird.”
Robert Kazinsky, who plays Paquin’s new love interest on the show, says it certainly was weird having Moyer around when he and Paquin had to get down and dirty.
“When the first scene came up, I went to [Moyer] and I was like, ‘How can I make this easy for you?’” Kazinsky said. “He said, ‘Don’t! She’s great. Just do what you need to do. She’ll do what she needs to do and just forget about it.’ I was like, ‘I’ll try.’ But it’s not easy.”
Click on the image below to hear Stephen talk about it with EOnline:
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Stephen Moyer spoke with Dujour about the upcoming season of True Blood. A lot of fans have often expressed nostalgia for the atmosphere of the first season and it looks like we might get some of that feeling back according to Stephen.
After five seasons of playing a nice vampire, are you excited to embrace the dark side of Bill?
He’s always tried to do things from the right place, so even when he’s been a shit, he’s been a shit because he was doing it for what he considered the right reasons.
The characters played by you and your wife [Anna Paquin] have a tumultuous relationship. Does that ever come home with you?
It’s very difficult to avoid. Sometimes you come home and the last thing you want to talk about is work, but you’ll get into conversations like, “I can’t believe Sookie’s going to do that to him, it’s ridiculous!”
True Blood has always been seen as an allegory for what happens to outsiders. Do you think that’s still true?
Our show works best when it’s holding up a mirror. It’s very difficult to keep doing it and always be prescient and at the forefront of what’s going on. At the end of season two, we had Bill taking Sookie off to Vermont because that was the only place vampires could marry humans.
In addition to playing Bill, you’re directing the premiere episode of season six. That’s a lot of responsibility.
It’s terrifying, but I relish it. And the cast has been fantastic about me doing it. It’s like being given the keys to the kingdom.
What’s left for the characters on True Blood to battle this season?
I hesitate to say this, but I think we’ve got a really great season. Obviously I have the benefit of being behind the curtain now that I’m directing, so I know a lot of stuff prior to the other actors and I’ve seen some footage. I’m excited and I think there’s a real sense of early True Blood about some of the episodes. It’s hard to stay shocking, but I think we’ve managed to do that.
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