Exclusive Interview with Stephen Moyer
In an exclusive Skype interview Shadaliza spoke in November 2014 with a relaxed and bearded Stephen Moyer about the Concussion film, Killing Jesus, the end of True Blood, his future projects and more.
This week has surely been a media frenzy for the Stephen Moyer fans to gobble up. There were two major Stephen stories to post. One being his involvement in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix training on its “media day” and the other was additional photos from the extravagant Bullett Magazine photo shoot.
Could two Stephen Moyer related stories be any more diverse than this? I don’t think so, but then, that is Steve.
Photo of Stephen training for his race and from the Bullett Magazine photo shoot
The definition of the word “versatile” according to Webster’s Dictionary is: : changing or fluctuating readily : variable. This defines Stephen perfectly, in my opinion. While, he is steady as a rock, he is also like a tree’s branches that bend with the wind adapting and investigating new ways to rejuvenate how we see him.
When he was kind enough to single me out at the Scream Awards last October, I asked him if he would have liked to dress up like the fans do at the event. He told me that he would have enjoyed it. He and Anna “would have liked to do a bit of cross dressing”, he said. So, this got me thinking about his work and his life and how diverse it all has been.
Stephen seems to like things different, quirky, challenging, interesting and just plain ‘fun’. In the interview for Bullett Magazine, Stephen talked about his favorite show “Breaking Bad” and he said, “Breaking Bad for me is on a slightly different plane. It’s one that I’m much more interested in –the dark, scratchy side of the world. He likes to change things up often and seems to create himself anew with each role. Although in his personal life, he appears to be less flamboyant, even that has been an adventure. How many people do you know that have lived in a purple houseboat? Even his favorite color of purple is atypical for a male.
Stephen loves his kids, animals, walks on the beach, goes shopping and does all the traditional things for a man of his age. However, he also plays the ukulele, rides a skateboard, is a boxer, sings beautifully, wears an earring, etc. and now he’s even racing in a car race! All these things single him out as an adventurer. And, now he is even starting his own production company with Anna and is supporting his friends by helping out with the worthy charity, Facing the Altantic. All this while being on a very demanding hit TV show and looking for other work to do when the show is on hiatus. It all amazes me how much energy he has and how he keeps up, while constantly also changing it up.
In his many film and TV roles and photo shoots he has often been the handsome lead or supporting character, but he has also played bad boys, criminals and psychopaths and has been known to put on the “glam” even before the new Bullett magazine shoot. Personally, while I love the sweet and tender Steve, I also like it when he plays the bad ass parts that surprise us. He adapts well to any situation. He also is the life of the party and makes us laugh and feel at ease, as if you were the the most important person in the room. There’s also the shy and modest Stephen, but most of all his fans love his openess to new and exciting things. I admire his determination to live as normal a life as possible, even while in the spotlight; no easy accomplishment.
All this is why I think he is the most interesting actor and person out there right now. In my opinion, there is nothing that he hasn’t done well and I hope that now, with his new fame, he will find opportunities to do even more interesting parts in great films that will continue to surprise us, because I’ll be in the audience watching.
Below are some photo examples of his versatility and willingness to be himself.
Lynn - Wonderful essay on wonderful Stephen. And the photo gallery - Just great! I really enjoyed this so much! He is well-rounded, grounded, charismatic, intelligent and insightful. And I so agree with willkill4bill. I give a lot of credit to his parents and grandparents for raising a fine man, as well as a talented actor. It feels good to be a fan of such an excellent example of class!
Great write-up, Lynn. And so very true. Anything Stephen has done, he's made it his own and has shown tremendous range. The guy can do any kind of role and make it believable. Even outside of his work, you can see his personal side come though. It's quite enjoyable to watch. He's down-to-earth, funny, witty, and generous. He really is a cool dude who works hard and appreciates all his successes. It's why we love him!
Lynn, you say it so beautifully. It's no wonder that we're so devoted to this incredibly talented man. And I agree, it's his sweet, soft side that I like the best...even though all women are supposed to be, deep-down, attracted to 'bad boys". He's just got it all...what more can you say. It's just amazing to me that he doesn't have a fan-base ten times as big...but then, I'd kind of rather keep him to ourselves...the lucky 'Billsbabes', or should it really be 'Steve's Babes'?
You are so right. Lynn and Lou! I will never stop to wonder how Stephen can change himself so much in each role. As if there is someone else that plays it .. His voice, his gait, I'm always up in the blue, when I see it .. Mr.Actor! That's why I like him very much ...
Versatile is a great word to describe Stephen Moyer. I've also called him a chameleon - not only because he takes on such diverse roles and interests, but he also looks so different from one venture to the next. I'm always interested in seeing what he'll do next! What a man, indeed.
Very nicely done Lynn. From my pov Stephen is so unpretentious and appreciative of his fans which often is the first thing that falls to the wayside as the fame and star rises. It is a testament to his parents that he is so well grounded and of good character. Stephen will not be pigeoned holed or type cast because he is not afraid to try something different. Unlike those "prepackaged stars" Stephen has true and genuine talent as a real actor that will enable him to do projects they would not dream of tackling. He will have a career as long as he wants and I hope that is a very long time because I am tired of the forced fed diet of packaged, marketed and mediocre so called stars. It is refreshing and long overdue to have someone as talented and versatile as Stephen that is reminiscent of the greats of old Hollywood. It sure doesn't hurt that he is gorgeous and secure in his masculinity. Stopping now before I exceed more words than Lynn's article and I'll be put on a word limit. I can't help it . :)
Thanks for this, Lynn. Stephen continually re-invents himself. This is evident in the roles he has chosen and the interests he has. Obviously I do not know him. I'm just a fan. He appears well grounded with a true sense of self. He gives of his time and talents to those in need, is well spoken, witty and charming, a charismatic actor, and seems a delightful, fun-loving, good-hearted and generous person. I am proud to be his fan.