Stephen Moyer talks to London’s ‘The Observer’. They talk True Blood, Spitfire, and dinner at the White House.
Do you have a “no shoptalk at home” rule?
Well, we shoot eight months of the year and put in long hours. So we talk about work for the first bit, but by month six you’re crawling along on stumps and it’s the last thing you want to discuss. Although Sookie and Bill aren’t together now, so we don’t spend nearly as much time together on set as we used to. Often one’s at work and the other’s at home. We miss that camaraderie. Occasionally we do have a scene together, with all the crew who’ve been with us since day one, and it’s just like family. We get back to ribbing each other very quickly. It’s tit-for-tat banter.
Do you feel like you’re letting your home town down by being so pale on television?
(Laughs) Funnily enough, me and Alan Ball [True Blood's creator] have talked about putting in a scene where the vampires go to spray-tan booths, so they can blend in and look normal. I’ve also been nagging him to write a scene with a bunch of us sat around reading magazines in a dentist’s waiting room.
You dined at the White House recently, how was that?
Yes, for the Correspondents’ Dinner. We went last year as well and that was even crazier. Not only did we find out that President Obama’s a huge True Blood fan but the press secretary took us for a tour of the White House and it turned out the whole place was on lockdown. We later found out that while we were there Obama was downstairs in the situation room watching the attack on Bin Laden’s compound. You know that famous photo of them all watching the raid? Well, I was right above their heads looking at the Norman Rockwell paintings in the Oval Office. This year we sat with Daniel Day-Lewis and Dakota Fanning. The attorney general came over and asked to have his picture taken with me. Luckily he didn’t ask me to bite his neck for the pic, like a lot of True Blood fans. That would’ve been awkward.
You and Anna have a production company called Scamp. What are you working on?
We’re putting a film together which will hopefully shoot in London later this year. It’s called Spitfire. I’ll be starring in it. It’s a Pulp Fiction-esque story about assassins.
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