The Star recently got the chance to speak to Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, and Alan Ball. It’s a tantilising interview, as they managed to get Alan and the cast to tease about what’s to come not only this season, but in season six as well.
On his imminent departure from True Blood, Alan says:
“It is for mental and physical well being – it is such a demanding job. I’m very close to being seriously burned out. I have been working with a lot of the same writers since the beginning, so the show kind of runs itself now and I feel very confident that it will maintain a level of whatever it is that makes True Blood, True Blood.”
“I have huge abandonment issues so I will be sending him letters weekly to make him feel guilty. Honestly though, he wouldn’t leave if he felt that we weren’t in amazing hands. I think we’re all sort of in denial with the fact that he’s moving on to other things but in all fairness, I’m not sure that man has slept since the show started prepping six years ago. That concerns me a little.”
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Stephen spoke about Anna’s pregnancy:
“It was always in our minds to plan for this in a way that wouldn’t affect the schedule … oh I’ve gone all American! I said ‘shed-ule’ instead of ‘sked-ule’, I’ve sold out. Seriously, though, it was just important to the both of us to make sure that it wouldn’t affect our gang. The show is people’s bread and butter, you know, and you don’t want to mess it up for them.”
“It’s weird for Eric to be saving Bill. Or for Bill to save Eric. It’s like, ‘Why am I doing this? I hate him!’ But at the same time, it’s good to see something new like this happening on the show.
Alex also spoke of how he and Stephen had a little TOO much fun on set:
“Alan called us into his office and told us that we needed to keep the stakes up on the show so we had better stop fooling around so much.”
Outside of his acting and fatherhood, Stephen has been keeping busy, singing in a celebrity super-group!
“I sing in a school band. We’ve got this sort of ‘parent’ band in my daughter’s school, which has Ewan MacGregor, Ben Harper and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters. It’s nuts, right? And you’re asking me why I sing in this band? It’s Chris Shiflett!”