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June 18, 2013 5PM EST

Q&A with Stephen Moyer

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    Thank you for joining us today! How are you feeling after Sunday's Season 6 premiere episode and #TBLive Pre-Show?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    I was very very pleased with the way the show went down. Great numbers. We were really very pleased and excited to get such high numbers again. Quite pleased we beat Game of Thrones! The Live Show was quite fun actually! It's not often that we are all able to be together and hang out without work. It was really nice, a nice change.

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    What are some fan reactions when they see you in real life? #FSU #HBOCollege

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    There's a lot of "OMG NO. IS IT YOU? SAY SOOKIE. Are you Bill? Bill!" Also, "Has anyone ever told you you look like Bill from True Blood?" When they see us together, they get quite excited, because they know that it really is us and it gets quite the fun reaction sometimes.

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    What's your favorite villain till now? Rene, Maryann, Russell or Marnie?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    Hmm... I would say it is a joint 1st place between Maryann and Russell. She is such an amazing woman and brilliant actress. Season 2 was really special. We didn't think we'd be able to find anyone like her. Not knocking Rene who we all absolutely loved! I would have to go with Denis just purely because he is just brilliant too. I sort of thank the show for bringing him into my normal life too, and to him for elevating our show into a different stratosphere. He's so brilliant, he brings everyone's game up to a different level.

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    How do you prepare for your role as Bill Compton?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    When I first started on the show I used to stay vocally in my voice quite a lot of the time. Now it's like a pair of shoes you put on. As you do it more and more, it's part of the costume. I can sort of move in and out quite swiftly between Bill and Stephen and feel quite comfortable doing so. If there's something particularly emotional or dark you might sort of sit by yourself listening to music to get in the mood. Most of the time it's a... we know who we are. It's like putting on a costume when you get to work. Becoming a character that you already know.

  • Q

    Will you do more directing in the future? Not just on True Blood, but in general?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    I definitely plan to be doing some in the future. (If we're lucky enough to get picked up again.) There's also a film script I'm working on with Denis O'Hare (that he's written) that I am hoping to direct.

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    When you first came to True Blood did you expect it to become what it is today?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    It's interesting. I get asked this quite a lot and I never mean it to sound completely cocky but I was so amazed by this script when I read it. That 1st pilot script was amazing because you could see the world Alan was trying to create. I really believed it was going to run a run. At the time, I wouldn't have said 6 years. But in my mind, I could have explored this world forever. There are so many implications and parallels between our world. I just thought it was a beautifully constructed frame work in which to tell a story of differentness and otherness. So, yes!

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    As an actor, do you enjoy the Lilith-incarnate character deviation, or was the formerly-subdued Bill more enjoyable to enact?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    As an actor it is fantastic to be given different stuff to do. One of the reasons you choose this career is that every day has its differentness and its challenges. I miss the simplicity about Bill. I love the dynamism of something different. You want to be challenged on a daily basis but there is something about those first couple of seasons that is just magical. That's because the world was so new to everyone. It was so different and enigmatic. Sometimes it's easier to create a magical story line with so many creatures and craziness in our world, sometimes I look back to that pilot with a kind of relish.

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    Is there a cast member that likes to joke around or prank?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    Yea I would say the biggest prankster is Ryan. There is an ongoing war between Ryan [Kwanten] and Simon Jayes who is our lead camera operator. It's been going for about 3 or 4 seasons. The best one so far-- if you remember the "meat tree" in Season 2, it's this totem pole tree outside Sookie's house that Maryann had created, covered in raw meat. Ryan took some raw meat that had been on this tree for days probably. He filled a film canister with a slab of raw meat and left it in the back of Simon's car for the weekend. Simon is a film director so he didn't think to look inside the film canister and his car just stank. We also have an amazing prop master and set decorator Mike Horn and Greg Manke, and together they are like Laurel and Hardy. We all love them and they are always doing silly things on set, keeping the mood very light.

  • Q

    what was the hardest scene you had to direct?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    Honestly, this year-- in many ways probably the beach sequence. Not because it was particularly tough directorialy, but I really wanted to set the tone right for the rest of the show. I wanted that scene to move, to be fast and quick-paced. Even though the characters are going through emotional things you don't want to rush, but tonally getting that right was challenging. Also, the scene on Bill's balcony with all those main characters. We had an added nightmare that evening. The height of the railings around the Compton house are now below what is now acceptable. In California, something on the 2nd floor has to be a certain number of inches high. Every actor and crew member had to be HARNESSED to be able to walk on that floor because the railings on the balcony were too low. We had so much action and so many stunts to shoot and it was a nightmare. Every person on that balcony (probably 30 people at a time) had to have a harness rigged. So sometimes health and safety can be a pain in the a**.

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    If you could be any other character on True Blood who would it be and why? #FSU #HBOCollege

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    My favorite characters are Terry and Arlene. I love those guys. But if, for a day, I could be anybody I wanted to be, I think I'd want to be Sam. Can you imagine being able to shift? Can you imagine being able to fly? That would be so cool. It's all very well being a werewolf-- but Sam gets to be all of it! I'm going with Sam.

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    That's all the time we have for today's Q&A. Do you have any final words for Truebies today?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    Thank you for being so loyal. Thank you for watching-- keep watching! I think it's an excellent season and I think Bucky [Brian Buckner] has done an excellent job in taking us through this new season.

  • Q

    Which one did you enjoy the most, directing episode 8 of season 5 or episode 1 of season 6?

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    Stephen Moyer says:

    I think in many respects I enjoyed last season more because there wasn't as much pressure on me in terms of delivering the premiere episode of the season. BUT I'm somebody who loves that pressure, so equally there were things about this year that were really amazing to be able to start off. I think the sequence when Anna and Ryan are working together--- that was a beautiful sequence to shoot and a lovely scene. I also enjoyed working with Sam on the shifting where Sam ends up having a conversation with Sam, which was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to do as a director. Hard and really enjoyable.

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