The Moyer the Merrier; before Being Cast as Vampire Bill Compton in True Blood, Stephen Moyer Was a Single Man Who'd Given Up on His Hollywood Dreams. the Sexy Actor Tells Lisa Williams about the Role That Changed His Life
" HAVE you got a pen there, babes?" asks Stephen Moyer. Sadly he's not talking to me but his wife, who's in the background buying a present for his sister on the internet.
The Essex-born actor is performing a juggling act worthy of the circus at his Los Angeles home this morning: reading out credit card and delivery details to his wife, while speaking to me on one phone, and to his mum on another.
Somehow, amid all this, the 42-year-old's also managing to make himself a coffee.
There's a woman's voice murmuring in the background and, turning his attention back to the interview - his mother having been dispatched with a cheerful, "Bye lovely!" - he says: "Anna is apologising for taking us away from each other - my wife's coming between us! OK, where were we?" If anyone's likely to come between Moyer and an interview, it's certainly his wife - who happens to be Anna Paquin, the actress who won an Oscar aged 11 for her performance in The Piano.
The two met on the set of hit vampire drama True Blood but, the actor admits, he wasn't in the market for a wife at the time.
"I certainly wasn't looking for a wife when I started," he says laughing.
"Neither of us were looking.
And perhaps that's the point - when you're looking in the wife shop, you can never find one. And then one comes along when you're least expecting it."
Moyer plays brooding vampire Bill Compton in the series that's set in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, while Paquin plays telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse.
The two have an explosive on-off relationship on screen and, while filming the pilot back in 2007, the chemistry between them spilled out into real life, and they wed in Malibu, California in 2010.
It's an unconventional marriage: Moyer has two children, Billy and Lilac, from previous relationships and in 2011 Paquin supported a gay rights campaign by revealing to the world that she was bisexual.
But, by the sound of it, things are going swimmingly.
The same can't be said, unfortunately, for Bill and Sookie's romance, which came to an end early last series. …