Thank the gods for the premiere of Free Ride today. It’s given us an abundance of interviews with our favourite couple, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, and somehow each one seems to get more amusing and interesting. This latest is from ELLE with the Emerys discussing uses for cough medicine, bedroom seduction tactics and how not to make an indie film.
What’s it like when you’re working together in different capacities?
Anna Paquin: It’s just as well that we like each other. [Giggles]
Stephen Moyer: It’s how we met; I think that’s key. We met working, and seeing each other in each other’s working environment. And she works really hard, which always makes me feel like I don’t do enough. So that’s really good to be around, because that makes me kind of ramp up.
So you don’t have to crack the whip with her,when you’re directing or producing…
SM: That’s at home. That’s in the bedroom.
AP: Excuse me! [Laughs] Please try to restrain yourself from saying anything completely inappropriate. Ignore him.
Are we getting a little sneak peek at how you guys would handle disputes, either on set or not?
SM: When it comes to disputes, it’s usually more of a …
SM: … a discussion about where you’re trying to get to and what you’re trying to do. Anna was very good to me the first couple of times I directed, because she knew that I was under pressure, so she did everything that I asked. By the second or third time, it was more like, ‘You’re asking me to do something that is actually not humanly possible.’
AP: I’d go, ‘Actually, I can’t. I’m really sorry. My go-go dancer arms are at home.’ [Laughs]
Both this and your past film ‘Almost Famous’ are in relatively the same time period, and have the same vibe, at least when it comes to drugs…
AP: Yeah! Although lifestyle and socioeconomic reality-wise, they couldn’t possibly be further apart on the spectrum. Just thinking of the resources we had on that makes me feel anxious about what we didn’t have on Free Ride! Like who the hell did we think we were, trying to do a relatively high-concept period piece on absolutely no money? And no time?
SM: If you’re going to make an independent film, you have to think, ‘Okay, I’m going to do something for a really low budget,’ so you’re not going to set it in…
SM: Whenever you do anything period, that’s money. You’re not going to put animals in it, you’re not going to have children in it. Certainly don’t set it at sea.
AP: Pretty much every single one of the big no-nos, we did. But that’s kind of the excitement of it. Not being entirely sure that you’re going to get it done, until you leave on the last day—there’s something thrilling about that.
Since this is a drug movie, what are the best and worst experiences you’ve ever had on drugs?
AP: I can answer that about legal drugs. I’ve had some very unpleasant experiences on cold and flu medication.
SM: I’ve had some great ones on cold and flu medication. I didn’t know what Pseudoephedrine was until I’d drunk like a couple bottles of it. It’s really great. I was like, ‘This is really good! What is this? I’m going to go and run! Time for a run!’
You start shooting ‘True Blood’ again this month—and it’s the final season. What do you hope happens for Sookie?
AP: Honestly? There’s so many directions it could go in, and one of the things I love about our show is that I still get excited reading the scripts. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to do the, ‘Oh, I hope this happens,’ or ‘What if this happens?’ because they’re pretty damn good.
SM: Three or four seasons into the show, we might have been able to tell you what we thought would be the end, or what we hoped would be the end. But by the time you get to season seven, I don’t know if anybody other than the guys creating it know what the best ending is. And so ultimately you have to sort of trust them to wind it up in a way that hopefully satisfies everybody a little bit. Because you’re not ever going to be able to make everybody happy. And the huge Eric fans…
AP: …or the huge Alcide fans…
SM: …or the huge Bill fans…
Or the huge Bill-and-Eric fans…
SM: Or the huge Bill-and-Eric fans …
SM: Beric fans! They’ll hopefully be able to tick off a lot of boxes, but you’re not going to be able to make that perfect ending.
One way to maybe satisfy everyone at once is to make Sookie’s fantasy of a Bill-Eric threesome come true.
AP: Yeah, that was an interesting day of production. And not just because I ended up half-naked on a couch with two different men. But just because that’s an awfully long time to spend walking around…
SM: …in red lingerie. Particularly attractive red lingerie!
AP: This is the point where he would say something that you don’t need to know about!
SM: Because he can’t help himself.