So says Anna Paquin in the November 2012 issue of Red Magazine (on newsstands in the UK today). Anna was interviewed by Silvia Patterson for the magazine and was seven months pregnant at the time of the interview. It is mentioned that the twins’ births were announced the day before they went to press. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview at the source. We’ve included some excerpts here:
‘I am a happily married woman and I married a man,’ she laughs. ‘I don’t think that negates that aspect of my life, but obviously I wouldn’t be with my husband if I didn’t want to be married to a man. Some people find it odd that you can identify with a sexual orientation that is not straight and yet be married to someone of the opposite sex. They’re like “obviously it’s not real if you’re married to a dude”. But that’s not my problem. I’m like, okay, if that’s how you feel, there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m just living my life.’
It was HBO that forced Paquin and Moyer together. During the pilot auditions, neither lived in LA (she was living in New York, he in London), so HBO booked them into the same hotel. They hung out, had dinner every night and, when they returned home, realised they missed each other. Essex-born Moyer is, she says, ‘as English as they come, very polite, very well-mannered. He’s a very nice English husband – and very attractive’. He’s also a demon on the ukulele. ‘Of all the random things, I’m rather partial to the ukulele,’ she grins. ‘He’s very good, annoyingly, at rather a lot of things.’
Paquin has always been hermetically private and, since going public with her pregnancy news this summer (saying she was ‘incredibly excited’), vowed never to discuss it again, in case something went wrong. She’s equally protective of her step-mum role to Stephen’s two kids from previous relationships, Lilac (10) and Billy (12). ‘Their privacy is sacred to us.’ The imminently expanding family lives in Venice Beach, California. ‘It’s an outdoorsy, life, cruising around on our bikes and skateboards, going to the beach and hitting the farmers’ market.’
She describes 42-year-old Moyer as a ‘super-geek’, but he’s also a creative romantic, having designed her wedding ring himself. What binds them together, ultimately? ‘We’re best friends,’ she decides. ‘If you’re going to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want it to be the person you want to hang out with all the time. We have a lot in common but, when it comes down to it, if that person isn’t really your buddy as well, for me, I don’t think that would work. And we spend all our time together. A lot of people say, “Oh, I could never work with my significant other”, but I love getting to go to work with the person I want to spend all my time with.’ And when you get there, you get to have sex with him! ‘Sometimes we go to work and we’re not actually in any scenes together,’ she cackles. ‘But it’s really nice. It’s like working in the same office building.’
Her immediate future is dramatically busy: the twins arrive this autumn, and she’s long decided she’ll be a working mum – next January, she begins shooting True Blood season six. ‘Like every other woman with a career, who wants to also have a family, I’ll be getting back to work,’ she nods. ‘I have the luxury of being able to afford the help I need. I consider having a full-time, reliable job a major blessing. You will never catch me complaining about being employed.’
Sometimes Paquin thinks about how accidental her life is, how everything in her adulthood has hinged, randomly, on where she was living at nine years old. ‘I do think about that,’ she admits. ‘A lot of actors have those stories where, if teeny, tiny things had been different, they would never have stumbled into it.’ She tends, philosophically, more towards random universal chaos than predetermined fate.
‘I have a problem with the idea of fate, in that it doesn’t explain when horrible things happen,’ she says. ‘I don’t buy into “It was their time, it was supposed to be”, and I also don’t think I’ve done anything that makes me more deserving of the good things. To a large extent, there’s a lot of dumb luck involved. I stumbled into some wonderful opportunities I could never have planned. But I think what you do with opportunity is not luck. It’s up to the individual, and whether you’re willing to then put the work in. I got very lucky. But I’ve worked very hard.’
She hasn’t, incidentally, ever seriously considered having the best-known tooth gap since Madonna closed through surgery. ‘They’d have to grind my teeth off and start again,’ she shudders and – no doubt thinking of her imminent baby twins – adds, ‘I’m not looking for any self-renovation projects, I have enough going on in my life right now.’
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