On November 12th, Steve chaired the 18th Annual Friends of CLARE Tribute Dinner which honored his past costars Katey Sagal and Kurt Sutter from The Bastard Executioner. Though, we have no doubt Steve was his usual captivating self, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, was their official entertainment for the evening.
Steve has been quite heavily involved with the CLARE Foundation over the years and below are some of his highlights that we are aware of:
- 2011 – Honoree of the Friends of CLARE Tribute Award
- 2011 – Volunteer in CLARE’s Drug Court Program
- 2012 – Honorary Dinner Chair for Tribute Dinner
- 2012 – Volunteer in CLARE’s Drug Court Program
- 2013 – Joins the Board of Directors
- 2014 – Event Chair of Tribute Dinner
- 2015 – Panel member on the current state of addiction in Hollywood
- 2015 – Event Chair of Tribute Dinner
All photos are from CLARE Foundation FaceBook Page.
“You go girl!” Not only does the host, Billy Bush, tell Anna this you’ll find yourself saying it too when you watch this video of Anna on Access Hollywood from November 23rd. We have no doubts as to why Stephen Moyer fell in love with this strong, beautiful, kind woman and why we have too. Maybe we should change this site to Simply Emery, as our love for Steve overlaps to his missus.
Anna discusses the importance of raising the twins with Steve as a family. The lack of time for hobbies, unless you consider having enough free time to not only wash her hair, but get all the shampoo out too. And, if you follow Anna on Twitter her statement, “I don’t like bullies!” won’t come as a surprise.
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin Take Part in Pre-Wedding Celebration of Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara
As we previously reported, Steve and Anna are in Palm Beach, Florida to attend Joe Manganiello & Sofia Vergara’s wedding. A pre-wedding dessert reception was held last evening at The Breakers, with Steve and Anna in attendance. Musician and producer John Feldmann shared some photos from last evening’s festivities, including two with Steve and Anna (Anna is photographed with John’s wife). For more information about Joe and Sofia’s pre-wedding festivities, check out The Daily Mail.
Back in early November, we posted the below photo which included a small blurb about it being a pic from Joe Manganiello’s bachelor party. So what did all these handsome men do to celebrate Joe’s last couple of weeks as a single man? A strip joint? A trip to Vegas? Nope and nope … they went bowling! Huh, you say?
Joe, Steve, Chris Bauer, Schwarzenegger, Channing Tatum and other ridiculously hot men spent the evening at the Spare Room in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood; bowling, eating, drinking and smoking fine cigars and possibly playing a board game or two. And it seems with Channing in attendance, the men also enjoyed some dancing. Okay, am I the only one wishing I was there?
Tonight, Steve and Anna are in Palm Beach, Florida in preparation for Joe M.and Sophia Vergara’s wedding to take place tomorrow, November 22nd.
Since you’ve all learned by now that The Bastard Executioner was cancelled, have you wondered where Milus’ path would have taken him if a second season hadn’t been squashed? Kurt Sutter discussed what would have happened next on TBX when he was interviewed by Mandi Bierly of Yahoo TV.
If your interested in anyone besides Milus, you can read the entire interview at Yahoo.
Mandi Bierly: Milus and Love were my favorite relationship in the show. I loved the scene in this episode where they admitted they were fond of one another. I loved him hitting on Isabel at the end. I loved that he seemed more at ease now that he’s seen his men fight for loyalty and not for money. How did you view Milus’s journey?
Kurt Sutter: I love the idea of taking characters that maybe are traditionally more in the category of antagonist and then turning it around, and shifting alliances, and having them sort of weave back and forth. I always have seen Milus coming around and actually becoming an ally of Wilkin’s as we move forward in mythology. Even if it was a manipulated alliance, they would ultimately need each other and have to trust each other. That was always my intention.
And here’s an example of an actor’s interpretation: I always had envisioned Love and Milus as having deep respect for each other. They were the devil and angel in Ventris’s ear when he was alive. There was always this chess game that happened between the two of them, and he enjoyed that competition. But Stephen [Moyer] really took it a step further, and he was playing it from the point of view that Milus was in love with her, and I loved that idea. I don’t write to that, so you get those nice, nuanced moments where, for a guy like Milus, who is so guarded and protected, it leaks out. We see it leaking out in that one scene where he says as much as he can say and doesn’t feel quite comfortable being as intimate as grabbing her hand. Then we see him slip back into his Machiavellian mode and, for me, it was like, “Well, if I can’t have her, I’ll get to the person that’s closest to her,” with Isabel. At the end, he sort of slips back into perhaps what he’s more comfortable being, even after having that… I love that moment he had with Frenchie at the end there, where he gives him his cloak, and Stephen had that nice nuance there where he sort of touches his face. [Laughs] And then poor Frenchie has gone through a rough ride. He’s just this simpleton who goes from being adored to having the s–t beat out of him because he’s there. To me, it was a really interesting dynamic as well, not unlike some of the dynamics that Gemma had in Sons [of Anarchy] with characters other than Clay — with Jimmy Smits’ character, with Unser. There was sort of these love affairs that were happening outside the main circle that never really were spoken of.
Kurt Sutter did a very informative interview with The Hollywood Reporter concerning the cancellation of TBX and I bet you’d be surprised to discover it was his decision to pull the plug.
What follows are just some excerpts from the Q&A, so you may be interested in reading the entire interview at it’s source.
Looking at it now, what went wrong?
I think the mythology was a little too dense for some people. There’s a glut of period pieces on right now, and I’m sure timing has something to do it. There’s just so many f—ing variables involved in that formula. My sense is that a year from now, people will be like, “Why didn’t you make more?” (Laughs.) I mean, I get so many people telling me they’re on episode four of Sons.
It’s not particularly common for the creator to jump in and pull the plug on his own show. So, why?
At the end of the day, do I have any say in that? Absolutely not. I could say to John, “I don’t want to do it anymore,” and [FX would] say, “Well, f— you, we’ll find someone else.” I love this show, I love the mythology, but, you know, it almost f—ing killed me. I don’t write in a vacuum. I’m not the guy sitting in my ivory tower spitting shit out not caring if anyone is watching. I like an audience. I don’t want to write something that nobody’s f—ing watching. And yes, some of that is ego. But some of it is just, [if no one’s watching] then I’m not necessarily doing my job. John and I have been in touch the whole time, and it’s not like it had a chance and I said, “Let’s not take it.” But yes, it was a mutual decision in terms of the timing of it.
Did they [the actors] not know that it wasn’t performing and likely wouldn’t continue?
Some did. Stephen Moyer is a savvy guy, and he’d always check in with me: “Where are we at?” I think he was reading other scripts by episode seven. But the rest of the cast? I think there’s that British mentality in terms of acting, where they’re used to being journeyman. It’s that, “I’m going to do a play for six months, then I’m doing something on the BBC.” They’re used to going from job to job, they’re not necessarily out to “land.”
If you had it to do over again, anything you would have done differently?
I always think about that. [My wife] Katey [Sagal] was like, ‘Well, they should have given you more time off [between Sons and Bastard.]” And yes, I could probably have done it without it being quite as soul-crushing as it was. But the story was the story, so I don’t think any of that would have changed. So if I had more time, it would have been less stressful but it would have been the same show. In terms of cast, I love all of those actors, so it’s not like I feel like we made bad choices with that.
Anything else you want to add?
I’m really proud of the work we did and I wish it could continue, but I think this is the most graceful way to bow out. There’s no animosity. I don’t feel like the network didn’t give us a chance or blah blah. I think everybody did everything they could to support it and make it work and, ultimately, there are just variables that are out of our control.
Could anyone have been more wrong than when Paris Barclay stated in a video interview, “This [TBX] is going to go on for a really long time.”?
And in closing, I wonder if Steve read any scripts that will be coming to fruition? Keep your fingers crossed!
We loathe to be the bearers of horrible news, but it’s a sad day in Stevedom. According to Variety, FX has officially cancelled The Bastard Executioner. Series creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter has gone to unusual lengths to salute the hard work that went into producing the show while boldly acknowledging that the ratings weren’t strong enough to justify a renewal.
“The numbers just didn’t sustain the cost of the show, quite frankly,” Sutter said. “It’s all math at the end of the day. We couldn’t establish that core audience that allows you to figure out your advertising paradigm and whether or not the show is affordable.”
Sutter is running an ad in the Nov. 24 edition of Variety, among other outlets, thanking the “Bastard” cast and crew for their hard work. He also gives a shoutout to Imagine Television, which produced the series with 20th Century Fox TV’s Fox 21 banner, numerous Fox execs and Landgraf, among others.
“I love this cast and crew so much,” Sutter said. “They’re primarily British actors. They have a different mentality about the work. They’re not plugged into the numbers or worried about ‘Do I have a job?’ They’re so used to be journeymen. They were there to do the work. By the finale the whole cast and crew had bonded and everyone was so excited about this show and the mythology. And by that time I already knew it wasn’t coming back. It was heartbreaking for me.”
“I have been awed by the talent and commitment of this ‘TBX’ cast and crew,” Sutter states in the ad. “The audience has spoken and unfortunately the word is, ‘meh.’ So with due respect, we bring our mythology to an epic and fiery close.”
Read the entire article here.
We don’t know about you folks, but we’re mighty sad The Bastard Executioner has come to the end of it’s first season … we’re going to miss Milus Corbett and all of his shenanigans. Lucky for us, Stephen Moyer put a smile on our faces this morning when we discovered a tweet he shared last night of himself that was surely taken from the set of TBX.
A video, and more photos of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at Disney Pixar’s premiere screening of The Good Dinosaur are here for you to enjoy. All these photos are unmarked and most are of high resolution of the lovely couple on the red carpet and inside the premiere event.
Earlier tonight, it was Steve’s turn to support his missus, as he and Anna attended the Los Angeles premiere of her upcoming Disney-Pixar flick, The Good Dinosaur. Anna plays the voice of Ramsey, and there’s a cute video of her doing voiceover work and discussing the project here. The Good Dinosaur opens on November 25th.
This clip leaves us excited for The Bastard Executioner’s finale episode tonight. We’ve hoped TBX would go in the direction of Milus and Lady Love finding friendship, respect and trust between each other and it would seem this sneak peek gives us exactly that. Could it also be hinting at Milus being included in Lady Love’s statement, “I will stay open to all prospects.”? I suspect we will need a second season to find out.
Click on our handsome Milus to watch the clip and tell us what you think.
We know the love the Emerys have for Pixar studios and the animated films they produce, so it must have been a check on Anna’s bucket list when she was hired to be the voice of Ramsey in Pixar’s latest film, The Good Dinosaur. This short clip of Anna doing her voice recording gives us a bit of insight into how much work must be involved in making an animated movie.
We know Steve has done his share of voice recordings, so maybe in the near future he can thrill his friends with tales of working for Pixar.
In the second video, Anna describes her character, Ramsey, the plot of the movie and the pleasure of working for Pixar.
Shakespearian trained, including a tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company, screen actor, and all around nice guy aren’t just traits belonging to Stephen Moyer. It also describes our favourite Welshman, Ross O’Hennessy. Recently, Braz and Clair of Simply Moyer FanFic fame had the pleasure of interviewing this fan friendly actor, originally from Pontllanfraith, South Wales. If the name rings a bell, it’s due to Mr. O’Hennessy’s latest role of Sir Locke, a Ventris knight in The Bastard Executioner.
Being a daring young Welshman, Ross left home at the young age of 16, to follow his dream of becoming an actor and it didn’t take long before he found himself performing on stage and shortly afterwards in front of a television camera. Among Ross’ many television credits are; Game of Thrones, Da Vinci’s Demons, and the award winning British soap Hollyoaks Later. Mr. O’Hennessy also had the pleasure of playing Rocky in a stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Simply Moyer Fan Fiction: What inspired you to start acting?
Ross O’Hennessy: When I was 13 years old I used to be a member of the local Air training Corps and every year we held a ‘gang-show.’ I just loved being on stage and performing. At 16 I joined the National Youth Theatre of G.B. and started performing plays in London and on the West End. From that point I knew I wanted to act.
SMFF: What is your favourite Shakespearian piece?
RO: Coriolanus – power and blood revenge, the perfect storyline!
SMFFF: Do you have different methods of preparing for stage and TV roles?
RO: Yes and no. Acting is all about concentration and getting your mind into the right area or zone. With a play on stage, it runs in a linear order normally, so you start and the beginning and have to travel your character with the play and its developments. In TV/Film you shoot scenes out of order.. so you have to have a deeper understanding of the time line of your character. You have to know the emotional point of your character at any time in the script.. so for me, TV/Film requires a little bit more preparation each day.
SMFF: What actor/actress’s performance has brought you to tears?
RO: I teach a small collection of actors on Saturday mornings in Cardiff. One of my actors has a stutter and we are working together to gain him confidence and to develop around the problem. He wrote a short monologue in our class last week and performed it. It was about me and how I have changed his life. I cried.
SMFF: What role have you played that has had the most profound effect on you and why?
RO: This one, Sir Locke. I am such a passionate man about medieval history and to be able to mix both my passion for history and my passion for acting together on Kurt’s show. Well…. it has changed a lot of things in me. I had to sit up and stop self-doubting myself.. Kurt gave me a chance to bring all my worlds together and I had to reach up and make it work.
SMFF: Have you been you been surprised by the reaction of the TBX fans to your character?
RO: Yes, to be honest yes. I can’t say too much about Sir Locke at this point but as we all know he is not the nice boy of medieval world. So I am very surprised at how warm the fans have become to me…maybe they know something I don’t know? Ha ha ha.
SMFF: What is the most bizarre thing a fan has ever asked you to do?
RO: I attended the Rocky Horror Convention in 1999 as I was playing Rocky in the stage show at the time and a fan asked me to sign her breast.
SMFF: How much fun was it to play Rocky in the Rocky Horror Show?
RO: Oh my goodness! I went from being a classical actor to being a gold pants buff dude and never looked back. I didn’t intend on staying with Rocky for such a long time but I had so much fun with Jason Donovan on the tour and in the West End…I found it hard to leave!
SMFF: How hard was it to walk in heels?
RO: Not at all…. err should I admit to that!
SMFF: Was the audience participation a help or a hindrance?
RO: A help…. no question! The show is powered by the audience.
SMFF: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on set?
RO: When filming Hollyoaks I had to wear a lycra one suit. I looked like a reject from a Jean Claude Van Damn movie.. but everyone kept checking out my packet. It made me giggle so much. Why do people always look at your balls!
SMFF: Was the Lord of Bones mask in Game of Thrones uncomfortable to wear?
RO: Not at all, it was actually made of rubber. Mind you , if it had been made of actual bone material maybe I would have survived getting my head smashed in! Ha ha ha. No seriously, it was no problem at all. I loved playing that part.
SMFF: If you couldn’t live in Wales where would you chose to live?
RO: I trained to be an actor in London at one of the top British Drama schools so I have spent a fair amount of time in the big smoke of city London. I worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for many years in Stratford Upon Avon, so I also spent a fair amount of time in the country. I have learned something about myself as I have aged and that is this.. I seem to be at my happiest away from cities. I am a country boy at heart.so I would live anywhere that has trees and grass.
SMFF: If you had a crystal ball what would you like to see in your future?
RO: Happiness! Actors are dark troubled creatures… just happiness.
Ross regularly shares his passion and vast knowledge of all things Medieval with fans on Twitter. Recently, he tweeted an invitation to those lucky enough to be living in the United Kingdom to visit with him at Comeston Medieval Village, where he would welcome a chat with you.
Shortly before Braz and Clair interviewed Ross, our very own Templar Lady visited Cosmeston Village and who did she run into and have her picture taken with? Yep, Ross O’Hennesey! The man is definitely fan friendly, which makes him a favourite of ours.
Follow Ross on Twitter – @bongle1974
Follow Ross on FaceBook – https://www.facebook.com/ross.ohennessy
The end of what seems to be a very short season is approaching; the finale for The Bastard Executioner is here. Prepare to say goodbye to Milus, until next season, the character on TBX that we have become devoted to.
A rescue mission, a battle, a warrior priest and Milus Corbett make for the perfect finale!
Wilkin and Milus lead an unlikely band of brothers on a life-threatening rescue mission.