We at Simply Moyer would like to wish our readers from America a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! As we reflect on this day of things we are thankful for, Steve’s sense of humour stands out.
And it goes without saying, that despite his tragic outcome, we’re thankful for seven years with this guy …
We’d like to apologize for not getting this second part of the interview out quicker, but as most of you know it’s easy to get lost in one of Steve’s videos. So, you can only imagine what it’s like when you’re re-watching a conversation you’re having with Steve. We wish we could share the video interview with you, but unfortunately that’s not allowed. So, the best we can do is remind you how animated Steve gets when discussing a subject he’s truly interested in … hands flying, facial expressions changing fast enough to make you giggle like a little girl, which is the case with these next two subject matters. Oh, and Steve’s hair is getting long enough to curl up in the back again.
Stephen Moyer’s entrepreneurial venture with Weev has intrigued us since it’s public launch last July. From the initial idea to actually getting the app off the ground, we wondered what all is involved. Steve talked through the process of launching a social media app during his Skype interview with Simply Moyer. Additionally, he shared his and Anna Paquin’s initial reluctance to join social media, but have since discovered it’s a fun way of communicating with fans.
Simply Moyer: Any particular reason you joined social media when you did?
Steve: Yeah, I think we both had (Steve and Anna) … we knew that we were going to be doing this development deal with HBO, that had already been sort of spoken about. We both wanted to be able to tell our fans and people that would be interested when events would be happening. When things would be exciting for them to know about. We’d been fighting it for years not wanting to do it, because we’re quite private really, but the lovely surprise about it is that it’s a way of communicating with your fans that takes away the middle man, you don’t have to speak to a journalist. You’re speaking directly to them and we both actually have been incredibly surprised about how much we enjoy that.
Steve was quite adamant about how much he and Anna enjoy tweeting with their fans. Keep it up, folks!
I don’t look at it that often, that’s the honest truth, but when I do, it’s because I’ve suddenly … like in the airport that day … I suddenly had a couple of hours and I was like, fuck it, I might as well see what’s happening online.
Simply Moyer: You made your fans quite happy that day.
Steve: It was fun! I enjoyed it!
Simply Moyer: Tell us about Weev. How long did it take from your idea … the concept to actually airing it for everybody?
Steve: Well you know, it’s been interesting, Weev. Weev has been constructed in a way that most start-ups aren’t constructed, so we didn’t go out and raise a $1,000,000. We didn’t … or $10,000,000. We didn’t go up to San Francisco or Silicon Valley. We didn’t do a bunch of things you can do when you come up with an idea like that. We didn’t trade on my name. What we wanted to do was do it from the ground up. Joe Sumner, who is a great friend of mine that I’ve known for 20 years, he had already got this app called Vyclone and so I went to Joe and went, ‘Look, I’ve got this idea. I want to be able to …’
It all started around Billy … Billy and I live in different time zones and I just wanted to be able to send Billy a message that he would be able to respond to, do like a call and respond thing. It wasn’t out there. It didn’t exist. And at the time, you couldn’t go into iMessage and do that, you couldn’t do Skype messages on here, which of course, now you have to pay for anyway and that’s not what I wanted to do. I wanted to be able to just leave him a message and there be a record of it and me be able to keep a record of his messages. So, that was the idea, and Joe had his own very, very cool app called Vyclone, so I went to him and said, ‘What do I do?’ We started talking about it, and so we had this amazing thing, which is a patent meeting where you go and sit with a patent lawyer and the four people who are part of this thing. We all went and sat down with this patent lawyer and we said basically this is what we think it could be and this is what we want it to be and this is where it could go, and so then you apply for these patents. This is way before the thing is even built. And we got somebody that we knew to sort of build it, and at this point, we have built our app for way under a hundred thousand dollars and what that means is we own it. Right? I haven’t put any of my own money in it. None of us have.
What we were trying to do was create something small and do it in a way that was organic. I think there’s mistakes with that, there’s a part of me sometimes goes, ‘Oh fuck, why didn’t we just go and get the money and do it that way?’ Because there’s still elements of the app that I’m not happy about, that I’ve been asking for for 18 months. But, because we didn’t fund it in the way that most people usually would, we haven’t got 30 people working on it at a time … we’ve got three. So, every time I go, ‘Have we got this set yet? Is that bit there yet? Can we do this yet?’. It’s not there! So that can be frustrating, but ultimately what has been really interesting and exciting is that when people get on Weev, when people download and get on it, they spend an average of 10 or 15 minutes on it a day, every time they turn it on. That is way longer than any other app, any other computer program, other than Facebook.
Simply Moyer: Weev’s a lot of fun!
Steve: It is fun. And it’s gonna be even better. There’s a couple of things that are still waiting to come down the pike that are gonna be really great. But it takes time. So, it’s been, you know, it’s been a long 18 months getting to this point. But it’s slowly getting to be where I’d hoped it would be. But there’s still loads of things that I want to be able to do on there.
Simply Moyer: So, obviously you never got to use it in the desired way with Billy?
Steve: No. That’s not one of the things that’s built into the program yet. You can’t use it individually and have a private conversation, because what we’ve been trying to do is what we call, the metric. We’ve been trying to get the metric right and once the metric’s right, they can build that all in. But what we’re trying to do is very sophisticated because every single film, has it’s own IP address, right? Which I had no fucking idea what that means, but basically, what that means is that billions and billions of these little films exist in the stratosphere and we’re trying to string them all together and that’s not how most of these apps work, and what I didn’t want was a second gap as each one loaded. I wanted it to be a continuous stream. So, getting that metric right has been the hardest thing. But, if you look out there at the people who are trying to do what we do, there is no one out there who does it as well as us. The time has been well spent, it’s just, there’s lots of other things that I want to do within the app that aren’t available yet.
Simply Moyer: Well, that was pretty cool that you were able to share WEEV with Stan Lee at Comikaze.
Steve: Yeah … well its been nice, you know. We’ve managed to get a few people, you know … Jimmy Fallon was very sweet to me, and Conan was cool, Joe (Sumner) got his dad’s (Sting) thing to do something for us which was awesome. And so, having that sort of content is great because it generates people getting to it. We’ve been … yeah, Stan was lovely. Stan’s done a few things for us. It’s cool.
Around this time, Steve has a side conversation with his assistant, Mark (“Markie”) Mallorca, and it’s mentioned that when Steve leaves the office, he’ll be heading home to pick Anna up. We take advantage of this break in conversation to give Steve a heads up about the fan questions we’ve gathered. We want to make sure we don’t run out of time.
Simply Moyer: We’ve got some questions from fans that we’d like to ask you before we sign off later.
Steve: Cool! Love it! Love it! Yes, I am wearing underwear!!!
Simply Moyer: How’d you know you’d be asked that? Jockey or boxer?
Steve: I don’t know, I just, the jockey question …
Simply Moyer: So, did anyone ask, jammies or no jammies?
Steve: No jammies. No jammies ever! EVER! That’s it, we’re done! Bye!
We’d like to make it clear that the order in which we’re presenting our interview with Stephen Moyer is not the order in which it happened. We’ve already shared the fan questions with you and that was actually at the end of the interview. Part II is solid middle ground. So, don’t worry. We’re not quite finished yet! Stay tuned for part III of Simply Moyer’s interview with Steve.
That was one of the questions posed to Stephen Moyer during a Skype interview conducted on Wednesday evening. Steve spoke on a variety of topics that we’ll cover in the days to come. When we learned that we’d be granted an interview, we asked Steve’s fans on our forum if they had any questions, and they came rolling in. Steve graciously agreed to answer a few before signing off.
Question by fellow Brit, Templar Lady: What’s the most interesting or fun car you’ve ever owned?
Steve: The very first car I ever had. I bought it when I was fifteen and you can’t drive until your seventeen in England. It was an old Mini and it didn’t have an engine and so over the next two years me and my dad polished it up and shined it and got rid of the rust spots and did stuff like that. Had an engine rebuilt and put into it and I still think that car was very much a part of me. I also had a beautiful old 1972 BMW CS which I LOVED! Ah … but Splash, he tore all the seats up and the kids were climbing all over it and they wrecked the fucking thing. So, I eventually let that thing go.
I’ve got something coming that I’ve been working on for a year and half with a mate and it’s just taken forever. it’s an old Chevy that I’m just excited about, but …
Simply Moyer: Have you done much work on it?
Steve: No, I’m not doing anything on it. I’m not doing anything to the outside of it, so it’s all happening indoors. It’s new engine, new suspension, new chasis, new blah, blah, blah … everything. But the actual outside is going to look just like it was when I bought it.
Question by Catherine: Name three things you’re really bad at and probably always will be.
Steve had to really think about this one.
Steve: I’m very messy. And that’s just part of who I am. Umm … Oh my. It’s a great question. Ummm …
Steve chuckled when we mentioned his fans must be right … he’s perfect and that’s why he’s having difficulty answering the question.
Question by Pat: You just found a magic lamp with a genie. What would your three wishes be?
Another tough question for Steve.
Steve: There’s some stuff happening with the family. There’s a couple of things I would reverse right now. There’s one diagnosis I would turn around. And there’s a couple of friends of mine that have gone over the last couple of years I’d definitely reverse.
It’s all family. About protecting my babies, about shielding the people I love and making sure they get the great there is to get in this world. It wouldn’t be anything for me.
If I could go back 20 years, I wouldn’t have given up the piano when I did. I had this beautiful old dude called, Claude Hutchinson. He was my Jazz dude who taught me piano and he died in ’96. I would reverse that and I would be able to transport myself to his piano stool and I’d be able to sit next to him like we did. He was like 80 and the most spectacular human being and funny as fuck. And, he and I would just sit next to each other and laugh and laugh and laugh and play piano and I’d quite happily … I’d love to sit next to him for an hour a week.
Question by Shelhill: Favourite childhood book or story?
Steve: I’d go with one I absolutely love now. Which is called “The Tiger Rising” by Kate DiCamillo. I read it with Lilac a couple of years ago and it’s beautiful! I loved that! I was a massive Huckleberry Finn fan when I was a kid. And Spiderman. I’d go with “Tiger Rising” right now.
Simply Moyer: There will probably be a rush on that book in the next couple of days.
Steve: It’s unbelievable! It’s brilliant!
Steve then warns us he’s only got two minutes left, as he has to go get his missus.
Question by Mary: How much influence does the director have on the editing process?
Steve: Not as much as you would hope in television. You get four days, but ultimately it’s up to the producers. In film, a lot more ‘cuz you get a couple of months, but still it’s the studio. There’s only about five directors that get final cut, so you can shape it the way you want it to be, but you don’t get final say.
Question by Rhonda: Pick only one food you could eat the rest of your life. What would it be?
Steve: My Nan’s meat pie, that I used to fuckin’ love! My mom’s lasagna, which was awesome! She cooked it the last time I was back … it was fucking amazing!
Steve shares an analogy: There’s a great dilemma about chicken pot pie. Have you ever had that? Somebody makes you the best chicken pot pie you’ve ever had in your life, but you have to eat it for the rest of your life. Three times a day, every day for the rest of your life or, you get hit over the head by a two by four. Right? It fucking hurts! You see the person doing it … they smash you around the face with the 2 by 4. You spend three months in a coma in hospital. You wake up, you have to have reconstruction surgery and you spend three months learning to speak again. Eventually after a year and a half, you’re going to be okay and you’ll live through your life normally as you were. What would you take? Would you take having to eat chicken pot pie for the rest of your life or getting hit by the 2 by 4 and having a horrific 18 months, but then you’d be able to eat anything you wanted.
I’m going to leave you with that ‘cuz I’ve got to go.
We apologize if you didn’t see your question here, but there’s more conversation to come and it might be included there and … the wife was waiting.
What’s to come? Steve’s got a message for his fans and … jammies or no jammies?
Last night, November 13th, was the annual Clare Foundation Tribute Dinner with this year’s Friends of Clare Tribute Award going to Joe Manganiello of True Blood fame. We had wondered if Steve would make the dinner, as he’d recently been filming in Morocco and Pittsburg. Well, lo and behold, Steve didn’t let his past cast mate down and was able to be in Santa Monica to fulfill his duty as an Event Chair.
Steve was his usual affable self and shared a lovely tweet about Joe.
Thanks to John Feldman for sharing these photos of Steve and Joe at the Tribute Dinner on Instagram.
Since the release of True Blood’s 7th & final season on DVD, more videos have been popping up. This is a great behind the scenes clip featuring nearly all of the True Blood cast! Steve doesn’t make an appearance until after the 6 minute mark, but the whole video is quite entertaining.
Thank the gods for Twitter! Today, November 12th, Steve shared a behind-the-scenes photo from a fan favourite flashback of Bill Compton … punk rock 80’s Bill from True Blood season 4. Standing with Steve is Darren Darnborough, the actor who played Callum the bartender.
In honour of True Blood: The Final Season being released tomorrow, November 11th, ET online shares an exclusive peek at one of the behind-the-scenes features you’ll find on the DVD and Blu-Ray. Anna is rather emotional in the video and her hubby is clearly missing from the video (Steve was on holiday with the kiddies when it was filmed). But, we do get a very handsome photo of Steve wearing fangs, which is preceded with a cute picture of Alex Skarsgard holding Charlie, Steve and Anna’s son.
Looks like Steve may have jetted back to Cali for the weekend, as this photo was just added to Instagram last night. “lidaleeda” posted to Instagram: “Stephen is such a cool guy #bff #canhebeinallmyflights #hehungoutwithus #stephenmoyer #trueblood“. Yup.
Stephen Moyer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Tara Buck took to the stage last Saturday to participate in a True Blood panel at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. To make the event extra special, fans who don’t live in the Los Angeles area were given the opportunity to participate by posting their questions on Weev. Check out the highlight video below, posted by Weev.
OCSleazy also posted a video of the panel to Youtube, which includes some different questions and answers.
It’s Ryan Kwanten and Kristen Bauer van Straten’s last day of filming in this behind-the-scene video, but it also includes a number of shots of Steve hangin’ in his street clothes.
Steve tweeted earlier today that he was boarding yet another plane, heading for Pittsburgh and because of an unexpected layover, he granted the Twitterverse a little Q&A session! Coffee eventually beckoned, but until that time, some burning questions have been answered. In particular, what did Steve dress as for Halloween?
The following are the questions and answers as they appeared on Twitter, although not necessarily in the order presented here. Steve’s answers are in bold!
Delayed for two hours….. Will answer first five q’s that come thru on chirpsville….
having a good day?
@laur613 been delayed twice already and had to fly thru dallas to get to Pittsburgh which feels counter intuitive #loungequestions
@_smoyer you suppose you aren’t an actor…what job you want do?
Most of all I wanna make a chair – with no screws or nails. #loungequestions
Do you miss the fake blood?
@DavidPrush91 it’s not as fun as real blood. #loungequestions
@_smoyer It’s tastier though! #BloodyBill
@DavidPrush91 beg to differ #loungequestions
@_smoyer Did you actually bite somone on the set of True Blood & tasted THEIR bloodd? #loungequestions
@DavidPrush91 that might be one answer that gets me in to trouble #loungequestions
@_smoyer *gasp* That can only mean one thing… You bit your man crush @realchrisbauer. I knew it.
@DavidPrush91 @realchrisbauer haha! #loungequestions
@_smoyer If you could be an X-Men & join Anna in the X-Men movies, which one would it be and why?
@DavidPrush91 no disrespect to the franchise at all but I have never seen it. True story. #loungequestions
@_smoyer I’m quite curious about this What’s your favorite @AnnaPaquin movie?
@LadyKSoze @AnnaPaquin there’s so many. Watch Margaret. It’s a masterclass. She’s astonishing. #loungequestions
@_smoyer Would you ever do a TV series that lasts as long as True Blood did?
@DavidPrush91 get back to you on that one. Yes tho. #loungequestions
Your favorite classic horror film?
@RPopBox nosferatu #loungequestions
I assume you mean the Murnau original & not the Herzog remake? Thanks & enjoy your lounge break!
@RPopBox the original yes. Really enjoy Herzog though. #loungequestions
@_smoyer Great film. My guilty Vampire pleasure is “The Vampire” (1957) starring John Beal, fun low budget 50’s.
@RPopBox I will look it up Ray.. I almost said George Hamilton. #loungequestions
Beatles or Rolling Stones?
@saralcalvin david bowie #loungequestions
@_smoyer if you’re at a bar what drink do you order? #loungequestions
@SandraD113 usually strong coffee……. #loungequestions
@_smoyer we need a lounge selfie!
@annnicol_jb terrible lighting in here #loungequestions
@_smoyer what’s your favourite smell?
@mychem_kellie Thai pineapple. #loungequestions
@_smoyer if you could save one personal possession from a house fire what would it be??
@LoubyLouBray negatives. #loungequestions
@_smoyer A song that’s stuck in your head right now?
@DavidPrush91 been listening to nighthawks at the diner while answering. Tom Waits is always in my head. #loungequestions
@_smoyer beer of choice?
@joliexrose Stella Artois back in the day… #loungequestions
@_smoyer is weev turning out the way u hoped it would
@dlb0221 update coming soon that’ll take it to where I hoped we would start. It takes a long time. It’s quite sophisticated
@_smoyer What was your favorite scene on True Blood that didn’t have Sookie or Jessica?
@ClawsonDarlene liked my last scene with @realchrisbauer
One of my besties #loungequestions
@_smoyer What’s next for @casmfilms?
@LadyKSoze @casmfilms hopefully something coming early 2015 #loungequestions
@_smoyer are u doing any more british drama #thegrand
@lynzberesford may have an answer for this sooooon #loungequestions
@_smoyer do you miss Alexander Skarsgard?
@damnitfreckles he’s hanging from a vine at the moment, but yes, I do actually #loungequestions
@_smoyer My husband doesn’t think you’d actually say Hi.
@keriquattlebaum hi husband.
@_smoyer did you Vote? #Election2014
@drjdizz not allowed. Not a citizen #loungequestions
@_smoyer You must have flew AA. Hopefully the delay won’t be much longer.
@DeeBaddMonroe smart #loungequestions
@_smoyer Do you like living in California?
@cinders23 it ain’t bad
@_smoyer what are your favourite bands/musicians?
@AprilDiamond28 fave band The Jam The Who Led Zep Pavement The Specials Q’s of the SA, FF’s, radiohead, sonic youth, #loungequestions
@_smoyer fav place in the world to be ?.
@stonecld316babe home with love. Wherever love is that day is home. #loungequestions
@_smoyer how do you feel about the Oxford Comma..?
@RoxieKat I sometimes use it, and sometimes I don’t.
@_smoyer Whats your next project? Any more musicals?
@24CarlyS119 no musicals just yet. In the pipe tho.
@_smoyer Whats your next project? Any more musicals?
@24CarlyS119 this thing in Pittsburgh with my lovely talented friend Pete Landesman. #loungequestions
@_smoyer Do you plan to keep the beard?
@gilded_lady gotta keep it for the job I’m on. #loungequestions
@_smoyer am I number five
@raaachelmaine I’m gonna keep going. Nothing to do here. #loungequestions
@_smoyer Who didn’t you get to do as many scenes with as you wanted on True Blood and would you like to write your own scripts?
@JenniferWillcut Love @Carrie_Preston @Todd__Lowe @iamtarabuck but much as I do wanna write, true blood was hard #loungequestions
@_smoyer What did you dress as for Halloween?
oscar the grouch
@_smoyer grape or strawberry jelly on a pb&j?
Strawberry every time
@_smoyer who is your inspiration?
Truthfully my kids.
They change everything those little f#%^ers
@_smoyer do you miss true blood? because we do!!
not yet. January tho I will be a puddle of blood tears #loungequestions
@_smoyer what’s your favorite movie?
@Toxicitykim dog day afternoon. #loungequestions
@_smoyer When were you in NZ last?
@Librarychic1 August #loungequestions
@_smoyer evening Mr! Will we be seeing you on our screens anytime soon?
@Kill__The__DJ just done this thing in Morocco for NatGeo. On my way to Pittsburgh for a film type thingy #loungequestions
@_smoyer do you believe in love after love?
@deztrogen I’m not sure what this means really, but yes. I think.
@_smoyer your favorite comedic movie ever?
@AngRenzi The Producers. hands down. #loungequestions
@_smoyer favorite tv show?
@swiftsteiths West Wing, Breaking Bad, Cracker, Sons of Anarchy, Prime Suspect, Syarsky and Hutch, CHiPs… #loungequestions
@_smoyer how’d it feel to be stabbed to death by your wife
@TreyWitzel there’s no one I would rather be stabbed by… #loungequestions
@_smoyer How much do you love bacon
@JanaeGee I want to have 10,000 of its babies… *Alan Ball reference #loungequestions
@_smoyer What’s your guilty pleasure or something you’re addicted to?
@DavidPrush91 coffee. orchids. photographs. #loungequestions
@_smoyer What’s your favorite vampire on TV or film besides Bill?
@DavidPrush91 hmmmmmm. Loved let the right one in.
@_smoyer Just Googled it, I’m definitely gonna check it out.
@DavidPrush91 do the original Swedish one. #loungequestions although the remake is excellent. #loungequestions
@_smoyer What could you not retire without doing?
@JenniferWillcut wanna Drive Plymouth to Dakar rally with my son. Tho I could do that when I’m retired I suppose. #loungequestions
@_smoyer What’s your favorite accent?
@tdavis1213 love me some French #loungequestions
Ok. Bye folks. Coffee beckons….
It’s just been 8 days since Steve was in Morocco filming Killing Jesus and today he’s jetting off to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to start shooting his next role. The yet untitled NFL concussion film is based on the 2009 GQ article, Game Brain. While barely home for a week, Steve also put in time at Stan Lee’s Comikaze taking part in a True Blood panel and working to promote his iPhone app, WEEV. No wonder Steve is missing the missus.
The NFL concussion film Steve left home for started filming on October 27th and is expected to wrap up in mid-January of 2015. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what role Steve will be playing in his latest venture, but when we find out so will you or … vice versa.
Back in August, just days after True Blood ended, ScreenBid hosted an auction for HBO. Hundreds of items were sold to the highest bidders, including many clothing items and set decorations worn and used by Stephen Moyer. Among these items were Bill Compton’s hard fangs and his leather jacket that whetted many a fan girl’s … a’hem, appetite.
In the days since the auction have you wondered what HBO raked in for these must have items? Did your guesses top the million dollar mark or were they in the measly thousands? Could you make a better guess if you knew Eric’s throne sold for $11,000 or the zebra rug in Bill’s foyer sold for more than $4,000?
Well, according to ScreenBid, HBO earned almost $500,000 from selling fan favourites to the true True Blood connoisseur. And since the online auction house added an additional 24% to the winning bid, they earned approximately $120,000. Not bad for a few weeks worth of work.
Simply Moyer would love to see where some of Bill Compton’s clothing and decor is spending it’s final days. If you were the winning bidder on any piece, take a photo of it in it’s place of honour and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to share with other Bill Compton fans.
To get you started, we’ve got a photo of where Bill’s hard fangs and one of the And God Bled book covers have been hiding out.
Steve and his rockin’ new beard took to the stage at Comikaze earlier today and pictures have begun surfacing to prove it!
Joining Steve on the Hot Topic stage were Kristin Bauer van Straten and Tara Buck. Stay tuned for more pics and updates, as they come available!
We’ve heard countless tales of the generosity of The Emerys, but here’s another one to warm your heart on this chilly Autumn morning. Grant Bowler was interviewed by the New Zealand Herald and shared many things about his life, career, and the difficulties with ‘making it’ in Hollywood. During one of those difficult times, our favorite couple really stepped up for him:
“Steve ended up becoming my bestie. Anna’s one of the world’s great people and the two of them saved my butt when I was here on my own. Socially they helped me, then when I was broke they moved me in next door to them. They gave me a place to live – I only just moved out in October. I’ve got nothing but time for ‘Paccas’. We’re great mates.”
To read the rest of Grant’s interview, which is quite interesting, please visit the source. Thanks to Mary for sending us the link!