Losing your wallet must be an absolute nightmare, but imagine losing your wallet and having it found by none other than Anna Paquin? That very event seemed to have happened today, but thanks to social media, the wallet was returned to it’s rightful owner! Steve used his twitter account today to put out an all points bulletin that the missus had found a wallet and the owner should tweet them back so they could return it. Here’s how it played out:
And once the wallet was returned, this photo was posted:
How’s that for a happy ending!
We fell in love with Steve while watching him on the screen in our living room and waited with baited breath for his next acting job. And then we discovered Steve loves to direct and wants to do more of it, and we feared we would never see him in front of the camera again. Recently, we found his name attached to numerous projects as the executive producer. So what can we expect from Steve in the future? Will he stick to acting and performing on stage? Will he disappear from the screen altogether, and we’ll only see his name scrolling down in the credits?
Hopefully, Steve can help answer these questions.
Simply Moyer: We’ve had some conversations between us about some of the roles that you’ve fit into, whether it be executive producer, director, actor. Got a favorite?
Steve: Directing. I’ve wanted to do it all my life. When I was about 14, my Uncle and Auntie were entertainers and my Uncle Tony, I adored and he’s dead now, but when I was about 13 or 14, they were entertainers. They were a double act, him and his wife, and I was round at their house one day, and he said to me, ‘What do you want to do, son, what do you want to do when you’re older? Have you got any ideas yet?’ He knew I sang and stuff in the school choir and I was doing shows. I said, ‘I think I want to be an actor.’ And he said, ‘Yeah. I think you’re a director.’ I said, ‘Oh.’ I didn’t even know what a director was. He said, ‘I saw you walk into the room today.’ Little bossy fucker that I was, you know, I was walking around telling people what they should be doing, moving chairs and arranging shit. And I’ve been doing that all my life. And I love it! And I love photography! You know I always have a camera with me. I’m always shooting. I’m always composing images in my head.
Steve: That said, you know, I adore acting. Whenever people ask me this question, especially family and my son and stuff, it’s like … acting’s vocational, you don’t just choose not to do it. It’s like, if you get a couple of bad reviews, you don’t go, ‘Oh fuck it! I’m not going to do it anymore.’, because it’s nothing to do with them, it’s nothing to do with what you think about what I’m doing. I do it because I have to do it. I do it because it’s part of me. I’ve been doing it since I was ten. I don’t know what else to do and it’s not that I don’t want to do other stuff … I do. But ultimately, I still return to the acting part of it because it’s my … it’s a method of me being.
Simply Moyer: You’re passionate about it.
Steve: Yeah, it sounds wanky, but it’s who I am.
Simply Moyer: Can you picture doing anything else besides acting and directing?
Steve: Yeah, you know, I want to write. Finding the time is tough, but I want to write, and I’ve always done bits and pieces of that. I’m excited about producing. Me and Anna have got a project that may well go the beginning of January that will be me producing and her acting and so, it’s all creative. I’ve written music for plays twenty five years ago, you know, I want to do that. All sorts of things.
Simply Moyer: Typical Libra
Steve: Yeah, exactly! It’s absolutely true. One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do, me and my best mate Alan and I used to laugh about it, I’ve always wanted a lathe, I’ve always wanted to turn wood and be a carpenter. I love architecture as well, so I’ve always wanted to build a house and me and Anna are kind of doing that at the moment somewhere, so all those things play into the creativity of making stuff, you know. I love it! I love it! The next thing I’m going to do is build a tree house, so I’m really excited about that. That’s going to be in the next couple of years. I’ve done one already in England, so I’m going to do one out here.
Simply Moyer: Executive producer … what’s it like gathering all that money?
Steve: Fucking frustrating! It’s very, very hard to get it. It’s really, really easy to spend it. And there’s never enough. So you’re always trying to … you know, we’re not in, our skies aren’t in a situation where we are making 150 million dollar projects, and truthfully, it’s not what we want to do. So, everything that we do is in the under 15 million scenario, and mostly under 10 million, truthfully. So, within those budgets you’re always looking at something that is … getting that kind of money is hard. If you attach Leo Dicaprio to something, you’re going to be given 80 million dollars, but it’s not as simple as that. There’s very, very few people who attract that kind of budget. So the stuff that we want to do, which is usually very dramatic or very small, emotional stories about character, without speedboat chases, it’s gonna be under 10 million dollars. That sounds like such a lot of money, but it isn’t, because you’re, you know, it costs you 80 to 100 thousand dollars a day to shoot something, so you’re immediately up against it, trying to create it. So, it sounds fabulous to have all that money, but it’s not my experience so far!
Simply Moyer: So, do you actually enjoy that part of it?
Steve: No, that is not who I am! Cerise, who works for us, who is a joint partner in our company, that’s what she does. I’m interested in story. I found Free Ride, which was our first film, I found that script and took it to Anna. The script that we’re starting in January, if that happens, that is something I found and took it to Anna. So, I love doing that. I love finding that stuff. I love working on that. I love the creative aspect of it. But, the actual finding of the money is, I couldn’t be less interested. I just want people to give us the money and fuck off!
“I just want people to give us the money and fuck off!”
We love this line, so it seems the perfect place to end this segment of our interview. But, first we want to share a few photos of Steve showing how passionate he can be while having a conversation. We know you all love that part of him.
If you’ve missed the previous installments of our interview with Steve you can catch up.
In ‘Part IV’ of Simply Moyer’s Skype interview with Stephen Moyer, we delve into discussing two specific projects: Killing Jesus, which Steve recently concluded filming in Morocco, and the unnamed NFL Concussion project inspired by the GQ article, Brain Game, which is still filming in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steve was rather animated when discussing how passionate sports fans are, the frustration of the NFL’s refusal to change the rules of the game, how his job opens him up to unexpected interests (like studying the brain), and sitting around the pool with 36 disciples! But first, how about that beard …
Steve: Yeah. I go back to Pittsburgh in beginning of December and then come back again and then I go in the middle of December.
A discussion ensued about the record breaking snowfall in parts of the northeast, particularly in Buffalo, New York, which had accumulated seven feet of snow in parts of the region …
Steve: It’s so crazy, right? It snowed when we were there [Pittsburgh]. The sun was out and it started snowing. I love snow! As a boy growing up in England who got the occasional bit of snow, you get like two or three days a year in England. We loved it … all of us! We’d go nuts when it snowed! I can imagine living with it. What is it? Eight or 12 feet or something at the moment?
Simply Moyer: What role do you have in Concussion?
Steve: I play this guy called Ron Hamilton, who is the neuropathologist at the University of Pittsburgh. His life’s work is everything to do with the brain and he was Bennet Omalu’s (Will Smith’s character) teacher. So, when the story happened with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and him finding it … he did the autopsy on Mike Webster, who was a famous Pittsburgh Steeler. And he (Omalu) found these things, and ultimately the first person he took them to was Ron, to say, ‘I found this, what do you think this could be?’ Ron sees it, and not giving anything away … he kept going up the food chain and every time they sorta saw what this thing that Bennett had found, they had to go higher and higher and higher and higher.
So, it’s only a small part in the movie, but I was so touched by Pete’s script and how extraordinary it is. Pete’s a friend of mine, Pete Landesman. And he said to me before it was being made, ‘What do you think of this?’ And I thought it was an extraordinary piece of writing. And he offered me two or three bits … characters … and said, ‘Is there anything you would want to play in here?’ And I sort of was interested in Ron … there was a couple of parts that were bigger, but I was interested in Ron specifically because of the scene that he has with Will (Smith). Which is, just beautiful writing. I’ve always loved that and I’ve always wanted to work with Peter and we’ve tried to work two or three times now. He offered me a part in Parkland that he directed a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t do it. I really want to, but couldn’t at the time because I was working and actually … I think it was shooting when the babies were born. That was the reason I didn’t do it.
We’ve got plans to do stuff together. We love each other and want to work together and this (Concussion) was an opportunity to work with him. Just so happened I got to do some stuff with Will as well.
Simply Moyer: Had you ever heard of CTE and the problems with the NFL?
Steve: No! I knew about it. I’d seen bits and pieces, but I didn’t know about the illness. I didn’t know about the disease. I didn’t know about Bennet Omalu. I didn’t know about how the NFL had tried to quash so much of what was going on. It’s unbelievable.
Simply Moyer: Do you think changing the positions of the players on the line would solve some of the concussion issues? Hitting with the shoulders instead of the heads when they come off of the line?
Steve: That’s right! If they used shoulders instead of heads, right? It’s interesting … as an Englishman I’ve played Rugby and Billy, my son, plays rugby. He’s a fantastic player. He’s the quarterback, we call it the scrum half, but that’s the quarterback. But, the difference is, what I didn’t really realize until I got here and started living in America, was that you can use the head as an offensive weapon. Whereas, in rugby you can’t tackle above the neck … so you can, but you get told off for it. There’s many times as you, as a rugby player, you do it on purpose to intimidate the player. You know, you want to hurt them to make them scared of coming into the tackle with you. But, you can’t … that’s why we don’t wear head gear. You can’t do head on head collisions. It’s shoulder to shoulder. Or when you tackle someone you’re running after them and taking them down like you would in football or you’re running straight into them as they’re running into you and you’re using your shoulder to hit their legs. It’s fucking agony! Fucking hated it when I was growing up.
But, as you sort of live here you start to realize the differences between the games and so I think ultimately what has to happen is that during the line up, during the play and the hut, when they go for each other they have to go shoulder to shoulder. I don’t think it ruins the game, but I think there are some changes that have to be made.
Simply Moyer: Players used to go shoulder to shoulder back in the day when the players wore the leather helmets. The NFL doesn’t seem to be interested in changing anything about the game.
Steve: That’s right. There’s just worries. It’s money isn’t it? They’re just worried about … It’s always money.
There’s an amazing moment in this script, actually I shouldn’t give too much away about it. But, there’s an amazing moment where … it’s like saying to somebody from England or the rest of the world where soccer is so gigantic. It’s like turning around and saying, ‘You can’t play soccer anymore.’ You know, I think there’s like three billion people that play soccer. Can you imagine turning around and going, ‘Okay, Stop! No one deserves to kick the ball anymore!’
Simply Moyer: There would be riots.
Steve: That’s what it would be like for America. Because so much of the American consciousness is steeped around Sundays and football and Monday night football … that is very much a part of the male psyche as well as female. So for me, it actually helped me to understand it a little bit more when I started reading up about it and reading those articles like you were talking about … or seeing Frontline documentaries and bits and pieces about it and the 30s to 30s (ESPN films) that are about football. It’s like anything, the more you know about something, the more fascinating it becomes.
It’s the kinda things I love about my job. You know, I never thought about neuropathology. I’ve never wanted to fucking study the brain. But, as soon as I’m starting to play somebody, I started reading up about Ron, I start reading up about what these guys do, what they spend their lives doing. How they use a microscope, what that involves. And I’m fascinated now.
Simply Moyer: Did you get a chance to talk to Ron Hamilton?
Steve: I did. I spoke to him two or three times on the phone and the next time I go back I’m going to go see him in his laboratory. He’s an Alzheimer’s specialist and I’ve been dealing with a little bit of that in my family, so I’m going to sit down and talk to him about it, which I’m really fascinated to see.
Simply Moyer: Tell us about Killing Jesus and being out in the desert?
Steve: Hilarious! Ouarzazate, where we were shooting, is right on the edge of the Sahara in the middle of nowhere. It’s where they shot some of Cleopatra, where they shot some of Lawrence of Arabia, as well as many, many, many other movies.
Everybody stays in the same hotel, it’s like being at an Equity annual general meeting. Or like a SAG, you know, like walking down the High St. in London and seeing all the people you know that you went to drama school with on a daily basis. One of my best friends is a guy called Iddo Goldberg. He’s over there doing this thing called King Tut and I didn’t know he was there. And he turned up when I walked in and everyone’s in the same hotel. Another great mate of mine, Mike Higgs, who I’d directed in plays, who played Mercutio when I played Romeo … one of my best, best friends. He was there in another Jesus project playing another disciple. A guy I was at drama school with, Alexander Siddig, he’s there doing King Tut. There’s 36 disciples sitting around the pool at any one time. There’s three Jesus’ at the bar. There’s two Judas’ talking out there about what they did. I’m sitting there talking to another Pontius Pilate. I mean, you couldn’t fucking write it! It’s a film in itself. It was hilarious.
We’re not quite finished! In the next installment, the discussion centers around Steve’s multiple talents of acting, directing, and producing, including which of those is his favorite. And just what exactly does an Executive Producer do? Stay tuned …
Everyone in Stevedom knows what a terrific sense of humour he has. Earlier this evening, “Mother Moyer” tweeted to the Peter Pan Live Team of Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, Christopher Walken, & Christian Borle well wishes for their live performance tonight on NBC.
It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were all waiting with baited breath for Steve’s portrayal as Captain von Trapp. Ariane Rinehart shared this great photo of Steve from last year’s run through for The Sound of Music Live. “Sun’s out, guns out,” indeed!
Clair, who is co-admin of Simply Moyer Fan Fiction, recently visited Brentwood Theatre in Essex and wanted to share her story with us.
On a recent trip to London, my cousin and I took the opportunity to take a short train ride to Brentwood to visit the Brentwood theatre. When we arrived we were greeted by Stephen’s good friend Mark Reed. We chatted to Mark while purchasing a coffee from the coffee bar and after explaining my association with Simply Moyer, I asked him about the fundraising efforts of Steve’s fans in the past that I too had donated to and he offered to show me what they have been able to do thanks to the generosity of all of Steve’s fans. Mark then very kindly gave us a tour of the theatre and talked about some of the shows they had hosted and some that are due to start soon.
I enquired about making a donation and Mark told me about some of the plans they had for the theatre, which included expanding the patio to allow more people to visit, and also to hire a great group of people with special needs that have been helping them with the printing for the theatre. Mark hopes that if they can raise enough money they can provide a space for the group to work for the theatre as the full time printers. Also the theatre helps schools and families see the wonderful shows it puts on when they would not be able to otherwise, which in turn generates income for the theatre. For them to do this they need help and hopefully we can do that.
To give incentive to donate, we’re going to give away an autographed photo of Stephen Moyer to two lucky participants (photo will not be watermarked)! All you’ve got to do is donate as little as £10 to Brentwood. Not only will it help with the aforementioned projects, it will also help send a child to Brentwood’s Christmas show. Send us proof (forward your confirmation email from Localgiving.com to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20th) and you’re in the drawing! Easy peasy!
The top photo is from a Ben Fisher photoshoot. The bottom photo is an outtake from the 2010 Matthew Rolston Rolling Stone shoot and to the best of our knowledge, has not been in circulation! The first name drawn will win the Rolling Stone outtake photo, which means the Ben Fisher autographed photo will go to the second name pulled. Remember, deadline to enter the drawing is December 20th.
If you have the Christmas spirit AND want a chance to own one of these photos just click on the photo below and you’ll be directed to Brentwood’s donation page.
Santa’s come a little early, by way of this selfie Stephen Moyer tweeted earlier this evening. Looks like he and the missus spent some ‘kid free’ time at Universal Studios to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
We’re still digging the beard …
Since this is a time of Thanksgiving, we’re doubly thankful at Simply Moyer that Steve took time out of his busy schedule to be interviewed. In this installment from last Wednesday’s Skype interview, Steve shares about how busy his production company, CASM has been keeping him, as well as whether he’ll be working with Stan Lee in the future …
Simply Moyer: You’ve been very busy this past month.
We expect Steve to jump right in and start discussing his filming of “Killing Jesus” and “Concussion”, but instead he jumps into talking about CASM projects. We imagine CASM work is either on his mind or quite likely keeping he and Anna very busy behind the scenes.
Steve: You know, we’ve(CASM) been trying desperately … well not, desperately. We’ve been trying to get some of these projects off the ground. You know, we’ve had our company for six years now and there’s a lot of stuff that we have. There’s one project in particular that we’ve had for the whole time. We keep getting close to doing it and then … not. It’s actually got quite close this year and it’s obviously now going to be next year. That one’s exciting. We get close and then something else happens and another job comes along.
We’ve got a few things that are about to kick off. We’re pitching things to HBO, ‘cuz we now have a development deal with them. I haven’t gotten anything exciting to tell you as of yet, but we’re getting closer and closer.
Simply Moyer: When you pick up a book for enjoyment, in the back of your mind are you wondering … is this book a future project? Can you pick up a book and just enjoy it?
Steve: Yeah, you can. There’s a moment about fifteen or twenty minutes in where you just go, nah, and then you just read it for fun.
Simply Moyer: You’ve mentioned in the past a possible project with Stan Lee. Is it still happening?
Steve: You know, I thought I might be able to tell you something today, but it’s kind of moved in the opposite direction, and I’m really gutted.
It’s not done. If it’s up to me and Stan, we’d already be shooting. But unfortunately it’s not. It’s a real disappointment, and I’m not giving up on it, but it’s an English thing and it means going back there for six months, which is all very well, but it’s a long time. It’s because of that, that the contract and everything around it … it has to be right to spend that time doing it and …
A number of times during the above conversation Steve was interrupted by ‘Markie’ on matters of importance, including Anna needing to be picked up. It only took seconds and Steve was right back in the mix. Steve generously went over the allotted scheduled time and even gave a reminder to not forget the fan questions we planned on asking.
It’s time to share the whereabouts of another piece of Bill Compton memorabilia. Last month we showed you where Stephen Moyer’s hard fangs are now living, this month we have a photo of the new home for Bill’s iron elephant.
According to MyStar08:
The elephant was just behind Bill’s desk in his study. I had wanted a Compton house item that had a fair amount of screen time and you saw this whenever Bill was at his desk. I just didn’t realize how heavy it is!
Thanks for sharing, MyStar08.
We’d love for you to tell us about the Bill Compton piece you won at auction. Just send us a photo along with a short blurb on where you’re keeping it to email@example.com and we’ll share it with other Bill and True Blood fans.
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.