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Stephen Moyer is best known for his portrayal of seductive vampire Bill Compton on HBO's hit show True Blood.
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"In my 20s, I wanted to be at the apex of the adventure and craziness," he admits. Over the next several years, Moyer appeared in increasingly prominent film and television roles. He acted opposite Kate Winslet in the acclaimed 2000 film Quills and appeared in Undiscovered (2005), 88 Minutes (2007) and the miniseries The Starter Wife (2007).
Moyer's biggest break came in 2008, when he was cast in Alan Ball's HBO series True Blood, an adaptation of The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Moyer says that when he read the pilot script, "I was blown away by it. It's not my genre at all, but I could see in it a whole microcosm of society as we know it." Moyer plays Bill Compton, a seductive 173-year-old vampire who falls in love with a waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin.
Emerging amidst a nationwide vampire craze spurred by the Twilight books and films, True Blood has proven an enormous success. Hypothesizing about its massive appeal, Moyer says, "What our show does is check a lot of boxes: vampire fans, Alan Ball fans, HBO fans, drama fans, people who just like a really well-acted story."
The series had a very successful run, having recieved a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award. It also gained attention for its themes that ran parallel to the LGBT rights movement that went on in the United States, using vampires as a subsitute for gays and lesbians. After six seasons on the air, it was revealed that the seventh and final season would air in 2014. Moyer takes the directors chair for the first episode of the final season, a role that he has previously taken on for the series.
Moyer put his early work on stage to good use as part of the reiteration of classic film The Sound of Music (1965), which has an air date of December 5, 2013. The television special is completely live, with Moyer and his co-star Carrie Underwood comitting to live singing and acting. Although comparisons to the film are inevitable, the live event will more closely follow original 1959 musical version.
In a classic case of an onscreen romance leading to real-life love, Stephen Moyer quickly fell for his co-star Anna Paquin. They became engaged in 2009 and married a year later. Moyer also has two children, Lilac and Billy, from previous relationships. In September 2012, the couple gave birth to twins, Charlie and Poppy, prematurely. After their first birthday, the children were revealed to be in good health.
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