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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."
In a classic case of an onscreen romance leading to real-life love, Stephen Moyer quickly fell for his costar Anna Paquin. They became engaged in 2009 and married a year later. Moyer also has two children from previous relationships.
With his most prominent role to date on True Blood, a happy marriage, and a legion of fawning young fans, Moyer's career has taken off. Rather than looking too far ahead, though, he says he wants to enjoy his life in the moment. Life, he says, "is about living now. It's about embracing now… It's about embracing life, and love, and living for today, and the most for today."
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