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Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer recall ‘True Blood’ sex scenes with Joe Manganiello

“Real blood” stars Anna Paquin, 41, and Stephen Moyer, 54, encountered in the beloved HBO fantasy horror drama (2008-2014) – known for its graphic sex scenes.

It felt a little, well, clumsy once Moyer (vampire Bill Compton) began directing episodes of “True Blood” — and filming sex scenes involving Paquin, who played telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse.

But the married couple, who live in Manhattan, told the Post that they eventually grew accustomed to what could have been an extremely difficult situation.

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer as Sookie and Bill Compton in “True Blood.”

“Steve started directing me when we were on ‘True Blood,'” Paquin said. “And in Season 7, our final season, he directed the season opener, where Sookie was in love with the beautiful giant werewolf. Joe Manganiello.

“Steve directed us in a pretty explicit sex scene,” she said, “so when you ask if it’s awkward to make a movie with your husband, the bar for awkward is set awfully high in our household , not to mention this show in general.

“Stephen cut his teeth directing (on ‘True Blood’) and by Season 3 or 4 it would be like, ‘Hey honey, who the fuck are you on camera today?'”

Moyer picks up the Manganiello thread.

“There was one day when we were coming out of our trailers, Alex Skarsgard, Anna and another actor, and we were all working in dressing gowns heading to our scenes,” he said. “I got to a point where I was about to go to one stage and Anna and Alex to another and I was like, ‘Go ahead, guys, good luck, have a good time, make it look good.’

Paquin and Joe Manganiello filmed explicit sex scenes, directed by Moyer, in season 7 of “True Blood.”

“In that Season 7 sequence with Big Joe, there was just a funny moment where I say, ‘Joe, you can do this, buddy.’ It’s okay, take it, you can do it.’

Now, Moyer is directing Paquin in the upcoming big-screen indie drama “A Bit of Light,” which premieres April 5.

This has nothing to do with “True Blood” (no sex scenes) and now they have their own language when it comes to filming with Moyer behind the camera.

Moyer and Paquin met and married while starring on “True Blood.” P.A.

“One of the great joys of working with Anna is that I think she’s a brilliant, great actress,” Moyer said. “But we also have a shortcut. We don’t talk about (a scene) from the day before like, ‘Okay, tomorrow this is what we’re going to do.’ We kind of get around that because we understand each other deeply as performers and we trust each other.

“Sometimes we wait until we’re shooting a scene to talk about it. »

Paquin, who won an Oscar as a child actor in “The Piano” (1994), said having worked on multiple sides of the camera helped.

Bill Compton (Moyer) and Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin) share a moment in a scene from “True Blood.”

“As an actress/producer, I always act with one eye on the clock. To some extent there are conversations happening at home (between her and Moyer), but those are about the logistics of how we can achieve XYZ, like what does the scene need without which the film does not exist?

“We find that when discussing mechanical things, sometimes little creative elements are worked out in the process.”

Paquin and Moyer said they would work together again on a television series if the right opportunity presented itself.

Paquin and Moyer attend the signing of “True Blood” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009. Getty Images

“This is not the case yet, but it would be the dream scenario for our children who are still of school age,” Paquin said. “If some sort of ‘True Blood’ type thing happened now, our kids would be thrilled and it would be a top priority for us to film in the same location.”

“We never found the right solution to act together (again),” Moyer said. “But we have a really fun project, a really funny animated series that would involve both of us being voices in that series.

“When we came up with this idea during the pandemic, all the big animation companies had a crazy backlog of brilliant ideas…but we still kind of have a little dream for this one.”

New York Post

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