Ever since he played a homeless surfer who has an affair with Debra Messing on the miniseries The Starter Wife, Stephen Moyer has been aware that he has a lot of gay fans.
But he has been feeling a little upstaged in that area lately by some of his fellow hunky co-stars on HBO's vampire series True Blood.
'I may come in fourth behind Joe Manganiello, Alex Skarsgård, and Ryan Kwanten, if I’m really honest,' Moyer admits to The Advocate in an interview posted today (12 July). 'I’m a little upset. Once upon a time I was doing very well in that area, but after Alex and Joe joined the show, I naturally went down in the pecking order.'
Moyer, who is married to co-star Anna Paquin, was asked about criticism from some that the series is 'too gay.'
'Is there such a thing as too gay? We live in a very different world than we grew up in, so if people can’t embrace that aspect of our show, then that’s a shame,' he says. 'I certainly don’t think it’s specifically gay, but our show ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people. We have an incredibly broad audience, one of the widest demographics in terms of sexuality and age groups, so obviously we’re doing something right.'
His character of vampire king Bill Compton is straight but was involved in a fantasy sequence involving co-star Sam Trammell who plays Sam Merlotte on the show. The two are just about to kiss when the phone rings and wakes Sam out of his sound sleep.
'We had an awful lot of fun that day, and I happen to think Sam’s a very good-looking man,' Moyer says. 'I think we’ve all had times where the alarm’s gone off or the phone’s rung earlier than you wanted it to.'