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'True Blood's' Stephen Moyer on Directing Premiere as a Naked, Bloody Bill (Video)
When we last saw Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton on True Blood, he was covered in blood and had just risen out of a pile of goop after drinking the blood of the first vampire.
When the HBO series returns for its season six premiere on June 16, it will begin exactly where the season five finale left off, with Bill naked and covered in blood.
Not only will Moyer, 43, return to play Bill, but he also directed the premiere episode, which led to some interesting moments on set.
“You can imagine for as long as Bill is like that, that is how I had to direct it when I was acting on set,” Moyer tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It was quite comic walking around naked, covered in red blood.”
Moyer, who directed the eighth episode of season five, decided to helm the premiere this season because he wouldn’t be burdened with also shooting other episodes during his prep time.
The English actor, who is married to his co-star Anna Paquin, tells THR that he had something special created for him while he was working on the True Blood set.
“The modern phenomenon in terms of body hair is to groom, but that is something that maybe wouldn't have happened thousands of years ago,” he reveals about his character’s look.
“We played that character as having a lot of hair downstairs, so the poor makeup artist had to create these mirkins, as they’re known,” he says. “And so when I had to be on set like that I made them make me a giant fur piece.”
Moyer reveals that the opening scene of season five will be unique to the series in that it’s a long, explosive opening focusing only on the characters who are attempting to escape the Vampire Authority complex.
“What I tried to do was create something that we haven’t necessarily seen before,” he says. “I wanted to make it into an action thriller. I wanted to make the camera another member of the cast.”
Season six of True Blood premieres on Sunday, June 16, at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Watch THR's interview with Moyer above.