Almost a decade has handed since Stephen Moyer, as horny vampire Invoice Compton, sank his fangs into Anna Paquin’s neck on HBO’s supernatural cleaning soap “True Blood.”
Paquin, who married her co-star in 2010, performed waitress Sookie Stackhouse and was billed because the star of the present, however Moyer’s slithering sensuality was one in all its principal attracts. The sequence’ model of unbridled bayou coupling reached its peak when Moyer, Paquin and co-star Alexander Sarsgaard appeared bare (and streaked with pretend blood) on the quilt of Rolling Stone.
How occasions have modified. Moyer, 47, is now married to Paquin and the daddy of 4. And the household man is mirroring his real-life persona on Fox’s supernatural drama “The Gifted,” a Marvel manufacturing primarily based on the “X-Males” movie franchise. Moyer performs Reed Strucker, an Atlanta particular prosecutor who’s assigned to convey an internment camp of mutants to justice. When he discovers that his personal teenage kids are mutants, he’s ready to interrupt each regulation to flee their apprehension by a authorities group referred to as the Sentinel Service. [“The Gifted” premiered Monday night to 5 million viewers.]
“Reed leads to a sick scenario,” says Moyer. “His son [Andy, played by Percy Hynes White] might be taken off into a spot the place he would possibly by no means return from. Reed has had a few individuals disappear into the system and they’re by no means heard from once more. He has no choice besides to run.”
The household’s journey is fraught with peril; on the finish of the sequence premiere, Reed was separated from Andy, his spouse Kate (Amy Acker) and their daughter, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind).
“The household will get caught with out him,” Moyer says. “A number of it’s about them coming collectively and discovering a path ahead. After getting every thing taken away from you and you’ll’t go wherever, what do you do? You battle again.”
Moyer’s TV initiatives since “True Blood” haven’t all the time included paranormal components. In 2013, he performed Capt. von Trapp in NBC’s controversial dwell manufacturing of “The Sound of Music,” which drew 18 million viewers and the scorn of many critics, who remarked on the dearth of chemistry between Moyer and his main girl, nation music celebrity Carrie Underwood.
The British-born actor has no regrets. “We had been the primary [live musical] out the gate. So it was type of balls to the wall,” he says. “Let’s get a barn and placed on a present. It was wonderful, actually.”
Moyer was extra in his consolation zone in Fox’s 2017 miniseries “Pictures Fired” taking part in Lieutenant Breeland, a corrupt North Carolina sheriff masking up the homicide of a white school pupil. “It was an amazing half. They don’t come alongside fairly often,” says Moyer, who lists working with veteran character actor Will Patton, forged as one of many county sheriffs, as a profession spotlight. “Not solely did we grow to be pals, there have been occasions throughout that manufacturing the place two or three minutes earlier than I’m on the point of shoot [a scene] he would say to me, ‘Why are we right here? What’s about to occur?’ He type of set the scene in character. I’d by no means accomplished something like that earlier than.”
Moyer and Paquin are the dad and mom of Charlie and Poppy, five-year-old twins, and Moyer has two teenage kids from his first marriage. “I like the very fact [that] Reed’s a father or mother,” Moyer says. “I’m a father or mother. I’ve a 15-year-old in LA and a 17-year-old in London. It was very nice to play a personality who has the identical tasks as I’ve. I’ve ended up fascinated with a number of the selections I’ve made.”
“The Gifted” 9 p.m. Monday on Fox