Why Stephen Moyer Loves Working With Wife Anna Paquin: 'I Miss Her Otherwise' (Exclusive)

The former 'True Blood' star, who met his wife of 14 years while working on the vampire drama, tells PEOPLE he'd rather be working with her than not because 'it's the best'

<p>David Reiss</p> Stephen Moyer in 2024

David Reiss

Stephen Moyer in 2024

For Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

The couple, who met on the set of HBO's vampire drama True Blood in 2009, got married in 2010 and welcomed twins in 2012. All these years later, they still love working together as much as they possibly can.

"It's just the best," says Moyer, 54, who is now back on the small screen with Sexy Beast, a prequel series to the 2001 film.

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"I mean people ask us a lot, 'Isn't it weird working with your spouse?' And I'm like, well, it's how we met," he says. "We were on set every day together for seven years. And so actually when we're not working together, it feels like I miss her. If feels weird."

The twosome — who have also worked together on Paquin's series Flack and more recently, the film A Bit of Light — have a special understanding on set, according to Moyer.

"We sort of have this sort of language where I can look at her and she'll go, yep, got it. We [are] finishing each other's sandwiches basically," he adds, "That's a line from Frozen."

Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin in 2022
Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin in 2022

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To get into his Sexy Beast character Teddy Bass, Moyer says he had to dye his hair jet black — and get a weekly spray tan.

"Spray tans are a part of the culture in these Northern cities where we shot," he says, referring to Liverpool, which stood in for London in the show. "So I got to know all the local girls quite well as we all stood in line at the salon for our weekly tans."

Moyer says the look helped him get into the "overly confident" character of Teddy Bass. "I developed a swagger!" he says with a laugh, though he notes that it was strange to see himself look so different.

"You glimpse yourself in the mirror just as you’re walking out the front door, and what’s looking back at you is not this very pale guy with graying hair," he concludes. "It’s this jet-black head, super-tan dude.”

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