"I'm not sure why people are shocked when actors end up with each other," says Anna of Moyer, who is 12 years her senior and has two children."They do chemistry reads between actors to make sure they're going to play out well opposite each other." The two started dating publicly in 2009 and wed in 2010.
Shooting sex scenes with her husband may come naturally, but what about when Anna has to cavort with costar Alexander Skarsgard, who plays her other vampire lover, Eric? Now let's take off our clothes and go into the fog.' Everyone is very respectful of each other's boundaries...
"We feel completely comfortable together," she says matter-of-factly. They're all very gentlemanly about it." We're not sure we'd call the sex on the show --in one scene, Moyer's character, Bill, has his way with his "maker," Lorena, while twisting her head 180 degrees.
"But then I was like, ' It all makes sense now...' It's adorable to see them steal away for a minute on the set or just gaze into each other's eyes."Paquin is typically low-key about her marriage, but she can't help blushing and smiling when she talks of Moyer, both as a real person and as her undead TV soul mate.
"One of the beautiful things about love is that it can wake up parts of a person, even in a 183-year-old vampire, that have been pushed away," she says, adding that offscreen, the couple has a pretty limited nightlife.
She strolled onto the set of REDBOOK's cover shoot, a vision in black from her loose tank top to her skinny-fit jeans. The just-turning-30 star of HBO's vampire saga, couldn't seem to make a go of the short shorts and clingy tops we'd brought for her. She fixed us with her hypnotic mahogany eyes and posed like a pro, alternately splashing in a pool, stretching out on the grass, and leaning into our lens on a lawn chair. I honestly don't know why it's such big news when an actress gets pregnant." In fact, Anna seems a little nervous, as if talking too much might jinx her happiness. "But we're still feeling a little protective of the whole thing. " In a world of reality stars who are too happy to flaunt their baby bumps and hawk nursery pictures to the highest bidder, Anna's reserve is refreshing.
She waved hello, then disappeared into the dressing room. How can that be, we wondered, when that's exactly what her character, Sookie Stackhouse, wears in every scene of the show? But the moment there was a break, she curled up on the side of the set. Right after our shoot, Anna and her costar and husband of two years, Stephen Moyer, made their news official. Just add it to the list of ways she bucks the Hollywood norm: There's that trademark gap in her teeth. ("I'm the color of that napkin," she says, explaining why she and Stephen never go to the beach.) Her dark roots betray the fact that she's no California girl.
"We knew what we were getting into." And obviously, she has no regrets."She's made such a total transformation," adds Ball, though Anna says she still doesn't like a sex symbol.
"To me, what's appealing about Sookie is that she's quite ordinary," she says. The fact that I'm not some 5-foot-11-inch Amazon goddess makes me more easy to relate to." Playing Sookie may also have led Anna to some personal epiphanies--she declared she was bisexual in a public-service campaign called "Give a Damn" before tying the knot with Moyer.
"If someone doesn't walk in the room looking the way a character is described on the page, a lot of people can't see it." It's true that Anna hadn't exactly carved out a career that telegraphed "smokin' hot TV blonde," but her quirkiness is exactly what seduced HBO, and audiences.
She burst onto our collective radar at age 11, winning an Oscar for .
But it's clear that Anna considers it just another day at work.