On February 27th, Stephen Moyer joined Jennifer Mussleman, Brian Gersh and others on a panel to discuss the current state of addiction in Hollywood. @CRbyCLARE shared some photos from the panel.
You can read about Steve’s part in the discussion here.
“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Alex Elle
On Friday, February 27th, Stephen Moyer took part in a discussion panel about the current state of addiction in Hollywood. The panel took place at Santa Monica’s CLARE Foundation, where Steve has been a board member for the past five years. Steve’s involvement with CLARE also included his serving as group leader for drug court, a group-therapy meeting for individuals convicted of drug and/or alcohol related offenses. “It’s pretty much the only place on the Westside that deals with people who don’t have huge funds to get their lives back together,” he told The Hollywood Reporter after the panel. “I was very attracted to that aspect of it.”
The panel, moderated by THR staff writer Chris Gardner, included Brian Gersh, former co-head of William Morris Agency’s motion picture department, Harold Owens, senior director of MusiCares Foundation (the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), Dae Medman, executive director of the Actor’s Fund’s employee assistance program, sober companion Kevin McLaughlin and Jennifer Musselman, a former communications director at Nickelodeon who now serves as CLARE’s senior director of strategy and innovation.
Steve shared how chasing the rush he obtained from his live performances contributed to his addiction, and boozing it up was a rite of passage. “My heroes were [Peter] O’Toole, [Richard] Burton, [Richard] Harris and Oliver Reed,” he said, citing a quartet of famously hard-drinking English actors. “There’s this rush that happens from doing our job, this whirring buzz, and you want to continue that buzz. “Realizing he had developed a dependency, he checked himself into a facility in England 14 years ago. “Like CLARE,” he said, “they worked out a program I could afford.” He went on to state that his sobriety has been an open secret when he goes out on the town. “As my wife said this morning, there isn’t a restaurant in Venice or Santa Monica where I would be offered the wine menu,” [he] said to a crowd of about 100 gathered in the bright atrium of Conscious Recovery, CLARE’s one-year-old out-patient facility on Lincoln Boulevard. “The Diet Coke, which is the Patron Saint of drinks for alcoholics, gets put before me before anyone even asks what we’re drinking.”
Brian Gersh hopes the media will not exclusively focus on stories that end in tragedy. “I’m thrilled that Stephen is here today,” he said. “People like him have the ability to get the word out faster than anybody else: That recovery is OK, that life can get better. There’s a lot of high-profile disaster cases where people have turned it around and become successful.”
Moyer agrees, telling THR that addiction — for all the strides made since the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 — remains very much a “shame-based” illness.
“Self-loathing motivates the desire to get loaded in the first place, and post-sobriety, there is the shame of admitting all of your [faults],” Moyers said. “It’s about education. And it’s about getting rid of that shame.”
Steve also shared about his involvement with CLARE during his interview with Simply Moyer, which you can check out here.
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Huge casting news in the land of Stevedom! It was revealed today that Steve has landed a major role in The Bastard Executioner, Kurt Sutter’s highly anticipated follow-up after wrapping Sons of Anarchy. Australian theatre actor Lee Jones will lead, with a cast including Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter, and The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys, who will have a recurring role. The pilot, written by Kurt Sutter and directed by Paris Barclay will begin filming in Wales on March 19th.
The Bastard Executioner, which is fully expected to go to series, tells the story of a warrior knight (Jones) in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
Newcomer Lee Jones (pictures) plays the lead, the tall, dark and imposing Wilkin Brattle. The emotionally deep, spiritually tortured former knight in the charge of King Edward I now lives a simple agrarian life. Jones is repped by Emery Entertainment and Sophie Jermyn in Australia. The race for L.A. agents to sign him starts now.
Stephen Moyer plays the street smart and noble savvy Milus Corbett. He was one of Ventris’ marshals in the army. Now, serves as his Chamberlain, Chancellor and Justiciar. Friend and drinking mate. Moyer is repped by WME.
Katey Sagal plays Annora of the Alders: Prescient, mystical and beautiful. She offers predictions, cures and potions. Sagal is repped by WME.
Flora Spencer-Longhurst is Baroness Lowry ‘Love’ Aberffraw Ventris: As cunning as she is kind and beautiful. From a wealthy Welsh family, she married Ventris at 17 to protect her family’s land. Her noble duties always in conflict with her Welsh pride. Spencer-Longhurst is repped by United Agents.
Kurt Sutter is The Dark Mute: Mate and guardian of Annora. Speaks rarely, no one’s ever seen his face. Sutter is repped by WME.
Sam Spruell plays Toran Prichard: Fierce, tenacious. An archer under Madog Llywelyn in the last major Welsh rebellion. He put down the bow and picked up the hoe. Wilkin’s best mate. Spruell is repped by ICM and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Darren Evans (Galavant) plays Ash y Goedwig: Wiry, smart. A trapper. An orphan “of the woods”. Friend of Wilkin. Evans is repped by Troika.
Danny Sapani (Penny Dreadful) plays Berber the Moor: A large, educated man. Converted Muslim. A farmer. Friend of Wilkin. Sapani is repped by Gordon and French.
Timothy V. Murphy is Father Ruskin: A Brawny. Gentle, with bottled fury. Former soldier. Left the military for the seminary. Priest, rector and teacher of the court. Murphy is repped by SDB Partners.
Sarah White is Isabel Kiffin: Tall, slight. Awkward and innocent. Lady Love’s handmaiden and trusted confidant. White is represented by Gendler & Kelly, and APC.
Sarah Sweeny is Jessamy Maddox: Pretty, hardened by abuse. The executioner’s wife. Repped by Lou Coulson Associates.
In a guest-starring role, Matthew Rhys plays Gruffudd y Blaidd: Smart, fearless, of noble blood. The Wolf. Leader of the Welsh rebels, Byth Encil. Rhys is repped by WME and Management 360.
Sutter executive produces with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Barclay.
With just a little over a month until the March 29th premiere of Killing Jesus on National Geographic Channel, Hitfix has unveiled these first pics of the cast in character. We’re a little biased, but who’da thought that Pontius Pilate was so smokin’ hot? Check out the source for other cast photos.
Nat Geo has released the first full trailer for Killing Jesus. Though we’re only given a glimpse of Stephen Moyer, it’s enough to get your mouth watering for more. We suggest you clear your schedule for Sunday, March 29th, or at the very least, set your DVR or other recording device to save Stephen Moyer, I mean … Killing Jesus for future viewings.
Click on Pontius Pilate (Steve) to view the trailer.
Expect the film to examine the final days of Jesus and his crucifixion, as well as the political machinations surrounding his death. The Morocco-based production previously received some protest for tapping a Muslim-raised actor (Sleiman) for the starring role, a decision the actor movingly defended during a press event for the show last month.
Stephen Moyer has joined the supporting cast of Detour, a new film by writer/director, Chris Smith. And thanks to Screen Daily we have quite a bit of information on the movie and Steve’s role. Steve will be playing the part of Vincent, a man suspected of accidentally killing his wife in a car crash.
The new thriller stars Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines, The Gambler), Tye Sheridan (Mud, Joe), Bel Powley (The Diary of A Teenage Girl) and newcomer Jared Abrahamson (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days). Detour has already started filming in South Africa.
According to Chris Smith, “Detour is going to be an entertaining, stylish film noir, with a sophisticated structure. Alongside my wonderful cast I am supported by a great production and creative team”.
Sheridan will star as law student and all round good guy Harper who suspects his stepdad Vincent (Moyer) of causing the car crash that landed his mother in a coma.
Drowning his sorrows in a seedy LA whisky bar, Harper ends up drinking with Johnny Ray (Cohen), a tough redneck who offers to “take care” of Vincent for a cool $20,000. Powley will play Ray’s beautiful but distant girlfriend.
Where’s Steve at now? Well, he’s not in Santa Monica. As a matter of fact, he isn’t anywhere in America. It seems your favourite actor is back in his homeland once again.
What’s your best guess? Business or pleasure?
Anna posted this special photograph of she and Steve, then went on to tweet that it was taken 2 1/2 years ago, presumably at the time of the twins’ birth. Her Valentine’s message to Steve sums up everything that is so endearing about this couple.
It looks like Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin might have sold their toddlers short when it came to the kiddies ability to redecorate or at least, be the cause of some new decor purchases.
Steve shared the latest antics of the twins on social media today when Poppy and Charlie spent time on their penmanship. I wonder if Dave was able to avoid the Sharpies or if it just blends in.
So, did Anna and Steve have to replace their couch and pillows?
About a year ago, Steve mentioned that one of CASM’s upcoming projects would be a film with Denis O’Hare, titled Columbia. Steve and Denis shared some tweets earlier today from Atlanta, Georgia where they are scouting out some locations for the shoot. So, it looks like Columbia is a go! We don’t know about y’all, but we’re looking forward to seeing these two work on a project together again!
Denis O’Hare gave an interview with The Lumière Reader and had this to say about the project:
AB: I’m interested in your own projects as a writer. You mentioned you approached Hoffman about one?
DO: It’s a movie I’m making with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who have a production company. I met them on True Blood. I wrote a movie about my sister’s suicide. It’s a weird road movie where my family and I had to go and figure out why she killed herself. We had to collect her life, pack up her life from this rental apartment she had in Missouri.
Anna and Stephen loved the script and so we’re working out a deal right now where Stephen would direct. I would be in it. I wanted Philip for one of the parts. I think I’ll try to go to Paul Giamatti who’s a friend of mine and who I love and think is a great actor. We hope to make it next year. We’re just trying to figure out financing; who’s going to make it and all that.
It’s a double whammy. I get to make a film I want to make, and I get to work with my friends who I love, Stephen and Anna.
We have no further information on casting or when filming will begin. The initial press release from Deadline indicated that Columbia will be written by and star Denis O’Hare and will be directed by Stephen Moyer. No doubt more information will be coming in the future!
We’re not the biggest fans of TMZ and the uncomfortable position they tend to put people in, but we couldn’t resist sharing some Steve with you all, since we get so little of him these days. And as usual, Steve handles it with his usual aplomb.
We do think TMZ got it wrong though, it’s not about Steve getting to bang Anna Paquin, but that Anna gets to bang Steve. You know it’s true. We’re also digging’ on Steve’s Aston Martin. He’s the man!
As most of you know, Stephen Moyer has recently been filming an indie movie entitled Juveniles. Today, The Hollywood Reporter released a short synopsis for the film, but unfortunately for us, kept mum on Steve’s role.
The film centers on a present-day teenager who deals with violence and poverty in small-town America, struggling to overcome familial rivalries and seek a better life. It’s the feature directorial debut of Nico Sabenorio, who also wrote the script.
The cast of Juveniles includes our very own Stephen Moyer and rising star, Beau Knapp. Joining them are: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Martin Henderson (Sundance TV’s The Red Road), Nick Eversman (Wild) and Morgan Lily (X-Men: First Class).
Little is known about the film project that Stephen Moyer has been working on for the past couple of weeks, but thanks to social media, a few tidbits have trickled in. Last week, Steve shared this photo taken of Martin Henderson and him from the set of Juveniles:
And then we got this on set photo of a bloody Steve:
So, we know that Steve’s been filming Juveniles, which also stars Martin Henderson & Kathleen Rose Perkins, it is not a CASM project, it will include a love triangle and blood. Thank you, social media!
Stephen Moyer was chosen as the special guest for the second episode of The Chive Podcast hosted by John Resig (True Blood’s Deputy Kevin) and Bob Phillip. Good choice, John!
Steve discusses doing shockingly bad films before True Blood, becoming famous because of his portrayal of Bill Compton and wishing he had half the balls that Anna wears. Steve stays on after the interview and not only takes part in a discussion of the latest news, but answers three apocalyptic questions. Though we loved the entire podcast, as anything with Steve these days is like manna to a starving population, Steve’s answers at the end may be our favourite part of the podcast.
Steve comes in at the 15:40 mark, so click on the above photo and enjoy listening!
Merry Christmas to all the fans in Stevedom. That’s right, Sony Pictures has decided to release Concussion on Christmas Day, so I suspect we know what you’ll be doing over the future holiday season.
The film stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a real-life forensic neuropathologist who shined a bright light on the plight of football players in the National Football League back in 2002 who suffered from chronic brain damage as a result of the hits they were taking in the game.
A film like this can bring this issue to the forefront, and on such a wide scale. While there is no way to get away from the fact that football is indeed a full contact sport (which brings with it a certain expectation for potential injury) there definitely needs to be steps taken to prevent an issue like this from turning into an epidemic.
Stephen Moyer plays the role of Ron Hamilton, the neuropathologist who was Bennet Omalu’s teacher.
Starring in this blockbuster film with Smith will be Alec Baldwin, Luke Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Albert Brooks and of course, Stephen Moyer will round out the all-star cast.