Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin: 'You're left with unanswerable questions, and that's a very dark place to go'
- Matthew Turner
- 26 June 2018
Husband and wife team discuss Moyer's directorial debut, The Parting Glass
Husband and wife team Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin have been together since they met on the pilot episode of vampire TV show True Blood, back in 2007. We caught up with them at the Edinburgh Film Festival to discuss The Parting Glass, Moyer's directorial debut, in which Paquin co-stars as a troubled young woman whose suicide sparks grief-stricken memories among the gathering members of her family.
How did the project come about?
Stephen Moyer: I had been looking to direct something. I absolutely loved working with [writer] Dennis O'Hare [on True Blood] and he told me the story of what had happened to his sister. And I very strongly felt that it was something that covered a lot of bases, emotionally, but also comedically. So I thought it would be a fascinating journey to take an audience on. It takes place in twenty four hours and I wanted to play on that idea of the audience being along for the ride, almost like they had a seat in the car.
You obviously have a great working relationship. How would you define it?
Stephen: I don't think I've ever had somebody whom I trust as much as I do Anna, who pushes me to be the creative version of myself that I desire to be, and is so supportive of those sometimes difficult artistic choices. For me, personally it's the perfect relationship as both worker and partner.
Did you have to have a strict rule about not talking about the film at the end of the day?
Anna Paquin: Not really, but occasionally it would be like, 'okay, no more shop talk!'
Was the difficult subject matter part of the appeal for you?
Anna: Yes. People aren't necessarily jumping with joy to watch things about [suicide], but I think it's really important and I think it's something that the more we actually shine a light on it, the less the stigma, the more people might actually reach out for help in those moments as opposed to just deciding to end it. I think that's ultimately what the sibling group of any family in that situation go through – you're left with unanswerable questions, which this film tackles pretty head on, without flinching and that's a very dark place to go.