The actor talks about "inappropriate fall-out situations" and being a sensitive director

By Tim Nudd
June 13, 2013 04:00 PM

Stephen Moyer has been stripping down for years on True Blood. But for some episodes of the new season, he was in charge of getting his costars naked, too – and found that just as enjoyable.

“It was a lot of fun doing three hours of makeup and getting into complete red-blob land, and then directing my fellow actors naked. That was a lot of fun,” Moyer said Tuesday at the HBO vampire show’s season 6 premiere at Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome at the Arclight.

Moyer, 43, who tries his hand at directing this season – which kicks off Sunday (9 p.m. ET) – says he’s very understanding with the other actors when it comes to the pressure of baring all for the cameras.

“Given that I’m naked for a great chunk of it, I think I’m quite sensitive,” he says. “I’m a sensitive lover.”

Moyer, who also revealed the names of his 9-month-old twins with costar and wife Anna Paquin on Tuesday, added that being on a show filled with sex leads to plenty of on-set hilarity.

“There are all sorts of inappropriate fall-out situations that we’ve all been through at various points,” he says. “[Legendary British actor] John Gielgud once said to one of his leading ladies, ‘I apologize to you if nothing happens below, and I also apologize to you if something does.’ ”

Reporting by SCOTT HUVER