Stephen Moyer Is One Sexy Bastard 

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“I was kind of delighted for it to be so different,” Stephen Moyer says of his new cropped hair and salt-and-pepper beard showcased on the FX series, The Bastard Executioner. After seven years of dying his hair to maintain vampire Bill Compton’s eternal look on HBO’s True Blood, the actor was ready to find out what his natural hair color looked like.

While surprised to find more gray hairs than expected, he’s embracing his new look—easily his sexiest on-screen character yet—as Milus Corbett, the ambitious strategist and trusted advisor to a Baron in Kurt Sutter’s (Sons of Anarchy) historical drama about 14th century Wales. “I get to leave Bill, who I had a wonderful seven years with, and become something utterly different,” Moyer says.

Different is right. While the 45-year-old actor won’t go as far as to paint his character as a true villain, his actions are deep shades of gray. “He’s trying to do what he can to get by to hold his situation in society,” Moyer says of Milus, whose position of power is tested after the Baron is slain. “What my character does is of the time, and there’s some stuff that he’s doing which is really fucking evil.”

In the first two episodes of the show, which premiered earlier this month, Moyer’s character gets bloody and bruised as he seeks revenge on the men who brought down his friend. Full of ambition, Milus also finds release in sex. In the same two episodes, Corbett has a threesome with twin handmaidens and is seen penetrating a male servant (gay French model Matthieu Charneau) in a hallway.

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“In this world, if you have control of something and use sexuality in that way, then you’re someone who can move forward,” Moyer explains. “But I also think there’s enjoyment—he wants to get off.”

The character’s sexuality may be ambiguous, but the actor says it’s not going to be a theme of the show. Neither is the sex, despite the fact that Sutter wrote several Anarchy scenes in which that show's star, Charlie Hunnam, was bare-assed in bed. “I don’t have Charlie’s ass, which is spectacular,” Moyer says of the 35-year-old actor. “Kurt and I haven’t actually talked about, ‘You’re getting your cheeks out on Thursday so you might want to some squats.’ We haven’t had that conversation.”

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And fans wanting Moyer to reunite with his wife Anna Paquin—who, of course, played Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood and, along with her husband, remain diehard fans of Anarchy—during the series maybe disappointed that the couple had a conversation about that possibility with Sutter. But that’s all. There are no plans to bring Sookie and Bill back together.

For now, Moyer says Paquin’s content with being a fan of the series—and his new look. “She likes her silver fox.” 

The Bastard Executioner airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. Watch the show's trailer below:

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