updated 10/22/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/26/2009 AT 7:30 AM ET
When Stephen Moyer proposed marriage to his True Blood costar Anna Paquin, he looked to his onscreen vampire character, Bill Compton, for a little inspiration.
“There’s a song Bill listens to in the car about a white sandy beach,” Moyer tells British Glamour magazine in its November issue. “So we decided to go away for a break – to a white sandy beach – and that’s where it happened.”
Moyer, 39, and Paquin, 27, managed to keep their off-screen romance a secret on the set until an awkward love scene forced the actor to do the honorable thing and ‘fess up.