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Stephen Moyer: 'Fatherhood was the catalyst to get me sober'

Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin rely on "100 per cent transparency" to maintain a happy relationship.

Stephen Moyer has credited his children for being the "catalyst" he needed to give up drinking.

The 47-year-old actor is father to Billy, 17, and Lily, 15, from a previous relationship and four-year-old twins Charlie and Poppy with wife Anna Paquin.

Prior to welcoming Billy into his life, Stephen struggled with an addiction to alcohol, with the prospect of parenthood enough to shock him into seeking help to go sober.

"I got to a point in my life where I was totally out of control. I was shocked into doing something about it and fatherhood was definitely a big aspect of that – the catalyst that shook me. And I would never want to go back there," he admitted during an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"People, say, ‘When are you going to be able to have a drink again? And my answer to that is, ‘I’ve already drunk all the drinks that I was supposed to drink in one lifetime.'"

Now it's nearly 17 years since Stephen last has an alcoholic drink. And giving up the booze isn't something the True Blood star ever regrets, adding that he's "so much happier" now than he was when he used to drink.

"This morning I was up early to let the dogs out. I had a coffee and watched the sunrise with a clear head and it occurred to me that I’m the grown up now that I never thought I would be - the grown up that, maybe, at one time, I was running away from because I thought it would be so incredibly dull to be that person, whereas the absolute reverse is true," he mused.

Wife Anna is also partly responsible for Stephen's happiness. The pair hit headlines when they met on the set of vampire TV show True Blood due to the nearly 13-year age gap between them, but Stephen admits they couldn't ignore the "crazy magnetism" between them.

And when it comes to maintaining a happy marriage, the couple strongly believe in being completely honest with one another.

“My missus told me from the outset that she would rather have the blatant, unvarnished truth than discover things she wasn’t aware of further down the road,” he smiled. “Relationships work in different ways but, for us, 100 per cent transparency feels like the way to go.”

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