Stephen Moyer stunned the audience on Friday night when he willingly addressed past struggles with substance abuse — and his 14 years of sobriety during a discussion on the current state of Hollywood addiction.
The True Blood star, 45, was among a half-dozen addiction experts who gathered Friday at Santa Monica’s CLARE Foundation, a nonprofit treatment facility serving L.A.’s Westside since 1970, for the panel.
Moyer has been a board member at CLARE for five years. Before that, he served as a group leader for “drug court,” a group-therapy meeting for individuals convicted of drug and alcohol-related offenses.
Moyer described coming up through the British theater ranks — he worked with the National Theatre Wales and the Royal Shakespeare Company before transitioning into TV and film — where boozing it up was a rite of passage. “My heroes were [Peter] O’Toole, [Richard] Burton, [Richard] Harris and Oliver Reed,” he said, citing a quartet of famously hard-drinking English actors.
“Self-loathing motivates the desire to get loaded in the first place, and post-sobriety, there is the shame of admitting all of your [faults],” Moyer said. “It’s about education. And it’s about getting rid of that shame.”