Playing a vampire named Bill Compton may be his day job, but Stephen Moyer has taken on a new role in Bon Temps: directing.

As excited as he was to direct Season 5 of "True Blood," Moyer admitted that getting behind the camera was far from easy.

"I was terrified -- not of being able to do the job, but I was scared of how the other actors would react to me telling them what to do," the actor told USA Today. "[But] they were so supportive. It is a giant family, and there were times when I knew they had my back."

According to Moyer, the only person he got attitude from was his wife Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse on "True Blood."

"I got a bit of sass from the wife," Moyer joked. "She was like, 'Oh, my God, this director is such a diva.'"

Compton isn't the only "True Blood" star who stepped into an unfamiliar role this season. Christopher Meloni, who plays the Vampire Authority guide Roman, made a recent transition from playing a detective on "SVU" to entering the supernatural realm of Bon Temps.

"I don't think you could go farther afield from 'SVU' than joining the world of Bon Temps and the whole 'True Blood' werewolves, werepanthers, faeries and vampires running around. That was what it was," Meloni told TVGuide.com. "I really was just looking for something absolutely completely different than the world that 'SVU' had."

Catch "True Blood" on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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