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'True Blood' soundtrack inspires location for Stephen Moyer's proposal to Anna Paquin

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The British actor - pictured at a magazine launch this week with his fiancée - went down on one knee on a beach in Hawaii, after being inspired by a track from the show
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26 AUGUST 2009

The on-screen romance of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in True Blood spilled over into real life, and when it came to choosing the location for asking for Anna's hand in marriage, it was a detail from the show which helped the British actor decide.

He went down on one knee on a beach in Hawaii, after being inspired by a music track from the bloodthirsty series.

"There was a song in the first season, White Sandy Beach In Hawaii, which was kind of funny and ironic," says the star, who plays vampire Bill Compton in the show.

"[It] all started out as a joke and then we decided to go to Hawaii with my kids this year," continues the 39-year-old, who has two children from previous relationships – Billy, nine, and seven-year-old Lilac.

The actor has also revealed he was personally involved in designing Anna's engagement ring.

"A friend of mine is the jeweler, Kathy Waterman," Stephen told Access Hollywood. "So I went to Kathy and we did some designs."

Anna showed off the sparkler this week as the couple cosied up at a magazine party in West Hollywood. Getting affectionate at red carpet dos is a regular thing for the couple these days – but it wasn't always so.

Although they got together during filming the pilot of True Blood, they took pains to keep their romance under wraps, and were so successful that much of the cast and crew were unaware.

Carrie Preston, who plays waitress Arlene Fowler in the series, says of their relationship: "I didn't know about it until way into the season. They were very cool and professional about it."

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