"Well, we shoot eight months of the year and put in long hours. So we talk about work for the first bit, but by month six you're crawling along on stumps and it's the last thing you want to discuss," he tells The U.K.'s Guardian.
But he notes that their characters, Bill Compton and Sookie Stackhouse are no longer in a relationship, so "we miss that camaraderie." Now, when they do shoot a scene together, "we get back to ribbing each other very quickly. It's tit-for-tat banter."
The couple is expecting their first child together (he has two kids from a previous relationship), and Stephen admits he's "a bit" out of practice.
"I'm kind of dreading it but excited as well," he reveals.
True Blood season 5 premieres June 10, and it looks to delve deeper in the world of vampires. One thing Stephen wants Bill to do on True Blood? Get a tan!
"Me and Alan Ball have talked about putting in a scene where the vampires go to spray-tan booths, so they can blend in and look normal," he jokes.
"I've also been nagging him to write a scene with a bunch of us sat around reading magazines in a dentist's waiting room."
Gotta keep those fangs nice and shiny, right?
Source: The Guardian