Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer don't waste time packing before location shoots

Actors Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer always have getaway bags packed beside their bed, so they don't have to waste time packing before film shoots.

The actor and his wife are often separated by film projects and, because they cherish their last moments together, they don't want to start picking out wardrobe items during quality time at home.

"I live out of a suitcase," Stephen tells WENN. "Being married to an actor and having kids together, we try to sort of be together when we can.

"Me and Anna have these things we call 'go bags' and they're literally set next to the night stand. We're all set to dash off."

And Moyer admits he and his wife are very in tune with their feelings when they're not together - because neither wants to get used to time apart.

"You get to a place where you're working and you haven't got your partner with you or your dogs or your kids, and at first it feels odd and it feels weird not to have that around," he explains. "Then there's this hollowness that takes over and this is the bit I don't like, where you start moving on without that stuff.

"Filling that gap can sometimes be a disconcerting thing, so when I start to feel that I need to go and see them."

The True Blood stars recently managed to combine family and work when Moyer directed his wife in The Parting Glass, calling the experience of working on the project written by another former True Blood castmember Denis O'Hare "lovely".

But now the family has been parted once more - Stephen is home in Los Angeles editing The Parting Glass, which follows a family reeling from a death, and Anna has just left to start filming Tell It to the Bees in Scotland.

She is starring alongside Holliday Grainger in the project which sees her playing a doctor who returns to her father's hometown to take over his medical practice.