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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello is featured in the October 2013 issue of ELLE Magazine.  Below is part of the interview with Joe from their web site.


His last name may be hard to pronounce, but Joe Manganiello’s appeal easily translates: He’s the 6’5? he-man with cobblestone abs who brought a massive hit of feral masculinity to HBO’s True Blood as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux. Initially hired for just six episodes, Manganiello elicited public approval so loud the network couldn’t let him go. (For that same reason, it seems, he often appears on How I Met Your Mother.)

Manganiello, who starred as Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh’s essential Magic Mike, proposed to his girlfriend in Italy in 2010 but reportedly broke things off before settling on a wedding date. He’s now dating model Bridget Peters, whom he met in Las Vegas earlier this year. He’ll be in classier surroundings shortly: The 36-year-old actor—who studied drama at Carnegie Mellon—brings his werewolf energy to the stage, starring as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Stella!


ELLE: Who was your first crush?

Joe Manganiello: Princess Leia from Star Wars. I actually met Carrie Fisher a couple of years ago. When I told her that she was my first crush, she insisted that we get married and have a reality show about it. I’m lucky to have made it out of that weekend without getting married.

ELLE: Have you ever asked a woman to dress up as Princess Leia?

JM: I’m a nerd. But I’m not that hard-core.

ELLE: Speaking of dress-up: As a 16-year-old in Pittsburgh, you worked at bars—wearing the Captain Morgan pirate costume as part of a promotion. How did women respond?

JM: I was severely underage. Those were the first times I was ever in a bar. Ever drunk in a bar. It was a bit of an education. I’d lie to the hot college girls about going to the University of Pittsburgh. Little did they know that I didn’t have a driver’s license. My mom would drop me off.

ELLE: Wait, your mom dropped you off?

JM: I don’t think she knew what was going on. She knew I was going to make $25 an hour. Those were some of the greatest nights of my life.

ELLE: You wore a thong in Magic Mike. Did that give you an appreciation for what women go through?

JM: What’s funny is that male strippers don’t wear thongs anymore. They wear flat backs. [Laughs] I don’t know what was going on with wardrobe, but whatever. Yes, they’re insanely uncomfortable. But women do a lot of uncomfortable things for men—and I appreciate it all. I appreciate high heels. I appreciate thongs.

ELLE: Your character was named Big Dick Richie. There’s a lot of expectation there. Do women ever ask for proof?

JM: Hell yeah. That’s one of the big reasons you take that part.

ELLE: Have you always been comfortable naked?

JM: No. I play characters who are comfortable naked, but that’s something you work up to. I did a play off-Broadway in New York when I was in college. It was full-frontal nudity. It’s nerve-racking.

ELLE: Was it also empowering?

JM: No. Doing theater is like walking a tightrope without a net. This was like walking a tightrope without a net—with a giant fan blowing at you.

ELLE: Ever get any valuable advice about women?

JM: Definitely. “I’m not leaving the relationship, I’m just leaving the house.” That’s a big one. What’s another one? “I’d rather be a liar than an asshole.”

ELLE: What does that mean?

JM: We’ve all had those phone conversations. Things are heated, you’re in a position where you’re gonna say something nasty. Instead, you say, “Oh, I’ve got that thing in the oven.” Lie. Get off the phone. Don’t perpetuate a bad situation.

ELLE: Your engagement a few years ago was called off. Did you dodge a bullet?

JM: I’m hesitant to talk about that. My goal is not to harm her. But I’m the happiest and most fulfilled I’ve ever been. And if I had stayed in that relationship, that wouldn’t be the case.

To read the rest of this interview go to Elle’s web site.

Date: September 29th | Category: True Blood
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