"True Blood was Manganiello's big break, but after his first season, he was broke. He spent all of his earnings on a personal trainer (the same one who whipped Hugh Jackman into Wolverine shape) to transform him into an athletic dynamo."
"I like working hard," he says. "It's my letter of gratitude to Alan Ball for giving me this opportunity. Vampires are animated corpses. They can get away with not looking like they go to a gym. I'm a wild animal -- that's how I should look."
This summer, Joe stars in the stripper movie, Magic Mike. It's based on costar Channing Tatum's pre-Hollywood career as an erotic dancer. Tatum also co-produced the film. It has quite a hunky cast, also starring Matthew McConaughey and TV's Matt Bomer.
Manganiello promises Magic Mike will incorporate all of the complexities of the grind. "There are a lot of drugs, the overdosing, the depraved lifestyle," he says. "But on the other side, it's hilarious." Joe is familiar with that type of life, but has been sober for ten years.
" Besides Magic Mike, Joe will also appear in the ensemble comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting. He recently filmed a guest spot on White Collar thanks to its star, the recently out, Matt Bomer, who also appears in Magic Mike -- he and Bomer have been friends since drama school at Carnegie Mellon. "
The more places he turns up, the better for me! Love, love, love him!