Listen up True Blood fans… the third season of the show starts next week! To celebrate the new series we caught up with Sookie Stackhouse’s sexy new werewolf interest, Joe Manganiello to talk nudity, women and and the truth about his secret inner geek…
True Blood’s back for a third season and you’re making your debut! What’s so good about working on the show?
Everyone is very down to earth and normal, which is surprising because the show is so insane! I don’t think there’s been a kinkier TV show, or this racy.
You’re telling us! Have you always been so confident showing off your bod
and would you keep in such fab shape if you weren’t doing nude scenes for True Blood
JOE: When I was at college I did a play in New York and it involved full frontal nudity. Some of my class mates showed up. Their mouths dropped. If a part doesn’t necessitate being in this kind of shape I don’t keep it up. I train two times a day for six days a week so it’s hard work, time consuming – it’s brutal.
How does your fiancée Audra deal with seeing her man getting naked on telly?
She laughs at the nudity. She kind of takes the piss out of me about it and reminds me that she’s the one who washes my underpants!
Your character is romantic and reliable, is that what you’re like in a relationship?
That would be a question for my fiancée! There’s a sensitivity to Alcide and what I love about him is how it turns people’s perception of a werewolf or a monster on it’s head. He’s afraid of getting hurt and is deeply affected by having to be an outsider.
Can you relate to that feeling of being excluded?
I grew up with giant Coke bottle glasses – my eyes are so bad I can’t get them lasered – and I my ears stuck out so I grew my hair out to cover them. I was a geek. I was smart, well read, I won third place in a chess tournament when I was six. I didn’t fit in and I got picked on a lot.
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You poor thing! Did you have much luck with the girls?
JOE: On the night of my school prom I went to the movies by myself instead to watch Bladerunner. After my homecoming ball the girl I took told me she didn’t want to go out with me and at another dance my date refused to dance with me. So yes, being promoted [as a sex symbol] is such a funny thing because deep down inside I’m still that geek. GC