Lone Wolf


By William Van Meter

Joe Manganiello was a theater-loving jock who defended the arty kids in school, but never felt he belonged to any clique. Then he was cast in 'True Blood' and found his feet—all four of them.

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.”

The next day, Manganiello is browsing at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. He is enjoying a short break from filming True Blood -- the next season begins airing this summer. Besides Magic Mike, he 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, Matt Bomer, who also appears in Magic Mike -- he and Bomer have been friends since drama school at Carnegie Mellon. Manganiello was out of town for months at a time working.

"I travel too much for pets,” he says. “I used to have two dogs, but, um, the owner of the dogs moved out.” He is chagrined to have revealed any of his private life, but admits, “I’m single. Yeah, I used to not like being alone, but I dig it, man."