Yes, Joe Manganiello has certainly gotten lots of attention since taking on the role of “True Blood’s” werewolf Alcide Hereveaux. He’s worked with wolves, been to a host of swanky parties, and met some of his heroes, but the actor’s biggest and best reward for becoming Pittsburgh’s newest breakout star will be cashed in later this fall.
“I’m going to the Jets game at home in December,” he told AccessHollywood.com of securing passes to cheer on his hometown team – The Steelers – in the highly anticipated match-up. “I’m gonna get a tour of Heinz Field as well.”
For the returning local, a former high school football and basketball star, getting a private tour of The Steelers’ hallowed grounds, plus tickets, is meaningful.
“I’ve made it now!” he said with a laugh.
While he may share a cable network with Jets quarterback, former USC star Mark Sanchez, Joe is hoping for a big defeat of the team currently being documented by HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
“Hopefully I’ll be watching Mark cry,” he joked, showing off his playful team spirit after Access suggested he could say hello to the raven-haired QB.
Joe may be riding high off a rip-roaring “True Blood” Season 3, which wraps up next weekend, one week later than many fans expected due to the Labor Day holiday, he’s found out that becoming a breakout star comes with a few drawbacks.
Joe admitted that he’s sometimes seen a paparazzi presence on his daily routine, but very clearly distanced himself from a recent report that he has a stalker.
“I want to make it clear — all I said was I had my car checked for tracking devices,” he told Access of reports that surfaced online last week suggesting otherwise.
“I didn’t say that I had one and I didn’t say that there was a stalker,” he continued. “Paparazzi kept popping up everywhere I was going for a while and it was starting to make me wonder how the hell these guys do what they do. I was at my car dealership and [they] said, ‘Hey, we can have it checked for tracking devices.’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure, go ahead.’ So that got blown up. It’s funny how sometimes you say, ‘I had my car checked for tracking devices,’ and all of a sudden I have a stalker and the police are involved… That’s not what I said.”
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