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Joe Manganiello interviewed and on the cover of NY Post’s “Alexa”

Joe Manganiello interviewed and on the cover of NY Post’s “Alexa”

joealexasmallTrue Blood’s Joe Manganiello appears on the cover of ALEXA, the luxury broadsheet from the New York Post where they discuss his branching out out – from “True Blood” to “A Streetcar Named Desire”

In the interview, Joe reveals his struggles with alcoholism and discusses his evolution from bare-chested werewolf to character actor.
On wanting more for his role as the nearly naked Alcide on HBO’s “True Blood”:

“Sometimes all I’m being asked to do is rip my shirt off and growl. It’s easy to not feel like an actor. I have to get my creativity out somehow. I’m excited to get back into these intense theater roles and get wild, get raw. Running shirtless in the woods pays the bills, but it’s only a sliver of what I do. I don’t want it to become what I do, or who I am.”

On his new role in “A Streetcar Named Desire” as an anti-hero that rivals Don Draper:

“There’s so much talk now about how the protagonists on cable TV are anti-heroes who live in a gray area, be it Don Draper on ‘Mad Men’ or Walter White on ‘Breaking Bad.’ People talk about this as if it’s some kind of new thing, but Tennessee Williams did it in the 1950s, and I think did it better than anybody. Stanley Kowalski is still the quintessential, top-of-the-mountain male role in American drama.”

On his production company’s upcoming documentary:

“The real-life ‘Magic Mike.’ It’s going to blow people’s minds. It’s one of those docs where we’re inside this subculture and it’s fun, flashy, marketable, and then, wow, it just takes this turn into so much heart and substance. I don’t think there’s going to be a dry eye in the house.”

On his new book, “Evolution,” and overcoming past failures:

“It’s about removing excuses from the past, so you can set up a plan to move forward and change your life. I was super-skinny. I couldn’t do one pull-up, I wasn’t in the top tier of strength, or even in the middle. I was dead last, but I never gave up. I was a fighter. I think our culture is putting itself in a dangerous position, because it’s setting itself up to remove failure from children’s upbringings. Kids play soccer games where goals aren’t counted, and everybody gets the pat on the back — and that’s just not how men work. I have a list in the book of people who failed miserably, and through that, learned how to stand up taller. That’s certainly the case for me.”

On fighting his alcoholism – 11 years sober:

“I was homeless, careless, broke, struggling, jobless. I had horrendous relationships with everyone around me, family, friends. I didn’t act for four years. That’s just a slice of it. I’m a better man for having gone through it. When I was at the point where I had completely failed at life, I swore that if success ever happened, if I ever had another opportunity, I’d never take it for granted.”




Written by Lynnpd

Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at

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    August 28, 2013

    A most interesting and enlightening interview. Congratulations to Joe for working through those early failures and coming out on top.


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    August 28, 2013

    nice interview. good for Joe on his sobriety. so much I didnt know.


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    August 28, 2013

    An excellent article on Joe M. and congrats to “A Streetcar Named Desire”; I wish could be in NY to see the show.


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    August 31, 2013

    Wow, he doesn’t seems to be very grateful for True Blood… THAT’s why he became famous in the first place! I would have thought that job was more than just “paying the bills”….


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