Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux on True Blood Draws New Fan Base

August 7, 2010 by  

Joe Manganiello was recently interviewed by Interview Magazine where he discussed in detail how he trained to play werewolf Alcide Herveaux, and how much he is enjoyi9ng his role on his favorite TV show, True Blood.

“I feel like I’ve been pretending I was a werewolf since I was a little kid.  But it takes work.  It’s about dialect work… I’m not going to lie–it’s about going to the gym.  It’s a lot about letting it all go, remembering when you were a crazy primal kid running around and screaming.  I wouldn’t tell anyone to study werewolves–I studied wolves, how they moved, their tendencies and sensibilities.”

It was recently announced that we will be seeing Alcide in Season 4 instead of just the initial 6 episodes he was signed for.  Joe said “it was exhilarating to find out I was going to be a regular character”.

Along with being a major character on a hit show comes fame.  And Joe finds himself with a new kind of fan base.  In reference to his attending Comic-Con this year, Joe remarked on the level of hysteria of the show’s fans.  He was totally overwhelmed.  But as he was a fan of the show before he joined the cast, he said “I get it”.  He attributes the frenzy with Alan Ball‘s writing.

“The story telling and dialogue is really intelligent, and it draws you in, so you care so much about the characters.”

Joe relayed a recent fan encounter while in a New York department store. He felt as if someone was staring at him, and after 10 minutes he looked up to discover a “horde” of women following him.

“I walked into another room and one lady screamed ‘WHERE’S THAT WEREWOLF AT?!’  I waved at her and a bunch of ladies started hooting and hollering.  It was great.  It was fun.”


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