Joe Manganiello Prayed to be a Werewolf

May 25, 2010 by  

Joe Manganiello loved watching monster movies as a kid.  In an interview with Pittsburgh Magazine, Joe said he wanted to be one of those scary creatures and used to pray that he would turn into a werewolf.  “Twenty-five years later I play one on TV.”

Getting his wish, we will see Joe as Alcide Herveaux, a tall, dark and well built werewolf in Season 3 of Alan Ball‘s HBO hit series, True Blood. Airing on June 13th, Season 3 will have Alcide vying for the attention of Sookie Stackhouse, competing with vampires Eric Northman and Bill Compton.

Scary creatures aside, in the article Joe went on to mention his love of the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I bleed black and gold,” he said.  He even made a YouTube video in 2007 about die hard Steelers fans talking in a Los Angeles bar.

Growing up in Mount Lebanon, PA, Joe played varsity football and was captain of the basketball and volleyball teams.  At 6’5″, Joe had thought he’d play basketball in college.  Instead, his childhood dream of acting called louder.

Joe got the acting bug during his last year of high school.  But he was not accepted into the acting program of the college of his choice, CMU.  So he attended the University of Pittsburgh for a year, auditioning for everything, and his hard work paid off.  He was accepted into the CMU acting program the following year.

With a busy career, Joe can be seen on many network and cable channels, as well as in commercials.  But True Blood fans will get to meet him in just a few short weeks, as Season 3 kicks off with more scary creatures.


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  • lizzie

    Joe seems like a likeable guy and he appears to be in awe of his good fortune! I am glad things are working well for him.

  • Antonio

    Its Cool to get to know more about 1 of the new faces on TB…Especially a Werewolf! He is Not alone…I always thought that Werewolves such as the Wolf-Man and even gory films like the Howling were Quite Fascinating! I always thought Many of those older “Monster” flix were Cool,Too!
    Plus He and I have something in common…right off the bat
    We are Both of Italian-American extraction…Eh Paisano!!
    This season it will be Cool to have the Mediterranean regaion represented in TB! Talbot a Greek and Alcide an Italian
    There are NO supes like european ones!!
    LOL 🙂