True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Talks about Alcide – Part 2

December 29, 2009 by  

Yesterday we presented part 1 of Joe Manganiello‘s interview with Micheal Auseillo from and today we continue his interview with his discussions surrounding Alan Ball’s approach to Alcide and if it will differ from Charlaine HarrisAlcide? His time commitment to True Blood? And perhaps one of the biggest question that many True Blood fans are wondering is should they be worried about Alcide getting in between Sookie and the two vampires vying for her attention.

When asked if his portrayal of Alcide Herveaux on True Blood will be different from Charlaine Harris‘ version, Joe states that both him and Alan Ball had a discussion about it and as of now “it’s up in the air.” However at this point in time he is confident that the book fans will be happy with how his character is going to be portrayed.

As to how Joe sees Alcide, he refers to him as a big, tender, romantic giant with heroic tendencies:

“He’s really big. He’s giant. When Sookie first meets him, she opens the door and looks up, and then has to look up some more. So there’s this giant presence standing in the doorway with dark hair and dark features. He’s strong and protective. He comes from a construction background; his father is in the construction business. He’s heroic and romantic. I don’t think it’s a secret that he has a broken heart when he shows up. He had a really rough go of this relationship with Debbie Pelt, so there’s a lot of friction there. Debbie’s doing a lot of things to get back at Alcide.”

As for how long he will be joining the cast, all he could say is that he is committed to the show for this upcoming season.

When asked about what he can offer Sookie in a relationship that vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) can’t, Joe states that although his character is not completely human (being a werewolf) he is warm flesh and blood and has a lifespan.  Taking notes from the book he knows that when Alcide hugs Sookie she can feel his skin the amount of heat that radiates from it which is completely different from the touch of the vampires.  As he states “it’s [similar to when] she met Bill and what a relief it was for her to not to be able to hear his thoughts.” Something new to her that she has never experienced before.

In regards to being the thrown in the middle of the frenzy for Sookie‘s attention, that already has a huge, devoted fan following for both Bill and Eric to win her heart, Joe see it as a lot of fun.  He states that if he was a small, petite actress it may be scary being thrown into that type of situation but he is a big guy and “people don’t necessarily scare me that way.” Though he does admit he has had his share of stalkers that he had to go to the police to take care of the matter. As Joe explains:

“They were really big… I don’t know how I want to describe it but they were guys. I’ve had two guy stalkers that I’ve had to go to the cops about. But other than that I think it’s a blast. It’s so fun to get caught up in that. It’s so fun to have fans care that much. It’s that whole Comic-Con, fanboy crowd. I love that. I started my career in Spider-Man, so I’m completely familiar with them and I love that kind of stuff. And you hear about love triangles all of the time, it’s going to be interesting to see how the love square works out.”

All True Blood fans will be definitely interested in seeing how the potential triangle will be played out in season 3.  Till then we all will have to wait it out patiently till June.


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  • Kat

    I was really looking forward to who would be playing Alcide because he was one of my favorite characters in the books (just wish he didn’t have the “Debbie Baggage”). They did not disappoint with the casting!! By jove Joe is perfect!

  • Joe is going to be awesome in Season 3… WHY do we still have months to wait for the new season premiere???

  • Lynn


  • lizzie1701

    Let’s hope AB goes a fresh new way. We don’t want a documentary, do we?

    • pbt

      I am sure that Alan Ball already has his own spin planned for the character of Alcide. Can’t wait to see all of our weres. I believe Grant Bowler as Coot will also be an awesome character to watch next season too. A whole batch of craziness is in store for all of us. Oh so many new characters to be enthralled with.

      I agree that I can’t wait for the tense scenes between Eric and Alcide. Sookie will have to stand in between those too. Raising hand here for that job.

      164 days until the v-ddiction continues

  • txophelia

    SO glad to hear he’s reading the books. They really DO portray Alcide as a hero type, well….”a hero with issues.”
    I personally think it makes heroes more relatable for viewers and readers to see that their heroes have vulnerabilities.

    I can’t WAIT to see this guy up against Eric! Man!
    Whoo-hoo! Bring it on!

  • missyella

    I thought Vin Diesel, but he is just way to famous.

    So I have absolutely no idea for the part of Quinn.

    • jaxx

      LOL. Vin Diesel was the only young, cute, bald guy I could think of too. Ladies, anyone else come to mind that fits the “Quinn” bill???

      • I read that Charlaine Harris had Vin Diesel in mind when she wrote the character of Quinn.

  • Loleaf

    I hope that they go with to storyline close to the books with Sookie and Alcide(but, the book readers know that AB went a different direction with the Bill and Sookie storyline . But IMO that is quite alright). I loved all the parts with Sookie staying with him, and her meeting Alcide’s sister, and the best part with Club Dead!! He seems to have the right frame of mind on which direction he thinks Alcide should be played.
    Can’t wait to see who they choose to play Quinn!!!! Anyone who hasn’t read the books you are in for a treat!! Can’t even think who they could get to play such a huge person that is so intimidating..
    Can’t wait for June!! I’m back to waring out my play and pause buttons on my remote, from watching Season 1 so much on-demand!!! LOL

    • jaxx

      So do I. I loved Club Dead followed by Dead to the World. They were my 2 favorite Sookie books. After Club Dead, Sookie’s world really opens up. I also hope that will happen in Season 3. With all the new characters added, which are from the book, I have a good feeling about Season 3. Can’t wait.

      • missyella

        Jaxx, you are right. We expect and demand a god season 3.

  • missyella

    I tell you Sookie is going to have the greatest Neckache.

    But I welcome the new characters with open arms and mind.

  • missyella

    What I want to know who is going to portray Quinn?

    The subject has become quite quiet, regarding this particular character.

  • pbt

    Season Three is shaping up to be better and better. The casting department continues to do any outstanding job of filling the multitude of new characters. Joe/Alcide sounds like he has already wrapped his mind around his character.

    You are right Joe, the “love square” will be very interesting indeed. Welcome to the Truebie family, we all welcome you with open arms and squeezing hard. 🙂

    Go True Blood. 165 days until the v-ddiction continues!

  • Mony

    S3 will be soooo hot and i really like him for his enthusiasm^^
    Sookie si such a lucky girl!!!!
    I think Joe will be overhelmed by fans as Alex was in this year at Comic Con….
    Go True Blood!!!!!!

  • jaxx

    I love his enthusiasm. I think he will be a real asset to TB. He will definitely take his place among the leading men of TB. We will have one more suitor in the mix for Sookie’s attention. Wow, Bill, Sam, Eric and now Alcide. There will certainly be a lot of eye candy in S3. I wish I were Sookie. 🙂

  • “It’s so fun to get caught up in that. It’s so fun to have fans care that much.” (Quote from Joe)

    I think it is really great that he loves that us fans care so much. I hope he is ready for all the adoration from us Truebies. We are FANatical! I am so excited about S-3.