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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