Being that I’m a huge fan of Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series of mystery books, the choice of actors who would bring her beloved characters to life for the HBO series “True Blood” was one of great importance to me. And no doubt, to the other countless millions of readers and viewers as well. So when I first heard the part of the werewolf Alcide Herveaux had been cast I was a bit surprised to find the part went to a fairly unknown actor Joe Manganiello. As I rushed to scour the internet for tidbits on Joe I was immediately taken aback by his incredible good looks. Clearly he’d been sculpted by a roman god (*please refer to the Gallery O’Joe below) with his washboard abs, gorgeous dark wavy hair and easy smile. Even so, I was still holding judgment until I could see him in action on screen. After watching Joe make his first appearance as Alcide, judgment be damned, he wasn’t just a pretty face, the boy could act!
I quickly found out that Joseph Michael Manganiello was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. But even with a BFA degree there are no guarantees of success in the fickle world of Hollywood. Luckily for Joe his dark Sicilian good looks got him noticed quickly and landed him his first role in the 2002 movie, Spiderman as Flash Thompson along side Tobey Maguire. As much as I would love to see those dark chocolate eyes playing sexy on the big screen most of Joe’s work has been on television. From the CW’s “One Tree Hill” to CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” he’s even appeared on CBS’s “CSI”, alive. And thank God for that because seriously, cutting up that body would have been pure sacrilege!
Even with all the television appearances Joe has had to resort to good old fashioned labor, like shoveling gravel and sand out of the back of trucks as well as doing some stunt work in Hollywood, just to pay the bills at times. Not that I’m bothered by that, hell no! There’s something to be said for a guy who isn’t afraid to get dirty and use his hands. Now if he’s a romantic at heart too that just might put him in league to be the perfect man. I’m just saying. Thankfully, with his confirmed recurring role as Alcide on “Trueblood” Joe won’t have to resort to using shovels and cement bags to keep his glorious body in tip-top shape. Working with a personal trainer three days a week twice a day should do the trick. He’s sure to be nice and tight for all those naked scenes. And bless him for it.
Beyond topping every Hot List of 2010 Joe’s future looks bright. Season 4 of “True Blood” will start filming in November and it’s just a matter of time before we see Joe’s sexy mug on the big screen as well. So, get on the ground floor of this investment. He’s definitely one2watch4!
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