Joe Manganiello on Acting Shirtless and the Only Thing He Has Conrol Over: His Work Ethic

  • Pin It

Joe-Manganiello-magic-mikeJoe Manganiello is becoming really well-known for taking his shirt off.  The 35-year-old, who recent characters feature the actor sans shirt, is now starring as a male stripper in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike and werewolf Alcide in HBO’s True Blood.

But, he doesn’t really care. “The only hesitation was just that voice in my head that said, ‘Okay, everybody makes such a big deal out of you being shirtless on True Blood.  Now you’re going to be a male stripper,’” he told NBC New York.  “So there was just a thought about that—but who cares?  I’m known for being shirtless in projects helmed by Oscar winners. So what?  Fine.  I think that if it was a male stripper movie with most anyone else you probably would look at it cross-eyed, but it’s Steven.  Then you go, ‘Okay, it’s Steven.  It’s Channing [Tatum.]  It’s [Matthew] McConaughey.”

Manganiello, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, said that he “spent the first half of my career doing nothing but classical material. We’re talking Shakespeare and Ibsen and Chekhov and ancient Greek.  So that doesn’t go anywhere.  I’m not really worried about it.  I wasn’t in this kind of shape before True Blood.  This is the kind of shape that I got into to play the character.  It just so happens that there’s been this succession of parts in a certain line.”

He went on to say: “Work ethic is the only thing that I have control over, so the fact that even if I was cast because of my abs—so what?  I work my ass off for that stuff.  Steven Soderbergh cast me in Magic Mike because of my appearance on Chelsea Handler.  He was flipping channels and went, ‘That guy is great.  That’s the sense of humor we need.’  Alan Ball cast me [for True Blood] with my shirt on, coming in and reading for his show. What am I supposed to say?  I think that I just bring as much as I can to roles and if the part calls for that kind of stuff, then I’m going to do it 110 percent like Edward Norton did back in American History X and the way Robert DeNiro did in Cape Fear.”

Magic Mike is in theaters now. True Blood airs on Sundays at 10pm on HBO.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/watch-andy-serkis-talks-motion-c.jpg
Watch: Andy Serkis Talks Motion Capture, His Career and More
This week saw the release of the final film in The Lord of the Rings saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Out of the dozens of actors who appeared in the series, the one whose career was most defined by the six-film franchise is Andy Serkis, who portrayed Gollum in the series […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/dan-stevens-summer-in-february.jpg
Dan Stevens Recalls When Shia LaBeouf Disrupted One of His Broadway Performances: “I wish I’d had a broadsword then”
Though Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is billed as the final movie in the fantasy series, it still incorporates some new blood into the mix alongside franchise favorites like Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. The most significant new addition is Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey, who plays Lancelot. Lancelot doesn’t realize that […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/bradley-cooper-the-elephant-man.jpg
Bradley Cooper Takes A Grad School Dream To The Broadway Stage With, ‘The Elephant Man’
Bradley Cooper is proving to be an actor who wants a career defined by strong work. Instead of solely relying upon franchises like The Hangover, the Oscar nominee is mixing it up again between the big screen and the stage. Cooper is starring in The Elephant Man on Broadway this theatre season. It’s a role […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/bob-balaban-a-delicate-balance.jpg
Bob Balaban on Being a Character Actor: “It’s what I do and who I am and I really enjoy it”
With Glenn Close and John Lithgow in the cast of Broadway’s A Delicate Balance, it’s okay if you didn’t notice that veteran actor Bob Balaban is also in the cast. Balaban, who is probably best known for his roles in Christopher Guest‘s mockumentaries and for his supporting roles in dozens of other films, has returned […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/michael-c-hall-hedwig.jpg
Michael C. Hall on His Broadway Life After ‘Dexter': “There was a desire to perform an exorcism”
When it was announced that Michael C. Hall was replacing Andrew Rannells in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, it was a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t that people thought Hall couldn’t pull off the role of a transgender rock star — he was previously on Broadway as the Master of Ceremonies in […]