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

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/2017/05/Ben-Platt-Dear-Evan-Hansen.jpg
Ben Platt on How He Found Himself Starring in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
"Every day is a different sort of vibe and feeling. It can be impacted by anything from like, "Is it raining outside?" to "Are there a lot of old people?"" - Ben Platt
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/geoffrey-rush-genius.jpg
Geoffrey Rush: “In my theatrical repertoire, I rarely played the central character”
"I suppose I’m drawn to — I’d call them all outsider figures." - Geoffrey Rush
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/michaela-watkins-casual.jpg
Michaela Watkins on the Challenge of Finally Landing a Long-Term Role in ‘Casual’
"I felt like I really want to chew the meat. I just really want to get to know somebody in a consistent way." - Michaela Watkins on Her Role in 'Casual'
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24-legacy-corey-hawkins.jpg
Tony Nominee Corey Hawkins on His Nearly-Disastrous Juilliard Audition
"I remember thinking, ‘I want to go to Juilliard, I want that structure and I want that rigor and that classical foundation.’" - Corey Hawkins
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/the-walking-dead-josh-mcdermitt.jpg
Josh McDermitt: “I moved to LA a little later in my life than when most people move and I feel like I’m better for it.”
"You have wins, you have losses. You have to remain positive, that’s probably the biggest challenge; to not get yourself down." - Josh McDermitt on Acting