Joe Manganiello: Baring All For True Blood “Is Not Gratuitous; It’s Realistic”

As far as the butt cheek stuff goes, it just makes sense. It’s not gratuitous; it’s realistic. If you’re a werewolf and you transform, you lose everything and there are your butt cheeks. The show is a deconstruction of supernatural creatures. It’s not like other werewolf projects, where you magically reappear with tiny jean shorts on.

True Blood star Joe Manganiello—who will be wearing a teeny bit more in the upcoming stripper flick, Magic Mike—discusses his character’s penchant for nudity, in Out magazine.

Photos via Out, John B. Johnson/HBO

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  • christopher di spirito

    It’s also wonderful. Just as hot Shawn Hatosy has delivered two nude scenes in TNT’s most excellent cop drama, ‘Homeland.”

  • MEJ


  • christopher di spirito

    @Erich: Yes, Southland. My bad. I’m at work with a phone in one ear and a boss 5 feet away!

  • wayne

    I like the swipe at Twilight.

  • Marie Cohn

    Joe turns my mangina to jello.

  • tookietookie

    Because werewolves are realistic in the first place.

    Oh, when stupid people talk…

  • j

    @tookietookie: Of course they’re not. But when you make the story believable in every other way it helps you “suspend disbelief” and actually sympathize with the characters and whats happening. By your thinking we should just make sure every plot in every movie or book sucks because its not real anyway? In things like true blood the detail has to set it apart and I think he’s absolutely right. /rant

  • Phil

    All of the nudity in True Blood is gratuitous. At least the show attempts some form of parity in that I get male boob and ass in addition to lady boob and ass. (Does OUT ever feature somebody gay on their cover?)

  • Jake

    He talks? I can’t stop looking at his chest and ass when he’s on my TV

  • wc1

    What’s with the US and their aversion to full frontal nudity?

  • soakman


    I would assume the remnants of Victorian England values and Puritanism… but other than that, I have no rational excuse.

  • drums

    Let’s be real, all of True Blood itself is gratuitous. Even the clothed scenes are gratuitous. You don’t have to defend any of it as cinéma vérité; just acknowledge that it’s fun entertainment and move on.

  • Pete

    What is “realistic” nudity?No cock double…no stunt man for the sex scenes?

  • dsp

    I hate Joe Manganiello, really, really hate him! You know what I hate the most about him, that he is not my boyfriend! I love how he added ”
    It’s not like other werewolf projects, where you magically reappear with tiny jean shorts on” …priceless!

  • Oh, ok.

    I honestly forgot he’s supposed to be a werewolf on True Blood, I’m always a zombie when he’s on screen, drooling, and wanting brains.

  • Oh well

    Yes, nude werewolves are the very definition of realism. :)

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