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Joe Manganiello on Being a Sex Symbol: ”It’s Pretty Flattering”

With his good looks and those amazing abs, Joe Manganiello was destined to be a sex symbol from the moment he stepped onto the True Blood screen.

Luckily, he knew how to handle, thanks to watching his fellow True Blood hunks.

"It’s pretty fun. It’s flattering. I was a fan of the first two seasons, so I got to watch what happened to Ryan [Kwanten], Sam [Trammell] and Stephen [Moyer], and then Alex [Skarsgard] as he emerged. I got to watch all of that stuff, so by the time I was cast, I knew what the story was," he says in the new issue of Prestige Hong Kong.

"I knew that being cast as the werewolf meant that I was going to drop my pants and lose my shirt quite a bit.”

His fans everywhere are very grateful for that!

Joe is just fine with the nudity involved in filming True Blood, even though it was new to him when he started.

"I spent my entire career in my 20s with nobody wanting me to take my shirt off. Seems like I turned 30 and everything kind of flip-flopped," he notes. "

"I don’t really think about it at all, especially with True Blood — being shirtless isn’t what the show is about, it’s just the icing on the cake. I’m not afraid; I don’t think I’m one-dimensional.”

It's clear Alan Ball doesn't think so, either. Although Alcide Herveaux isn't always a main character in all the Southern Vampire Mysteries books, he'll be a big presence in season 5.

"My role is only going to increase, and I’ll wind up getting into territory that isn’t covered in the books," he reveals.

Howl-ellujah to that!

Source: Prestige

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01.6.2012 / 12:50 AM EDT by Kara Weston
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