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“I went back to my trailer and I concentrated. I did some acting exercises. I was playing the archetype of a lover, so I put on a sexy, slow song and almost did like a belly dance … Many people told me, ‘Oh, just close your eyes and think of him as a woman.’ But no, because that is a totally different energy … I had to open myself to be able to actually be attracted to him, like, really attracted to him … I’m glad I did it, because every time you face your fears you move forward. But my mother will get the DVD without that scene.”
“The other day I realized as long as I’m in this business, I’m going to be hungry. The camera really does add 10 pounds. I’m trying to stay under the weight I want to look like on TV. It’s a good incentive to stay slim and is probably adding years to my life … I’m vegetarian, so I live on carbs, but it’s always an effort. After any wardrobe fitting, I hit the gym three times more than the week before. All the women walk by craft services and keep going. I don’t even know why we walk by, we’re just torturing ourselves. Alex [Skarsgard] and Joe [Manganiello], they’re trying to add size, but we’re all working out like crazy and have diets. Skarsgard seems to be the only one that works out a lot and eats a lot and does fine.”
“I feel like I’ve been pretending I was a werewolf since I was a little kid. But it takes work. It’s about dialect work… I’m not going to lie–it’s about going to the gym. It’s a lot about letting it all go, remembering when you were a crazy primal kid running around and screaming. I wouldn’t tell anyone to study werewolves–I studied wolves, how they moved, their tendencies and sensibilities.”
Sure, “True Blood” and “Mad Men” don’t have a whole lot in common—”True Blood” is a fast-paced vampire dystopia that manages to be as sexy as it is gory, while “Mad Men” is a hyper-real slow burn about advertising dudes in the 1960s. And yet, these two shows are starting to be linked in my mind because they now air back-to-back on Sunday nights. But maybe these shows have more in common than meets the eye? Last night, there was a sex scene in “Mad Men” that reminded me a whole lot of that freaky Bill Compton moment on “True Blood” a few weeks ago. I’ll explain what I mean after the jump, for folks who haven’t had a chance to watch yet. Keep reading »
John DeVore and I agree — this season of “True Blood” is so much better than the last. One reason is the addition of some amazing new characters: Franklin, the creepy but oddly funny vampire with a crush on Tara; Sam Merlotte’s shape-shifting birth family; and, of course, drop-dead gorgeous werewolf Alcide. Alcide is played by the lip-smackingly brawny Joe Manganiello, and we’ve got good news for both fans of the character and the actor. His role has been expanded so that he’s now a series regular. Rejoice!
Manganiello also is featured in an upcoming issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine, which I am sure you have a subscription to, but if not, “Entertainment Tonight” got some behind-the-scenes footage from his photoshoot. He talks about his diet and working out but really, who cares? You could watch this on mute and salivate. [Deadline via JustJared] Keep reading »