Joe Manganiello Talks True Blood (Warning Spoilers)

On Sunday night, Alcide spared the life of Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan). Does Alcide still harbor feelings for Debbie?

Is Alcide going to get back with Debbie? No way in hell. I think she’s psychotic. He didn’t want to get back together with her; he didn’t even want to go back in there. It was really and truly Sookie dragging Alcide back in there. Sookie’s been the catalyst for the emerging leader that comes out of Alcide, which winds up being his arc. In the book, he’s a construction worker who wants to have nothing to do with politics or anything—and really doesn’t want to have much to do with being a werewolf. It’s the unlikely story of how that unlikely hero becomes King of the Wolves, basically.

The third book in the series is called Club Dead. Is there a reason that the Club Dead in the book wasn’t used for the television series?

Well, Club Dead, in the book, was a bar called Josephine’s, I believe. And it was a bar for all types of supernatural creatures to hang out at. In the book, there’s a ghost that valet parks your car; Debbie is a were-lynx and leaves Alcide for a were-owl—there are all these different animals. So there are all these supernatural creatures that hang out at this bar that’s referred to as Club Dead. In our series, that became Lou Pine’s—the werewolf bar that you saw in episodes three and four.

I’m guessing you’ve read the books?

In preparation for auditioning to play Alcide, I read book three to get a general idea of who Alcide was. But I own all of the books and I definitely peruse them as needed.

How does it feel to step into a role that’s new but, also, already so popular?

It’s like playing a historical figure, to a certain extent. For me to step into this very beloved character on my favorite show, and enter into that mythology—you want to do right by the fans. I got to hang out with Charlaine Harris at ComicCon and I said, “Charlaine, so he’s got biceps the size of boulders, huh. Do you know how many hours I spent in the gym trying to match your description of this guy?” But, at the end of the day, I come from a classical theater background and it’s no different from the type of pressure playing Stanley Kowalski. I played Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire a couple of years ago and that was made famous by Brando. You want to talk about pressure.

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