Wolves are clawing their way into HBO’s bloody (and steamy) vampire drama True Blood. The third season began Sunday and the buzz has been building for months. Sold stories on it to Movie Entertainment magazine, Starweek and Sunday’s Toronto Star, including this profile of Joe Manganiello. He plays werewolf newcomer Alcide, assigned to protect Sookie (Anna Paquin) this season as she wanders off in search of her abducted vampire lover Bill (Stephen Compton).
“This season is going to stand out,” says Manganiello, 33. “It’s one of those magic seasons from start to finish. I think the fans are going to lose their minds over it.”
Sounds like the web played a role in this actor landing this part. “Fans were blogging on line about who should play Alcide from the books,” he told me last week. “A friend of mine sent me a little web link in an email from a blog where fans of mine were posting pictures of me.” That’s how Manganiello found out about the character. When he read the books and found the description of Alcide matched up well with his look, he bugged is manager and agent until an audition was secured. “Once I got in I had the best audition of my life,” he says.
True Blood airs Sundays at 9 on HBO Canada. If you missed the season three premiere, it repeats Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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