Joe Manganiello is People Mag’s ‘Hottest Bachelor’: meathead or magnificent?


Really? Him? Joe Manganiello covers this week’s special edition of People Mag, “Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelors.” I’m feeling like Snow White looking at the cover – there’s Meathead, Hipster, Skeevy, Druggy and DumDum. All we need now is Grumpy and Sleepy. Anyway, I suspect that Joe got the cover because he was one of the few bachelors who would agree to A) take off his shirt and flash his abs and B) grunt his way through an exclusive interview. So here you go:

Joe Manganiello knows what he’s looking for in a woman – he just hasn’t found her yet.

“I am part Sicilian,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I am passionate. I am a hot-blooded person. If you don’t like spicy, then maybe I’m not for you.”

The star, 37, who plays sexy werewolf Alcide on HBO’s True Blood and makes his directorial debut with the new documentary La Bare, opens up about everything from his first crush (Princess Leia!) to his perfect kiss (“like you’re off the planet”) to whether he believes in true love.

“I think the crazy love that you fall into in the beginning turns into ‘like’ and ‘need.’ Chris Rock told me that!” says the Pittsburgh native, who is set to reprise his role as a stripper in the upcoming Magic Mike sequel. “He’s like, ‘Kid, you wanna get married? Listen, there’s love, and you can feel love the first night, but that’s not what it is. It’s, ‘I like you and I need you.’ ”

No matter what, he says, “I’m at my best when I have someone to wake up next to.”

As for his favorite part of a woman, “I’m big into smell,” he says. “It’s funny I got cast as a werewolf. There’s something about the smell on that part of a woman’s neck where it meets the jaw, ahhhh! It’s heaven.”

[From People]

*dabs roast beef onto neck* Noooo! What am I saying? I’m not into him. Why can’t People Mag’s editors admit they have terrible taste in men? I’m not saying that they should have put Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover. Shirtless. And talking about smelling women’s necks. NO, I’m not saying that at all. But it’s like this Meathead cover is designed to turn OFF most women. Manganiello? EFRON? Scott Eastwood?! Could we at least get a shout-out to Tom Hiddleston? Chris Evans? Chris Pine? Michael Fassbender? Prince Harry?! Alexander Skarsgard?


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  1. Tx says:

    Sorry Kaiser I gotta go against you here. I am so in. The things I would do to that man!!

  2. Lilacflowers says:

    He’s just not my thing at all but I will be buying the magazine to give as a gift to a friend who salivates over him. We all have different tastes and that’s what makes the world interesting. The editors of People and I seem to have very different tastes.

  3. Tiffany27 says:

    No. In 20 different languages.

  4. Abbott says:

    I mean… aren’t these the dudes who just didn’t make Sexiest Man Alive final round?

    Send them to the Thunder Dome!

  5. ncboudicca says:

    Last season of True Blood – his PR person is doing a good job getting him attention so maybe he can get another job.

  6. eliza says:

    I cannot stand him. Irrationally so. I find him totally the opposite of hot. I have enough trouble trying to get through an episode of True Blood as it is ,but when he is on screen I just want to rip my eyes out.

  7. DarkSparkle says:

    I just… I cant… wait, I could. With gusto.

    *fans self*

  8. It is what it is says:

    I love the seven dwarves reference!!!! Hahahaha!!!

  9. Faye says:

    He does absolutely nothing for me. It’s funny, considering how buff he is, but not only am I not attracted to him, he is like the anti-sexy to me. I don’t know why.

    Anyway, maybe it’s because I’ve never seen “True Blood,” but to me Mangienello will always be the guy Marshall Erickson had a temporary bromance with in Season 2 of the Show Whose Name I Have Banished from my Memory Banks.

  10. D says:

    I find him attractive the same way I find Jason Momoa attractive, they’re both very masculine. The skinny hipsters really doesn’t do it for me. Tom Hiddleston is cute and lovable like a puppy dog…but if I wanted a puppy …I’d buy one ;) haha

  11. PunkyMomma says:

    All in, here. He had me at the sniffing part.

  12. Stephanie says:

    Kaiser, People should have gotten you to curate the selection of men for this issue. I agree, weird cover choices. I do like Ryan Gosling though. Even if he is the Hipster dwarf. ;-)

  13. blue marie says:

    I prefer Skarsgard but this meathead’s body is pretty magnificent. I agree with ncboudicca, he’s got good PR.

  14. Lady says:

    I always get this one confused with Eric Bana. I prefer Eric but this one is not so bad… he just puts out a vibe I dont like.

  15. Kiddo says:

    I don’t know, he does the unassuming everyman act, but I get the visceral vibe that he’s actually full of conceit, and that is always a turn-off for me.

  16. Talie says:

    Joe got the cover because he’s the only one smart enough to play along and not take himself too seriously. He knows he won’t be acting in films like Shame or Blue Valentine… so it’s not like he needs to worry about cred.

    • Sassy says:

      I think he is smart enough to know that the muscle man vibe will only last so long, then he can start working as a character actor or directing. He is playing you, ladies. He is not a dumb hunk, but a very shrewd and well educated actor with many options for his future show biz career.

  17. Syko says:


    Either the definition of “sexy” has changed in the last few years, or People is running out of people to choose from, because their last few selections just don’t make my chimes ring at all.

  18. LAK says:

    Is there going to be a sexiest man alive cover? If this is it then doh!!

  19. Jen says:

    I don’t think he’s dumb necessarily. But he constantly whines about how he’s a “serious actor” who was “classically trained” (really? could’ve fooled me…) yet all he does is take his shirt off for photoshoots and make documentaries about strippers.

    I hope his PR team is well compensated.

  20. GeeMoney says:

    He’s not that great of an actor, but you can’t deny that the man is HOT. I’m drooling over his abs as we speak…

  21. Jaderu says:

    LOL they have the Winklevoss twins in their sneak preview. Ok then. Nope.

  22. Christina says:

    I met him and he does not at all come across as a meathead. He was very nice and articulate. Oh yeah and he was beyond gorgeous. He is extremely stunning in tall and oooff….just wow. He has a lot more to him than just his body..though let’s all be thankful for it.

  23. Nanea says:

    People and their taste in men…, be it hottest bachelors or SMA. Too bad they only pick guys whose publicists play along.

    Ever since they never considered Keanu for anything back when he was reaaallly hot, they lost it for me. Didn’t even try to put him in the “also ran” category, so yeah.

    And since when is someone a bachelor if he’s divorced, e.g. TD?

  24. Kim says:

    I like Joe alot but Chris Rock as a love mentor? Well ,at least he’s not taking any kind of ” love advice” from idol Arnold Schwarzenegger! WHEW!

  25. elo says:

    I think he’s very nice looking, he obviously works very hard for that body, why not flaunt it. I hate him on True Blood, but loved him on How I met your Mother.

  26. Altariel says:

    I don’t much care for beefy meathead types either, and I always thought Joe’s casting in True Blood was purely for gratuitous purposes. But he himself won me over when discussing his alcoholism and his struggles to get sober, but mostly about how un-judgmental he was of others with addictive disorders because he knows just how very hard it is for them to quit. Anyway, he also seems like a very nice guy. So in that sense, and in his dedication to teaching about proper fitness, he’s hot.

    Zac Efron I don’t get, or Ryan Gosling for that matter! Ok, I might get smacked for the Gosling thing. I get where he woo’d us all in the Notebook, but his hotness seems to be legendary. I get that even less than the phenomenon that is Benedict Cumberbatch….who I resisted getting to know for a long while bc I couldn’t read his damn last name.

  27. Jayna says:

    He’s not my type, but he is a hunk. I don’t think he’s a meathead. I always find him charming and like his self-deprecating sense of humor, and he comes across intelligent. He’s also not homophobic, which those body-builder types usually seem to be. On Andy Cohen he was funny. Joe seemed to get a kick out of Andy when he said he had a lot of questions from viewers on whether he wears briefs or boxers and Andy told him that question came from all male viewers.

    From an article on him:

    ” Instead he became a star athlete, playing basketball, volleyball and football. Manganiello played on the varsity level at Mt. Lebanon High School until he was sidelined by an injury.

    Around this time, Manganiello got interested in filmmaking. He worked at the school’s television station and borrowed some of the equipment on the weekends. With his friends, Manganiello started making his own movies. “I was kind of an amateur filmmaker, and I figured if I took some acting classes I’d learn what this was all about and it would make my home movies better,” he later explained.

    His growing interest in acting led to the discovery of musical theater in his senior year of high school. He landed the role of Jud in Oklahoma! Manganiello applied to the theater program at Carnegie Mellon University, but was rejected. Undeterred, he spent a year at University of Pittsburgh practicing his craft. Manganiello became one of 17 students accepted into the Carnegie Mellon program the following year.”

    • Jen says:

      He must have spent all his time in the gym instead of class in college, because he definitely never learned how to act.

    • Justalark says:

      Manganiello may play up the “big, buff meathead persona,” but he is no doubt a smart guy. My daughter just graduated from Carnegie Mellon, and believe me when I tell you that there are no dummies at that university. The admissions process was extremely competitive, and her course load was consistently heavy and challenging (no grading curves). If you are a CMU grad, it goes without saying that you are very bright and a hardworker. It’s just not fair to compare Joe to those Hollywood’s pretty boys with brawn but no brains.

    • cr says:

      “self-deprecating sense of humor:. The first year or so he was on TB, 2010-11, he was pretty funny in interviews, especially if he did them with some of the other cast members. They could goof around with each other.
      But he’s slowly become more douchey and too obvious with the self promotion.
      I understand he needs to make sure he’s known for more than TB, but to me he doesn’t come across well.

  28. Jess says:

    Oooooh I love him! I saw him on how I met your mother and instantly liked him, yummy.

  29. Nene says:

    Am really sorry guys.
    But damn! Joe is freaking hot with a capital H.

  30. Maria of MD says:

    ” Why can’t People Mag’s editors admit they have terrible taste in men? ”
    Take consolation in the fact that you (like many of your readers) have a more refined taste in men and that the men you mentioned didn’t get put on that stupifying list of Obviousness.

  31. Masque says:

    Fun trivia fact: Joe and Matt Bomer were college roomates and are still close friends. Any friend of Matt’s is cool by me. :)

  32. Marianne says:

    He does seem a bit of a meathead, but I’ve always liked him since HIMYM. But these kind of guys DO sell magazines.

  33. joan says:

    He’s educated and he was interesting on Andy Cohen’s show, very relaxed talking to a gay man, not ill at ease.

    I think he’s smarter than the tabs want him to be so he keeps it simple for them.

  34. Francis says:

    Oh my lord YES , he deserves the cover. He’s Hawwwwt! Sizzling.

  35. Christina says:

    He is not a bad actor. I saw him onstage in Streetcar Named Desire and he was great. He also has sang backup for bands like Goldfinger and The Used. He really is not bad on True Blood either. The writing has gotten quite crappy the last few seasons. There is not much room on that show for actors to shine. It is very campy…and he is playing a werewolf!

  36. mj says:

    magnificent meathead.
    shhh. Don’t talk baby.

  37. Lucy2 says:

    He doesn’t do much for me but whatever. This seems a bit like the Goop cover- it goes to who wants the PR. Most of the guys you want a mention for probably declined.

  38. chris says:

    BOOOOOOOOOO. Terrible pick.

  39. madpoe says:

    If it were Travis Fimmel, I would’ve cared.

  40. Camille (The Original) says:

    Fassy and ASkars – YES. Everybody else you mentioned Kaiser – hell no from me. Yuck.

  41. aqua says:

    I’ve never seen an episode of True Blood because I don’t have HBO, so I can’t judge him by his acting but if I were to judge on looks alone ,hell, I’m in too!

  42. Josefa says:

    It happens to me that I can find a man tremendously hot based on his looks alone, but if I get to know his personality and I dislike it, it kills it for me. I just can’t find myself attracted to that man, as hot as he may be.

    That’s the case with Manjello. His acting is mediocre and while I don’t consider him a douchebag (I save that word for the likes of Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson), something about his personality rubs me the wrong way. He’s not explicitly full of himself, but… I don’t know. I just don’t find him charismatic at all.

  43. sunsetsnow says:

    What is bad is that I can ID your dwarves:
    Meathead – Manjello
    Hipster – Gosling
    Skeevy – Taye Diggs (who they tossed on there for diversity, can I get an Elba, Ealy, or Ejiofor)
    Druggy – Effron
    DumDum – Clint’s spawn

    No, I would not hit Manjello. He is not my type. He’s a little too stacked for me.

  44. JustChristy says:

    Everyone pooping on him as just another meathead, please go listen to him on an episode of the nerdist podcast. He is not just this head attached to muscles. He’s a bit off a geek. And it’s adorable.

    I do find the lack of Skarsgard odd, because as much as JM is the type I lust after, Skarsgard is just much muchier to me. Better than Beeeyullll any day, the lot of em ;)

  45. Liz says:

    Well compared to choosing Adam Levine for the Sexiest Man Alive, People got it right this time. The man is gorgeous and has a great body. The way his eyes are darting to the right is weird.

    No way on Tom Hiddleston! He may be a good actor but he is not sexy or good-looking.

  46. pato says:

    He´s hot! But McAvoy or Fassie was a better choice. or both, in X Men …. wow.. ..*daydreams* oh Joe, yeah, he´s hot.

  47. LeAnn Stinks says:

    I am not really into him either, Alexander Skarsgard is my dream man. However, I admire the fact that Joe is, while you may not be able to tell from this interview, highly intelligent.

    He attended Carnegie Mellon and has an extremely high IQ. Both he and Matt Bomer (my other dream man) attended the Drama school together, but I believe they were both initially attending for Engineering.

    So, the fact that Joe is more than just brawn and muscles, is very admirable. Definitely, not a meathead.

  48. Mindy says:

    He looks great and he’s a better actor than people give him credit for. I hope he picks future projects that show off his talents and just not his bod.