Joe Manganiello loves the Backstreet Boys, Pee-wee Herman & Fifty Shades?


I’ve sort of surprised myself by how much I’m liking Joe Manganiello these days. Does Joe get me hot? No. Do I think he’s a decent actor? Not really. But I’m sort of enjoying his vibe with Sofia Vergara. I think he really cares about her and I like the way he looks at her like he just won the lottery. It’s sweet. Anyway, Joe is promoting Magic Mike XXL and he sat down for an interview with The Daily Beast. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

He loves the Backstreet Boys: “I think that I speak for them when I say they would be offended by being called a boy band. They’re a five-part harmony group. I’m kind of obsessed with the idea that no matter how tough you think you are as a man, ‘I Want It That Way’ comes on the radio and you roll that window up and sing at the top of your lungs. You’re the sixth member of the group, harmonizing. I know all the words and the dances and I know AJ from the Backstreet Boys. I was in his kitchen as he was making dinner, showing him the moves.”

He directed La Bare, about male strippers in Texas, and showd it to Sofia: “She hadn’t watched True Blood, she hadn’t watched Magic Mike—none of it. In Latin America, I think there’s a different culture. Her feeling was, ‘Male strippers? I feel bad that these poor guys have to work this job!’ She felt pity for the idea of male stripping. I showed it to her when we first started dating because I was in the middle of my press tour during our courtship, and she was completely unprepared for how funny it was. I think that won her over.”

The “bridal fantasy” scene in Magic Mike XXL: “I think women dream about who they’re going to marry when they grow up. My god, the wedding industry is massive and so is the planning that goes into it. But it’s a setup— it’s the first part. The second part is once you get home, you pick her up and carry her over the threshold into your sex dungeon, and now Fifty Shades of Grey starts.”

He’s got a big part in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday: “Words can’t describe being in a scene with Pee-wee Herman. And it’s not like some stunt casting cameo. I’m starring in this movie opposite Pee-wee in this big, crazy role. My dad took me to see Big Adventure, which was Tim Burton’s feature film debut. Every Saturday I watched Pee-wee’s Playhouse. I was a huge fan. Paul is one of the great comic geniuses of all-time.”

[From The Daily Beast]

You’re not hallucinating, Joe Manganiello spent half the interview talking about the Backstreet Boys. He also told the DB that loving the Backstreet Boys is about “being really, truly vulnerable.” Sure. As for the rest of it… bless him. I feel like Joe isn’t going to go all Kellan Lutz on us and try to convince us that he’s some serious dramatic actor or something like that. Joe is going to do stripper movies and he’ll get TV work and that kind of thing. But mostly, he’ll just be Sofia Vergara’s husband and I think he’s probably totally fine with that.


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  1. jwq says:

    I don’ t like him at all, but a man who loves the Backstreet Boys and admits it in public gets a temporary awesome card from me!

    • Eleonor says:

      Agreed ! I think it’s a fun statement, and probably he is a much more funny person than people think.

      • Hudson Girl says:

        Smarter than most people think, too. He’s a college graduate of Carnegie Mellon University . For some reason, actors that have taken the time out to get their degree always impress me.

        (Sofie’s also a lot smarter than some people assume.)

    • Tre says:

      Yep. Same for me.

  2. Lilacflowers says:

    They were in Boston last month for her son’s graduation from Emerson and we ran into them in a restaurant. They are a stunningly beautiful couple and her whole family seemed to be comfortable and happy with him. Hope it works out for them.

    • Mimz says:

      He seems like a good guy. I love them together. I’m jealous haha.
      OAN, I was so offended for him, the other night I was watching E!, and that Cat Sadler was interviewing him on the red carpet and in the middle of her questions about the movie she blatantly asked him if he saw himself as a dad in 3 years time.
      You could see in his face he was REALLY pissed off with the question. And he stopped. And just answered “God willing, yes”.
      I just thought this was crude and distasteful, the same way I think it is crude and tasteless to ask this to a woman. But moreso, considering that Sofia is going through the ordeal she is with her gross ex-fiancé, and the fact that she has – repeatedly – said that she doesn’t see herself getting pregnant again, I thought was really, really distasteful.

    • Snazzy says:

      They do seem like a nice match actually. And I know there’s a lot of hate for them but I actually quite like them – I mean, they know what and who they are, no “grand artitiste” pretension à la Franco there…

  3. jugstorecowboy says:

    It’s like he got inside my head about Pee Wee…

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    They seem about the same level of intelligence, which is probably a good thing.

  5. Talie says:

    I love them as a couple. They just work.

  6. Bella says:

    While I think the Magic Mike thing is kind of embarrassing for all of their souls, I respect that it is all in good fun. I didn’t particularly care for either of Sofia or Joe before they got together, but I think they seem like two people who bring out the best in each other and I’ve come to really like them both and I think they are adorable together. Personally, I can’t help but feel happy for people who seem as much in love as the 2 of them do.

    Pee-Wee Herman is the man. Love Paul Reubens.

  7. lylaoooo says:

    ok.. he has me now. just because the love he has for the Backstreet Boys !!!♥♥♥

  8. vavavoom says:

    See if you can find his appearance on The Talk from yesterday. He was adorable, and endearing. I am now a fan, and haven’t seen him act in anything.. His personality is fun, and he doesn’t seem to care what anyone else thinks. Lucky Sofia! (and lucky him – love Sofia)

    ETA: Here is a link. I can’t see it in Canada, though.

  9. Tre says:

    That came out of nowhere. Damn it. Now I have to like him because I am Backstreet Boys fan.
    I hated Alcide. But now must like Joe.