Joe Manganiello covers Men’s Fitness: he’s ‘just not that guy’ from Magic Mike


At this point, one would wonder what fitness magazine Joe Manganiello hasn’t been on the cover of. The Magic Mike actor is featured on the April edition of Men’s Fitness, which hit newsstands yesterday. The hunky 39-year-old obviously discussed his fitness regimen, admitting that for his role in Magic Mike he trained “like a bodybuilder”, and he also talked about playing himself in the recently released Netflix comedy Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. As for married life with Sofia Vergara, he described it as “the best. It’s great.” Here are some other highlights:

He’s not his character from Magic Mike: “When I did the Magic Mike movies, everyone treated me like I was a male stripper, talked to me like I was a male stripper, which couldn’t be further from my upbringing—my childhood, adolescence, and educational background, you know. Like I’m just not that guy.”

Transitioning from big screen stripper to athlete: “I don’t emphasize aesthetics anymore. When you’re playing a male stripper, it’s about what you look like. Right now I want to focus on becoming a better athlete…Now I’m getting close to 40, but I still have some really good years that I can push. So I think it’s really about becoming the best athlete I can be.”

On potentially having kids with Sofia Vergara: “I’m not ready to make any kind of announcement like that, man. It was tough enough trying to make my wedding happen out of the public eye. The last thing I’d want to do is curse that part of my life before it even happens.”

On sharing the screen with Pee-wee Herman: “When the casting was announced, Paul got upset because people who were talking about it online were treating it like it was a stunt-cast cameo. But I’m playing me. I love Pee-wee. I mean, I saw Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in the theater as a kid, and that was mind-blowing. I watched every episode of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and [his second full-length feature] Big Top Pee-wee — I saw it all. When I read the script, I laughed hysterically. I remember Sofia was in another room, and she kept asking me, “Are you OK?”

[From Men’s Fitness]

Joe told the magazine that his future athletic plans might include some team CrossFit. I have friends who are obsessed with that stuff. I tried once and couldn’t move for a week. Of course, I’m not Joe Manganiello. Just keep doing what you’re doing, sometimes without a shirt, and everything will be just fine.

Oh, and I actually watched Pee-wee’s Big Holiday right before I started writing this. Dear Lord, what a train wreck. Even though Joe manages to make Pee-wee’s trademark grey suit and red bow tie work for him – which is the movie’s only true special effect, I didn’t laugh once. You can totally get the gist of the whole movie by watching the trailer. Although the story of “When Joe Met Pee-wee” is kind of sweet. Trust me, I’m a Pee-wee fan from way back and I really wanted to like it, but I can name you a whole bunch of ways to better spend 90 minutes of your time.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    That’s a bummer, I was hoping it would be funny like the first movie. Not a fan of Joe as an actor though, so that’s not adding incentive to see it.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Joe and Sophia both seem … Not very bright. Harmless, quite attractive, but not so smart. I guess they’re a good match.

    • MsGoblin says:

      I don’t know about Sofia, but Joe attended Carnegie Mellon, where the acceptance rate is under 24%. One cannot be not-so-smart and get in at that institution.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        I was thinking, “he did engineering?” so I looked it up. Wiki: “Manganiello auditioned for the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama as a senior in high school. He was not accepted, so he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and worked at theater. He reapplied to Carnegie Mellon a year later, and was one of 17 students accepted into the acting program.”

        So, persistent, too. Seems to be!

      • Jay says:

        I don’t think acceptance into acting programs requires intelligence. It requires acting talent.

    • joan says:

      He’s one of those actors who seems frustrated that his impressive education gets ignored, but who go for “dumb” roles and “flashy” women. His choices reinforce people’s image of him.

      I think he did a documentary, but it was about strippers? So again, he puts himself into a box.

      Surprise people, Joe, and you won’t have this problem.

  3. Anon33 says:

    “Everybody talked to me like a stripper. That’s not how I was raised.”

    Aww. Cry me a river. Welcome to everyday life as a woman, where nothing about your actual self/sexuality matters when people want to comment on it!

    • KB says:

      Look at how tight he wears his shirts! He wouldn’t dress like that if he didn’t want us to talk to him like that! He’s begging for it.

      • Tammy says:

        Wow..unless you’re being completely sarcastic, this comment is so many degrees of wrong… so if a woman wears a tight dress or short skirt, she’s begging for it? Essentially it’s okay to harass people because of the way they dress?

      • Erica says:

        Tammy – it was obviously sarcastic. It was a reply to the comment above where anon33 was saying welcome to the world of being a woman and kb was expanding on that to include rape culture and slut shaming.

        It’s a gossip site. There’s lots of sarcasm here. Be on the lookout

  4. Nancy says:

    These big ripped guys don’t do it for me. But, I think they make a good match at least physically.

  5. Oli says:

    He’s not just that guy from magic mike, he’s also the guy from true blood and that guy who married Sofia vegara

  6. Jen43 says:

    I can’t help liking him and I can’t figure out why. That photo of him and Pee Wee is adorable.

  7. Truthful says:

    He is just 39 ! I thought he was older than Sofia

  8. Kimbers says:

    I’m sure him and his wife are ok,but there’s something inauthentic about them, as a couple.Their relationship prior to marriage was everywhere and now not so much. They just seem like one of those legal Hollywood marriages that will be unbound in a couple years-quietly before Thanksgiving when everyone is busy holiday prepping.

  9. Hellohello says:

    Pee Wee Herman went to jail for child porn, how is he allowed to make Netflix movies??

    • KB says:

      Lol no he didn’t. Check your facts.

      • Hellohello says:

        Yes he did KB, in 2002. He wasn’t permitted to be in the presence of minors afterwards. He also did the theater thing. Gross.

      • Celebitchy says:

        HelloHello read my comment below. This was a trumped up charge based on the fact that Reubens owned Rob Lowe’s sex tape.

      • Hellohello says:

        @celebitchy you’re echoing the defense in the case, but if you read the court transcripts, Reubens admits to purchasing thousands of pieces of antique erotica, including “fey” magazines of which he said he couldn’t really tell what was in all of them (underage porn was, the prosecution found) due to there being literally thousands of pages to look through. That’s why he pleaded guilty.

        Not cool you’re defending child porn, really. Sorry you saw the film on Netflix but there’s no excuse, wiki has a good review of the case.

    • Justme says:

      Not true -he exposed himself at a movie theater, so more of a public indecency charge. Still not great, but very different from child porn!

      • KB says:

        Not a regular theater, a XXX theater. It was a victimless crime. The cops were there watching the audience and arrested several people. Still illegal, but people still think he assaulted someone or exposed himself to or abused kids or something.

        People actually supported him after his show was pulled but he mostly stayed in hiding, which probably exacerbated the problem.

      • Hellohello says:

        Read up! He pleaded guilty to child porn charges in 2002.

      • Celebitchy says:

        @HelloHello read this Village Voice article on the aggressive persecution of Reubens which is linked from the child porn charges in the Wikipedia bio you cited. The child porn charges stemmed from the fact that he owned a copy of Rob Lowe’s sex tape. Not even Rob Lowe was charged for that, but Reubens was.

  10. TrixC says:

    What does he mean about becoming an athlete? Unless he’s planning to compete in some athletic pursuit he’s still working out for aesthetic or health reasons. No athletes I know are that big, they tend to have lean muscles,

    • Daria Morgendorffer says:

      Football players are huge, and actually musculature helps a lot with physical conditioning. For example, football players are so big because they take a lot of hits. Their bodies being in peak physical condition helps them to recover faster/not get injured. And actually, no, you don’t need to “compete” in any athletic pursuits to be a good athlete. Some people actually do things for personal gain/interest.

  11. pinetree13 says:

    Joe is so hot. Seriously. I find him very, very attractive. mmmmmm!

    Didn’t realize he was only 39…he does look older. I love him and Sofia together…they look great together.