Joe Manganiello thought his career was about to skyrocket when he was cast as Flash Thompson in Spider-Man back in 2002. But a downward spiral took its place. Manganiello landed in a dark place, drinking a bottle of whiskey and smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. While he’s not quick to relive the hardship, he also doesn’t shy away from discussing it: “I really haven’t gotten anywhere by hiding anything,” he says.
Luckily he got back into the swing of things, showing his sense of humor in How I Met Your Mother and brooding in the teen drama One Tree Hill until he landed his breakthrough TV role as the werewolf pack leader Alcide Herveaux in True Blood. He also got in the best shape of his life playing the oft bare-chested heart throb. His body transformation—from a scrawny 150-pound kid into the chiseled 230-pound muscleman—is chronicled in his book Evolution.
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