Screaming, yelling, hooting and hollering: That's the reaction Joe Manganiello receives when the "Magic Mike" and "True Blood" star arrives for interviews. Now the dynamic dude is dishing on sequels to those "Magic Mike" stripping scenes, vampire vapors and how he uses a high protein low carb Paleo-style diet to maintain his six-pack abs in a Wednesday interview with E News talk show.
The sequel to "Magic Mike" will begin shooting in the fall. "All the guys will be back together and causing some mayhem," predicted Joe.
The movie will provide Joe with the opportunity to show off the new moves he acquired from real-world dancers in "La Bare." It's a documentary that Joe directed featuring a Dallas male strip club.
Joe worked with his brother Nick Manganiello on the film. “It was really kind of an amazing experience, people turning up and people really responding,” Nick told Access Hollywood talk show on Friday.
The sexy siblings had "high expectations for this project," he admitted. And the cheers and support from the audience felt "just awesome to be a part of that."
Nick feels that viewers will be surprised at what the documentary shows about the lives of strippers. "I think people are kind of coming into this thinking that it’s going to be, you know, these guys taking their shirts off," he said. "These guys have very interesting lives and they’re all kind of this band of brothers."
Among the stars of "La Bare" are actors from Joe’s "True Blood," including Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nathan Parsons and Chris Bauer. As the vampire drama gets ready to wrap up, Joe says he will miss it.
"It's sad to say goodbye to the character and the show…It really was an amazing experience for everyone who worked on it," Joe added.
On his schedule regardless of what he's shooting: Staying in shape. Joe follows a high protein, low carb Paleo-style diet, he told Men's Health magazine.
Joe documented his intense workout routine and his low-carb diet in his book "Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted." Appearing recently on Queen Latifah's talk show, he told her that he feel the book can benefit those who want to improve their body and health.
Included in the book is a preface by Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Arnold was my hero," Joe recalled. "I’d see his movies the day they came out and would know all the lines backwards and forwards."
On a typical day, Joe works out twice. His meals focus on protein, ranging from chicken to fish to steak, and vegetables. A sample Paleo diet snack on set: Apple, buffalo jerky and almonds.
The diet corresponds to the "no sugar, no grains" mantra of celebrity fitness trainer Vinnie Tortorich, author of "Fitness Confidential." In an exclusive interview, Vinnie told me that he feels by combining exercise with a diet that excludes all sugar and grains, people of all ages can safely and effectively lose weight and keep it off.
Vinnie emphasizes focusing on unprocessed foods, including fruits, vegetables, protein, nuts and seeds. For healthy fats, he suggests macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, nut butters, olive oil, avocados and coconut milk.