"True Blood" star Joe Manganiello prefers curvy women with some meat on their bones over the size-zero waifs idealized in pop culture.
"I'm a big guy. All too often in Hollywood actresses are super-skinny," Manganiello told People. "As a man, my primal instincts don't kick in when they're that skinny. It's almost unhealthy. I like curves."
The 6-foot-5 Joe, whose weight hovers around 220 pounds, has said his celebrity crush is Colombian bombshell Sofia Vergara. He's currently dating model Bridget Peters, a ring girl he met in Las Vegas last year.
When he's filming "True Blood," Manganiello works out twice a day, six days a week and follows a strict diet.
"It’s protein from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed," he said. "It’s just protein and vegetables every day. But I get one cheat meal a week.”
When he's lifting heavy weights, Joe moves from exercise to exercise quickly, rather than taking a lot of rest time in between sets, saying the technique helps him get better results.
Manganiello, who plays the hulking werewolf Alcide, doesn't mind all the hard work he has to put in to maintain his rippling physique for "True Blood," because he's aware he may not always look as good as he does now. "In 15 years, I won't be able to look like this, so I might as well do it while I can," he said.
With the mainstream popularity of buff leading actors such as Hugh Jackman, Alexander Skarsgard and Chris Hemsworth, Joe says he's pleased that Hollywood is embracing a more masculine physique.
"I think we're seeing a return to 'the Man,' " Manganiello told Men's Health. "People come up to me and say they miss those silent, tough guys like Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen. You've still got to be able to act and emote, but you also have to fit the role physically, and that physique is now lean and muscular."
Joe says his rugged, athletic build really hurt his career years ago, when Hollywood was more enamored of a leaner look.
"I got to L.A. in 2000, when we were coming off the '90s, when women looked like men and the men all looked like women," recalls Manganiello. "I was constantly being told, 'You're too healthy', so there were four years where I essentially didn't work."