A Day in the Food Life of Joe Manganiello
To portray supernatural werefolf Alcid on HBO's True Blood, the chiseled 6'5" actor fills his time in L.A. with grueling workouts, sporty downtime and protein-packed eating -- lots and lots of eating!
Rise and shine!
I wake up at the same time every day to get to the gym. I work out six days a week to look like Alcide: big and strong, but light on his feet and agile like a werewolf
Before heading out, I mix granola with Fage plain greek yogurt and have a glass of water with Gold Standard whey protein, which builds my strength for training.
I work out with my trainer, and it's completely brutal. We do Olympic-style lifting, box jumps, lunges and overhead push-presses. I train like a pro-athlete, not like an actor who's just trying to look pretty.
For a half hour after the workout, I have to resist throwing up! When I recover, I mix another protein drink to get my energy back up.
I go to my favorite diner in L.A. for a second breakfast. I always order the same thing: an egg-white omelet with ham, peppers and feta cheese, a little cup of fruit and black coffee with Splenda.
It's time for my second workout. At home, I run on the treadmill for a half hour, breaking into sprints every 60 seconds. Once I'm done, I shower and try to catch a 20-minute power nap.
I tweet my #SOTD (song of the day), an acoustic version of "Back to Back" by Wolf Gang. I'm a big music-head, and this might be the most beautiful song I've ever heard.
On the way to the True Blood set, I stop at Koo Koo Roo. I get two chicken breasts -- oven-roasted, no the fattening rotisserie! -- with corn and green beans. I also order six baked buffalo chicken wings with hot sauce.
I'm in the makeup chair for 2 minutes total. Then I poke my head into the hair trailer and ask, "What do you think?" Then say, "Great," and that's it.
I'm shooting an emotional scene today with Anna Paquin, so I go into the zone. I don't like to be distracted between takes, so I don't email or text during the day. It's a fun set, but you don't want to be laughing when you have to cry for the next six hours.
Dinner is at Global Cuisine on the studio lot. Chef Gary Arabia knows my order as soon as I walk in: Italian-style salmon with leafy green vegetables -- full of nutrients! -- and a cup of coffee. It's my daily special.
They work us pretty solid on set, but I get a few minutes in my trailer, so I put on ESPN's SportsCenter. I have it on in the background constantly. A good day is when I get to watch highlights for the fourth time in a row. I'm a Steelers fan, and I've got to keep up with the team.
I'm done filming for the day. When I get home, I eat a couple of sugar-free Popsicles for dessert while I catch up on email. When I'm training for True Blood, I don't eat any sugar except for some fruit here and there. So it's no sugar, no bread, no real carbs all day.
I'm really craving chicken and waffles from Roscoe's, but it's not allowed on my diet. Instead, I go for one more glass of whey protein before I just crush out. I gotta get up and do it all again tomorrow!
Good night, Joe!