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Joe Manganiello: From
Homeless and Addicted
to 'True Blood'
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True Blood werewolf Joe Manganiello has it all - brains, beauty, and a whole lot of brawn. But the hunky actor confesses that it wasn't always smooth sailing getting ahead in Hollywood.

Joe's new book, Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted is a step-by-step guide to getting those insane abs and pecs just like the 36-year-old star's. But the book also features the Magic Mike star opening up about his tough life pre-fame.

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In the book, Joe admits that he struggled with alcohol, depression, and even homelessness before hitting it big as Alcide on the HBO series.

"Anybody who has ever fought with addiction or knows somebody who’s been in the grips of it, it’s not that easy. At the beginning, it was just about not using. The alcohol was not my problem — the alcohol was my solution to the way that I’d felt my whole life. My problem was me. My problem was reality," he writes. And that's not all. At one point, the Carnegie Mellon-trained actor even briefly considered taking his own life.

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Luckily, Joe found TV fame and is now in a much better place in his life. Evolution gives the exact workout that he used to get his bod in buff condition for his often-shirtless role on True Blood. And don't worry, ladies, he's not thinking about buttoning up anytime soon: "Somebody told me once, ‘You ride the horse the direction it’s going.’ If it’s going that way, that’s great. Someday I’ll be 60 or 70 or 80 and I’m not gonna be able to rock a thong. I’m gonna get it in now while I can."

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