‘True Blood’ Star Joe Manganiello Talks Wolves, Nudity

Filming Sunday's episode was comfortable considering 'we're naked with a wild animal,' actor tells MTV News.

One of the many reasons to love HBO’s racy Southern vampy soap “True Blood” is for the many ways in which the show’s characters find themselves in uncomfortable situations. Naked.

Case in point: the wonderfully entertaining scene from Sunday night’s new episode in which Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is put in the middle of a confrontation between two naked men, currently confused vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and brawny werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello). MTV News was lucky enough to consult Manganiello for his thoughts on the nuts and bolts (no pun intended) behind the filming of that scene.

“The showdown between Alcide and Eric takes place in the lake. Eric has drunk some fairy blood so he can be in the sunlight. Sookie has to enlist Alcide’s help to go track him down so he has to transform into a wolf and go sniff him out,” he explained. “Basically it’s Alcide and Eric both naked, screaming at each other at the top of their lungs with Sookie in the middle.”

Manganiello added that the whole being naked thing isn’t nearly as interesting as working with live wolves on set.

“Anytime the wolves come out it’s always a little wild,” Manganiello admitted. “Alex and I were both naked, him in the water, me not, yelling. There’s a wolf near us, Anna’s in the middle. We shot it on Valentine’s Day, so there were a lot of ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ jokes going on with Anna. It was a lot of fun,” he said. “Alex is a really funny guy, so is Anna. It’s also funny to watch Anna interact with the wolves. I think it’s hilarious.”

So we guess they’re all comfortable hanging out naked on set? “Yeah, as comfortable as we can be, seeing how we’re naked with a giant body of water and a wild animal.”