Amidst working on his hit HBO show True Blood and filming for his new movie Magic Mike, Joe Manganiello took some time out of his busy schedule to support the Human Rights Campaign’s fight for equal rights.
Many celebrities and allies of the LGBT community came together Saturday night for the Human Rights Campaign 2012 Los Angeles Gala and Awards to help spread awareness and raise funds in support of equality for all.
Manganiello spoke with PopStop TV News exclusively about his experiences with bullying as a child.
“Kids can be mean,” said Joe. “I got picked on when I was a kid. I remember getting into fights with some of the football players for picking on the other kids that were different.”
He also points out that the Human Rights Campaign recognizes the need to start teaching peer respect early on.
“The HRC is actually active in getting together programs for schools for young kids to try to teach them to understand and tolerate kids that maybe are different.”
Joe understands that growing up can be a struggle, and would tell kids that are guilty of picking on others to simply “cut it out.”
As for this season of True Blood, Joe really got us anxious for what they have in store!
“We filmed some stuff in the last few weeks that is going to blow people’s minds,” Joe spilled. “There are ways that I think we’re going further with my character than anything that happened to him in the books. There are a lot of fun surprises.”
The 35-year-old actor had a blast onscreen joining fellow studs Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike, a film basically all about male strippers. He shared an interesting explanation on what we can expect from the movie, which is set to hit theaters on June 29.
“I don’t think anybody is really prepared for what they’re going to see, so bring a seatbelt, strap yourself down to the chair, bring some one dollar bills, but we prefer fives and twenties, and have a good time.”
Watch the exclusive PopStop TV News interview with Joe Manganiello above!