‘True Blood’ Star Joe Manganiello Reveals Past Drinking Problem

Before he was Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s True Blood, actor Joe Manganiello was struggling with a serious alcohol problem.

Speaking with HuffPost Live, the 36-year-old confessed to drinking heavily during his days as an up-and-coming actor, telling the host Alyona Minkovski that alcohol often affected his budding career.

There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking. And the drinking got in the way [of my career],” he said. “And I talk about that a lot in the book. It was one of those obstacles that I had to get over and once again I needed to clear the road in order for these things to happen, so it really is an inside job. I had to clean up my act and figure that whole situation out.”

“My life was ruined,” he continued. “I was homeless, careless and broke with no career, so yes, it was worth it [to get sober].”

According to the Magic Mike star, he’s been sober for “over 11 years” and counting.

“Failure became a huge part of my success story,” he explained, adding that he was bullied as a teen. “Now, you hear about these soccer games kids play when goals aren’t counted. Everybody gets the orange slice and the pat on the back and everybody says ‘Good job!’ And that wasn’t the case for me and I think I benefited from that. I’m glad that I lost, I’m glad that I failed, I’m glad that I felt that way and decided to do something about it … I never wanted to feel that way again and it drove me.”