WATCH: Matt Bomer, Dripping Wet Cover Model, Is on a First Name Basis with Lady Gaga

Hotness recognizes hotness.

Matt Bomer is winning an unrivaled wet tee shirt contest on this month’s cover of Men’s Fitness magazine, wherein he discusses handling guns and working with Lady Gaga in an exclusive interview. “She is just one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever known,” the St. Louis native says about his American Horror Story co-star. “Her intelligence is equaled by her heart.”

The 38-year-old was in a state of disbelief upon reading the AHS: Hotel script for the very first time. “I got the first script and thought to myself, ‘Holy shit, what the f–k is this? This is crazy!'” recounts Bomer. “I put it down a few times and took a deep breath and went, ‘OK. We’re just going to have to commit to this world.”

His on-screen vampire lover gave him poignant showbiz advice based on her own experience in the biz by telling him that the key to success is to never stop fighting.

“A lot of it is learning how to get up and dust yourself off and stand up against adversity or whoever may be an obstacle for you and having the heart to stay open as an artist and creative as an artist.”

Watch Bomer take a dip in the pool and talk more about his time working with “Stephanie” in the video at the top of the page. Download the digital edition of Bomer’s issue of Men’s Fitness here to read his entire cover story.

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