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'True Blood' Star Joe Manganiello Sober For 11 Years

The star revealed both his addiction to alcohol and his sobriety, as well as being bullied as a child, in an interview with HuffPost Live.

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By McCarton Ackerman

12/05/13

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In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Joe Manganiello revealed both his alcoholism and sobriety at the same time. The "True Blood" actor was plugging his new book Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted, and admitted to having a former drinking problem before getting sober 11 years ago. Manganiello explained that his drinking “always got in the way [of his career]” and that he had needed to get sober for “about four years” before finally doing so in 2002.           

"My life was ruined…I was homeless, careless and broke with no career, so yes, it was worth it [to get sober]," he said. "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 the whole situation out."

Manganiello also revealed that he was bullied as a child. But while it may have caused him pain that could have led to his drinking problem, he also said it provided him with motivation professionally. “Failure became a huge part of my success story,” he explained. “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 never wanted to feel that way again and it drove me."

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