'True Blood' Star Joe Manganiello On How He Preps To Play Werewolf Alcide

Morphing into a supernatural being may come off as a seamless task for the stars of HBO's "True Blood," but Joe Manganiello -- who plays the werewolf Alcide -- admits it takes some interesting research.

"I hung out with wolves," Manganiello said when GQ.com asked how he'd developed his convincing growl. "Seriously. I spent time with them, observed them. I watched where their growls came from, how they move, how they interacted. I looked at posture charts and what it means when their tail is tucked a certain way."

Manganiello isn't the only "True Blood" actor who has delved deep into the Bon Temps lifestyle. When HuffPost TV spoke with Kristin Bauer on Monday, she admitted she never wanted to leave the series' fantastical world.

"I'm really so happy with the world I'm living in. I hope it goes to 17 years," Bauer said. "I hope we have vampires with walkers and denture fangs. That's my fantasy."

"True Blood" premiered to 6.3 million viewers across its two showings
, a 3% decrease from last year's premiere. The show airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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