Joe Manganiello Jokes He Was 'Traumatized’ After Filming Nude Scenes in ‘Below 20-Degree’ Weather for “True Blood”

"[We did] nothing with clothes on!" he laughed of his 'True Blood' days. "So then they're like 'stop shivering, try to make it sexy!'"

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Joe Manganiello

Even Joe Manganiello has his limits when it comes to his craft!

During Monday's episode of The Jennifer Hudson Show, the True Blood alum, 47, played a would-you-rather-style question game called "deal or no deal" where he revealed some of his major deal breakers.

After admitting he would rather be able to fly first class instead of traveling the world for free, Manganiello also confessed he would give up his dream acting roles if it meant he would have to film in the freezing rain.

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Joe Manganiello

"Let me tell you something," he began. "When I was on True Blood we didn't shoot in Louisiana -- the warm Louisiana. We shot in Malibu [in] December, January for anybody who's out there it's below 20 degrees at night and now on True Blood, we were naked."

"[We did] nothing with clothes on! So then they're like, 'Stop shivering, try to make it sexy!' Like no man, I'm freezing," he laughed. "So believe me ... I wouldn't take it. I was traumatized by it all."

True Blood originally aired on HBO for seven seasons between 2008 and 2014. The series is set in Bon Temps, Louisiana, where vampires, werewolves and more mystical creatures roamed rampant.

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Anna Paquin led the cast as half-fairy and waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who eventually falls for vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).

In addition to Paquin and Moyer, True Blood starred Manganiello, Alexander Skarsgård, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Carrie Preston, Chris Bauer, Deborah Ann Woll and Nelsan Ellis.

The hit show, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries novel series by Charlaine Harris, was HBO’s most-watched series since The Sopranos at the time it aired.

© HBO Joe Manganiello and Anna Paquin in 'True Blood'.
© HBO Joe Manganiello and Anna Paquin in 'True Blood'.

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In December 2020, multiple outlets reported that a True Blood reboot was in the works at HBO.

TVLine reported that Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa would be serving as an executive producer alongside original True Blood creator and showrunner Alan Ball.

The following month, Paquin told ExtraTV that she learned about plans for the reboot "online."

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"I know literally nothing," she admitted at the time. "None of us knew anything. It went online and we were like, 'Oh …'"

But despite being kept in the dark, Paquin said she would be open to making an appearance in the rebooted series.

"It was some of the best years of my life. I mean, if any of us are involved in it, if it makes sense even, awesome," she said. "If we're not, blessings and have fun — it's a fun world!"

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