—Cigar Aficionado Cover Story for April 2018 Issue—


New York, NY—At six-foot-five and hard as a rock, Joe Manganiello may seem built to play tough guys, but he also has an artistic side and a comedic flair. With notable roles in True Blood, Magic Mike and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Manganiello—who appears alongside Dwayne Johnson in Rampage, in theaters April 13—recently sat down with Cigar Aficionado to discuss his extensive cigar collection, his marriage to Modern Family star Sofía Vergara, playing a supervillain in the DC Universe, his other planned projects and more. The April cover story of Cigar Aficionado hits newsstands April 3.

Select quotes include:

On playing DC villain Deathstroke: “I have to wear a mask, and there’s a real style and technique to that. Mask-work is something I haven’t done since I was at Carnegie Mellon.”

On his wife Sofia Vergara: “The biggest adjustment in marriage? Coming to grips with the idea that someone who is not related to you could possibly love you that much. She was it for me. People say things like, ‘Marriage and relationships are work.’ But it’s not. Life is hard. Having somebody to help you deal with it is the greatest thing that ever happened. Looking back on the relationships I had before this, I think the universe was giving me some tough practice so I’d get this right.”

On Stano, an independent film, which he’ll be starring in with Vergara, that he developed and produced: “I read the script and knew it was a great role for me—then it was a five year struggle of getting it made. It’s a story about redemption and put­ting your life back together.”

On expanding beyond acting: “I want to get to a place where I can finally shape things the way I want them. I want to be able to write, direct, produce, act, and do it in my own big-budget sci-fi feature."

On guys wanting to take pictures with him: “I’d get girls, but I’d also get guys who knew who I was but would say, ‘My girlfriend would kill me if I didn’t get a picture with you.’ And I’d think, ‘Why not just admit you want a picture with me?’”

On being both artistic and athletic: “As a kid, I was an artist. I painted and wrote and created stories. But I was a good athlete…In Pittsburgh, that’s just what you did…I figured out how to have a career as an artist that was also partly athletic.”

On work ethic: “I can’t sleep unless I know I’ve done my best.”

On getting older: “It probably hit me during Magic Mike XXL that if we even thought of doing another one, we wouldn’t be young anymore. Turning 40 solidified that. I’m not a young buck anymore. I’m a crafty older guy.”

On his friend Arnold Schwarzenegger: “He takes really good care of himself and he’s incredibly smart. He smashed all the stereotypes about bodybuilders. Arnold is proof that Renaissance men do exist. I asked how he gets so much done and he said, ‘You have to learn to sleep faster.’”

Interviews with additional stars were conducted for the cover story, with highlights including:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, who worked with Manganiello in 2014’s Sabotage: “From the moment I met Joe, I was just blown away by his strength, his muscles and his look…In the ’70s, he could have easily been on stage at a bodybuilding show…But it’s what I found behind the muscles that really impressed me. Joe has a huge vision, and he’s also a sweetheart of a guy, with a huge heart. He’s the kind of guy who dotes on his wife, gets you the perfect gift for your birthday or shows up to give away toys in East L.A. to less fortunate kids.”

STEVEN SODERBERGH, director of Magic Mike: “The good news is that he’s focused on expanding his ability beyond just appearing in front of a camera. Anyone who understands the business and wants to do that is smart. If you’re an actor still waiting to be called to work, you don’t know what you’re doing.”

BRAD PEYTON, director of Rampage: “He’s an artist mixed with a gamer geek. He puts his creativity into those worlds, which is why he’s so good in movies like that. He just gets them.”

ADAM RODRIGUEZ, star of Criminal Minds, who became friends with Manganiello on the set of Magic Mike: “I think he’s an artist in the body of an athlete. And the bastard has the body of Adonis.”

Also in the issue:

The April 2018 issue features Cigar Aficionado’s in-depth preview of the 2018 Masters Tournament—with rankings of the top 10 best prospects, plus a look at the tournament’s historical greats—along with a roundup of the 12 fastest cars money can buy, cigar ratings, recommended drinks, electronics, travel destinations and much more.

The issue hits newsstands April 3.

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Launched in 1992, Cigar Aficionado is the definitive lifestyle magazine for men. Dubbed “The Good Life Magazine for Men”, the print publication and its accompanying website (, focus on luxury lifestyle topics such as golf, travel, alcohol and accessories. Cigar Aficionado also sponsors events such as The Big Smoke, the country’s premier event for cigar smokers. Parent company M. Shanken Communications also publishes Wine Spectator, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.