Find Out True Blood Star Joe Manganiello's "Cheat Day" Meal

Entertainment Sep. 1, 2010 AT 10:15AM

He's currently sitting pretty as one of True Blood's hottest werewolves, but Joe Manganiello could have another career if his gig on HBO doesn't pan out: professional eater!

To prep for his role as bulked-up Alcide on the HBO series, Manganiello says he was afforded one "cheat day" to eat whatever he wanted -- away from the watchful eyes of his trainer.

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His first stop? Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles.

"I'm pretty strict with my diet, but after a few months [of working out], my trainer gave me one cheat meal a week. I started planning it in my head and as soon as [the day] hit, I went straight there," Manganiello tells UsMagazine.com in an exclusive video interview. (Watch above)

And the actor says he could rival the country's biggest competitive eaters.

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"I wolfed down, literally, these two big waffles with butter and syrup and half a fried chicken, got some collared greens, some macaroni and cheese...I downed it in probably under four minutes and anybody that was watching was probably horrified," the actor says.

For more on Manganiello's extreme workout routine -- and how he and his girlfriend tend to their own personal "wolf pack" at home -- check out the clip above.

The season finale of True Blood airs Sept. 12 at 10 p.m./ET on HBO.

-- By Allison Corneau for UsMagazine.com. For more Channel Surfing, click here.

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