Joe Manganiello is getting candid about his past battle with substance abuse — and has admitted conquering alcoholism allowed him to find love with his now-wife, Sofia Vergara.
"I became the man that I dreamed of being, and the result was I met the woman of my dreams," the 39-year-old actor said in a new interview. Joe and Sofia, 43, married in November 2015 after a 20 month courtship.
Joe and Sofia in January 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"People are always like, 'I need to find myself!' You are who you want to be. In my 20s, I made a lot of choices that were opposite of who I wanted to be; in my 30s, I grew up," Joe told Men's Health.
"I think addicts are born wired a certain way. But alcohol was not the issue for me — the issues were all internal," he said of his past battle with alcoholism. "The drink just helped me to quell all the ill feelings I could remember having since I was a child. I was an addict before I ever picked up a drink."