Joe Manganiello Talks Casting Wife Sofia Vergara in New Drama 'Bottom of the 9th' (Exclusive)

The actor dishes to ET about his upcoming baseball drama and working alongside his ladylove.

Joe Manganiello couldn't be more excited to be acting opposite wife Sofia Vergara in his upcoming drama Bottom of the 9th.

ET's recently spoke with Manganiello on the set of a new Stand Up To Cancer PSA, where he opened up about the upcoming film, in which he both stars and serves as a producer.

"I cast my wife, so we get to act together for the first time," Manganiello explained with a smile. "She just had to sleep with the producer."

In Bottom of the 9th, Manganiello plays Sonny Stano, a once-aspiring baseball player who returns to his Bronx neighborhood after serving time in jail for a mistake he made in his youth. Now at 39 and fresh out of prison, he works to win back the respect of his family and his lost love.

The handsome star says getting to spend time with his wife, whom he wed in 2015, made the entire project more enjoyable. 

"We were both there at work, which made things a lot easier," Manganiello shared, adding that the experience was so warm and rewarding, "You actually didn't want to leave. It was so much fun."

While Manganiello plays a former baseball star in his new film, the 42-year-old actor said his own experiences playing the game was mostly confined to childhood.

"Well, my biggest [memory of playing baseball] was getting my teeth knocked out with a baseball bat when I was nine," Manganiello recalled. "So I have fake front teeth."

The Magic Mike star will soon be appearing alongside stars Zachary Levi, Matt Damon and more in a Stand Up To Cancer PSA, narrated by Damon, that is set to premiere during at Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game.

Meanwhile, his upcoming drama, Bottom of the 9th, hits theaters on July 19.



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