The Joe Manganiello we’ve come to know and love is not only a brilliant actor but he’s also a man in his prime who has graced the covers of multiple health magazine (and yes, he’s extremely hot), so it’s hard to believe that he didn’t always look like this. It’s even harder to believe that he used to have blonde hair.
Taking to Twitter, Manganiello shared an epic throwback picture of what he looked like as a teenager in the ’90s, and everyone is freaking out. But for good reason, because if you thought it was just boy band members — ahem, Justin Timberlake — that were into the bleached-blonde hair trend, well, then you’d be so wrong.
Manganiello captioned the picture, which shows him sporting blonde locks, with, “Throw Back Thursday to 1996… #TBT” (which means he was 19 years old when the snap was taken).
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) June 1, 2016
Some of the most hilarious reactions compare him to fine wine and Eminem.
will the real slim Shady please stand up 😅😅😅😅
— killermuses (@killermuses) June 1, 2016
Somebody was a little too into Eminem 😂
— Sara (@1SaraWithNoH) June 2, 2016
@BFPanthers JOE you're like a fine wine💋
— 🍀Terri Smith🍀 (@TerriSmithIrish) June 2, 2016
— Very legal, Very cool Meri (@dresserlook) June 1, 2016
— Victoria Kear (@sweetvic09) June 2, 2016
Wow. I prefer the current version haha. Definitely getting better with age!
— Jen Notjenny (@JGM721) June 1, 2016
In fact, there have been so many comparisons to Eminem’s Slim Shady, that Manganiello even jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting about how he actually beat Eminem to the blonde hair.
For the record, Slim Shady was '97. I had Em by a year with the blonde. @dennisrodman on the other hand…
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) June 2, 2016
I think it’s safe to say fans prefer the 2016 version of Manganiello, but we really love him for sharing this slightly cringe-worthy photo.
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