Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO vampire drama True Blood, says he beat up bullies in It Gets Better PSA.

The 36-year-old Manganiello is the latest True Blood co-star to reach out to troubled LGBT teens.

Manganiello says he was “picked on” by older kids because he refused to become a bully himself.

“Got beat up, got my books dumped, got made fun of, had big ears that stuck out,” he says in the one-minute-forty-second video.

“Fast forward a few years to high school. I grew to full size, and I saw other kids getting picked on. And I made it my business to stick up for those kids and try to help those kids out and be a friend to those kids,” he adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse, Alexander Skarsgard, who plays vampire Eric Northman, Rutina Wesley, who plays lesbian cage-fighter Tara Thornton, and Kristen Bauer, who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft, have also recorded videos for gay activist Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project, which urges teens being bullied because they are or are perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to hang in there, because life gets better.

More recently, Nelsan Ellis, who plays flamboyant gay prostitute and vampire blood dealer Lafayette Reynolds, and Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte, also joined the campaign.