Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer, who star together in Magic Mike XXL, have been friends for a long time, having attended the same drama school. They first collaborated when Manganiello appeared in an episode of Bomer's TV series White Collar. Speaking at a press conference for Magic Mike XXL, Manganiello praised Bomer and referred to him as "humble."
Bomer spoke about his admiration for Manganiello's dancing skills in the new film, saying that it was mind-blowing and epic. The pair previously reminiced about some of their college assignments as drama students, which included them having to act as animals and interact with each other at a zoo.