Hawaii Five-0 Main Man #AlexOLoughlin wearing Worn Free

Something different for today. Two years ago we made a post about Alex’s favourite T-shirts ( Alex O’Loughlin & his favourite T’s ). We saw this little article from last year and thought it would be good to do another one for fun …..

 

It all began in a tiny bright orange office above a hairdressers across the street from Johnny Rockets on Melrose Ave. We were just starting out and had to pay people who helped us in t-shirts, luckily for us these people included Alex O’loughlin straight off the boat from Australia just hanging out in Laurel Canyon waiting for his next big acting project.

Alex actually featured in our first catalogue and is still a great friend to Worn Free. He was actually moaning at us the other day because some of his Worn Free favorites (like our John Lennon Working Class Hero tee) are in tatters because he has worn them all so much. We are sending him out a care package to Hawaii featuring some of his old favorites and a few new designs we think he is going to like.

Written By Steven Coe

Worn Free

19 January 2016

  • Alex with some of the other Worn Free T-shirt that we could pick up from over the years.

 

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Quote for the day – There´s something bigger than me

“I’m about to use the G word to embrace the scope”, O’Loughlin says “I don’t know what is out there. I don’t know whether there’s a God or whether there’s lots of gods or whether there’s just universal energy, but I know from what’s happened that there’s something bigger than me.” – Alex 2017

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They say ……. #AlexOLoughlin is a legend in the making.

O’Loughlin reminds me of Steve McQueen, stylish and authentically cool.

He’s a legend in the making.”

Photographer – Nino Muñoz

CBS Watch!

June 2017

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#AlexOLoughlin : Road Less Traveled

Go beyond the beach on a journey into the heart of Hawaii and the soul of Alex O’Loughlin.

By Ryan Devlin

for CBS Watch!

It was early 2010, and the Australian actor had just been offered the lead role on the reboot of the classic crime drama Hawaii Five-0, stepping into the shoes of the legendary Jack Lord to play the 50th state’s taciturn top cop, Steve McGarrett. Accepting  meant moving to Oahu, in the centre of the planet’s loveliest island archipelago.

It should have been a no-brainer. Cue that big wave and the theme song by the Ventures: Dum-duh-da-da-da-dum ….

“I was conflicted,” Alex O’Loughlin says, reflecting on the decision from his house in Waikiki’s idyllic Diamond Head. “I’d done two network shows before that, neither of which  had gone past a season.” He’d played vampire/private investigator Mick St. John on the short-lived 2007 supernatural romance Moonlight. A year later, he was Dr Andy Yablonski on the medical drama Three Rivers, cancelled after just 8 episodes. Though anything seemed better than being penniless in Los Angeles, to suffer through another failed show in the middle of the Pacific, 2500 miles  from the mainland, was a risk he wasn’t sure he wanted to take.

“I didn’t know anything about Hawaii. I asked everyone, “What do I do? Is this the right move?” O’Loughlin says. “Everybody was like, ‘Are you crazy? What’s wrong with you?’.”

He took the gig, staying in the Hilton Hawaiian Village during the first month. For fans of the show, that’s where McGarrett and partner Danny “Danno” Williams were recently snookered into a joint spa weekend with their significant others.

“It was beautiful, but I didn’t get to see the real Hawaii,”  O’Loughlin says “I got a glimpse of something that wasn’t what Hawaii is. The weird touristy, crazy hotel part. I still didn’t know how I felt about it, but the pilot felt really good.”

It was, and remains a really good pilot. In the nail biting prelude, naval commander  McGarrett’s convoy comes under  rocket fire in the mountains of South Korea by baddies  out to free arms dealer prisoner, Anton Hess. Amid the attack, McGarrett  listens on his satellite phone, as his father, John, is killed on Oahu by Anton’s brother, Victor – though not before the Honolulu Police Department veteran leaves his son a few cryptic words. By the time the waves breaks and the opening credits roll, you are hooked: McGarrett has a vendetta and mystery to solve, and you’re coming along with him. Reboots are tough, but this show’s depth, coupled with O’Loughlin’s chiseled portrayal of McGarrett , made the 20th century Hawaii Five-0 and instant hit. Suddenly Oahu started feeling more certain.

“People say the island either embrace you or push you away. I found myself as a gift from the islands, being blessed in and given a Hawaiian name. I found all sorts of things drawing me in deeper and deeper.”

With a full season to shoot, he started to learn the local rhythms from friends, like fellow cast member Daniel Dae Kim, whose knowledge of Oahu stretches back to his days filming Lost. He took up surfing. A few years in, he flew in some friends from back home in Australia to help him rebuild a mid-century modern home he’d found in Diamond Head that had “spectacular bones.” Then he met the Hawaiian surfer model  Malia Jones. The couple had a son, Lion, in 2012, and later married. The house filled with boys. O’Loughlin brought to the family his teenage son, Saxon, and Jones brought a son from a previous marriage, Spike.

“I’m about to use the G word to embrace the scope”, O’Loughlin says “I don’t know what is out there. I don’t know whether there’s a God or whether there’s lots of gods or whether there’s just universal energy, but I know from what’s happened that there’s something bigger than me.”

As O’Loughlin’s life was progressing on Oahu, so was McGarrett’s albeit down a much rockier family path. He avenged the death of his father. His mother, Doris, believed to be dead for 20 years , turned up alive, having faked her death to escape threats from her CIA past. He vanquished his true nemesis –  the nefarious crime boss Wo Fat – who over the course of seasons framed him for murder of Hawaii’s governor, kidnapped and tortured and revealed himself to be McGarrett’s virtual half-brother . He had two romantic relationships and has spent a lot of time shirtless  and even more time kicking sundry bad-guy ass.

Hawaii Five-0 seasons are epic – each a whopping 25 episodes. Multiply that by seven , and O’Loughlin is approaching No 175. Playing a character for that long does things to you. O’Loughlin is in a territory where few actors ever get to tread. “It’s such a volume,” he says   “This has been a master class for me. I can definitely drop into McGarrett’s head space anytime. I have a bible of who he is in my soul, in my mind”

With Wo Fat and his family issues somewhat in the rearview, McGarrett seems to be finding a modicum of peace on the show. “This season has been more of an easy-peasy McGarrett,” O’Loughlin says. “He still misses his dad, and the thing with Doris still hasn’t totally left him. But it’s not all like, “Argh! I’ve got to save the world!”

Still, O’Loughlin is happy to leave the character behind when shooting wraps. “He’s a proper tough guy and a Navy SEAL. He’s always ready to go, walking into rooms like, “What are we doing? What do we got? I’ve had the great fortune of being exposed  to a lot of Navy SEAL’s, who’ve helped me with the character. They’re terrific guys. But being like them requires a specific sort of energy, and I have to manufacture that energy,” he says. “At the end of the day it’s like “Keep calm and have another cold one”

Paradise hasn’t been all surf and breathtaking sunsets. McGarrett may be a SEAL and a Teflon supercop, but O’Loughlin isn’t, and injuries have taken their toll. In the first few seasons, he elected to most of his own stunts, which he says was a mistake. He rattles of a litany of fractures and lacerations that could rival a snapshot collection of charts in any emergency room. “I blew one of my knees, I’ve torn ligaments and tendons, ankles and both shoulders both wrists,” he says “I’ve knocked my front teeth out. I’ve got fake front teeth. I tore my right shoulder to pieces – three external tears, a labrum tear and a detachment of the bicep tendon. My current favourite injury is two herniated disks in my lower lumbar, which I am receiving stem cell treatment for to avoid surgery.”

The last injury spooked O’Loughlin. Always athletic, he has given up everything except swimming. The pain was so great, he could barely rouse himself from bed, and he worried about being able to throw a football with his grandkids. Signed on to Hawaii Five-0 through eight seasons, he began talking about walking away while he still could. But recently, he’s felt his workload lighten, and those stem cell injections? They’ve been “magic”, he says. Does that mean he might challenge Jack Lord’s record 12 seasons as McGarrett?

“That would be a miracle,” says O’Loughlin with a laugh. “But I can see coming back and doing another season or two. I think this show is everything. It’s the core of it all.”

One thing is certain: O’Loughlin has found home.

“The majority of my memories are now Hawaiian memories, ” he saysYou’ve just got to look around. You’ve got to watch the waves in the winter here. There’s something bigger than me in the world, and I feel that source or whatever that is had something to do with the whole journey for me, because now it all makes sense.”

Dictionary:

taciturn: reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.

archipelago: group of islands

nefarious: wicked or criminal.

modicum: a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuable

litany: a tedious recital or repetitive series

 

My thoughts

  • Of course we will on a later occasion make a separate post of all the beautiful picture from the article.
  • Interesting to see that the magazine or photographer chose to edit out Alex’s nipple tattoos?
  • Of course he did not finish up rebuilding the house and then met Malia. They were already married when the renovations were done in 2015.
  • The writer really like to use “big” words. My dictionary was working overtime.
  • It seems that there are 3 or 4 different covers for the magazine. Reports of fans getting the Alex cover and others getting another cover, but at least the full story inside.

 

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Have Dinner with Moonlight Star #AlexOLoughlin

OK, so that title up there may be a little cruel and misleading to any fans who thought it was a real invitation to have a romantic picnic in the sand with Alex O’Loughlin. (I’ll pause while you visualize … and wipe your drool.)

 But in the Q&A that follows, you can have the next best thing (maybe?):

A cyberdinnertime-chat experience with Alex, who called just moments ago, while chomping down a salad during a five-minute break on set. (Did you hear the one about TV leads being busy?)

More important, as you may have heard, the fans of CBS’ Moonlight are a wee bit … impassioned. And by “wee bit,” I mean they are willing to give their own blood:

They have coordinated a truly heartwarming (see what I did there?) philanthropic campaign to help support the series, via a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

by Kristin Dos Santos

For E! News

4 April 2008

Read on for Alex’s thoughts on the fandemonium, the prospects of season two and what’s in store when Moonlight returns to CBS April 25…

 

Kristin: I heard you were so moved by the fan blood drive. Do you want to take part?
Alex: Oh yeah, I’m a part of it. I’m hopefully gonna be a spokesperson for the Red Cross at some level. But I’m absolutely being a part of it.
Kristin: How does it feel to know your fans care that much?
Alex: It’s just so great. Even more so than them caring about the show is that such initiative is being used to participate in a community service at such a selfless level. I think it’s such a great idea, and it’s such a wonderful project and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. And then on a show level, it’s thrilling to know that people care about the show as much as I do.
Kristin: How are you feeling now about the chances of another season?
Alex: Before I tell you that, I’m going to apologize because I’m eating a salad while I’m talking to you.
Kristin: No problem. I know your schedule is very busy, what with you being in every scene. And it’s nice to know you really eat—unlike your alter ego.
Alex: I eat real food so Mick doesn’t have to. As for another season, I think it’s difficult to answer, because CBS is so unpredictable in how and why they make the decisions they make. Which is why no one, not even the other networks, can second-guess them at this time of the year before the upfronts. Personally, I think it’d be a smart business choice to pick the show up, because we have such a rabid fan base and people will tune in to watch.
Kristin: Is it hard not knowing?
Alex: As an actor, I can’t ever afford to second-guess anything, because often I’m wrong, and it hurts too bad. I’m so invested in this show. I’ve put a lot of love and a lot of heart and a lot of thought and a lot of creative and emotional energy into this piece, and I don’t want to go anywhere.
Kristin: The fans would agree. What can you tell me about what we can expect when the show comes back?
Alex: Sex and drama. Lots of sex and drama. Sexy sex and sexy drama. We’re just finishing up episode 14, which leads to 15 and 16.

Kristin: Does it feel like you’re ramping up toward the season finale?
Alex: Yeah, things are getting bigger. It doesn’t feel like a finale. It feels like a beginning. I don’t feel like we’re riding for the end. We are at beginning of something huge. I haven’t read episode 16, which is our final installment, but I’ve just finished 15, and it’s fantastic. It’s so full of life, it’s awesome stuff. It’s got some incredible flashbacks, and it’s got some Mick emotion that will knock everyone out of their socks. It’s got a whole bunch of stuff that will really rock the fans.
Kristin: You and Sophia (Beth) have such great chemistry.
Alex: We’ve become great friends. She’s a terrifically committed actor, and she’s a ball of fun on set. She’s outrageously funny herself and loves to be a part of the gag. She’s just a real team player. 
You’ll always find her hanging out with the electrics or hanging out on the curbside laughing with the wardrobe and having a great time, as opposed to, like, stuck up in her trailer. She’s not that person. So it’s great working with her. We’re having a blast.

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