For young actors going to Hollywood, one of the first things you need to do is realise where they’re going to pigeonhole you — how they’re going to market you. Because if you don’t know how you’re marketable, it doesn’t matter how persistent, driven or talented you are. You’ve got to know where you fit so you can kick off from there, then you can shine in whatever direction you want. But that’s where it starts.”
– Alex O’Loughlin, GQ, 30 March 2011
Over the last few months we have been part of a few fun projects involving Alex fan’s from around the world. Most of these have been driven by our bedazzlingly vivacious friend LaHagela.
For this “Wall of Eyes” montage she asked us all to send her photo’s of our eye (yes singular) “put on some eye makeup and take a closeup picture”. Now for some of the girls, this involved doing it in the middle of the night, so as to not tip off their significant others to their fangirling alternate lives….but as usual, it was all done in good fun, and we couldn’t wait to see what she was actually doing with these photo’s of our eyes.
So yes, these eyes belong to real fan girls from all over the world…….and the significance of the montage? Well at any given time, somewhere in the world there is always a fan watching him.
Every time I read this quote from him, I see this wall of eyes and I think, for most of us he will never be stuck in a pigeonhole…….he is out there, showing the world that he is a man of many talents. If the rest of the world took the time to watch some of his other work, they would see that he is more than just a pretty face, he’s also a damn fine actor.
I love, love, love my fans and appreciate them so much. It’s a very, very strange experience having people you don’t really know, know you and express great emotion to you. It’s validating to a point, but it’s also really bizarre.
— Alex O’Loughlin, Boston Herald, 15 May 2011
Thanks to LaHagela for doing all the hard work of creating the art work for this story and also once again making it readable to the English speaking world.