Already in this short time I have received so many beautiful letters of support and gratitude from so many of you who have lost loved ones, and also shared the gift of life with others as a result of those tragedies.
— Alex O’Loughlin MySpace Blog, 30 November 2009
There is a term of endearment among the fan girls for
Alex: He is a FLR (F/ckin Life Ruiner). Of course, this means that his good qualities have spoiled them for such a lot of stuff (mostly for other men) in real life.
Urban dictionary: Life Ruiner (noun):
someone who is unbelievably perfect; ruins your image on how most people are; makes you believe that most people are unworthy because there is someone like him/her around
For me, he has always been a lifesaver more than a life ruiner, because I actually don’t think he is “that” perfect. 😉
I want to move on to a subject close to my heart. One of saving lives. Some years ago my philosophy was, why offer my organs to somebody that did not take care of theirs in the first place? I have since then come a long way in revising my opinion and realising that many people are not to blame for their organs failing and even if they were, I believe in second chances.
There are lots of fans that say the subject matter of Three Rivers was depressing and boring because of all the dying. For me it never was!
The fact of the matter is, that a lot of people die an untimely death. Not a lot of them die in a manner, that can keep their bodies working until their organs can be harvested.
Even if you are a registered donor, only a small percentage of us actually can be a donor in the end. I would however like to know, that if I am dying in a manner viable for donation, that the option is there that somebody could use my organs for that second chance in life.
As Dr. Andy Yablonski, Alex portrays a brilliant doctor who once got a second chance to turn his own life around. He uses his talents to help people who need medical care, and to also have that second chance in life. I find it totally exhilarating and life-giving.
“I often catch myself saying things like.
“We’re actors! We’re not curing cancer or feeding the hungry”.”
— Alex O’Loughlin MySpace Blog, November 30, 2009
In my opinion, they couldn’t have asked for somebody better to play this role. For although they (CBS), totally screwed up the series in many ways, Alex with his success in other projects will always be promoting this cause. Along the way, the dedicated fans, that Alex attracts, will spread the word and the ripple effect of what he and this series started, will know no end……..
However short, the series did succeed to show so many different scenarios surrounding organ donation. The doubt with relatives about whether the loved one is really dead, all the different factors that need to be in place to do a successful transplant, the black market trading in organs and its pitfalls, the subject of live donors and so many more.
I just want to mention one episode that will always haunt me – Episode 7. In my opinion, one of the most thought-provoking episodes I have ever seen in any medical drama. And I also want to applaud
Mandy Patinkin for his fantastic portrayal of “The Luckiest Man”.
(And just as a side note I hope when the final showdown between Steve and WoFat ever occur, they will cast Mandy, just to come and say – “You killed my father, prepare to die” 😉 )
The decisions around the deathbed of a loved one are never easy. Make it easy for them and register or at the least let them know how you feel about giving someone else a second chance. And do yourself a favor, re-watch Three Rivers through the eyes of what it means on second chances and not of people dying.
It truly is “A Place of life” much rather than death for me! And Alex is breathtakingly beautiful throughout…..so that alone is worth watching.
(Allow me another side note on my total and utter surprise at Amber Clayton’s wonderful portrayal of Dr. Lisa Reed. She truly made her an authentic character to me)
To Alex, I just want to say, thank you for taking on this project that scared you at first.
Please don’t ever see or refer to Three Rivers as a failure in your career…..
This role, the guy I’m playing, is so important, that a part of me was like, you can’t do that, you can’t play that role, it’s too important, you’ll never know enough to be able to play that role. But they accepted me and it’s been such a privilege.
— Alex O’Loughlin E! Online, May 20, 2009
This is dedicated to all of Alex’s fans, around the world, that are involved with Organ Donation and promoting it. Alex might have given the cause the heart, but all your efforts will always give it arms and legs, to carry it forward!
Link to the Facebook page for Fans for Donate Life
You can also watch what Alex say about it here
25 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin Is a LifeSaver”
Damnit Foyeur, I have water in my eyes now.
Just look at the pretty 😀
Me too.. Great review. I totally agree about the episode with Mandy Patinkin, was the best of them. I was in total tears. The Donate Life is great cause, Thanks for the page! 🙂
Ah, you found the story! Good and thanks for joining us here.
Lots of old stories to explore on here. Think I need to go back and read a few more of the old stories myself again. 🙂
Beautiful. Just beautiful. You captured exactly why Three Rivers moved me so much and why Dr. Andy is arguably my favorite character Alex has ever portrayed.
I never thought of show as boring or depressing. In retrospect, out of the initial sadness comes life affirming hope and joy. That’s what set this medical drama apart from all the others.
Oh, and of course, Dr. Andy. 🙂
Thanks ESS, a lot of my thinking was also emphasised by what you thought of the series during our online discussions about it. I was really glad to find somebody that liked it as much as I did….. 🙂
One big reason why I didn´t like the show as much as I might have, Alex/Andy wasn´t on that much on screen. There where all those other doctors and emergencies taking up so much time! Too much. I probably would´ve loved the show if Andy really was the only doctor on it 😉 On a more serious note, I did think the stories were interesting to watch, from all those different angles. But they don´t make me want to go back to watch the entire episodes.
I have always loved Three Rivers. Thanks for promoting it in such a thoughtful and caring manner. And thanks, too, to ESS for reminding us last week how we could support Alex’s work by shopping at the Donate Life store and/or donating to this cause which is so close to Alex’s heart.
A side note on Alex’s acting ability: I loved him inTR but didn’t really know who he was. (My addiction to Moonlight came much later.) I was an avid fan of The Shield and it took me quite a while to realize Dr. Andy and Kevin Hiatt were played by the same actor. Such is his ability to become the character he plays. Alex just kind of disappears! Many current famous actors can’t do that. They are always themselves playing someone else.
“Such is his ability to become the character he plays”
Karin, interestingly I had the same discussion ealier today with somebody else on another post. He doesn’t act – he becomes or “is” that person
Hello, always visit your blog. I’m from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and also am a fan of Alex. I have many photos of him and partake of some groups on facebook about it.
I really like your blog. About your post, I liked the series and I plan to donate my organs. Success!
Lia thanks for visiting us. Hope you will keep on enjoying Alex with us!
Beautifully written, FOYeur. Am still working my way through 3R as we’ve just got it on our screens here in Oz. So far, I can’t say that Andy is the best role Alex has ever played in my mind but I do agree that he BECOMES the character. Watching 3R now after two season of H50, there’s no evidence to me of Steve there. Agree with Karin that there are some actors who just seem to either play themselves or a version of the same character and there’s no way that Alex does that. The series didn’t grab me from the first episode but it is certainly growing on me and I am enjoying the interconnectedness of the stories and the emphasis on death giving life. My 11 year old daugther is watching the series with me and she’s learning so much about organ donation. We talk about each episode as we watch them so for that, I think it is making an impact on me. Oh, yes, and Alex looks lovely in every scene! Just goes without saying.
Thanks Andrea. I hope that people will really see the story for what it is, one big education on what Organ Donation is about. It it can’t harm that to see Alex in this none violent role – there are not many of them around.
A beautiful and moving blog. I loved Three Rivers and it inspired me to become an organ donar My first True Love died of ALS and that paticular episode in which Mandy Patinkin AND ALEX were SO brilliant made me cry for weeks i inagine a lot of people felt the same way and hopefully became members of DONATE LIFE’ I also bought a peach rose for Alex as a Christmas gift to be placed on the Tournament of Roses DONATE LIFE float , New years Day 2010,. The roses were $30.00 each and fans all over the world stepped up to the plate So there was a very large area of that float covered in Peach roses in HONOUR OF ALEX O LOUGHLIN and his role in publicizing the importance of organ Donation and DONATE LIFE’ I don’t think Alex was ever more beautiful both inside and out as he was as DR ANDY YABLONSKY. The role called out to his inate goodness and decency and at times he looked almost unearthly and spiritual. I have told Alex personally that he “BECOMES the person he plays and altho’ he is too humble to admit it WE all know it is true.
“The role called out to his inate goodness and decency and at times he looked almost unearthly and spiritual”
I had the same feeling! Like an angel would look if we could see them..
I think this role was very close to his heart and even if it was such a short series, it will always carry the message forward…..
I agree Completely,
I agree with you, Alex is a life saver because he spread the message of Organ Donation.
It’s a very important issue in my life since i was 13 years old. A friend of mine died at the age of 12 in a stupid acident but his parents in all pain of losing their youngest child they helped to give a second chance for 5 people.
So for me those 13 episodes of Three Rivers are precious. Is a way to remember my friend Tiago, honoured him and his family.
I will always thank Alex for the strengh, the dedication and love of this project: – the character of Dr. Andy and – the O.D. messenger.
And yes Foyeur, i also agree with you on episode 7.
I want to thank you for this post. It was very moving and close to my heart.
(I’m sorry for my bad english)
It is always tragic when a child dies, but a small consolation when others could be helped!
Never worry about you English and your comments are valuable to us.
I liked Three Rivers also. Alex was never more beautiful than in this show. Andy had the best bedside manner and could definitely take the pain out of being sick. Kuol was such a lovely character. The episodes about his quest for a new heart were my favorites. The actor portraying the character was so good in that role.
As well as being a potential life saver as an organ donor, Alex has the ability to lift our spirits if we’re feeling a bit down. I’ve needed that a few times. It’s a great quality to have. Alex is special.
Linda E, If you look at my discription of the first photo (just hover over it with your mouse), you’ll see that you and I have the same thought on his bedside manner.
And yes, Kuol’s character is a whole new story on it’s own. And I hope to also explore it one day.
I was so emotional yesterday that i forgot to tell you that like you and Ess(Bamf) i’m a Dr. Andy’s fan girl too.
Yes, he is like an angel without wings and a true warrior that fights for he belives in.
Gives a life a second chance (recipient) but always grateful in the first place (for donor organ) with a smile that melt our hearts.
I want to ACA with what people have said here: BEAUTIFUL WRITING FOYEUR!!!!! So moving & wonderful!!
But also, I wanted to say…. ALEX’S HEAD ON THE LIFESAVER ROLL!
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Thanks SJ. After we did all his death scenes, Paula said she wanted to show his other side…..I got so inspired, couldn’t help myself. It came straight out of my heart
(Justine did the lifesaver man for me…..has been on Pinterest for months already – I love it)
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Loved the show! Love your blog and love Alex! He is just an all around sweetheart. 💕