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Alex O’Loughlin in agony …………………or is it ecstasy?

I suppose you can consider the way I work or elements of the way I work and approach character as method. I absolutely throw myself into every role and try to live and breathe each character I play.

— Alex O’Loughlin, Live Chat with Alex,1 October 2009

I have never been to acting school and don’t know how they teach actors to portray moments of excruciating pain and moments of extreme pleasure. But the words of the song from the popular British Rock band ‘Queen’ comes to mind,when I think about it. Here are the word from the cores:

Let the sweetness on love wipe the tears from your face
Ooh, ooh, pain is so close to pleasure, I told you so,
Sunshine and rainy weather go hand in hand together all your life,
Pain is so close to pleasure, yeah, yeah,
Sunshine and rainy weather go hand in hand together all your life,
All your life,
Pain – pleasure.

Maybe it is the closeness of the two experiences of pain and pleasure, that makes it so easy for it to look similar. I sometimes cry when I am extremely happy. And who of you haven’t ever started laughing after you hit your toe on something? It is truly a weird reaction of human nature.

Let’s take a closer look at Alex and you can decide what you see……

Moonlight – Dr Feelgood

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Moonlight – Fever

Moonlight – Fated to Pretend

Mary Bryant

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There is a lot of fans that say the “O” in O’Loughlin, isn’t there for nothing because Alex knows how to do the “O” faces pretty well.

This is an invitation to all of you to share your thoughts on his agony and ecstacy. And also to give us some reminders of where we can find some more of these ….. faces.

It’s quite disturbing, especially when you watch it back and you go, ‘Oh, that’s what I look like!’

— Alex O’Loughlin, Filmink, June 2005

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