I just try to carry the sense of integrity and authenticity I had in the beginning of my career, because I think that’s what makes people interested in you in the first place. It’s important not to lose that.
— Alex O’Loughlin, Movieline, 19 April 2010
Whenever I feel the pressures of real life, I always start to question all the fangirling as well. Is it just an escape or does it mean something more to me? Is there something worthwhile in it at all for me? Inevitably I always go back to the first part of the fangirl story I wrote a while back – Looking at the story of Alex O’Loughlin — Through the eyes of a fangirl
And then when I read it and find my reason for being here and starting this site with Paula (Neropatti), I also scroll through the comments at the bottom of it and find wonderful thoughts from other ladies. This is part of one of them that I would like to share with you again (The full comment and those of the others you can find with the link):
September 23, 2012 at 00:33
A lot of people who know me think that my obsession for Alex is based on his appearance…let’s just say that they don’t know me very well. Obviously the man is physically beautiful and it is that which turned my head at first, but I have come to realize that it is not only thing that fuels my adoration and love for him. I think he is the most AMAZING and FASCINATING person I know….and no, I don’t really know him…all my thoughts and feelings for him are based on what I read about him and what he is willing to share about himself…all the stories about how generous and kind he is with his fans…how he always takes the time to meet those fans that have waited for hours to see him…how he is always so willing to sign an authograph and take a picture.. how he is so generous with his time for charitable causes…how he treats everyone as if they are special…how he is able to keep his personal life and family close to his chest yet openly shares intimate details about himself and his feelings (details no other celebrity would ever dream of revealing)…how funny and charming and charasmatic and smart and humble and hard-working and family-oriented and dog-loving and well…the list goes on…
So I guess if anyone asked me the one word that I would use to explain why I have such a deep, abiding affection for this man…it would be CHARACTER…he has it in abundance!!
That and the knowledge of the wonderful friendships I have formed while fangirling, always makes me feel better about it and real life as well. Those friends have carried me with fun and laughter for more that a year now. THANK YOU!
Whether I was working on a building site or auditioning or moving to the US, I’ve always done it with all of my heart. I don’t know how to do it any other way.
— Alex O’Loughlin, GQ Australia, November 2011
Then I have to think about Alex’s present project, Hawaii Five-0. Am I following it just because of him? Yes I am, but that does not change the fact that I enjoy each and every episode thoroughly as well!
I like to be entertained. I love other people being creative and coming up with pretty things that amuses me. For me it is part of being human, part of being me. Maybe also part of the image of a greater creator reflected in us all!
To me it does not matter what the genre is. If it can capture my imagination and let me enjoy something for its duration, I am satisfied. I find myself just as comfortable watching an Opera, as attending a Rock concert. Both modern art or the warmth of something more classic captures me. My criteria are very simple. It must look or sound pretty and captivate me because of its simple beauty! I do not like something just because it falls into a specific category or who is part of it, but because it entertains me.
Being a TV addict, that have for the last year been reduced to following only one show on a regular basis, has somehow been hard for me. And then I do not even watch it on TV with easy access. It literally takes me a whole day to download an episode, because of the overload of internet users where I live. Hawaii Five-0 has not on any occasion failed to entertain me! It is always full of beauty, action, drama, suspense and most importantly, humour! For 77 episodes now, the producers and writers have come up with something new for us.
Different writers and directors coming up with stories for our beloved characters to portray. For most of us the 4 main characters are our Ohana. We have bonded with them since that very first episode. They do not have to be there all the time for me to tell me of their importance – it is just a plain and simple fact! Alex’s character of Steve would not mean anything, without them. You don’t have to be reminded every week how much they mean to each other. This is also not a Soap Opera where every little nuance of their lives play out in front of the camera. The story moves on and we only get glimpses of their lives. They don’t represent my moral background or serves as my guide on it and my believes, or define to me what is right and wrong in life. For me it is a story not based in any reality or any other expectation than to be entertaining for 42 minutes every time they are on!
This is once again how Canadagirl commented on her feelings about the reviews (on other sites) of Epi 320 of Hawaii Five-0 this week:
canandagirl66 -April 18, 2013
I wasn’t going to touch this with the proverbial ten-foot pole….but after reading the comments (and a lot of other negative stuff out there) I couldn’t stop myself…
I’m not going to get into why I LOVED this episode. I just want to express what I am feeling. I am disheartened and sad for Alex and Michelle and all the other actors and writers and crew who put so much time and effort and hard work into making this episode…only to have it criticized.
I try to put what they do into perspective. I try to imagine myself at my job, spending hundreds of hours on a project and be given less than 45 minutes to do my presentation and then be told by my audience that it was substandard at best….I would be crushed!!!
That’s it…that’s all I’ve got and I’m jumping off my soapbox now….and tomorrow I’m going to rewatch this episode yet again. And yet again, I’m going to be in awe of AOL…and I’m going to laugh my @ss off at the bar scene… and I’m going to flail when McG walks in wearing those sunglasses…I’m going to cry when Steve cries…and I’m going to enjoy Cath kicking @ss…and I’m going to be thrilled by the stunts…and I’m going to be impressed by the acting …and I’m going to forgive the imperfections.
I know everybody in the arts open themselves up for criticism and that is good. Artists need to know what they are doing means something and are worthwhile or not. When someone start nitpicking at a piece of art, about things it never claimed to be in the first place, I do not see as criticism, but what those individuals somehow expect of it. It is only saying “I am actually watching a form of art that I do not like”. If you don’t like Classical music, you don’t criticise it for not being Jazz. If you are wise. you will just ignore it as something somebody else can appreciate and not torture yourself with it.
Unless I have missed it somewhere, Hawaii Five-0 has never claimed to be anything else but fiction. The show and Alex as an actor, simply entertains me!
I would like to extend an invitation to all of you, to either tell us what following Alex’s career or what Hawaii Five-0 means to you and how it enriches your life. If you feel your story is to long for just a simple comment, you are welcome to e-mail it to me and we can make a new post of it.
I think I got a really clear idea of the nature of this business. A really clear idea of the fact that it doesn’t mean anything: it doesn’t matter how good you are, it doesn’t even matter if you’re not good. You are far less important than you think you are. You are just a cog in a collaborative machine that is Hollywood.
— Alex O’Loughlin, GQ Style, March 2011