Daily Archives: December 19, 2013

#AlexOLoughlin – The fans asked and he answered! (2013)

Earlier this year, fans were given the chance to ask Alex some questions. Of course he only answered the easy ones 😉 , but they were still entertaining 😀

Question 1What is the best thing about working on a show like Hawaii Five-0Maddy W


Alex:  The Bromance is probably, there is so much to the show. One of my favorite parts of the show is the relationship between McGarrett and Danno. I really feel that it is kind of the glue for the whole thing and so I miss it when he is not there. But we always fill it with other interesting things.

Stuff with Doris McGarrett was, it’s terrific and it’s sort of left in limbo at the moment, you guys all know what is happening.

It is great for me as an actor, it is really great character stuff. It is the fuel that is sort of burning away behind everything else he does. That’s the nice serialised character stuff I get to sink my teeth into.

Question 2:  Do you own as many cargo pants as McGarrett does?


Alex:  I don’t think I own a pair of cargo pants, let alone many pairs, that I would need to count. I do however have cargo shorts, I’m a big G-star cargo short guy. I always have been. They’re my go to.

Question 3:  What is the weirdest place someone has asked you to say ‘Book ’em, Danno’



Alex:  Probably in a public restroom, is probably one of the more strange places. But you know where it is gotten to now, people don’t ask me to say it anymore. They just tell me to do it, it’s like “Yo, Book’em Danno”, and I am like I’m McGarrett but okay thanks.

It’s just like people just like the opportunity to say that line, because it is so famous.

Question 4:  Do you see yourself in Steve, or is he completely different from you? – Krystal L


Alex: He’s pretty different, I mean we both have a  tenacity. We both have a kind of disci … I am pretty disciplined, me Alex, with most things and so we share that with him. And then of course aspects of who I am, I mean I play this guy every day year after year, aspects of who I am is gonna show up, in him.

But ultimately he is like, he is much less emotional than I am {snort}. He’s much sort of tougher and smarter. 

All my characters are usually, you know more of a person, man, more of a … everything that I  am.

Question 5:  What has been your favorite episode to film in H50? – Cameron G

Alex:  That’s a tough question, because we’re into our fourth year and there’s so much water under the bridge.

I think the moments, the episodes like 3:20, I think it was, which is the episode where McGarrett goes back to Korea, a big flashback episode. And his SEAL buddy gets killed, that sort of stuff is fantastic for me to do.


It feel like in some way a departure away from the sort of daily grind of formula television and it’s all based on character. I’m never gonna not want to do that, I’m always gonna wanna do characters. It’s just my nature, that’s why I’m an actor.

So any time they let me do those things, stuff with my family, with McGarrett’s family is always fine. But there is also those moments along the way, the ones that really sort of shine for me and help get through the rest to the next moment like that.

Question 6:  What is some of your favorite music right now? – Ashlee C


Alex:  Okay, I am listening to this new guy outa England. He is an English artist and his name is King Krule. He’s really interesting, he’s kind of like young Clash, he’s like the Clash when they first started, but sort of deconstructed. He’s kind of bizarre too. Like some of is songs, is like this is awesome and some of his songs I go….wow it’s weird [laughs]

Question 7:  Is it important to you that a character you play, have some redeeming quality? – Missp I


Alex:  Yeah, I get cast to play like, hero dudes I guess. Maybe I’ve got a look that fits that. But it’s the older I get, the more I want to play characters with less redeeming qualities, because there is a lot if interesting people out there.

I am kind of interested in us as humans and what makes us who we are, I mean……..NO, the answer is no [laughs]

Question 8:  Where are some of your favorite places to film? – Mindy T


Alex:  Aside from the travel time it takes to get me to there and back each day, the North Shore is probably one of my favorite places to film, because I love it out there. It is the country side of the Island, it’s very raw and it’s very kind of wild, the ocean is wild and big. So that’s, when we get to go up there, I’m always in a slightly calmer head space.

And my other favorite place is on stage, because the days are more controlled. When you work as much as we do, to actually get to set and to do 12 hours and no more and get to go home, that’s a fantastic day.

Question 9:  What do you miss the most about your motherland Australia? – Zia G

Alex:  About Australia, I miss people, I miss people more than anything, wherever I am there is like circles of people, of friends that I have in different parts of the world and that I yearn for occasionally. We miss our people, we are gregarious herd animals – humans and so that’s the main thing that I miss.

My main people, my kids and my partner are with me now, but my family are over there and I miss them and I miss seeing. My sister is having a baby pretty soon and I most probably won’t be there for that, those sorts of things.

But as far as LA, you know I’ve lived here for a very long time before I went to Hawaii. The main things I miss about here, the main things I miss about the rest of the world, living on an Island, are live music, because there’s not very much live music there, I used to go, I miss music.

I’d love more restaurants, we’re so spoilt for choice here in Los Angeles, on every corner there is fantastic sushi, great Italian, award winning chefs and it’s a little more limited there. But the food there is very good, and so it’s more sort of lifestyle stuff, I think

Question 10:  Hi Alex! I’m Diana, I’ve been a fan of yours since I saw you on Moonlight! Have you ever thought of writing a memoir? – Diana V


Alex:  Hi Diana, thank you for your support over all these years. I have actually thought about writing memoirs, not so much, kind of. But it’s not about my acting life. It’s more about my entire life. But to be perfectly honest I don’t think my entire life is interesting enough for a memoir.

But I have had a lot of really interesting experiences in my live and met a lot of interesting people and had a lot of odd and interesting coincidences and stuff.

So I often feel like I like to incorporate them into a film.

Question 11:  What is your guilty pleasure? – Carly N


Alex:  “So You Think You Can Dance”…….I love it so much, I love it so much, I can’t …. I dream about it.

Listen I don’t care if the world knows, this is the thing. I DVR it, if I don’t get to watch it within 72 hours of the DVR’ing, I get extremely grumpy. I get short with the kids, I get short with people at work.

I have to watch it and I get very emotional when it’s on. When my people gets cut I sometimes get a little,….. I get a little upset. I have been known to get a bit misty.


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