Uncle Steve and the kids

That’s the old rule man, no kids or animals! But I love working with kids, I’ve never not enjoyed it. But then again maybe I’ve never had a bad kid. The thing about working with children is that there are no walls there, no barriers between you and their vanity.

When you’re working with adults, we all have vanity, narcissism, whatever we have that has to do with our ego can potentially get in the way of our work. With kids there is a purity and an innocence regardless of what character they’re playing within them. And so to tap into that is just extraordinary to work with because it´s so true.

– Alex O’Loughlin, the TVAddict, 29 April 2009

I always wonder how much the writers and producers will change a character to accommodate an actor’s natural abilities and personality. In Episode 1:02 of Hawaii Five-0 it looks like the writers wanted to write Steve as a character who will be handling kids awkwardly. In a  funny scene Steve, Chin and Danny meet a family in an elevator. Steve seems as if he does not know how to handle a situation with a child involved…..

However that was the last time we really got the feeling Steve does not know how to handle kids. From there my original question – Did the writers change Steve’s behaviour because of Alex’s natural ease with kids?

During all four seasons we have seen how well uncle Steve interacts with Gracie. There is a special love and admiration between the two of them. They first meet each other in Episode 1:03 and naturally hit it off. In Episode 1:23, Steve needs to tell Gracie that Danno is sick and in the hospital. In Episode 3:09 Steve, Danno and Gracie visit the Victoria Secret event backstage. And in Episode 4:02, Gracie needs to choose between uncle Steve´s and Danno’s advice, in regards to baseball skills.

In Season 1 we have a few scenes with Steve and children other than Grace. In Episode 1:02 when Steve and Danny try to get some information from the son of the victim, but because the communication are more with Danny we did not include the picture here. In Episode 1:09 we see him with the son of the ‘evil’ leader they were protecting at the time – setting the boy at ease about the situation when they need to hide.

In Episode 1:14 he is very adorable with the little boy of their suspect, in the end helping his grandfather to become a citizen.

In Episode 1:21 he needs to comfort the boy whose father is shot and who lost his mother in the same shooting.

Strangely we have no real interaction with Steve and children in Season 2. In Episode 2:15 Steve helps Danny to free Grace from the warehouse, but the scene was all about father and daughter. I wonder why there were no episodes with younger children in them during this season, or did we forget any? 😕

In Season 3 we have some wonderful interactions with Steve and children. In Episode 3:10 we were treated with great interaction between uncle Steve and Lucy. As hostages and during some life threatening circumstances, they entertained us quite a bit. (Alex and the tan cargo’s at their best! 😛 )

In Episode 3:11 Steve teams up with a young boy in search of his missing father.

And of course, in Episode 3:20 we have the heart breaking scene at the funeral between Steve and Freddie’s little girl.

In Episode 4:07 Uncle Steve meets Joan, Mary´s newly adopted baby girl. What follows is one of the most adorable episodes with the three men (Steve, Chin and Danny) taking care of the little girl, while Mary is in hospital with food poisoning.

In Episode 4:12 Steve makes friends with their suspects kids and gets some valuable information from them.

In Episode 4:13 Steve and Chin rescue the young boy who was taken hostage together with his mother.

I think we can all agree that because of the storylines and the time spend together, there are only three of these children who came out on top during their interaction with uncle Steve – all girls of course 😀 .

He’s a lot of fun to play but he’s also a challenge because I’m very conscious of not having him become a two-dimensional character … it would be so easy to get stuck in that ‘All right, let’s go!’ kind of super-character thing and I have no interest in doing that.

— Alex O’Loughlin (about Steve), The Sun-Herald, 30 January 2011

Who do you choose for bringing out the best in Uncle Steve?

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14 responses to “Uncle Steve and the kids

  1. Uncle Steve coming to the office with baby on his chest, and with that tiny smile, is just hilarious. Cracks me (and D) up every time 😀

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  2. karen1228

    Steve has a very special relationship with Gracie which I simply adore. No doubt he loves baby Joan, but we don’t get to see them interact on regular basis. Wish we did. I still have the scene when he carried little Kevin out of his hiding place in the closet etched in my heart (I would love to see P. Diddy and Kevin make a return appearance)! But anytime Alex works with kids, it melts my heart – you can feel his love for them. So to answer your question, yes I do think the writers changed Steve’s behavior to fit Alex’s natural ability with kids!

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  3. gracenotpark

    If the writers DID change the character to fit Alex, or maybe because he actually asked for it, I think that’s great! I would totally trust Alex’s instincts for a character. And the way he has subtly but clearly grown McG, from a tunnel visioned, dedicated, fearless SEAL to a still fearless but RealWorld-rooted friend and family man has me in awe. This man is such a good person in life, and he has made McG a quirky but good man on screen. I am so mesmerized by him. 🙂

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    • buttercup4u

      These were also my thoughts, we meet Steve as a home-coming-combat Navy SEAL who hasn’t been around kids for a long time.
      Then he meets Danny and learns to “care” and “familyzise” and be someone else than an animal 😉 ! Alex did a wonderful job in bringing in some “understanding for the kids” and make SteveMcG a believeable child-friendly person!
      I think it’s the same with his love for Cath, he rarely let himself go and get emotional because he is not raised to be emotional or show emotion.
      Just some thoughts that I had to get rid off! (I don’t want to win the statistics again 😆 )

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  4. First of all I love your Alex quote at the beginning. It’s one of my favorites!
    And similar to your thoughts about changing Steve’s behaviour towards children because of Alex’ natural ease (I think it’s both, they let Steve develop too, because that’s what people – at best – do) I asked myself if they used this “Steve has a face”-line, after they learned about Alex’ many facial expressions.
    I voted for the ‘little baby person’. Big bad Navy SEAL with a baby attached to his chest and checking her ear after putting on her sunhat was wonderful!

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  5. Lisa

    Oh my I think my ovaries exploded;). I love seeing him with kids, he seems like he really enjoys working with them. He’s just natural

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  6. vanduyn

    Awwww I love this post! Alex is such a natural with children. For me it was his interaction with baby Joan that made my ovaries explode. When he made the kissing noises and held out his hands to take her from Chin just did me in!

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  7. It was a difficult choice between Lucy and baby Joan but Steve/Alex were so cute with the baby and she eventually won 🙂

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  8. I do think they may be changing the character based on Alex in real life. The hard edge has softened a lot with his journey. While seeing Steve with Joan makes us all think of Alex with Lion and melts my heart, I still have to go with Steve and Lucy. 3.10 is my second fav episode of the whole series. I don’t know exactly why but something with that episode just stuck with me and I have watched it the second most times. I do hope they continue to add kids into the show because it really shines a light on Steve and Danny and their tenderness. And who doesn’t want tenderness from those two huh???

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  9. I think all the possible kids with Steve should be girls. The boys just don´t work so well with him 😛

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  10. Yes I do think the writers have changed Steve’s behaviour with children but because of his character development and growth rather than because of Alex. It was always going to happen as Steve spent time with Danny, watching and learning from him the skills of being good with children plus he gets to interact with Gracie and Danno would soon steer him the right way if he was a bit of a dick, which he has done a couple times already. eg, at camp with the knife throwing lol. Steve is utterly adorable with baby Joan and its so good to see how his character has grown over the seasons to actually display emotions now and be more sensitive. Plus we all love seeing hot men with little kids and animals, it’s kinda swoonworthy ♥

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  11. Lucy was a fantastic actress and she rocked her scenes with Alex. That was truly great. But they have no real relationship, so, I guess we won’t see her again.
    Grace and Steve are nice to watch together and I think he really is an uncle to her. But she is not the one who gets the best out of uncle Steve.
    That goes to the little baby person. 😉
    Steve was so adorable and cute with her. Melted my heart. I loved it how he instantly fell in love with little Joan despite his best effort to make Mary give her back. LOL, as if that would happen.
    These two together… nothing could be cuter. And Steve seemed like a natural pro around her. Loved his little touches and how he took care of her. That was SO sweet. Sigh.
    I think after Steve settled down in Hawaii and he let go of the constant alertness of being a SEAL, his natural person slowly emerged. His inner Steve so to speak. 🙂 I love how the show let Steve become this great and good person. At heart, Steve is a big softie and I truly love him for it. He is my favorite TV character because he has it all. He’s a person who cares deeply not only for the people he loves, but who also emphasizes with most everyone in distress. He’s a good person at heart, an honorable man and a good friend. And not to mention that he’s damn hot. 😉
    Uh, what was the question again? Never mind. I voted for baby Joan.

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  12. buttercup4u

    Foyeur, I can’t tell you how much I love your studies (all of them) – they are “intense” and full of very good thoughts!
    I love it, to compare my thoughts with others and this is exactely what you do, you take things and study! And we can comment and agree/disagree and add some of our own thoughts!
    As I said, beautiful study about Steve and” the kids” – btw I voted for “others” – for me I love that scene with Kevin (was this PDiddy’s Boy?!) when he carried him out of the house, with his broken arm, turning the boys face away from his dead mom on the floor, slow motion, ahhhh *so hurting pretty*! Thanks, I sure will come back and linger some more 😆

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  13. Sorry girls for not being here more than a week. Here we go: i choose Uncle Steve with baby Joan. There are some men that easy bond with children, but with babies is more rare, only with their own. Although i liked very much Steve with Lucy and always enjoy Steve with Grace, the interaction between Steve and Joan is so cute and adorable and we know that Alex is almost not acting. The actor and the character feelings are the same with a baby in his arms.

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