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
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?