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#AlexOLoughlin talks Criminal Minds and why Moonlight failed – 2009

While it may not be the Moonlight revival that fans were hoping for (or to be more specific, that one really dedicated fan who is single-handedly keeping the “Save Moonlight” campaign alive by inundating my email box with bi-weekly emails), star Alex O’Loughlin is making a return to the small screen this evening on a very special, not to mention intensily creepy episode of Criminal Minds. And here to talk about tonight’s role with your very own TV Addict, in between shooting his new CBS pilot (Three Rivers) and his upcoming romantic comedy opposite Jennifer Lopez is the immortal one himself, Alex O’Loughlin.

By theTVaddict

Dr Andy Yablonski

Question: Before we get into your guest appearance on tonight’s Criminal Minds, I, of course, have to first ask about Moonlight. Were you surprised it was cancelled?

Alex as Mick

Alex: Yes and no. It was a tough show for everybody in a sense that it was a high maintenance girlfriend. You love her, she’s great in bed but it takes so much of your time to appease her [laughs] that you’re left going, “Okay, is this worth the end result.”

From the very beginning, there were huge amounts of changes: Five different showrunners, from the early days when it was Twilight we fired everyone, recast the show, reshot the pilot, called it Moonlight, changed the showrunner. [Producer] Joel Silver and the network were butting heads constantly about the creative direction of the show.

It was a lot of stuff to deal with behind the camera, maybe too much in fact. But to answer your question, I was surprised we were cancelled because it was doing so well.

Alex in Criminal Minds

Question: On tonight’s Criminal Minds, you play Vincent, a serial killer who couldn’t be more different than Moonlight’s Mick St. John. How did this guest appearance come about, and did you purposely look for a role that was Mick’s polar opposite?

Alex: In terms of Criminal Minds specifically, the writer, Simon [Mirren] is a great friend of mine, and he said, “listen, I’m writing a role with you in mind. Would you read it,” and I did and the rest is history. I love playing different roles, the more variety the better. Once I’ve played a role I don’t want to play it again.

Question: Was there any apprehension about playing a serial killer?

Alex: No apprehension because as far as I’m concerned Vincent is a redeemable character. When I first read the part, I could see how sympathetic he was. In terms of how I prepare, obviously not by going out and slaughtering anything.

My main preparation with this character was the obsessive-compulsive stuff because that’s the thing that rules his life and keeps him doing what he does time and time again. His OCD is at the core of his physical being.

Question: A lot of your scenes are with a young actor (Jake Cherry) who plays Stanley. Before accepting the role did the old Hollywood adage about not working with kids or animals ever cross your mind?

Alex and Jake

Alex: (Laughs) 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.

Question: What can you tell fans about the Three Rivers (the pilot that Alex O’Loughlin recently shot for CBS)

Alex: Set in Pittsburgh, it’s a medical drama told from the perspective of the organ donor, the organ recipient and the surgical team. So every episode, someone may live and someone may die. Meaning the stakes are very high.

Question: Was it a difficult decision to sign on to what potentially could be seven years of playing the same character versus the idea of playing different characters between films and occasional TV guest appearances?

Alex: Very good question and yes it is hard, it is daunting I got to say and I don’t think any actor would disagree with me. Once you’ve done a couple of films, I think the whole idea of being a movie star — well I don’t know about the ‘star’ thing — but the idea of working regularly in feature films that’s my dream. To go from one character to the next and get to tell a million different stories, that would be wonderful, I’d love to be able to do that.

But the thing about television is that the job security, you cannot beat. I’m a family man and I have to think that way. But I definitely do get scared I’ll get stuck in one character and never find my way out. That other people aren’t going to trust me that I can’t find my way out to find one of their characters. So there is that.

That being said, after experiencing what I’ve experienced on both The Shield and Moonlight there is also joys and benefits to playing a character for a long time because you discover things and get to live out things you discovered about the character. There have been so many times in my life when I’ll finish a play or a film and a week later I’ll wake up and say, “Ah F*ck, that’s what I should have done with that scene, that’s the missing element.” And so in TV, you get to live that out and discover so much more it’s great. but it’s definitely a catch 22 situation.

Question: Have you started shooting The Back-Up Plan?

Alex: I start shooting in about a minute!

Question: Aside from the opportunity to work with Jennifer Lopez, what attracted you to the project?

BTS - TBUP

Alex: Nothing, just J.LO… No, just joking. The film is great, it’s funny, well written and I’ve never really done a lead role in a romantic comedy over here yet in America. Also, the director’s a pal, the great Alan Poul, who has a really smart clear vision for the film. And Jennifer being attached didn’t hurt.

 

My Thoughts:

  • I highlighted some of my favourite quotes – Alex talking about working with kids, also the desire to play different roles. And then the one quote, saying that it is nice to get to know and build a character over time as well.
  • There is a  definite form of job security when an actor is part of a successful show on TV and I think while settling and building his family, as it is at the moment (even more so than 5 years ago), it might be the important thing for Alex in his life for now…….

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Alex O’ – pretty as a picture #19

It takes a while to climb the greasy pole of Hollywood, as they say. You get up a bit and then you slip back down, that’s what it’s like. You take two steps forward, three steps back. But you just chip away until you get there.

– Alex O’Loughlin, News Weekly, 3 March 2008

Alex at the US Premiere of TBUP

– 21 April 2010 –

What am I dreading? Not really anything. I guess I think about losing my anonymity sometimes, which I don’t really want to happen.

– Alex O’Loughlin, TV Guide, Up Close, April 2008

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Hawaii Five-O’: Alex O’Loughlin plays a Navy SEAL’ – Interview, April 2010 #HottieOfTheWeek #AlexOLoughlin

 Alex O’Loughlin — a veteran of three TV series Moonlight,” “Three Rivers,” The Shield” — stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in the new romantic comedy, The Back-Up Plan,” but don’t worry. He’s still in the TV game, starring in the new Hawaii Five-O.

by Elizabeth Snead, zap2it.com, 2 April 2010

To prep for playing Steve McGarrett, he watched a few episodes of the original 1968 series. “It’s very dated and it’s funny to go back and watch it, even the acting is very stylized and the voice work is so different,” O’Loughlin told The Dish Rag exclusively.

The new “Five-O will be very different overall. Yes, the theme music is the same. And Steve is still fighting crime in Hawaii. But it’s on a whole other level. “Steve is a Navy SEAL,” O’Loughlin explains. “He spent his childhood in Hawaii, left, joined the military and became a special ops commander, then comes back to the island for a reason and ends up running a task force for the government.”

Just don’t expect him to wear Hawaiian shirts. O’Loughlin reveals: “I’m in my dress blues and metal racks for special occasions and on the set the rest of the time, I’m really a cargo pants, T-shirt, tactical boots kind of guy.”

In the teaser, O’Loughlin is seen in North Korea on a mission in full military gear with lots of stunts, gun play, hand-to-hand fighting. “I love all that stuff,” he admits.

What will audiences be surprised by? The relationship between Alex and Scott Caan, who plays Danno Williams. “We really hit it off. We were born on the same day, about 7 hours apart and even though we come from different sides of the planet, there are a lot of similarities between us.”

He has high hopes for the show but doesn’t want to get disappointed. “I’m so tired right now, I’ve worked two weeks straight without a day off, and worked through the weekend to get days off for the press junket for “The Back-Up Plan.”

“I don’t why it’s not gonna get picked up,” he says of the series. “But I’ve done this three times before and learned the hard and painful way that you have to put it out of your mind. You can have 10 million viewers and everything looks amazing and the next day, you’re canceled.”

But one thing remains the same. Alex does say, “Book ’em Danno,” at the end of the show’s pilot, which should please fans of the original series

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My Thoughts:

  • This is a very short interview, but it is always interesting for me to see what the feelings were in the beginning of H50.
  • Still interesting to me that Moonlight was canceled, even though it had 10 million viewers tuning in. 😦
  • It seems like they (Alex and Scott) are struggling to figure out exactly how many hours apart they were born 🙂 – here in the interview Alex talks about 7 hours and recently on the Queen Latifa show, Scott talked about 5 HoursLast year on their birthday, we did a story on it:
  • Alex O’Loughlin – Because the world is round……

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#AlexOLoughlin – They Asked and He answered ….. April 2010

Because Alex avoids personal interaction on social media (with very good reason in my opinion), the chances for us to communicate with him are so rare……… This is one of those rare occasions. Short, but I think those who participated must have enjoyed it! 🙂

Hope we will have more of these special connections with him in the future……..

Alex 28 March 2010

– Screening Room Interview via Twitter, April 2010

Screening Room asked their Twitter followers to send questions for Alex O’Loughlin, star of the upcoming The Back-Up Plan alongside Jennifer Lopez. Here’s how he responded to their Tweets.

catbird01: Is Stan anything like Alex? Did you bring any of your own personality to the character?

Alex:  little bit. He’s more like me 10 years ago. He’s in a place in his life where he doesn’t know what he’s doing, where he kind of feels stuck. There’s something missing from his life and he doesn’t know what it is. I used to be like that, but now, you know…not so much.

alyssaPE: Please ask Alex O’Loughlin, what his most memorable moment was while filming The Back Up Plan?

Alex: That’s a good question. I guess it would have to be the water birthing scene. I think it’s one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever been involved in. Most of the outtakes during the end credits are of us breaking out laughing during that scene. It took forever to film, but it was a lot of fun to do.

OLaughing: Q for Alex O’Loughlin:The Back-up Plan takes place in NYC. Would you ever consider living there if LA doesn’t work out?

Alex: Well, New York is a great city. I’d consider living there, the only thing is that I’d have to get out regularly because I’m a pretty mellow guy and New York has this massive energy and I’d have to counterbalance it with trips back to nature, I think.

On the set of August Rush

( Trivia: Alex lived in NYC for 4 months while filming the movie August Rush in 2006)

AOL_dot_COM: Does Alex have a ‘final goal’ in his career and what would it be? Oscar maybe?

Alex: Well, if I ever get an Oscar, it would mean that my pay rate would go up, which I guess is a good thing. But then again, there’d be a huge amount of expectation that I’d have to live up to. So I think the Oscar nomination is what I want more.

Dr.Malone: In the movie, you play a cheesemaker. Did you have to learn a lot about cheese for the role?

Alex: Um, not really. I tried to learn as much as I could about cheese. I love cheese, I love eating cheese, but – I mean, I learned a bit, but I didn’t think it was necessary to gain an encyclopedic knowledge on the subject.

Stan the cheese farmer

(Stan “studying” amongst his cheese 😛 )

AlexODotOrg: What type of films does Alex enjoy making more dramas? thrillers? Rom-Coms? Period Pieces? He’s done them all.

Alex: I think I enjoy making dramas most of all, stories about real people. I don’t know, telling real stories just somehow seems more important to me, I guess.

Alex and Dr Gonzo on the set of Dr's

(Alex’s character from Three Rivers, Dr Andy Yablonski, was based on the real Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski)

AOL_dot_COM: Alex has many many fans in Europe. Are there plans for a The Back-up Plan promotion tour over there?

Alex: Yeah, I’m going to London on the 26th. I’ve got a premiere on the 28th in London which I will be at with Jennifer.

AOL_dot_COM: We know that Alex can’t talk about the Hawaii 5.0 pilot, but can he tell us something about McGarrett’s nemesis?

Alex: That’s an interesting question. Victor Hesse…what can I tell you about him? McGarrett has a huge debt – a life-long debt to settle with this man. And that’s probably all I can say at this point.

Steve and Victor Hess

Dr.Malone: Alex, what’s the secret to doing a convincing American accent?

Alex: I don’t know. I grew up with a North American and I’ve trained – I’ve done accent training for 15 years, so that helped.

amyvil: Question for Alex O’Loughlin. Zoe is the perfect woman for Stan. What’s your idea of a perfect woman for you?

Alex: I’m still trying to work that out. Evidently I haven’t met her yet because I’m still single.

msjheartandsoul: Please ask Alex O if he finds it tough being so far from his son & does his son visit him when school’s out in Oz ~ thank you!

Alex: We both travel back and forth quite a bit, so we do spend a lot of time with each other.

Ozbella: Could you please ask Alex will he be coming home to Oz to promo The Back-up Plan and if he is what is the date, I’m desperate to know.

Alex: I don’t know yet, but if they ask me to, of course I will.

masherl: Man or mouse? What would Alex do if he had to go through a date with someone like Zoe’s friend Mona?

Alex: I’m not sure what that question means exactly, but I will say this: Mona is a fantastic person.

 Alex 28 March 2010

My Thoughts:

So many things have changed for Alex since April 2010:

  • His son Saxon moved to Hawaii and was living with Alex permanently, from December 2011 to July 2014
  • Alex got married in April 2014
  • As I said in the beginning – It would be great to have more of these interactions with Alex!

  Thank you to the closed down site AlexO’Loughlin.org who posted this – I found it on the site before it closed down last year, but I was unable to locate the original source (it seems to be deleted) 😦

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Pic for the day – Alex as McGarrett #AlexOLoughlin #HottieOfTheWeek

“There’s something pretty lovable about him. If you’re in with him, he’ll die to protect you.” (Alex in 2010 on McGarrett)

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I think after this what I’d really like to do is go to sort of smaller stories that speak to me on a personal level and challenge people in other ways that maybe this show doesn’t.  Do you know what I mean?  I’d like to sort of take a step away.” (Alex in 2013)

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