Alex is lucky and in love
Woman’s Day Magazine
By Jacqui Lang
Devilishly handsome Alex O’Loughlin, 31, is yet another Aussie actor making his way in Tinseltown, starring as a likeable vampire in Nine’s new series Moonlight, but in real life, Alex is also the devoted boyfriend of singer Holly Valance – just don’t ask him about her!
Question: How’s life in Hollywood?
Alex: Pretty good. I’ve been here three years now.
Question: Tell us about Moonlight.
Alex: I play the central character, a person who was made into a vampire against his will. But after 55 years, he accepted his curse and find a way to use his powers in a good way.
Question: On Moonlight, you suck a bit of blood from time to time?
Alex: Yeah, I suck lots of blood.
Question: How do you rehearse that?
Alex: You can’t rehearse, you just go for it!
Question: While you’re in a role do you speak in the required accent all the time?
Alex: Yes and some people criticize that. At the end of the day, my face will be on screen and I want to play the character as well as I can. I lived in New York with Jonathan Rhys Meyers while making the movie August Rush – in which I play a Dubliner – and it was helpful that Jonathon is Irish. I kept that accent for four months. That can be quite confrontational for people around me.
Question: Is it true you nearly scored the role of James Bond (that Daniel Craig won)?
Alex: Yeah, it is. I flew to London and screen-tested for it – and obviously didn’t get it. But at least I got to be Bond for a day!
Question: How would you have been as Agent 007?
Alex: Actually, I’m probably to young. I look at my work and I think I am not ready – but in five years I think I’d be a bloody great Bond!
Questions: Despite not becoming James Bond, are people starting to recognise you in the street?
Alex: Yes, it’s weird. It’s nice having your work recognised but having people follow you around is kinda weird.
Question: Have you met any of your idols in the US?
Alex: Lots actually, but the most impressive was when I was in New York. I walked into a cafe and it was empty – except for one guy at the next table who turned out to be Robert De Niro. He nodded at me and said “hi” and we ended up chatting for 15 minutes. I’m no sycophant but this was a thrill for me and I thanked him for his contribution to the industry. He was an inspiration to me.
Question: How is your relationship with Holly going?
Alex: I’d prefer to keep it out of the interview, but yes, we’re very happy.
Question: Will you be spending Christmas in Australia?
Alex: Yes and I can’t wait to spend time with family and people I don’t get to see much.
Question: What do you want for Christmas?
Alex: To sleep. I badly need a vacation.
Alex is setting hearts a-flutter as vampire Mick St. John in Moonlight. But it’s songstress Holly who pulls his heart strings.
- Most of the things in this short article is kind of “old” news and general knowledge about Alex, but I love the bit where he talks about meeting Robert De Niro in New York.
- It must have been funny and weird, being around him for the 4 months he was talking with and Irish accent. 🙂