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Alex O’Loughlin’s Guide to Moonlight, Episode 1

We came across this curious little thing online, a short while ago.  Alex O’Loughlin had spoken with SciFi TV Zone, and given them a commentary on each Moonlight episode. It was new to us and immediately saw the opportunity to pick our favorite Mick pics (mostly faces) with each episode guide. And we suspect there are many like us, that have not come across his thoughts. We are posting an episode daily.

On a side note, we made our own caps every other episode, Paula´s are the uneven numbered and FOYeur´s the even numbered. PS. For some reason this first episode only has half the amount of pics the other posts will have. No idea what happened there 😉

Introduction – Alex on Moonlight

“For his part, O’Loughlin remains proud of what the show accomplished and what it represents. “I got to be a part of a story I really liked,” he says. “And I’ve always wanted to play a vampire since I was a kid, and that’s not something that will necessarily happen again in my life. It was just a great fit and a great experience. It was also a stressful experience. We were under budget, we were always fighting for everything we needed. We weren’t the golden child at all, we were the one that had to constantly present reasons not to be shut down.


“It was wonderful to fight for something and keep it alive for longer than it otherwise would have been,” he continues. “It’s great to be a part of a success, even if it was for only a season. The thing is, we were able to tell some really important stories. It wasn’t just about these monstrous creatures and sexual romps. What we went for constantly is the big truth, for the human truth, the human story and that’s the reason we make films in the first place. We didn’t always hit it, but I feel that from time to time we did and that’s why we held on to the audience, because they sensed that truth.” (SciFi TV Zone, Edward Gross)

Moonlight Episode 1

– No Such Thing As Vampires –

Written by: Ron Koslow & Trevor Munson

Directed by: Rod Holcomb

(28 Sept 2007)

Private eye Mick St. John and Internet reporter Beth Turner come together while investigating a murder that is the handiwork of a professor using vampire lore to seduce college students.

The episode was actually shot twice, its original pilot differing drastically from the final episode, particularly in the fact that with the exception of Alex O’Loughlin, the entire cast was changed.

Alex:

“The rhythm and tone changed pretty dramatically,” says O’Loughlin. “You put new actors in and new stuff is going to happen. They also changed the age of the characters. For instance, Josef [Mick’s best friend, also a vampire] changed from 65 to 25, which is a dramatic shift. Plotwise, there were a bunch of ideas in the unaired pilot that we stretched across a couple of episodes.

“I think the final pilot episode felt compartmentalized,” he adds, “because we had to set up our mythology and our rules for the show. It couldn’t be 44 minutes of exposition and rule setting, so there had to be a story in there as well. But we had to set up this new myth of vampires, this new world of vampires and we had to introduce the primary characters. So we had a fair bit of work to cram into the first episode, which I think we did successfully.”

The Faces of Mick:

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Link to the next Episode here

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The Biting Truth – May 2008

Alex O’Loughlin stakes a claim to ‘Moonlight’s’ classical roots

Boston Herald

4 May 2007

 by Kate O’Hare, Zap2It 

Mick and Beth (e14)

Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin, star of CBS’ vampire drama “Moonlight” (Fridays at 9 p.m. on WBZ, Ch. 4), sat on the set on a March evening at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. – and enjoyed the view.
He wasn’t looking at his co-star, lovely British actress Sophia Myles, who plays his human love interest, Beth. He was looking at a silver sports car up on a rig for the night’s filming.

“I love the car,” he said. “Oh, my God. I don’t (get to drive it), actually. I would very much like to. It’s an Audi R8. (It’s got) 500 horsepower, turbocharged V-8. It’s pretty fantastic.”

Audi R8
After some further chat about cars and motorcycles (which included a brief primer on Spokey Dokes, apparently a popular bicycle-spoke accessory), the conversation drifted to O’Loughlin’s classical education and what that has to do with playing Mick St. John, a vampire private eye in Los Angeles. Naming “Hamlet” as his favorite Shakespeare play, O’Loughlin made parallels between Mick and the indecisive Dane. “There’s absolutely a little Hamlet in Mick. Don’t worry about that. There absolutely is, in the loss of his family, the ‘to be or not to be.’ There’s a lot of Hamlet in there.”

Hamlet

Maybe it is time for a new remake of Hamlet – Maybe Alex as Hamlet?

As to who is the equivalent of the ghost of Hamlet’s murdered father, which haunts him in the castle parapets, O’Loughlin suggested Coraline (Shannyn Sossamon), the vampire who seduced the then-human Mick, then turned him into a creature of the night. “Coraline is the ghost,” he said. Then he thought of Josef (Jason Dohring), the young-looking but very old vampire who is Mick’s best pal. “Josef may be Horatio . . . you know what, hey! Josef is not as reflective as Horatio. This is interesting. I wonder if Shakespeare is turning in his grave that we’re drawing conclusions.”

Coraline and Mick

O’Loughlin also linked “Moonlight” to another Shakespeare tragedy. “I think there’s a lot of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in it,” he said. The fans are like, ‘When are Mick and Beth going to (have sex)?’ I’m like, ‘Hang on a minute: It’s going to be another show. It’s really going to shift the dynamic of the show if those two consummate their love at that level.’ ” He added, “I’m not the showrunner, but I don’t think we’ve earned it yet.”

Fans love the relationship and many of them have made music videos featuring Mick and Beth. “I’ve seen lots of them on YouTube,” Myles said. It’s really lovely. . . . When an audience falls in love with a couple, it’s so much more powerful than falling in love with an individual character.”

From “Dracula” to “Angel,” each vampire movie or show re-creates the vampire legend and its rules. “Moonlight” has some rules of its own. Myles said, “In the makeup van, they’ve got a list of vamp things, and it says, under ‘Sex With Vampires,’ that vampires can have sex and orgasms, but they can’t procreate. So that puts a whole new spin on things. Now that I know that, well, what’s the problem?”

Mick and Beth

If you are new to the blog and have not yet read how the Moonlight vamps’ bodies work, please read:

Alex O’Loughlin is living it up, in Mick’s Moonlight body.

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Boston Herald - 4 May 2008

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All the sexy men in Hollywood are …… Australian – April 2008

Alex O’Loughlin is hot property in Tinseltown, with a supporting role amongst a phenomenal cast of the new film August Rush (in cinemas now) and plays the lead in the US TV series Moonlight (which airs on Channel Nine). Plus, he’s dating the gorgeous Holly Valance.

– Cleo Entertainment, April 2008

TCA Party - July 2007

Cleo: How often do you get back here?

Alex: I get back as regularly as I can. This year’s been good because I’ve had a couple of times where my family have actually come out to LA which is the first time. I moved there three years ago and was commuting back and forth for a few years before that. So this is really the first time I’ve had my peeps over there and it’s just lovely to show them where I live and all that sort of thing.

Cleo: How hard was it when you first hit LA as an actor?

Alex: Pretty hard. For the first few years when I was going back and forth, that’s one thing, because you’ve always got a return trip in your back pocket so you can go back anytime. But it’s frustrating and such hard work, there’s so many people you have to meet.

It wasn’t till I packed the final bag and took the one-way ticket and made the final move. The first year was very difficult for me and there were a lot of times in the first year when I wanted to shut up sticks and leave. My car got written off and my stuff got stolen I had in storage, which was pretty valuable and all this stuff happened and I was thinking, ‘What am I doing? ‘. So there were a couple of times where I was thinking of pulling the pin but the people around me, my mates over there and my mates here, kept reminding me that these are really the months that determine the man you are. It paid off.

Cleo: What was it like to get a part in a film (August Rush) with such an amazing cast?

Alex: I read that script and I knew I had to be a part of it. I know that sounds corny, but I was like, ”I’ll kick down doors to get something in this’, because it was such a wonderful script. Kirsten Sheridan, the writer-director, her father Jim Sheridan is one of my all time favourite directors who’s an absolute genius. I also have a real affinity with the music [that is part of the storyline], it’s not something I’m really good at but it’s something I really love. And I ended up playing my own guitar in the movie and I learned every song we ever played.

The Band in August Rush

The Band in August Rush

I started out going for the lead, which was Jonathan Rhys Meyers character, but in the end I’m not a name and they needed a name to fill the lead. I put so much into these auditions and I recorded two songs and played them in there and did three pages of thick Irish brogue singing, so it was quite a production to get a gig on, but once I got the role Kirsten and I became mates pretty quickly and she developed a role and made it about three times the size it was and really fleshed it out for me.

It was tricky, because I had to accept a local hire which is a kind of contract with Warner Brothers where I had to find my own accommodation and being in New York for four months, you do the maths, you don’t end up making money doing a film like that, but to have it on your résumé, these are the sacrifices you make.

Alex and Kristen Sheridan

Alex and Kristen Sheridan (director of August Rush)

Cleo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays your brother in August Rush. What is he like?

Alex: He is sort of a model-like, beautiful person and I’m this hairy Aussie dude and I’m thinking, “No-one’s gonna buy it”. But we got on famously. We jammed together every day and went out at night.

Cleo: Is it frustrating that it takes so long from filming to release in projects?

Alex: I like theatre so much because there’s that immediate satisfaction and that immediate acknowledgement. From two minutes of walking on stage there will be an audience to respond and you’ll see the tone of the audience.

It’s a whole other animal then when you film. All this time passes and you grow as a person and you change as a person so much. So it can be a little daunting in that respect and then you’ve got obligations when it first comes out to go and back it up and do promotion. I try to see everything I’m in once, but I’m not comfortable doing it. I find it excruciating.

Cleo: What do you like about LA?

Alex: I really like the weather, because I can ride motorbikes all year round.

Cleo: Are you a motorbike addict?

Alex on his Evo Sporty 2009

Alex: Yeah, I am. The studios hate it. That’s just something I’ve always loved.

Cleo: Do you have a favourite place?

Alex: I’ve got a lot of favourite spots. I love being close to so many different getaways — it’s like Australia in that sense. I had some family over at my joint a couple of months ago, which is in the West Hollywood Beverley Hills area, and we got on the freeway and in an hour and a half we were in the most beautiful alpine country in Lake Arrowhead, in the middle of the lake fishing. Then we got in the car a few days later and we were all rugged up because it was snowing. Drive a bit more and we were in the middle of the dessert and floating round the pool — it’s mad to be able to do that.

But it has taken me a long time to get used to the way LA is you know because there’s heaps of surgery, heaps of sex and there’s so much on show. Whereas Australia’s different, we don’t subscribe to that bull****. I found it quite confronting, but I’m at the point where you just plug in for it.

Cleo: Is it hard seeing Holly in kissing scenes?

Alex: You don’t wanna see someone you love intimate with another person. I mean, it’s a crap situation, but it’s part of the deal. You really have to grow up with that stuff quite quickly. It’s a strange teenage angst you get. Like, ”Get your hands off my girlfriend”. But it’s natural. I’d be a bit concerned if I didn’t feel anything. The thing is, you have 50 crew members around you, a boom up your ass and a camera up your nose so, I you’ve got to keep it in perspective and not sweat it too much.

Cleo: How would your friends describe you?

Alex: My friends would say I’m dependable, a joker, intelligent. I’m multi-talented, probably because I’m so ADD. I can also be quiet.

Cleo: How would you describe your fashion clothing style?

Alex and Holly - at the W Magazine Hollywood Affair party 20 Feb 2008

Alex and Holly – at the W Magazine Hollywood Affair Party – 20 February 2008

Alex: I think I’m casual, I think I’m a little rock casual, streety-casual.

Cleo: Do you go for girls who are blonde and busty, brunette and cute, sporty and tanned or intelligent and shy?

Alex: I don’t have a type. I like pretty, smart, funny girls.

Cleo: Who did you idolise when you were growing up?

Alex: Heavy metal band Iron Maiden. I had an Iron Maiden poster, I idolised Johnny Depp and Monkey in Monkey Magic. My mum made me that gold crown he used to wear.

Cleo: What would you spend your last $5 on?

Alex: Probably a bus ticket out of wherever I am.

Cleo: How do you usually spend weekends?

Alex: Surrounded by music and my people.

Cleo: Do you have any pet peeves?

Alex: People who still believe in the class system, and people who fart and don’t admit it. The only other thing I hate is when Australian people talk like ‘Oz-stray-ya’.

Cleo: Anyone you would love to meet?

Alex:  I would really love to meet Al Gore at the moment actually.

Cleo: Five years from now, where would you like to live?

Alex:  On a beach somewhere in Australia.

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Cleo - April 2008

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Alex O’ – Pretty as a picture #21

On the set of Criminal Minds

It was terrific. It was almost like being a fan of these guys and this show, and then finding myself on set going, hey! Coolest show!

— Alex O’Loughlin, MyTakeOnTV, 29 April 2009

It’s not often that I get to play character roles. You kinda leave drama school and you head off into a direction and that’s the direction you take. You’re either on the character actor route or the leading man route. It was a delight for me to play a role like this.

— Alex O’Loughlin, EW PopWatch, 29 April 2009

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Moonlight’s Alex O’Loughlin On Playing a Vampire – November 2007

 On the CBS drama series Moonlight, Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin plays Mick St. John, a captivating, charming and immortal private investigator from Los Angeles. Defying the traditional blood-sucking norms of his vampire tendencies by using his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living, Mick St. John was bitten 60 years ago by his new bride, the seductive Coraline (Shannyn Sossamon).

Mick & Coraline 1

Forever 30 years of age, Mick doesn’t share the view of much of his fanged brethren, that humans are only a source of nourishment. With only a handful of like-minded confidantes for company, including the eternally young, wealthy and mischievous Josef (Jason Dohring), who relishes his uniqueness, Mick fills his infinite days as a protector.

Taking inspiration from all the vampire stories he loved growing up, O’Loughlin sees the character as just cheeky and sarcastic enough to be entertaining. The Los Angeles resident talks to MediaBlvd Magazine about what it’s like to play a vampire.

By Christina Radish

1 November 2007

 

MediaBlvd: What qualities does your vampire character Mick have that attracted you to the role?

Alex: When I read the character, the first quality that I really related to was his humor. He has quite a dark sense of humor. I’m not as dark as he is because I see the lighter side of things. I see the humor in things, and I see the comedy in life. That was my entrance point to this role.

MediaBlvd: Why are vampires so sexy?

Mick #1

Alex: I don’t know. I think it’s the danger and the after-dark mystery.

MediaBlvd: Can you talk about wearing the contact lenses?

Alex: I don’t mind wearing the lenses. I think the new lenses are kind of sexy, actually. They’re creepier than the ones we had in the original pilot. I’m really enjoying the new, modified, mature vampire look that we’ve gone for.

MediaBlvd: How are the fangs to wear?

Mick the Vamp

Alex: They’re made by our special effects company. I can talk normally with them in. They’re molded to my mouth. It’s a huge process to get them as refined as the ones that we have are, but they’re incredible. They slip right in and they lock into place. They can do a bit of damage, too. They’re pretty sharp.

MediaBlvd: Do you find that biting women on the neck is a turn on or a turn off?

Alex: I like it very much. And, my girlfriend really enjoys it too, until she doesn’t, and then she slaps me, and that’s the end of that. Her name is Holly Valance. She’s an Australian actress and singer, and she lives in L.A., too.

MediaBlvd: Whose blood does Mick drink?

Alex: He drinks human blood, absolutely. It looks so realistic. I think the blood is something along the lines of chocolate sauce with coloring in it, but it looks like blood to me. It’s thick, gelatinous, blood-colored liquid. I don’t know exactly what it is.

MediaBlvd: What makes Mick turn?

Alex: If he gets excited, for better or worse, he can vamp out a little bit, and sometimes he has to. If we do have vampires, in this modern day, amongst us, they have to keep it contained. That’s another layer of vulnerability for this guy. He can’t expose himself. He’s able to take on cases, in the private investigation element, that perhaps other people wouldn’t. He’s able to pursue cases that may be otherwise unpursuable because of his special abilities and subhuman powers.

MediaBlvd: Since all of the other actors on the show were replaced after filming the original pilot, is it weird, having to work with a whole new cast?

Original Cast

Alex: Kind of, but you get used to working with different groups of people because that’s what you do, as an actor. In this particular instance, yeah, it was strange getting used to a group of people, and getting to know and coming to like and trust that group of people, and then have them all taken away, and having the same characters and similar storylines, played by different actors.

It was like re-meeting those people. But, on another level, it’s very rare that, as an actor, you get to have a second chance. I always find myself at the premiere with my head in my hands going, “Oh, no, I wish I could shoot that scene again.” This is a rare opportunity to redo things.

MediaBlvd: How is it different?

Alex: Obviously, the cast is different. And, we have a new crew and some new storylines. All of that is going to make it pretty different. My character is still the same character. We’ve rewritten Mick St. John a little bit, but fundamentally, he’s still the same person. The way he conducts himself in his affairs has changed a little bit, which is cool. It’s interesting, being a part of something, having it completely shift, like a Rubik’s cube, and then being a part of it, at the other end of the spectrum.

MediaBlvd: Did they call you in to tell you that you were safe, even though everybody else around you would be changing?

Alex: Yeah, they did. They told me that the show got picked up because of me, and that they’d worry about the rest of the cast later. I freaked out and said, “You really shouldn’t do that.” We all see ourselves differently from how everyone else sees us, but that’s essentially what happened.

MediaBlvd: Because of your character’s age, are there going to be references to the past?

Alex: Yes, the show is going to flashback. Narration and flashback are two devices that the writers are using to make Mick’s story more accessible for the audience. That way, we can share Mick’s experience with everyone in an efficient and clear way, so that we can understand why and how he’s at where he’s at.

Mick

MediaBlvd: How will his relationships with the other characters be developing?

Alex: His wife, Coraline, was the vampire that made Mick into a vampire and gave him this curse that he now carries with him. It’s not something he wanted or that he knew was coming. She’s the bane of his existence. She’s the ex-wife from Hell, but he still loves her.

And, there’s Beth, the little girl that he saved, who grew into a beautiful woman, played by Sophia Myles. He’s not sure how he feels about her. So, there’s a lot of confusion, heartache and loneliness in his life, when we meet him.

MediaBlvd: How does it feel to have Joel Silver behind the show?

Alex: Joel’s fantastic. But, it’s TV, not a $150 million film, so there are budgetary and time restraints. You’ve got to tell a story and get through a certain amount of exposition, along with the procedural element. Joel is certainly heavily, and actively, involved.

It’s wonderful to have him on set, in the editing room and at the read-throughs. His presence is felt very strongly. It’s terrific. And, it breeds confidence in us all, to have a legend, and such an incredibly successful filmmaker, on board.

MediaBlvd: Are you a nocturnal person?

Alex: I am nocturnal. I wake up at midnight. It takes me a while to get to sleep. I work best at night.

MediaBlvd: What do you do when you wake up at midnight?

Alex: I watch Family Guy. And, that’s when I do my writing, or whatever I’m working on. I write music, just for me. I’m certainly not good enough to do it, on any kind of professional level. But, I enjoy that time because it’s quiet.

MediaBlvd: What kind of music do you like?

Alex: I love rock and blues, and I play the guitar, but I never practiced enough to be good enough to do anything with it. It’s just something that brings me great joy. I write songs for personal reasons. It’s yet another expression of my art, and that helps me be clear about what I’m doing, in my chosen profession.

MediaBlvd: Growing up in Australia, how popular are vampire films and stories?

Alex: I discovered Anne Rice when I was in my late teens. I read the first five or six books of her Vampire Chronicles twice, which was a little obsessive. I loved her character development. I learned so much about the mythology of vampires through her storytelling, some of which she took dramatic license with, but a lot is authentic. I also grew up with American TV and cinema in Australia because we didn’t really have that much of our own. I have always wanted to play a vampire.

MediaBlvd: What are some of your favorite vampire books and films?

Alex: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Lost Boys and The Hunger are probably my three favorites, and they were a part of my coming-of-age movies, especially The Lost Boys. But, I think that Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles are my favorite stories. The characters in there are just incredible. Those are just incredible books.

MediaBlvd: Did you particularly respond to Lestat?

Alex: There’s a lot of Lestat in Mick St. John. He’s an inspirational character to young men who find it difficult to come out of their shells. He’s just obnoxious enough, just cheeky enough and he misbehaves just enough. He’s a really interesting, full character.

I think his mischievousness and his sense of joy have been things that I’ve tried to take into this character, not to copy it, in any way, but just as an ode. One of the similarities between Mick St. John and the character of Lestat is the thorough comprehension of irony. Both of those characters really understand irony, and not everybody does, especially in this country.

MediaBlvd: Did you have any other influences in the genre?

Alex: I’ve been in love with the genre since I was a little boy. I’ve loved the concept of infinity. My father is, essentially, a scientist. He’s a professor who teaches physics and astronomy, so I have that mind as well. As a small boy, I used to lie in bed and look at the stars, and struggle with the concept of infinity, and that the universe went on forever.

So, anything like that, my mind soaked up like a sponge. When I was introduced to the genre of vampires, and the concept that perhaps a human creature could live forever, I was just transfixed by it, and romantically obsessed. I always have been. A lot of my buddies just don’t get it.

MediaBlvd: Did you have a P.I. or detective that you drew inspiration from?

Alex: Not really. There are so many P.I. guys and cops that have been played over the years, that have been clichéd, and there are so many clichés that you can fall into. Playing a private investigator, I’m really just trying to find the truth in it, and not rest on my laurels, or rest in clichés, which is so easy to do.

MediaBlvd: Do you work out, or have a special diet, so that you can stay in shape for the show?

Practising a action scene

Alex: I do work out, but not in a gym. I hate gyms. I run in the canyons. I run in the mountains. I like running outside. And, I have some equipment at home that I use, but I like using nature. I rock climb as well. I try to eat what I want, but I eat moderately.

MediaBlvd: Will you be doing any martial arts on the show?

Alex: They haven’t filled me in on that completely yet. I know that Joel is in communication with people overseas about martial art- based stunts. I’m totally into that. I’m so into my stunts that they have to pull me up. I actually had a vase smashed across my head and face, on the show. I’m really into the hands-on aspect of filmmaking. As an actor, insurance only allows for a certain amount of stunts to be done by me, but I have a martial arts background.

MediaBlvd: Did you have any belts?

Alex: My teacher used to say, “Belts are there to keep your pants up,” but yeah, I had belts. I did a few different karates, some Korean martial arts, Tai Chi, and a little bit of Kung Fu. I’ve always been really interested in, not only the art of zen and the martial arts, but just the Eastern way of life. Some of the Eastern philosophies have been things I’ve had around me, growing up, and I’ve always felt challenged by them. It would be great to be able to incorporate that into the show, somewhere.

MediaBlvd: Do you see the concept of living forever as a double-edged sword?

Mick (thanks to @mymaximus for the picture)

Alex: Absolutely. On one hand, it’s a gift. On the other hand, it’s a curse. We’re staying away from the emotional darkness of Mick, in the immediate shows. We’re not just going straight into, “Oh, my God, I want to kill myself.” However, that is a reality for this character, especially as he approaches the 100-year mark. At the 100-year mark, vampires tend to move into a depression. It’s one of many mid-life depressions. It’s all relative. You’ve got to learn to deal.

MediaBlvd: In an age where people are using Botox and Viagra, is a vampire who stays looking 30 for his entire life a metaphor for our own flaws, nowadays?

Alex: Absolutely. There are a lot of things in this genre, and in this era of storytelling, that are analogous or metaphorical and, certainly, pertinent to what’s going on in today’s society, with regard to vanity. As an actor, I look at this show and it’s a story about this vampire who didn’t want to be made into a vampire.

He fell in love with this beautiful woman, married her, and she gave him this thing that she thought was a gift, but to him was a curse. The fact that he is 90 years old, and his skin is still youthful and his eyes are still bright, is something that he struggles with. It’s not actually something he ever really gets to enjoy.

MediaBlvd: What are your ambitions for this show? How would you like your character to grow?

Alex as Mick

Alex: He’s undead. He can’t get any older, but he can’t get any younger either. I’d like to think the show has at least two or three years of really solid storylines. But, when this story does come to an end, because of the nature of it and the nature of the characters, I think it has to come to a definitive end. I have absolutely no idea what will happen, though. The reality for this is that the only limits to the storytelling, in this genre and this show, are the limits of our own imaginations.

MediaBlvd: Are you hoping that the visibility this show will give you will lead to more film opportunities for you?

Alex: Oh, yeah, absolutely. I know film a lot better than I know television. TV and film are similar, in a lot of ways, but different as well. The process is slightly different, and the hours are slightly different. Film has a definite beginning and a definite end, whereas with television you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, which is also very exciting.

I do hope this show leads to more work opportunities for me. I think growing up in fringe theater and independent film, you get very used to being ready to have it all taken away from you, at any minute. I’m not holding my breath. I’m just doing my job and hoping for the best.

MediaBlvd: Is this an exciting time for you? Do you think, “Oh, my God, this could really turn out to be something huge”?

Alex: Absolutely. Everyone is interested and wants to know all about the show and all about me. We’re doing red carpets. It’s a really exciting time. We’re one of four shows that CBS picked up, out of 500 that were pitched. When you sit back and look at it like that, you go, “Wow, I’ve really got an opportunity to make something here,” and hopefully I will, and I won’t screw it up too badly. I’m really grateful. I’m just trying to stay in the moment and get the job done.

MediaBlvd: Did you worry that you’d be thought of as the “vampire guy” for the rest of your life?

Mick (Thanks to @mymaximus for the picture)

Alex: Absolutely. This is the first network television I’ve done, in my career. This is the first pilot season I’ve done. That’s for a reason. Typecasting is something that is very real. Everyone understands it. The reality of my short, young career, to date, is that I’ve really made an effort to play vastly different characters, or as different as I can possibly muster, until I grow some more, as an artist. That’s what I want to continue doing. I want to play characters that are far removed from who Alex is.

MediaBlvd: How did your family feel about you wanting to become an actor?

Alex: My family is extremely supportive. They are very forward-thinking, open and willing parents. They’re great. I think most parents have preconceived, unrealistic hopes for their children, but children are people and they’ll find what they want to do.

MediaBlvd: Did they push you toward being a doctor or lawyer at all?

Alex: The only reason parents want that for their kids is because it’s stable and it’s money.

MediaBlvd: Did you always expect you would be doing this?

Alex: Never.

MediaBlvd: So, what did you think you would be doing?

Alex: I didn’t know. Probably lots of different stuff.

MediaBlvd: There was a weird internet rumor that you are the son of famous AC/DC rocker Bon Scott. How did that rumor start?

Alex: I don’t know how that started. I got a phone call from a friend of mine, and I Google-searched it, and it was all over the Internet. It was on IMDB, and in the tabloids. It’s not that it was a negative rumor. It’s just so interesting to me that something that was completely fictitious could actually make it that far, that quickly and that comprehensively.

I’m Australian, so I grew up with AC/DC, and their music was a big portion of the first songs that I learned on the guitar. But, my mom called me, very upset, because she was publicly labeled a groupie and, therefore, a hussy and a harlot, which isn’t true at all. My mom is a very wonderful, very respectable woman.

My father is a teacher in Sydney, at a private boys’ school. He’s extremely intelligent, and I’ve always been a little intimidated by that. We have a great book club thing that we do, where we refer books to each other, we read them, and then we chat about it, which is terrific. But, when he refers things to me, I don’t know what a lot of the words are, so I have nothing to talk about.

MediaBlvd: How does your Australian accent work over here in the States with the ladies?

Alex: To me, it just is what it is. It’s just how I sound, but a lot of people really enjoy it. I think it has a relaxed drawl. Maybe I sound lazy.

MediaBlvd: How long have you been here?

Alex: I’ve been living here, approaching three years.

MediaBlvd: Did you experience culture shock, when you first came here?

Alex: It was a pretty hard transition, yeah. I’d been coming over to L.A. for a while — five or six years — for auditions and meetings, so I knew my way around. But, to actually shift over here, it took me a good 12 months to get used to how much time I had to spend in my car, how far I had to go for a coffee, where to get my bread and milk, and all that stuff.

MediaBlvd: So, how do you like it now?

Alex: It’s home. I really love it.

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MediaBlvd: How difficult is it for a foreign-born actor to make it in Hollywood?

Alex: I think it’s difficult, no matter where you’re from, to make it in Hollywood, unless you get a really lucky break. I’m sure some people would view this as a lucky break for me, but I’ve worked really hard, for a long time. We chip away, by going to auditions. You’ve got to get the accents down. You’ve got to be able to show up and do the work, and that includes accents and relocation. It’s pretty tough.

MediaBlvd: Was making it in Hollywood always a goal for you?

Alex: I just wanted to work internationally because there were so many wonderful actors, filmmakers and writers that I wanted to work with. And then, it got to a point where, fundamentally, there was no work in my country. Australia is a boutique industry. It’s a lot like the industry in England.

It’s really difficult. There are a lot of actors, and not a lot of work, and the work that you do get isn’t very highly paid, so forget buying a house or investing any money in anything, let alone just surviving, day-to-day. You get used to living on rice and ketchup, pretty quickly. That’s no joke.

MediaBlvd: Your nickname is “A-Rod.” Are you aware that there is an athlete (the baseball player, Alex Rodriguez) with that same nickname?

Alex: I am. A friend of mine in Australia made that up, and it’s so embarrassing. There’s also a tennis player named “A-Rod.” Anyway, it’s embarrassing on many levels, so we won’t go into that.

MediaBlvd: In your every day life, what are you really good at, and what are you really bad at?

Alex: I don’t know what I’m really good at. I’m really good at sitting by the pool. And, I’m really bad at auditioning.

MediaBlvd: You’ve done a few feature films and a little TV. Has it been difficult to break into Hollywood?

Alex: This was my first pilot season. Network TV is a scary thing. It’s a big commitment, and it took me a few years to get to the point where I was ready and relaxed enough to say, “Okay, I’m ready to do a pilot season.” I didn’t read that many pilot scripts.

MediaBlvd: Had there been any talk of bringing your character on The Shield back for another season?

Alex in The Shield

Alex: Yeah. They had an option on me, and I believe they still do. Shawn Ryan (executive producer of The Shield) and Les Moonves (CBS President and CEO) are going to have to arm wrestle over it. I was surprised at the way things ended up for my character, Kevin Hiatt, on The Shield.

Things were just starting to heat up, and I really loved the show. It was the first series TV I chose to do, in America. It was with great pleasure, and it was a very easy decision to say yes to that job. It was also a wonderful lesson in everything about television. That’s the fastest shooting show in Hollywood. It’s a terrific cast with an incredible team behind it. It taught me a lot, and really prepared me.

MediaBlvd: You don’t think you’ll be back at all?

Alex: I don’t think so. I don’t think Les is going to let me. I think we should boycott. Alex O’Loughlin should be allowed to do another 7 episodes on The Shield, and do Moonlight, at the same time.

MediaBlvd: Is it true that you were you up for the role of James Bond?

Alex: I was. I met with [director] Martin Campbell, in Los Angeles, at his office on the Sony lot, and he asked me to fly to London and test. I did, and we tested at Pinewood. It was the biggest screen test I’ve ever done. It was very comprehensive. They had tuxedos and suits made for me, and they cut my hair. I think I was a bit young, to be honest. I think in five years, I’ll be a good Bond.

MediaBlvd: You are in two new movies, August Rush (November 21st) and Whiteout (2008). Who do you play in both?

Alex: In August Rush, I play a rock ‘n’ roll guitarist from Dublin. I play Jonathan Rhys-Meyers’ brother, and I play in a band with him, that moves to New York from Ireland. It’s a really great supporting role. I can’t wait for it. My own guitar is in the movie, too.

And, in Whiteout, I play the villain. I play an Australian pilot, who is on the slightly dodgy side. It was great. I like playing the villain. It happens a lot.

Alex in August Rush

MediaBlvd: Are there certain things that you look for in roles? Do you intentionally look for very different types of characters?

Alex: Yeah, it’s absolutely intentional. I took the roles because they were offered to me, but also because I felt they would be a challenge for me. I don’t want to play the same role. If I get to a point where I feel like I do a great job as an actor and I don’t have anything else to learn, or I’m no longer being challenged by my roles, I think it’s time for me to get a new job.

That’s how I look at it. I look at the careers of people that I admire, like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Day Lewis, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, and all those guys, who have had huge vacillations between characters, and their range is vast.

Alex as Steve McGarrett

 

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