Alex in an uncut interview
with Erin Cebula from ET Canada
– September 2010 –
Erin: Alright, so my friend, how have you settled into Steve sandals? Are you there?
Alex: Steve Sandals?
Erin: Yeah, are you in there? Like have you settled into the character, do you feel like you’re there?
Alex: What is Steve Sandals?
Erin: His shoes!
Alex: Oh, how have I settled into Steve’s, sandals? I thought ‘Steve Sandals‘ was a person. I was like have I missed a series?
Erin: I mean shoes? You are in Hawaii … it just doesn’t seem appropriate.
Alex: And the thing is this is the only part of the planet where they´re called like …….
Alex: Slippers and sandals. It’s like, “Dude, they’re ‘flip flops’”. Actually Australian’s call them ‘thongs’.
Erin: But see for me, ‘thong’ is a ‘G-string’.
Alex: Yeah, yeah, which I’m wearing right now, by the way.
Alex: It is my choice.
Erin: The female audience went insane.
Alex: It’s not true, I could never…. I had to wear one once at drama school, under my tights. Because I had to wear tights for 3 years. Every time I had to go to one of those dance classes it was terrible. I just kept picking it out of my backside. I was like, “How do you wear that?”
Erin: That’s why they call it ‘bum floss’. This is really going downhill fast.
Alex: This is really going downhill. It’s really deteriorating.
How am I settling in? You know what, it’s great. There’s so much work to do. We did a six-day week last week. Like today we started at 7 am and we’re going to finish at midnight. We are all sort of shell-shocked after the four and a half months, but it’s good.
Erin: Are you constantly convincing people, that you’re not just here to play? That this is really a lot of work?
Alex: Well you know the thing is people go …. it is a huge amount of work. And the show is ….. especially for Scott and I. We kind of do all the heavy lifting on the show. We’re in every day and like I said we’ve worked a bunch of weekends. Sometimes we’re lucky to get a day off . And people call, “Oh you’re in Hawaii, it must so difficult. You’re so lucky”. You are not going to say, “Well actually…..”. It helps a bit, in perspective.
Erin: Of course.
Alex: It’s pretty special.
Erin: It is, it’s Paradise.
Alex: It’s Paradise.
Erin: How tough is it to keep the accent at bay? Does it come out after 14 hour days? When does it emerge?
Alex: It’s funny you mention that. It’s not something I ever think about, unless I get very fatigued. When I’m very very tired, I’m doing the American accent and all of a sudden I start talking like this. Like sound will come up to me and go ……
Erin: Wakey, wakey.
Alex: ……. “You are playing an American.”
Erin: Are fans surprised all the time, that you’re not an American?
Alex: New fans are. I guess my fans know I’m an Ozzie and they’ve heard me do different accents and stuff. But I do still get people pretty regularly being surprised, going “Oh my god, what’s that sound?”
Erin: Yeah, what is that coming out of your mouth?
Now your character is definitely a disciplined, focus individual. Any comparisons? Any similarities between you and Steve?
Alex: Well a little bit. I mean he’s … I mean, I am very disciplined. I’m pretty driven, I’m focused too. I work really hard. I have a good work ethic, that I got from my family. I have all these things. But I don’t have …. like with me it gets to a point where I’m like “I don’t, that’s enough”. I need to stop. With Steve, will never stop.
Erin: Steve does not have balance in his life?
Alex: He has no balance.
Erin: Steve doesn’t surf or chill out or have Mai Tai’s with his friends?
Alex: No, there’s none of that. Why would you do that?
Erin: And I’m guessing you do all those things?
Alex: Yeah, I do all those things.
Erin: How, has your surfing been coming along?
Alex: It’s coming along really well. Thank you for asking. I’ve got a couple of boards now.
Erin: It’s a tough sport.
Alex: It’s a tough sport, man. Last weekend I got the best wave ever. I got my first like ….. on my short board, got up and rode the face and I was like, and I was yelling and no one was watching.
Erin: No one saw?
Alex: Oh they were all trying to get their own waves, but I just thought it was the greatest thing ever.
Erin: But you know it happened.
Alex: It was amazing.
Erin: It is an exhilarating feeling for sure. I’ve only caught a little wave, but I do know the feeling.
Erin: Is that how you are staying in shape? Because I know you are taking your shirt off a little more and more in each episode…
Alex: It’s funny I find it very difficult to find time to work out or do anything. And so I think they are probably going to start writing less and less of those shirtless scenes.
Alex: I’m going to just ‘Tony Soprano‘ out, season by season and be ‘Jabba the Hutt‘ in Season 6.
Erin: That’s not going to happen.
Alex: [Deep voice] Book’em Danno.
Erin: You’d have to be bed-ridden I think, to turn into Soprano.
Alex: I probably will be at this rate.
Erin: Well if you go out there on the big big waves. Be careful.
Alex: You know I have no inclination. There is not one ounce of my fibre, that would want to be out there. I see that and I just go “I never want to be in that ocean”
Erin: Well the series would pretty much be done too, if you went out there and never come back. So there’s a lot riding on you now.
Alex: It would be amazing, wouldn’t it? Like what a story? Australian actor, he just paddled out into this 50 feet surf.
Erin: Like the end of “Point Break”.
Alex: Just like Patrick Swayze.
Erin: Argh, one of my favourite movies. Next question. Do you feel any anxiety, like women do, when you do have to show off the goods?
Alex: I just sort of think it is stupid. I understand it, people want to see nipples and…….
Erin: I don’t know if it’s your nipples so much. I think it’s more like biceps.
Alex: Oh whatever. [laughs] I like nipples, what can I say? Whatever it is. I mean I get it. No, I don’t feel anxiety. I just get, I just go “Oh okay, here we go, just do it,” and put my shirt back on.
Erin: A bunch of push-ups before the take and you’re good to go, right?
Alex: Totally, starve yourself for a week and then …
Erin: Only chicken breasts.
Alex: Steroids. A course of steroids the week before.
Erin: Steroids and Mai Tai’s.
Alex: Too many chicken breasts.
Erin: Please don’t turn into Soprano, because I really am enjoying the shirtless scenes.
Alex: So you don’t love me for who I am?
Erin: Basically yes.
Alex: Okay, next question.
Erin: Next question. Oh, Kono. Grace said, that you are extremely playful on set.
Alex: This is my interview. Okay carry on.
Erin: Yah, but she said that you are wonderful, and that you are playful and that you like to wrestle. I want to know if Grace has been excepted as one of the boys?
Alex: Of course, totally, absolutely, without question. She’s really strong.
Erin: She looks strong.
Alex: She’s like “man-strong”.
Alex: When she come up I go, “Hey”. She would punch you and I’m like, “Come on man”. And you get into a wrestle and she will like get you down…..
Erin: Grace? She’s a perfect fit then for this role?
Erin: I like to hear that.
Alex: I feel sorry for her husband man. He would get out of line, he would want to do it right. She’s good. Grace is great. She’s great. She’s got a really good role and I think she plays the role perfectly. There was a great episode with her, the surfing episode recently all about her and she was wonderful in it. And she’s good.
I work so much with Scott, it’s like when Dan and Grace come in, it’s nice for Scott and I. Okay, it’s when the guys come in and breaks it up.
Erin: New energy.
Alex: A new energy and then they disappear for a while. When we do all the Danno and McGarrett stuff again. They are great.
I was actually talking to Peter Lenkov the other day and I was like going, I said, “I think the show is perfectly cast”.
Erin: I agree and I mentioned this to Scott as well and I think a lot are calling it a bromance, between the two of you, but I mean the banter between your two characters, and it’s obvious that you’re friends. Because I don’t think that would come naturally otherwise.
Alex: No you can’t write all of that stuff.
Erin: No, it’s awesome. It’s wicked.
Alex: Right on.
- We definitely like your nipples as well, Alex!
- I guess Steve got more balanced in his life over the past 4 seasons……..
- Mmmmmm…… Alex in a g-sting and tights! I really think we need another ‘Robin Hood’ movie…… 😳
PS. Thank you to Mariu and LouLou for helping us with a copy for this interview. Paula lost her copy with her previous laptop. We will upload the video to our FB soon. Still, if anyone finds a good quality copy of this interview, please let us know 🙂 the ones we now have are a bit pixellated, but we are grateful there at least was a copy to watch!
(Thank You Jill for sharing your copy)