Straight from Hollywood – Tough guy with a soft side – October 2013

Tough guy with a soft side

Hunky Alex O’Loughlin talks stunts, step-families and the filming one of TV’s sexiest cop series.

by Margaret Gardiner (member of the HFPA),

TV Plus,

30 October 2013

Steve McGarrett may be the tough, no-nonsense leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force, who’s often seen as aloof and willing to do just about anything to catch a crook……. But his portrayer actor Alex O’Loughlin has a softer, far more family-orientated side.

Alex - September 2013

Margaret: Do you enjoy the action on the show?

Alex: I did a lot the first year and I had to use a lot of medicine to get through the injuries. Now I do fewer less stunts. I still have a lot of action and I’d love to do action films, but it’s getting hard to stay on top of it. Scott Caan (Danno) has the right idea – he’s got a stuntman to open the doors of the car. He’s like. “No, I’m not doing that.”

Margaret: Have the requirements changed over the seasons?

Alex: No, I think I got smarter. I have a couple of kids now, so I think more before I jump into something. Except for when I jump up and grab that helicopter in the first episode of season 4, as it’s taking off. I didn’t think about it. I am running across the football field and I just jumped and grabbed onto it as it took off.

I got into trouble from the stuntman. He’s like, “Are you out of your mind?” It just seemed the thing to do. I was a lot more impetuous the first season and I got hurt. We do big stunts. It’s a big action show and but it’s TV: you don’t have time to rest, prepare, recover.

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Margaret: You live in Hollywood, but are based in Hawaii to film the show. Don’t you ever get cabin fever?

Alex: As an actor one get used to it to hanging your hat somewhere and calling it home. I’m good at that. I didn’t know anybody when I first moved to Hawaii and I felt exposed and caged.

I tried to get the producers to shoot the show in LA, but they were like, “You’re out of your mind!”, so I lost that battle. I have no anonymity, which I hate because I’m very private and protective of the kids, but Hawaiian people are very loving. I don’t feel like I’m being attacked, like I do on the street in LA.

Margaret: So how do you escape?

Alex: In my family. I do very little outside of work, aside from be with my family. My kids are my everything – I love being with them. I love my home.

Margaret: How many kids do you have?

Alex: Two – my 16-year-old son Saxon and a one-year-old son Lion. Spike’s my four-and-a-half-years-old stepson. My house is a man factory.

Margaret: Is it difficult to stay centred?

Alex: I love working on my house myself. I brought a fixer-upper and  even though I am a bad builder, I won’t get professionals. I’ve got to do everything myself – I’m always building decks and garages and rebuilding things that don’t need to be rebuilt. That’s also my escape.

Margaret: And do you and your girlfriend, surfer/model Malia Jones, want a daughter some day?

Alex: When Malia was pregnant with Lion, she was convinced that it  was a girl. We chose a girl’s name, but when we went for the ultrasound, our little girl had a penis!

It would be wonderful a little girl but we have three boys and they’re so much work – I can’t imagine a girl in there. It would be the best or the worst thing that  ever happened to me.

Margaret: What do you look for in a partner?

Alex: There’s a collection of things – a sense of humour’s really important and the ability to not take yourselves too seriously. Also to be able to talk to the person who I’m with. I’ve had relationships where I can’t really talk to them. I’m in a relationship now where I can talk about anything. The ones I couldn’t talk to drifted away. You spend so much time together, you must have a good time.

Alex O'Loughlin

For those of you who celebrate Father’s Day today and who are still fortunate enough to have your father with you – we hope you enjoy a lovely day with him!

 

TV Plus Oct 2013

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Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, articles, Hawaii Five-0, Interviews

3 responses to “Straight from Hollywood – Tough guy with a soft side – October 2013

  1. Love this interview 🙂
    One of the things I love of Alex is how much he loves his family and kids.
    How can you not love a man so dedicated to his family?
    Also the fact that he thinks that good communication with his partner (now wife) is important. Lack of communication creates so many problems in relationships.
    Happy Father’s day Alex!

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  2. Lovely interview and Manu sums it up perfectly! As I am a single mum,seeing and hearing a man so dedicated to his family and openly saying how much he loves his children is really soul warming for me. I just wish there were more like Alex out there! I hope they have many wonderful years together. ♥

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  3. Thank you for the lovely interview! He is getting more open than he used to! And who does not love a man who openly loves his children! Adorable Man!

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