Jimmy: Our next guest grew up in Australia and came to our land to take our jobs and women. His new movie co-starring Jennifer Lopez, is called The Back-Up Plan.
Please welcome Alex O’Loughlin.
Jimmy: Welcome. Thank you for coming. I want to ask you a question and this might sound like a stupid thing. But, you’re from Australia.
Alex: I am.
Jimmy: And you might know Americans think of Australians as least as a little bit crazy. Do you know this?
Alex: I do.
Jimmy: Have you ever thrown a boomerang?
Alex: I have actually.
Jimmy: You have?
Alex: Yeah, I have. You know the ones that are shaped like a crescent moon, you throw and they come back.
Alex: But, the real sort of hunting boomerangs, which is what they’re used for, just go in a straight line and…….
Jimmy: Cause you don’t want them coming back, ’cause they’ll kill you.
Alex: No, they’ll kill you, instead of the kangaroo or whatever.
Jimmy: So, and you throw them at kangaroos?
Alex: I don’t.
Jimmy: People do.
Alex: But apparently people have.
Jimmy: Is it like in school, like in the 3rd, 4th grade do you learn to….?
Alex: Part of the curriculum.
Jimmy: It is? You learn boomerang?
Alex: Yeah, we get to go and learn to kill things with this.
Jimmy: So what did you throw it at? Like at your brother’s or something?
Alex: Jimmy, I did not really throw it too much, you know.
Jimmy: You didn’t?
Alex: Not so much
Jimmy: Well maybe you should learn.
Alex: We did …… we do ride to school in kangaroo pouches though.
Jimmy: Oh, you do.
Jimmy: Okay. Well that’s something
Alex: That was one of the first questions I got asked when I got to America. “You guys ride in the pouch, for elementary school?”. Yeah. You get allotted a kangaroo and that’s your friend…..
Jimmy: There are a lot of idiots here.
Alex: Yeah. I mean…I didn’t mean….
Jimmy: So how long have you been in the United States?
Alex: Five years, now.
Jimmy: Five years, and how long was it before you started like acting and getting jobs, here?
Alex: It’s kind of, like I have been back and forth for a number of years before that.
Alex: And then it was a year, out of work before I got a job.
Jimmy: So it was a full year?
Alex: It was a full year, a lot of which I spent living on my mate’s couch, actually in Laurel Canyon, here in LA.
Jimmy: Now by mate, you mean friends?
Alex: Friend, yeah.
Alex: Cause, you guys are gonna learn a lot tonight.
Jimmy: You see here mate means a totally different thing and you wouldn’t be on the couch, you……
Alex: Yeah. Or you might be depending on…..
Jimmy: It depends
Alex: It depends
Jimmy: But it would be two of you on it. So you and your buddy, you live….
Alex: Me and my buddy weren’t on the couch together.
Jimmy: You weren’t on the couch together.
Alex: He had a bedroom situation, and I …..
Jimmy: So you were on the couch that long?
Alex: I was on the couch for about nine months.
Jimmy: That’s a good friend.
Alex: He was a good friend. He still is actually.
Jimmy: He is.
Alex: He is.
Jimmy: Have you rewarded him, by…..?
Alex: I haven’t done anything.
Jimmy: You haven’t?
Alex: I fed his dog, while I lived with him.
Alex: She used you wake me up by licking me in my face.
Jimmy: Oh I see.
Alex: And I was on the couch for about….. [To the audience] Did you guys just go, “Awww”?
Jimmy: Yeah, that’s it…
Alex: It wasn’t cute. But my back went out. I was on the couch for 8 or 9 months and my back like……You’re not supposed to sleep on couches, more than a couple of nights.
Alex: So you relax on the couch. And I woke up one morning and my back was……. I couldn’t move and so I ended up….so I moved to the floor.
Jimmy: Easier access for the dog.
Alex: Yeah, easier access for the dog.
Jimmy: When you heard you were going to do this movie with Jennifer Lopez. Do you audition with Jennifer Lopez?
Alex: No, I had to meet her.
Jimmy: Meet her, okay.
Alex: I had to get her approval.
Jimmy: Oh, you did?
Alex: Oh yeah.
Jimmy: Are you allowed to speak to her?
Alex: No, I only went…… No, I can’t. I can’t make jokes about it. Because I got to tell you, the whole world has this, they have this sort of image of Jennifer and what she is, you know whatever they think she is. But she’s really cool.
Jimmy: What do you think they think she is?
Alex: I think, I think…..I’m not, no. I don’t know. I don’t know what the rumours are.
Jimmy: It’s like those boomerangs, they came back at you sometimes. And you don’t want to get hit in the head by them.
Alex: That’s right. No, she is fantastic though. We met. And they call it a chemistry meeting, you know. It’s to see…… It’s kind of like this where we are getting to know each other.
Jimmy: Oh yeah. So we have……
Alex: If this interview would work, if we actually did it.
Jimmy: If we take it to a next interview?
Jimmy: And so the chemistry I assume, the meeting, the chemistry meeting went well and you passed?
Alex: I pass…….she passed.
Jimmy: She passed. Exactly.
Alex: I was like……….
Jimmy: And then, did you call your buddy and say, “Hey guess what? Remember when I was on your couch for 9 months, now I get to make out with Jennifer Lopez”
Alex: “Check it out”. And he said, “What do I get?” And I was like, “It’s a bad line, dude”. I send him some dog food.
Jimmy: Some dog food would be nice. Or maybe a rug.
Jimmy And you enjoyed making a film with her, I assume?
Alex: It was great. It was a lot of fun.
Jimmy: I hear you are going to be playing Jack Lord in Hawaii Five-0. That’s pretty good. I guess the most important question is, are you going to go for the hairstyle?
Alex: I don’t know if I can pull it off, Jimmy.
Jimmy: I think you have to go for the hairstyle. I mean that’s Jack Lord, right. It’s like if you are playing Mr. T in the A-Team, you would have to get a Mohawk.
Alex: It’s a killer isn’t it?
Jimmy: It’s Jack Lord. You have to go for this incredible pre-Donald Trump hairstyle.
Alex: That’s a….is it a quiff, right? That’s what they call that..?
Jimmy: No. Quaff. Yeah.
Alex: I’m Australian. It’s different.
Jimmy: Over there, it’s called the quiff and the toilets go backwards. Yeah. Well, it’s very nice to meet you.
Alex: Good to meet you too.
Jimmy: Looking forward to seeing that.
Alex: Thanks for having me
Jimmy: You know, we’ll test our chemistry afterwards. We’ll see how it went.
Alex: I look forward…
Jimmy: Alex O’Loughlin everybody. “The Back-Up Plan”.