#AlexOLoughlin: Back in Force – September 2012

His physically demanding role left him sick and in need of a break, but Alex O’Loughlin is returning to Hawaii Five-0 better than ever.

Alex O’Loughlin is brilliant on screen, but when it comes to talking about himself, the star admits it doesn’t come as naturally as acting.

“It’s easier for me to be on stage by myself doing a monologue in front of 2000 people than it is sitting with you,” he says in an interview with TV WEEK.

“I’m much more succinct [when acting]. Here, I’m stuttering a bit and I don’t know what to say. You can hear what my brain does!”

Australia TV WEEK

29 September 2012


After checking himself into rehabilitation to undergo treatment for a problem with prescription painkillers earlier this year, the Aussie actor returns in fine form this week as Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett in season three of Hawaii Five-0.

Here, the 36-year-old tells us he couldn’t be happier to be back.

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Tell us about the cliffhanger at the end of season two, where McGarrett meets Shelburne… his mother!

Alex: The final realisation for McGarrett is so enormous. It flips the whole game on its head. Everything’s changed — he’s got to go back and re-evaluate everything he thought had been going on.

All the clues he’s been following in this ongoing investigation into the death of his parents — who’s behind it and who’s filtering information — are probably going to [make him] even more paranoid!

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What mental state will McGarrett be in?

Alex: There’s going to be a lot more emotional stuff like there was in the beginning – when McGarrett discovered his father was killed. We’re going to dig more into his background, so I’m really excited about that.

Your real-life father is a physics and astronomy teacher. How did you become influenced to go into showbiz?

Alex: Not from him! [laughs] But it’s interesting you mention him. One of the first things he taught me at a young age was the concept of infinity. From my bedroom, when I was a kid, the stars looked very bright and he told me the universe is infinite and expanding. That broke my mind!

I did a play when I was about eight or nine years old at school and I really enjoyed it — I enjoyed being on stage and being part of a story. It felt natural, so I revisited it [as an adult]. When I got a bit older, I was pushed from my friends, though. I was never like, “OK, I’m going to be an actor.”


How do you rate working on Hawaii Five-0 compared to films and other shows you’ve worked on?

Alex: For some reason, nothing’s as hard as this show. I work really hard on this — I get knocked around a lot as it’s a very physical show. It requires a lot of me mentally and I have to get enough rest, which is difficult.

I’m lucky to have this job, but to get a hiatus [after season two] and then go, “OK, let’s do a feature”… I thought, “No, I’m just going to be with my family.”

So what did you do in your hiatus between seasons?

Alex: I said, “I’m going to regroup, paint the house… I’m going to come back strong for season three.”

Season 3 Blessing

You went through a rough patch earlier this year when you checked into rehab. Did you feel a big responsibility to the show during that time?

Alex: The biggest thing I probably got from that [experience] is how responsible for the show I actually feel. I don’t know if it’s my job to feel that way.

The fact there’s a “No 1″ next to my name on the call sheet doesn’t really mean anything to me, but it does mean something for some. Personally, now, I’m fantastic.

Season 3 Blessing

In season two, a dangerous stunt involved you being hung up by chains. How was that to film?

Alex: That was tricky! There’s a reason you use chains to torture people — they really hurt. They sort of chip away at your bones. I was probably hanging there for about 12 hours!

Twelve hours?! Really?

Alex: That day actually perpetuated some other injuries I had on my shoulder from another hit I’d taken. Then, I had fight scenes and I was pretty sore after that. The stunt team is incredible. My stuntman has two broken ankles and one of them is just starting to heal. What you see on screen is pretty intense to make it look realistic.

They’re the guys that really take a beating, but they also get to go home and rest. The difficulty with me is that when you’re working as hard and as much as I do, you get fatigued, which means your body can’t recover as quickly.

How do you feel now?

Alex: It’s like nothing happened. I’m back doing lots of stuff, but I have to say no to some of the stunts I love doing so much!

My Thoughts

  • I feel both happy and sad when I read interviews from that period. The sadness of the low point in his life that Alex went through, but also the relief of him coming out on top after it all.
  • I think it is very wise of Alex to relax and take time off for himself during hiatus and not trying to do other projects. Looking after oneself and health should always be priority #1. Hopefully he will be rewarded for that with a long and successful career.
  • Reading this also reminds me of why I avoid watching a big part of Season 2 and why I love Season 3 so much. (And why I feel disappointed in Season 4 and 5 for losing vision of Steve’s story for the most part)

 Magazine Scan

Back In Force



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

18 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin: Back in Force – September 2012

  1. I do wish that there was a more of a story for Steve. But it nice to see other stories about the other cast members. But I was all the success for Alex in all that he does and will do in the near future. Thank for sharing this interview, it nice to read more about him.


  2. Nichole Sloan

    Love you 😍 when you share part of your life with us


  3. gracenotpark

    I too am a S3 (and first half of 4) fan. Show has been disappointing to me for the past year. Which is why your posts are such a BFD for me! You’re exploring the main stuff I care about, so at least I get what little gems you are able to unearth each week. Xoxoxoxoxo!


  4. kathysr

    Reading this article from four years ago tells me how badly Alex was injured way back then. Hanging for twelve hours from chains!!! I remember being blown away by Alex’ physical challenges in this episode. It looked like the guy really was being beaten to death. The scenes look excruciatingly painful to do. He re-injured his shoulder in this episode, from an earlier injury. These people are maniacs in the physical torture they put Alex through in these story lines. He’s so amazing at what he can do physically that they just keep giving him more difficult things to do. And he just keeps doing it, no matter how much he hurts. That’s the cheeky, stubborn Aussie in him, he won’t give up and won’t give in.

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  5. Susan jobbins

    Hi alex please don’t leave the show u made the show ace


  6. Nice reminder of this interview on your facebook page. When I read what Alex said about not being too comfortable with doing interviews. I wonder if that´s still the case? I know, he is a private person anyway and that´s fine. I was just thinking about the latest interview he did with PacBleu which was REALLY interesting and personal. I like most of his interviews anyway because they are usually intelligent and interesting and sometimes personal. I´d like to have a PacBleu interview part 2 someday and maybe they will ask back more this time if that´s o.k. with Alex because that´s what I missed a bit. Writing this I´d just want to say, I think, he is a good, intelligent and interesting man and I´d like to see more of the man he is today with all respect for him wanting to keep his privacy. But maybe – when he comes back, he would be willing to do another interview. And maybe not just marketing stuff about a new project – although I´ll be happy to hear about one. 🙂

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    • Yes, the PacBleu interview was interesting because he and his family know the brothers of PacBleu personally. From what we could understand from them, they got to know him through his wife Malia.
      I highly doubt if there would ever be a part 2 of the interview. The boys are about conservation and not really about celebrities. They even backed down and deleted his interview from their own site – if we did not keep and reposted it, it would have been lost. 😦
      Their interview was a rare one, unfortunately.

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      • I just took a look and found the original part of the interview still online. So they “just” deleted the full interview. But it´s good, it´s still to be found.Writing my last post, I just thought, it would be nice to have Alex do another interview with people he trusts so he can open up a bit and also see more than “just” pictures (please don´t get me wrong. I very much appreciate him going out of his way to keep us updated of what he is doing!). And yes: Their interview is a rare one and very much appreciated and it´s good it´s not completely lost. And of course, doing interviews is always a dicy subject. Things can be misunderstood pretty easily, eso. with someone like Alex who is intelligent and doesn´t give simple answers and we also know, what nonsence was written about Alex in the past. So I can understand if he is not excatly keen on doing interviews. It can cut both ways. I can just talk about myself but I very much like Alex´s interviews, esp. when its not just PR for a project. You can see a bit of what kind of man he is and I really like that and him and have a lot of respect for him and for his honesty although I´m aware that honesty can bring him into deep trouble. Esp. if he is misunderstood. I think, someone as honest and real as Alex can´t be taken for granted. Those interviews are germs indeed.

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        • Yes, that edited version that we posted first is still on their old YouTube channel, but they lost the password for it, so it will stay there forever I guess. But if you look on their own listed YouTube on the link from their website, they did not re-post it on their current channel again. It was also up on their site, but I cannot find it there.

          Yes, and misunderstanding can also come when interviews are edited. Even some of the stuff Alex said o their interview made better sense in the full interview rather than their edited first version of it.

          Yes, honesty can definitely cause problems.

          But I have seen that the biggest problem sometimes arises when jokes are made or things are said with sarcasm. That is the easiest way for things to be taken out of context and not seen as with the humor or in the joking way it was said. One specific interview got Alex in a lot of hot water with old Moonlight fans.

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          • Yes, I remember that interview. It´s not easy to communicate in a proper way. And on the internet or in print when you can´t see the facial expression or hear the voice it´s eben more difficult. Sarcasm and irony are difficult, too. LOL. With Alex´s interviews I sometimes have to listen twice because I´m not always sure whether I understand what he really wants to say because he usually doesn´t “mark” sarcasm and irony clearly. But the more I read and listen to what he says I think, the easier it is. Nevertheless, I´d like to do him another interview because you only “get” people when you watch their face and body language and listen to their voice. At least, that´s true for me. And Alex is a good, interesting and talented man. But of course I can see the “problemes”.


      • Cassiopea+1000

        In that case, God bless you, FOYeur! We’re really lucky to have you!

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    • Cassiopea 1000

      Maybe what he does not feel comfortable with is “professional” interviews, where he has to measure his words and say the right things.

      When he was in H5O, he was not interviewed as Alex, but as the actor playing Steve. He was expected to “sell” the show, and the questions he was asked were the questions any actor playing Steve would have been asked. You know the kind: “Wow! A new season! What is in store for us this time?”, or “How does it feel to be in such a successful show?”. He could not say what he really thought, only what CBS expected him to say.

      With PacBleu, though, he could talk as Alex, share the parts of his personal life he wanted, with the words he wanted, there was not that “Can I afford to say this? Is it all right if I say that?” sort of restraint which is in the back of your mind when you are speaking in a “public situation”. He could be just himself talking to young friends. And that’s why this interview was so interesting. He had not to censor or edit himself.

      Another of the most interesting interviews of his was that with the Inferno Cast (May 2020). Here again, as he was not talking as an actor having to say the right thing, but as a BJJ and martial arts lover, he could say what he wanted and be more personal.

      And yes, antjekreuz, a PacBleu-like interview would be the thing, if we cannot hear him in a professional interview, which would mean he’s in motion again, though with the current outlook, I don’t know if it’s the right time to undertake any project.

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      • Yes,, I agree. But still some of the interviews about H5O made me think “WOW! He is digging deep into the character and the show”. That was awesome. ❤ But interviews of the "real" man are much better. 🙂

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        • And the right time? Well, I understand what you mean. the world is insane at the moment. But artists, like other people, have to live and support their families esp. with the sky rocking costs at the moment. I just hope, Alex and his family were not too severely affected by the flooding in Australia. It´s not easy to cope with that, the war consequences, maybe other stuff and work on top of it. That can be really hard.

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  7. Rebel Marie Campbell

    I’ve always loved AOL-IS. You could see his struggle in season 2. He got so thin & the wear & tear on his body. I’m just now getting caught up on H50. I missed so many shows. I really enjoy Alex, in anything he acts in. He’s a wonderful actor. And I’ve noticed in interviews when he’s put off by questions, he has such a respect for his craft. I love him.

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