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Grace Lee interviews Hawaii Five-0’s Alex O’Loughlin (November 2010)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Have you been watching the new Hawaii Five-0 lately? If so, you’ve probably seen Alex O’Loughlin’s abs. But working out isn’t the only thing he does when he’s away from the cameras. I got the chance to talk with him about his new role, and his new life here in Hawaii.

Kicking in doors to find an assassin. It’s just a regular day on the job for lieutenant commander Steve McGarrett. Shoot out with a trained killer? No problem for this star of Hawaii Five-0. Alex O’Loughlin’s character is an intense ex-Navy seal who is perfect. Well, almost. But that just makes McGarrett all the more endearing, not too different from the actor Alex O’Loughlin.

23 November 2010

Grace Lee

Hawaii News Now

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We caught up with him on a rainy day near Honolulu Harbor. “It’s similar to Australia in a lot of ways. It’s very laid back here and there is a beach culture which I’m used to being from Sydney,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s raining on my face right. No, it’s quite refreshing. I quite like it.”

Quite the nature lover, Alex says he tries to eat healthy and often eats poke. Or hangs out on Monsarrat. “I’m still discovering cool little places like bars and restaurants. There’s a great place I go to a lot called the diamond head health bar which is good food and acai bowls,” O’Loughlin said.

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Alex has picked up surfing since he moved to Honolulu and is man enough to admit the recent big wave action is intimidating. “The North Shore has been ridiculous and getting up into the 20’s. I will never surf that. I have no desire to be a part of that because I’ll die. And that will be it,” O’Loughlin said.

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“And if the waves don’t get you the sharks will,” Grace said. “Yeah that’s exactly right. I’m sitting back and watching and think it’s amazing. I learned to surf when I came here. So four months ago. So I’m surfing stuff that’s as high as me and when a wave comes with a six foot face, I’m like oh my god okay okay. And everyone is like kook. I love it. I love it,” O’Loughlin said.

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“So you lose that tough guy image in the water?” Grace asked. “Totally totally, there is nothing tough about me,” O’Loughlin said. But he does play it tough when it comes to the bad guys, and he loves to provoke his partner Danno.

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After shooting an exhausting MMA style fight, he took time out to joke with me. “So tell me when you’re ready,” O’Loughlin said. I’m ready,” Grace said. “So what was your experience watching an actor/stuntman go through pain?O’Loughlin asked. “You know what? It was exhausting. I couldn’t believe how tired I am after watching you guys do this all day,” Grace said. “Me too,” O’Loughlin said.

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O’Loughlin also had some fun with Ellen making comparisons to the old McGarrett.Whether it’s a shirtless McGarrett driving ratings or the action scenes full of explosions, we’ll high-five to all of the above

My Thoughts

  • If anybody still have this video of this original interview with Grace Lee somewhere, please let us know.
  • As always, Thank You Paula for brightening up my day with all this Alex-Beauty.

Remember all we really ever post here, is just an excuse to share some pretty stuff of Alex and enjoy him with our fellow fangirls.  😛

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Alex Hiatus News for the day – 30 April 2015

After a short visit in Australia over the weekend, it looks like Alex is doing the rounds in LA at the moment. From what we can see, it seems like he had a good time as teacher for a day at the  75% Old School for actors in Sydney.

From their Facebook Page:

Hey, Y’all,

Thanks to everyone for their art and presence over the weekend. From the amazing masterclass with Alex O’loughlin to those who stood in front of and behind the camera for filming showreels.

Some sick feedback too. Sorry I have been slow to reply have had a busy coupla days but will be getting back to everyone ASAP.

Peace, love and that

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Thanks to all who shared in this amazing workshop last week.
Art, laughs, talent, work, joy…stoke. Special thanks to Alex O. for sharing his knowledge.

75% Old School. A place where artists can work, without all the bulls**t.

(Just a note – Yes, the date on the picture is wrong – It happened on 25-4-2015, and is not something that will still happen.)

On her Instagram, one of the students who attended, posted this:

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Yesterday, 29 May, Alex visited the Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy in LA

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My guess is that Alex is also there in LA to support his wife with the trunk show of her ‘Swimwear and resort basics collection’, on Friday 1 May 2015 at Ron Robinson.

He will then have to rush back to Hawaii, for the ‘Women’s Self-defence Seminar’ there on Sunday 3 May. To all the ladies going to the seminar – Hope you all have a good time. It is all for a good cause. 🙂

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 Thank you to everybody who provided the information. It is always good for us to be able to see that Alex is still doing fine and enjoying himself, while on hiatus from Hawaii Five-0.

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A pair Hawaii five-star blokes – January 2011

AUSSIE Alex O’Loughlin faced fears before his role in Hawaii Five-O.

The Advertiser, Sunday Mail

by Anooska Tucker-Evan

30 January 2011

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ALEX O’Loughlin and Scott Caan are the type of guys you want to have a beer with. The stars of the new Channel 10 series Hawaii Five-O are cheeky, with a dry sense of humour, quite flirtatious, and would be a lot of fun to hang out with at the pub. Joining them on set in Hawaii, you quickly see that it’s the pair’s blokey personalities that make them so perfect to play Steve McGarrett and Danno respectively in the reboot of the popular ’60s and ’70s cop show.

For Aussie heart-throb O’Loughlin, snagging the lead role of McGarrett was as exciting as it was nerve-wracking after the first two American shows he played leads in (Moonlight and Three Rivers) were axed. “I said to (CBS), ‘Don’t pull the pin on this. I’m not doing it if you’re going to pull the pin’,” O’Loughlin says. They were like, ‘We’re not going to pull the pin’, and I said, ‘Well show me’, and they did. They blasted it all over the world, on the sides of buildings there were posters, and it was incredible. They’ve put a huge amount into this show and I’m grateful – I’m grateful they stuck with it.”

And after watching the first two episodes, it’s easy to see why the CBS network in the US didn’t let it go. The new Hawaii Five-O is fresh, clever, slick and sexy, without any of the rigidness or corniness of the original. It’s a cop show, but it’s unlike anything on TV at the moment with honest scripts, sharp wit, incredible action scenes and some captivating performances. “It’s faster, it’s much more aggressive but, also, it’s much more than just a procedural show,” O’Loughlin says.

“The old Hawaii Five-O’s Steve McGarrett was a man without a past, he was the man on the job and he got the job done and that was it. My Steve McGarrett has a big past. His mother died, his father sent him away so he grew up in the military with a hardened sense of displacement that has sort of forged who he is as a man today. It gives him this edge. He doesn’t care about repercussions. He’s much more ruthless than Jack Lord’s Steve McGarrett.”

While what they are producing is quality TV, the cast, including Battlestar Galactica’s Grace Park and Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim, say it comes at a cost. Both O’Loughlin and Caan talk of having their lives consumed by the show. “I’m so tired, we all are, always, because there’s so much to do,” O’Loughlin says.

Caan, the son of Godfather actor James Caan, adds, “I don’t like the hours and I don’t like that it doesn’t give me the time to do the other things I really want to do. I don’t love being away from home for six months at a time but, you know … I love the opportunity.”

Helping make days which sometimes stretch to 15 hours easier is the closeness of the cast – especially between partners in crime-fighting, O’Loughlin and Caan.

“We have a ‘bromantic’ banter,” O’Loughlin jokes. And the action scenes also make work more like play. With gun-toting bad guys, edge-of-your-seat exchanges of bullets, dramatic car crashes and massive explosions, the action is more akin to a big budget Hollywood blockbuster than a TV show.

O’Loughlin has loved unleashing his inner-child, but Caan has been taking it easy after having surgery on a long-term knee injury. Caan seems somewhat discontent with his situation but says attitude isn’t a negative reflection on the show. “The second you get happy you get complacent and you get boring. I want the next thing and the next thing and the next thing,” he says. The original Hawaii Five-O ran for 12 seasons, but Caan says he can’t imagine being there for even seven. “I don’t think I could do it unless it became something that I was passionate about,” he says.

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O’Loughlin isn’t so fast to rule it out though. “Well, I’ve seen his contract and he’s not going anywhere,” O’Loughlin laughs. “The thought of being on a show for seven years is really scary to me because the most important thing to me is longevity of career and I think it’s true that you can get typecast in TV.

But I think if we get to seven years, by that stage we will both be producers. We will be running the show, making obscene amounts of money, and we’ll both be perfectly happy with the way things are going because we’d both have creative control.”

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My Thoughts

  • Four years down the line and I doubt if any of the actors will ever have any influence on the creative control of the show. And Alex and Scott are far removed from really knowing what the show looks like as a final product from week to week, I think.

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Word on Set – The Back-Up Plan – September 2009

Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin gets romantic with Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lopez in the new romantic comedy

‘The Back-Up Plan’

FilmInk

by Gill Pringle
September 2009

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Upon hearing Jennifer Lopez and her latest leading man whisper and laugh between takes on the set, you’d assume that this fellow was your typical A-lister confident of his place in at the top of the food chain. After all, J-Lo’s previous co-stars have included Ben Affleck, Ralph Fiennes and Richard Gere. Her new co-star, however, is 34-year-old Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin, whose film career began just five years ago with home grown drama, Oyster Farmer.

Promptly relocating to Hollywood, he appeared in the TV cop drama The Shield, before landing the lead role in the TV series Moonlight, where he played a vampire cop. Six Feet Under producer Alan Poul was quick to spot O’Loughlin’s smouldering potential, and invited him to test alongside Lopez for the romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan.

“Alex is a movie star,” says Poul emphatically. “Working with him has been amazing, given that he’s never done flat-out comedy before. He’s a classically trained actor from the Australian stage, so it was a learning process for him to find the comedy rhythms without sacrificing any emotional integrity. He’s an incredible talent. Alex and Jennifer also have such fantastic chemistry. They dig each other both as characters and as people.”

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Lopez plays a career woman who has given up on meeting “the one”, only to meet him hours after becoming artificially inseminated. Today, on the CBS Studios lot, the couple are filming a scene where O’Loughlin’s Stan brings take-out to Lopez’ heavily pregnant Zoe. It’s a scene that Lopez could do with her eyes closed. “I’ve had children before movie,” muses the actress/singer, sipping at a Diet Coke. “But now I have a whole new perspective.”

Indeed, The Back-Up Plan marks Lopez’ post-motherhood return to the big screen, and she admits that there’s a lot of pressure. “It’s been a couple of years, after being pregnant and then being with the twins for over a year,” Lopez explains. “I was excited to get back to work, but at the same time I was like, ‘What if I just forgot how to do it right?’ My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to remember my lines, because you get forgetful after giving birth.

Now that I’m back though, I feel like it would be stupid to ever have fear about anything as it pertains to my work. I’m just totally fearless – take all the risks that you can, and hopefully it will come out great.”

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O’Loughlin agrees that there’s no holding her back, especially in those scenes where her pregnant character succumbs to hormonal craziness. “Did it surprise you when I got kooky and started screaming and throwing things around?!” Lopez teases him. “No not really, because I’ve known women in my life, so it’s not like, ‘Wow! A crazy one!’ I mean the level of craziness is all relative,” he replies tactfully. “Right now, you are in such dangerous territory,” Lopez says, her eyes narrowed in mock anger. “Slow down with the crazy women and how many levels of crazy there are.”

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Considering that he is starring with one of the most gossiped about actresses in Hollywood, O’Loughlin says that he had no preconceptions. “I really didn’t have that many,” he says. “I mean, she’s smokin’ hot, she’s super famous ….. that’s really all I knew. I don’t read gossip stuff; I don’t give a shit about it. But have I been surprised by Jennifer? For somebody as iconic as she is … ‘” he says.

Lopez is quick to egg him on. “I want to hear this,” she laughs. “No, I’m not giving it now. You can’t make me,” he flirts right back.

In the meantime, actor-on-the-rise Alex O’Loughlin has no shortage of beautiful female company, next starring with Kate Beckinsale in the crime thriller Whiteout, and further amping up his potential sex symbol status …

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FilmInk - Sep 2009

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Alex O’Loughlin – Sunday Magazine, October 2007

The latest Aussie actor making a name for himself on US television, Alex O’Loughlin
Sunday Magazine
14 October 2007

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It’s late on a Tuesday afternoon and Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin is negotiating his way through LA on his way to work. Night-shoots are de rigueur for the 31-year-old expat now –as the lead new US drama series Moonlight, which premiered a fortnight ago, he plays Mick St John. A troubled vampire who becomes a PI as a means of putting his dark powers to good use.

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“He has a pretty staunch moral code” says O’Loughlin of his ‘immortal investigator’, whose taste for human blood is quenched via the local blood bank rather than the more traditional way. “Mick takes on predatorial cases because he feels that the more he can rid the world of them, the further away he can get from the predator within himself. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he snaps at some stage in the season or in season two”.

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That’s if season two is made. O’Loughlin, who moved to LA three years ago and endured a “very frugal” 12 months without work before striking it lucky, is painfully aware of the realities of his profession. CBS has only picked up 13 episodes, which it can drop at any time if the show doesn’t rate. “You hear all sorts of horror stories in Hollywood,” he muses. “But I am working today, and as long as I’m working and can pay the rent, I’m happy.”

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He can afford to be happy for other reasons, too. Since appearing in Sunday magazine off the back of 2004’s Oyster Farmer, the Canberra-born actor has shot films with Kate Beckinsale (Whiteout), And Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell (August Rush). O’Loughlin is ‘extremely excited’ about the latter, which sees him playing a rock guitarist from Dublin who moves to New York with his band.

He also snared a girlfriend, actor Holly Valance.She’s a lot of fun and it’s lovely having a fellow expat to concur with at the end of the day.”

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It seems that not landing the role of 007 after an 11-hour screen-test in London has done him no harm. “It was a nice dream for a week,” he says of his much-published audition in 2005. As for another much-published ‘fact’ – that he’s the son of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott. – O’Loughlin is clearly amused. “If I’m his son, the bloke I call Dad is a dark horse. I loved AC/DC – but it’s not true.”

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Mind you, playing along with the rumour could work in his favour, with rock‘n’roll love story August Rush about to be released in the US. O’Loughlin laughs, “Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything until after the film.”

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