A vampire detective from down under?
The opening episode of the new CBS drama “Moonlight” starts with the show’s central figure involved in a question-and-answer session with a television reporter. The questions have to do with the fact and fiction behind what it is like to be a vampire who works as a detective. Alex O’Loughlin gets the task of playing the dark character. In keeping with the show’s interview-style opening, the Australian actor answers a few questions about the series.
26 September 2007
by The Fresno Bee
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Question: Are vampires big in the land down under?
Alex: I’ve been kind of obsessed with the genre since I first discovered it. I discovered Anne Rice when I was sort of late teens. And I read the first five or six books of “The Vampire Chronicles.” I loved her character development. I learned so much about her, like about the mythology of vampires.
I grew up with American TV and American cinema because we didn’t really have that much of our own. And so I grew up with all of the films that you guys did. “Lost Boys” was a huge film for me when that was made. And “The Hunger” was also something that I really loved. So, yeah, I have always sort of wanted to play a vampire.
Question: Are vampires an allegory for the fear of aging?
Alex: Absolutely. I think [there are] a lot of things in this genre and in this sort of era of storytelling that are analogous or metaphorical to stuff and certainly pertinent to what’s going on in today’s society with vanity.
Question: Would you like to talk about the big rumor about your past?
Alex: The rumor started about me in the last year. Apparently, according to the rest of the world and several big newspapers back where I’m from, I’m the son of the late Bon Scott, the late singer of AC/DC.
I was shocked. And then I was thrilled. I rock. But then my mom called me and she was very upset. Publicly, you know, labeled a groupie and therefore a hussy and a harlot, which isn’t true at all. My mom is a very wonderful woman and very respectable. And so I suppose it’s probably a good time to say since he’s passed on and he can’t speak the truth, I should speak for Bon and say that I’m pretty sure he’s not my dad.
Question: Who is your father?
Alex: My father is a teacher in Sydney. He teaches physics and astronomy at a private boys’ school in Sydney. We have a great thing that we do today, you know, now that I’m all grown up, and I can read by myself.
We have a book club thing. Of course, it’s still on CD. So we kind of refer books to each other, and we read them and then we chat about it which is terrific.
Question: Your character of Mick St. John seems to be a guy who is in control. Does he ever lose it?
Alex: If he gets excited, for better or worse, he can vamp out a little bit. Sometimes he has to. If you do have vampires about you in this modern day amongst you, amongst us all, and they’re going through transformation publicly, they kind of have to keep it contained and that makes another layer of vulnerability for this guy.
Only thing I can say is that the private investigative element is that, because of his special abilities, because he has subhuman powers, he’s able to take on cases that perhaps other people wouldn’t. He’s able to pursue cases that may be unpursuable. Is that a word?