#AlexOLoughlin promoting Three Rivers on ‘Great Day St. Louis’ – October 2009

Alex in an interview with Carol Daniel from ‘Great day St Louis’

(Video Transcript)

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Carol: The premiere for CBS’s new medical drama is called Three Rivers. Alex O’Loughlin plays Dr. Andy Yablonski and joins us now to discuss the show.

It’s a pleasure to talk to you. Let me ask you first. You know, critics write what critics do. That’s what they do for a living. And I’ve read that some say,

“Oh my, another medical drama. Why should we care? Alex might be the one to make us care!”.

Alex: [laughs] Well we … Absolutely. Why should we care? It’s that classic thing, isn’t it Carol? There are no new stories, you know.

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Carol: Right.

Alex: And every story has already been told. Not just medical stories. I mean, every story.

Essentially every story was told when a guy most of us have heard of, William Shakespeare, wrote a book called the complete works.

Carol: That’s it.

Alex: He told every story. We just beg, borrowing and stealing and do variations of a theme, you know. And so yes, it’s a medical drama.

But it’s a medical drama that we haven’t seen before, which is why I chose to do it. Because I didn’t want to do a show … I try not to do things that have been done before.

And so, which is why Moonlight, my last show, was so appealing to me. And this one is so appealing to me because it’s about organ transplant medicine. And it is about organ donation.

That’s the core of the show, you know. And you can see my set here behind us, incredible … we work in this incredible high-tech hospital, like no hospital I’ve ever seen before. So it’s got a sort of CSI element to the procedural side of things. But the organ …..

We tell the story from 3 points of view. It’s called Three Rivers. We tell the story from the organ donor and their family, the recipient, and their significant others and myself … my character, Andy Yablonski, and the rest of the medical team here at Three Rivers.

And so it’s, it’s a very different medical show.

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Carol: Yeah, and your character, I understand, Dr. Andy as well … how shall we say? A bit sarcastic. Was that a stretch for you, Alex?

Alex: [Laughs] No, it wasn’t a stretch at all. I mean. You know, sarcasm is a …. My grandfather used to say it’s the lowest form of wit. You know, he also used to raise an eyebrow and get kind of mad when I would curse out of the side of mouth at any time.

He would say, “It’s a sign of a limited vocabulary”. So and he … he was a wise man and was … he was not wrong.

But my character is … he has a comprehensive understanding of irony. Which is not something everybody does have.

And he has … he has a sense of humour that is something he uses …. as something that gets him through each day.
And there are a couple of things that my character Andy Yablonski has, to get him through each day, because every day for him is … is … is full of death. That’s what these people deal with.

They’re in the life business, but they deal with death.

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Carol: Absolutely

Alex: They get close to people and they lose them every day, you know what I mean.

Carol: Yes.

Alex: And he’s … he’s almost a Robin Hood too. He fights to get … he fights to kind of give life to people, who other people are saying, they’re not worth giving life to.

Carol: Well Alex, it’s a pleasure to talk to you. And good luck on Three Rivers. I’ll be watching.

Alex: Thank you.

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My Thoughts

  • I always wonder if Alex just missed the compliment at the beginning or if he played it down. She was clearly giving him a big compliment via the critics, for why people would watch the show.
  • I find that the problem with sarcasm is, that it normally does not hit the target – and by that I mean that the person, or people who it was aimed at, are normally not able to “get” it. Have seen it a few times in interviews where Alex say something sarcastic and have some fun with fans who take themselves too seriously, and then it is exactly those people who the sarcasm was aimed at, who don’t ‘get’ that he was having some fun at their expense. 🙂
  • Later that year, on the ‘CBS live chat’Alex said that his worst habit is cursing – sorry grandpa Reggie. 😀

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Link to the video

(If anybody knows where we can find a better version of the video, please let us know)



Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Dr Andy, Interviews, Transcript

13 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin promoting Three Rivers on ‘Great Day St. Louis’ – October 2009

  1. I have seen several interviews about TR in that day because of Alex’s clothes and the set, but this one is new for me. Thank you Foyeur for bringing another “hidden treasure”. It was very cool to hear him talk about his grandfather. He always very private that when he tells something about him and his family is a winning day for the fans.


    • There are so many more of the small little treasures out there. Many have lots of what we already heard, but there are always these few sentences from Alex that are unique and new in that interview.
      Last year when I started with the interviews and articles, I thought we would be all done by now – but we are far from it – lots still here in drafts to be posted. 🙂


      • More work for you and more fun to us. Thank you!


      • serai1

        Well, you do wonderful work digging this stuff up for us! Too bad Alex doesn’t conduct his interviews the way River Phoenix did – then you could have endless fun tracking down all the bald-faced lies. *snorfle*


  2. Leah

    Thanks for posting FOYeur. I think his cursing shows he’s just human (I’m definitely very guilty of the same habit). LOL And I totally agree that sarcasm usually goes right over the head it was intended for, unfortunately. 🙂


  3. serai1

    Ah, I think he was being modest. And sarcasm generally isn’t meant for the person it’s being aimed at. I think that’s why it generally doesn’t hit the mark – because it’s not supposed to. It’s “insider humor” rather than “outsider”. It’s not even really wit, strictly speaking. But Alex is right in that Andy obviously uses it to diffuse tension. Surgeons do that A LOT from what I hear.

    *sigh* Dr. Andy. What a pity…


    • Must be my lack of knowledge in the use of the English language – but with your comment about sarcasm, it show that you clearly missed what I was trying to say about it. 😦
      I find that people in the medical profession more often use gallows humor to diffuse tension – rather than sarcasm (Hope I use ‘gallows humor’ correctly here – otherwise there might be misunderstanding again)


      • serai1

        No, I got what you were saying. Alex is a sarcastic guy, which is fine. I happen to like sarcasm. But it’s also used by doctors, as well as gallows humor. They don’t use it with US, the patients, but with each other, I’ve been told it goes around quite a bit. 🙂


  4. vanduyn

    Love it!


  5. I love all these little gens that you find for us 🙂
    Thank you


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