Alex on CBS Baltimore: WJZ (transcript) – April 2008

Alex on CBS Baltimore – WJZ (TV’s Morning Edition)

with anchors Don Scott and Marty Bass
24 April 2008

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Marty: In America we grow actors who look like Peter Falk and Danny DeVito.

[Laughs]

Don: Among others.

Marty: But in Australia they grow actors that look like … [laughs] … look like Hugh Jackman and our guest this morning, Alex O’Loughlin.

[They play a clip from Moonlight Episode 13]

Marty: Ladies and gentleman, from the network that brought you ‘Touch by and Angel’, the actor .. Alex.
Hi, Alex how are you doing this morning? What is going on?

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Alex: Good morning, good morning.

Marty: So Moonlight is getting some pretty good run here. I mean let’s face it, this is a quirky idea.

Alex: It is.

Marty: Did you have to be talked into this?

Alex: As a matter of fact, when I was pitched the script by my agents, you know, they said this is a vampire PI. And I thought, nah …. Really?

[Laughs]

Alex: I heard it before you know what I mean, ‘Angel‘ had been made and made successfully. And so I read the script and it was very different and excellent.

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Marty: And so you ….

Don: You have to be talked into that, right.

Marty: What a leap of faith man.

Alex: Correct. Yeh, yeh. Yeh means, I just say it was excellent … it was excellent. And it is excellent. I really enjoy the show. It’s a … it wasn’t so difficult for me to imagine how to bring this character or the show to life. Because I’ve been a big fan of the genre for … since I was a little guy. And, you know this character of Mick St John. I mean, he’s a morally conflicted sort of … It is a very dramatically interesting story.
He’s got a lot of obstacles to get through every day, just to be able to sort of deal with himself. And so, you know as audience members we like … that’s what we like to see. We like to see an ordinary person, even though he is not really ordinary …. We like to see people overcoming great obstacles, and that’s what he has to do.

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Don: Okay. My wife wishes she was sitting here in my place, because this is her favourite show and you are one of her favourite characters of course.

Marty: Hey, I will say this. Don’s wife is relatively picky.

Alex: Picky? I’m flattered, thank you very much.

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Don: It’s Jane Austen, number 1. You’re number 2.

Alex: I am happy to be a second to Jane Austen.

Marty: And then, and then, and then, ‘Guys go on wild’ as number 3.

Don: Okay, it goes downhill quickly.

Alex: Yeah, now it’s getting weird guys.

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Don: On the show you are “cured”. As a …

Alex: As a vamp? That’s right. On the show, right. At the end of number 12 which was the last episode that we saw, Mick has discovered a cure .. A mortal cure and he is now in the mortal coil. Which is all that he has ever wanted. And so in 13 when we come back … Mick is faced with a great … probably the greatest decision of his life to date. And that is, whether or not to make the decision to become a vampire again to save the person he loves.

Don: Ah ha

Marty: Yeah, which… which …

Alex: Yeah.

Marty: Yeah, it’s almost like … kind of like doing a survivor … like come on, just tell us, who won?

Alex: That’s right.

Marty: Not a chance, what a deal.

[Laughs]

Marty: So let me ask you as well. What else you got going right now? There’s a reason I’m asking this. Because this is … it’s a long time to do one of these series. And once again I’m going to …. It’s a tremendous leap of faith for you and your agent and your common sense, that this thing is going to be a multiyear deal. So have you put life on hold? Or are you hedging your bet?

Alex: Well, I mean it’s not … really you have to understand the life of an actor. And the life of an actor is …. I mean the fact is, I spend many, many years living on rice and ketchup. You know, going from audition to audition. From drama school to acting class and this and that and the other, you know. And so it’s … it’s great to have a job. And noted, I worked … I’ve worked a bit over the years, and I’ve done a bunch of films and I’ve done a bunch of theatre and, and … but I’m committed to this project . And if I get a job … If I take a job, I take a job 100%. And I don’t think about other jobs . And so just for today, I’m … I am the lead role on this TV show called ‘Moonlight’ and that’s all I’m thinking about you know. And if they continue this on, that’s great.

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Don: But by having a hit, it’s bound to open doors for you.

Alex: Well absolutely. And you know, I mean, it’s just right …. like I can’t really think about anything else, because this … this is such a big role for me. This is such a big job and it requires so much of my energy, that if I start thinking out of those realms, it will …. the show will suffer. And I am not prepared for that to happen.

Marty: Time is running short. I am just curious, you said you are a fan of the genre for years. Who was your favourite vampire?

Alex: Ah … I think my favourite vampire was Anne Rice’s, Lestat.

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Marty: Yes.

Don: Sure. Wow.

Marty: You know, I got to be honest with you, an intense role and performed very well on screen. Very well.

Alex: Yes. Lestat or Mick St John? I’m just checking….

Marty: Well both at this point.

[Laughs all around]

Marty: Congratulations. Listen, we’ve got … we’ve got to run, and knock the ball out of the ballpark, and continued success.

Alex: Thanks guys.

Marty: We hope to have you on one of these satellite tours again.

Alex: That would be great. I’d love to.

Marty: Right brother, it’s our pleasure. See you later.

Alex: Bye, bye

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Link to video

My Thoughts

  • Nothing sexier, than a man who shows commitment to the important things in his life, his family, his friends and the responsibility of his job. And in the world of an actor that type of commitment shows respect, not only to his employer, but also to his fellow cast and crew members AND to his fans. The signs of a good man and a true leader.
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12 Comments

Filed under Interviews, Mick wants to kiss you gently with his fangs.

12 responses to “Alex on CBS Baltimore: WJZ (transcript) – April 2008

  1. Amen to your thoughts FOYeur!!! We all know he still is exactly this kind of guy. It’s all about commitment, respect and loyalty.

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  2. tracey

    Is there nothing new to put on about o’loughlin its all old and boring stuff we have all heard over and over again its 2015 get something new to talk about

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    • Once again Tracey – go and troll a Scott Caan site..
      If you are not interested to learn more of who Alex O’Loughlin is – you don’t have to torture yourself to visit here…..

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    • Leah

      In case you were not aware, this site is dedicated to the love and admiration of Alex by these 2 very lovely, hard working ladies. If you don’t like what’s here, then feel free to go elsewhere and “get something new” in YOUR life. I’m pretty certain that I’m not alone in my appreciation of what these ladies do everyday on this site for our pleasure – NOT your negativity. By the way, I think you misspelled your name . . . I think it’s actually tr-ASS-ey. Because that’s what you’re presenting yourself to be here.

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  3. gracenotpark

    I haven’t seen this one! Awesome! I guess they were really trying to pimp ML after the writers’ strike. Such a shame the strike impacted the show the way it did. Tho Alex’s life has seemed to have taken its intended path with 5-0 and Hawaii and Malia and family, so que sera, right?

    Cute tiny little interview! And very cool for that one guy to note how much his wife loved the show. Tho what a chore for Alex to…I am guessing…sit and satellite-chat with a ton of local stations all day! Bless his heart.

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  4. “History is for human self-knowledge … the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.”
    R. G. Collingwood

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  5. karen

    No one is perfect…right? There has to be SOMETHING wrong with him. Seems pretty perfect to me though. lol

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  6. I love this interview, haven’t heard it in such a long time, thank you for posting!♥♥♥

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  7. Thank you FOYER ♥ I’ve seen many of these interviews with that back drop on that day of press junkets, but this is a new one for me.
    *clapping gleefully* 😀
    I appreciate yawl’s ability to dig up these jewels from the past ’cause I still want to know everything there is to know about our Alex ♥ oxoxo

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  8. A new old interview for me. I subscribe your thoughts. TY Foyeur.

    PS: and i admire your patience for some commenters.

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