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On working with fellow Aussie Alex O’Loughlin

It looks like Claire might once again be around on the Hawaii Five-0 set, since her character Rachel returned in Episode 5:24 with some shocking news. Lets hope that that plotline will not be dropped or lost for too long, as have happened to some others in the past. For me Rachel is a big part of who Danny is and with her around his character is more rounded and complete …. 😀

This is an old article where she shared some information about her friendship with Alex….

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Boom Times

with Richard Clune

Sydney Times

2 December 2010

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One of the country’s most exciting talents (and the best name in the business), Claire van der Boom appreciates the position she is in. Back in Australia for a short break before returning to Hawaii to shoot further episodes of network blockbuster Hawaii Five-0, van der Boom said she had carved a “privileged” niche, in being able to float work in America and here (she recently shot local productions of Sisters of War, feature Red Hill and one of Nine’s Underbelly films)

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“I’m very very lucky – to have the opportunities I have been getting in America, but also to come back here, to Australia, a place I love to work. Best of all it means I haven’t been typecast and you cannot ask more than that”

Her work in the aforementioned Stateside series – in which she plays Danno’s (Scott Caan) former wife  – has van der Boom working with fellow Aussie Alex O’Loughlin.

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“I thought Al was responsible for my casting, but when I got there I walked on set and he was like, “Boom, what the hell are you doing here?”.

It’s great to work with him as we are really close. I’ve known Al for 10 years. He was one of the first people I met when I landed in Sydney, this wide-eyed girl from Perth.

I remember it was outside an ice-cream shop in Coogee, and he rolled up on his motorbike, it was sort of a pick-up. Ha, it makes me laugh remembering that”

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 Scan: Sydney Times

Sydney Times - 5 December 2010


Filed under articles, Hawaii Five-0, Interviews

#AlexOLoughlin – When Love Bites ~ Moonlight 2008

Love Bites

~ Blood sucking & fangs are par for the course in Alex O’Loughlin and Holly Valance’s relationship

TV Week Magazine

Jenny Cooney Carrillo

Alex says:

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Question: How does it feel playing a 90-year-old vampire?

Alex: It’s a strange thing and at first I was like, “How can I play a 90-year-old?” I didn’t understand where to go with it. If you were playing a 90-year-old normally, you would do the physical transformation and that helps you get into character.

Mick St John is carrying the weight of that age and that world and sometimes I go home after playing this guy and I’m so exhausted because the concepts are huge. But it’s really fulfilling and rewarding at the same time.

Question: What is it like being famous in Hollywood?

Alex: It’s a little bit scary actually. On the Warner Bros lot where we shoot the show, we have these VIP tours on golf carts and a few fans have gone crazy seeing me outside the sound stage.

I did a charity event last weekend and 40 women flew in just to meet Mick St John!

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Question: How did they react?

Alex: There was a lot of yelling and shaking and I’ve never experienced that before.

In Australia, occasionally someone would pat me on the bum and say, “Good work in such and such,” but people here seem to be overwhelmed by the show and the character.

It’s weird, it’s really great that people love the show because we work really hard.

Question: How did you wind up working with Holly?

Alex: The truth is I had nothing to do with her getting the role. I got a call as we were approaching the episode and the producers said, “Just to let you know, Holly will be playing Lola.”

So I called Holly because I didn’t even know she was reading for the role and said, “Honey, guess what?” and she said, “Yeah, I know!”

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Question: Why did she keep it from you?

Alex: Holly is a woman of great integrity and she’s very special. I can’t believe how mature she is for her age (Holly is 25, Alex is 32) and she just felt that I didn’t need the distraction. She also felt it was very important that if she was going to get a job that had any sort of association with me, she needed to do it completely of her own accord – and she did.

Question: How was it working with Holly – especially as your characters have a fight scene?

Alex: I was wondering if it would be weird, but it was totally comfortable. And the great thing is they’ve killed her character off ambiguously, so you never know – she may come back!

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Holly Says:

Question: What can you tell us about your character Lola?

Holly Valance: She’s 500 years old and is running a drug-dealing business. But the drug isn’t any substance that’s known to the police, so they can’t work out how she’s putting people in this euphoric state. Mick is trying to stop her.

Question: How was it playing a 500-year-old Vampire?

Holly Valance: I had a lot of extra hair and fangs and milky contact lenses, so it was cool but also quite frightening. It was unlike anything I’d ever done acting-wise.

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Question: How did you get the role?

Holly Valance: I’d tested for the two leads on the show when they were originally casting, so the producers knew me and put me on hold for the role. I decided not to say anything and see what Alex would say.

When he called and said, “I’ve got good news, don’t freak out.” I just said, “That’s great, babe. I found out four days ago!”

Question: What was it like working together?

Holly Valance: I was nervous for the first 15 minutes, but once we got into it, I switched from being Holly to becoming Lola and just had fun.

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Question: Tell us more about the fight!

Holly Valance: The crew were saying, “You guys are going to kill each other! You’re really going for it, aren’t you?” We were both trying to outdo each other.

Question: Are you still in touch with your Neighbours co-stars?

Holly Valance: A few of us still catch up when I’m home or they’re in LA. I had a dream the other night about the show and Alex said, “Wow if you still dream about it, it must have really impacted you.”

It was three years of my life when I was 15 – important years if you’re just a normal kid going to school, let alone working on a top TV show. So they’re all a part of my life, because they’re my mates.

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Magazine Scan:


Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, articles, Mick wants to kiss you gently with his fangs., Moonlight

Conversation with the Writer ……

I had a bit of a chuckle reading this conversation………

“Private Eyes”

Neely Swanson, posted an interview with former Moonlight executive producer Chip Johannessen.

Chip wrote a pilot, “Private Eyes”, that was not picked up.

No Meaner Place

16 June 2010

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 Life Lessons for Writers: 

Can’t women be buddies? Apparently not, as far as television is concerned.

Neely: I really hate to be one of those women, but this is the second really excellent female buddy pilot  I’ve written about that didn’t get picked up. Somehow “They” don’t seem to be afraid to try any one of a number of lame male buddy series – and it continues in that vein with the pickups of “Franklin and Bash,” “The Defenders,” Hawaii 5-0” (yes, it’s a buddy show), and “The Good Guys.” 

I guess it’s just female buddy shows. One has a much greater chance of a pick up if a woman is teamed with a man, as in “Castle.” Could there be an estrogen (rather than “glass”) ceiling? There certainly is no limit to the amount of testosterone on the tube. You’ll never know if a female buddy series will succeed if you don’t try.

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Chip: In defense of “Hawaii 5-0,” anything with Alex O’Loughlin is worth trying. I worked with him on “Moonlight” and he’s pretty great.

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Neely: I guess CBS is hoping this will fall into the category of “the third time is a charm.” I must say, though, and I did say it in an article I wrote for Baseline Studio System, I liked the pilot script of “Hawaii 5-0” and I’m actually looking forward to seeing that pilot. It’s a very expensive, but really good action piece. On paper it works and if CBS doesn’t spare the expense it will work on screen.

My impression of Alex O’Loughlin is that he’s a heart throb and may be too soft to play Steve McGarrett. It might have been better (and they would never have considered this for any one of a number of reasons) to cast Scott Caan as Steve and Alex as Danny. I could very well be wrong.

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Chip: Yeah, they wouldn’t do that. But honestly, I love Alex O’Loughlin. He might be a little soft, but I have to say that in “Moonlight” he had this impossible task and he really delivered amazingly well.

He had to show a lot of colors when he transformed into this aggressive vampire. He was great. He’s a real actor, that guy.

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Neely: He is very watchable but CBS has to find the right show and “Three Rivers” certainly wasn’t it. Alex did not sell well as an organ transplant surgeon.  But getting back on track, one thing that I have to say to network execs is that you’re never going to know whether female buddy shows will work if you’re not going to try. Keep in mind that the female buddy shows we mentioned earlier are 10 to 30 years old and still have resonance.

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My thoughts

  • I wonder how Neely feels now, after we have seen Alex as Steve for the past 5 season of Hawaii Five-0? If you are a regular reader of our blog, you will know my feelings about it, but ……
  • How do you feel? Is Alex a bit too “soft” to play McGarrett?
  • Do you also think he did not sell as a surgeon in Three Rivers?


Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

#AlexOLoughlin Talks J.Lo’s Butt with Brad Blanks – April 2010

Brad Blanks chats with fellow Aussie Alex O’Loughlin about J Lo’s butt and Hawaii Five-o. Alex stars with Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy, The Back Up Plan

Shooting Blanks

Brad: Brad Blanks with Alex O’Loughlin. How are you buddy?

Alex: Good. Thanks mate. How are you?

Brad: Yeah, good mate.

[Clip from movie]

Brad: Jennifer Lopez, in The Back-Up Plan. Pretty impressive that you’re on the big screen with J-Lo.

Alex: Yeah, it is, isn’t it? I’m sort of pinching myself …. a … a … It’s not lost on me, the significance of it. But I sort of can’t think about it too much, because I’ll spin out.

Brad: What about the unbelievable question that I’m about to ask you? What is it like to touch Jennifer Lopez’s butt?

Alex: [Laughs] I was very careful not to, mate. To be honest, you know.

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Brad: You didn’t glance it in any of those up close personal scenes?

Alex: No I definitely looked at it a lot and she’s got a wonderful bottom, you know. I don’t know what to tell you. It’s just,  I mean … she ensured it once, didn’t she?

Brad: Yeah.

Alex: For a million dollars or something. I never asked her about it. I don’t know if that …. But yeah, it’s as ….. as any healthy young man, you know, we notice girls bottoms. And I did notice hers, but of course I went immediately back to her face and pay attention to what she was saying.

Brad: Good, cause her husband was probably running around on set?

Alex: Cause her husband is a dangerous man from … [laughs] .. who knows a lot of much more dangerous people. And I respect him as well.

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Brad: How do you go telling your mates back in Australia, that you’re actually on screen with J.Lo? I mean of course they’ve seen you with a few ladies over the years and stuff. But this is Jennifer Lopez. It’s pretty cool.

Alex: No, it is cool actually. I got a lot of …. I remember a text message I got from Steve Curry, my mate back there, you know, in Melbourne. And he was like, Ah, mate, WHAT?”  You know, it’s just …. I mean they can’t believe it. It’s sort of like, “I didn’t know she real … she actually existed. It really is a person. And she is that beautiful. And you’re acting and kissing her and doing love scenes and… But it’s all …. A bit of fun with the boys for a minutes. But then at the end of the day, it’s a job. She’s terrific, you know. She’s a good actor and she’s a mom and you know … she’s terrific.

Brad: Well you’re the straight guy to her, you know, madness.

Alex: Yeah, she’s a … she’s kind of, has difficulty with commitment. She’s constantly …. She’s scared that … you know, she’s always, her character that is. You know, she’s scared that she’s going to be hurt. She’s scared that, you know, everyone who she loves will sort of leave her, and this guys is like, you know, he’s sort … he fronts up when he makes the decision. And he realises that he does love her. He’s like, Look let me show you, you know.

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Brad: You’ve been on TV for about 4 years in the States, doing films, people are going to notice you a little bit more. How is that going to play with you? Are you fine with that? Will your dance card get filled a bit more? Or have you always done alright?

Alex: {Laughs} I don’t know mate. My dance cards, you know …… It’s pretty empty at the moment. I’m pretty busy, you know. I’m going home to an empty hotel, right after this interview.

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Brad: It’s a shame.

Alex: Yeah, it’s a shame isn’t it? I mean, it’s the glamour …. the glamour of being a movie star.

Brad: It doesn’t really work …. equate ….. some…

Alex: I don’t know. Maybe, I’ll let you know. Leave your number, I’ll give you a call after the film.

Brad: Yeah, at about 10 pm, if I hear you are at some richie nightclub at the Standard hotel. You met some beautiful young Brazilian dancer. I’m getting a bit …..

Alex: You’re offering one?

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Brad: I got into that. Didn’t I?

Alex: You can keep going. Sounds good.

Brad: She’s beautiful. She looks like a young J-Lo.

Alex: Oohhh

Brad: Well J-Lo is very good too. Don’t worry about that. But did you think like now housewives are going to sort of going to be throwing underwear at you and stuff? Have you analysed points like that? Or, you know, sort of analyse that you look half decent on the box?


Alex: Ah … I mean, it’s another. I mean, it’s weird doing. It’s weird taking your shirt off in front of the camera, anyway. It’s like, “Oh man, I’m going to come for this” But it’s to think about it, to talk about it, to break it down, you just sort of can’t. You know what I mean. I mean, I love my job. I’m very very lucky to work as much as I have. An hopefully as much as I will. I’m just like a guy. With normal guy stuff.

Brad: When I take my shirt off, I usually pump some push-ups and do some sit-ups and sort of make me look a bit better.

Alex: Are you going to do that during this interview?

Brad: [Laughs}

Alex: Course you can. We’ll just widen out on the camera there ….

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Brad: I’m trying to put double chin reduction on this.

Alex: [Laughs]


Brad: I’ve seen you and I thought he’s  quite. I’ve seen him on ‘The Shield‘ and he kind of looked a bit chubby at times. But I come here and he’s very slim this fellow.

Alex: [Laughs] It’s cause I am so stressed.

Brad: Don’t worry mate, it’s all gravy from now on.

Alex: Thanks.

Brad: Advice from Brad Blank. Can you believe that?

Alex: I’m going to write a book, “Advice from Brad Blank”

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Brad: Your final words for the Americans out there. Hawaii Five-0, you are Steve McGarrett. Playing an icon of television. How does that make you feel?

Alex: [Laughs]

Brad: Sorry to put the pressure on you?

Alex: Why are you laughing?

Brad: I’m just giggling at your career, ain’t I?.

Alex: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s a big joke to you mate, isn’t it? …. In all seriousness it’s a … I mean things get remade a lot these days. And, I know there are a lot of true fans out there. And I just hope that … like what we’ve done. We’ve come with truth and integrity, and we’ve really made something special of it. I think we made a contemporary, you know, action packed … fun

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Brad: Fun.

Alex: It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see the pilot. And I’m not sure what’s going to happen with it. But you know Scott Caan, who’s Danno and myself are … yeah, we had a good time.

Brad: Do you do alright with the  ladies in this one?

Alex: They’ve given me a sort of vague love interest. But I don’t know where she’s going. And so, I don’t know what’s happening. I think I need to sit down with the writers and go, “Listen, we’ve got to talk.”

Brad: I’ve got a good twenty years in Hollywood, I’ve got to start soiling my oats now. Did I say, soiling?

Alex: Soiling my oats?

Brad: Sowing.

Alex: This is getting really weird. ‘Brazilian oats soiling with Brad Blanks’ ….

Brad: It’s great to meet you mate. I think the whole J-Lo thing and you touching her butt just sort of fired me up early.

Alex: And from there, you’re done ….

Brad: She’s a fantastic looking lady. Great to meet you mate.

Alex: See you.

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Link to video


Filed under Interviews, Stan "the Man", Steve McGarrett, Transcript

On top of Alex O *wink-wink*

Hats! That´s what we meant you dirty minded people! 😀

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 Alex and his hats ….

 Alex and his characters and their hats 😀


I wear a lot of hats, like I wear a lot. I always have a lot of hats, and I really love hats. Like, I have floppy ones, I have, kind of, broad, full brimmed, I have baseball caps. I just like hats. I’m a hat guy. So, no one really recognizes me.

– Alex O’Loughlin with Moonlight Detective, February 2008


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