Alex O’Loughlin promotes The Back-up Plan on NBC’s Today Show with hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford – 16 April 2010.
Kathie Lee: Alex O’Loughlin has been appearing on stage and television since he was a teenager back in Australia. Now he’s a Hollywood leading man, he has a better accent than I do, co-starring with Jennifer Lopez in “The Back-Up Plan.”
Hoda: Yes. Alex plays Stan. He’s a cheese farmer from upstate New York, who’s trying to find his way when love finds him first.
[CLIP: From “The Back Up Plan”.]
Hoda: Oh, you are so sexy.
Kathie Lee: Ooh.
Hoda: That’s good. That’s good.
Kathie Lee: And take as long as you want.
Hoda: Yeah, exactly. Hi, Alex.
Hoda: How are you?
Kathie Lee: We feel like you’re a member of our family after joining the man panel yesterday.
Hoda: Did you have fun yesterday?
Alex: I had so much fun, we man-paneled.
Link to our transcript of the ‘Man-Panel’:
Kathie Lee: You more than held your own with those maniacs.
Hoda: Yes, you certainly did.
Alex: It was great.
Hoda: Now this is maybe the first time a US audience will be seeing you on the big screen and knowing your name and knowing who you are, right?
Hoda: Is this the first big one?
Alex: It’s the first bit film, yeah.
Alex: I guess it’s the first sort of big, “Look at me on the billboard”, film.
Kathie Lee: You must’ve been up against many, many American actors. So are you ….. is the English-American accent easy for you?
Alex: The English-American?
Kathie Lee: Yeah, as opposed to the English from like the…
Hoda: The real…
Kathie Lee: … from England.
Alex: Yeah. Yeah. I speak English-American and Australian so I’m, you know.
Kathie Lee: So it is easy for you?
Alex: It is easy. Well, I grew up with a …… my Canadian …… my stepfather is Canadian and so there was always a North American sound in my house.
Alex: And we ……. Australians all sort of grew up with American TV and so it’s not a foreign sound to us.
Kathie Lee: Mm-hmm.
Hoda: Tell us the concept of this movie. So you’re the cheese farmer.
Kathie Lee: Cheese farmer.
Alex: Yeah, cheese farmer.
Kathie Lee: I wouldn’t have thought that.
Alex: Yeah. And of course I had to get super fit, because cheese farmers are all ripped.
Hoda: They are.
Kathie Lee: Yeah, they work so with their arms and things.
Alex: That’s exactly right. Milking all the goats and all those…
Alex: And the film is about two people who ….. whose lives collide, you know, and who meet…
Kathie Lee: Where does she come from?
Alex: She comes from …… she’s a New Yorker, they both are.
Alex: And Stan…
[Clip from The Back-Up Plan]
Kathie Lee: This is such a gross scene.
Alex: Oh, this is a great scene.
Kathie Lee: What is she eating?
Hoda: She’s eating stew or something.
Kathie Lee: Oh.
Alex: She’s eating stew and…
Kathie Lee: So she’s a carnivore.
Alex: Yeah, she’s a carnivore.
Hoda: She’s pregnant, right? And she’s ….. and she’s ……. so the story is is she got pregnant from a friend of hers and then she meets her.
Alex: What happens is she’s sort of hasn’t met the one…
Alex: …and she wants to have a baby and so she gets artificially inseminated and then she meets…
Alex: … the one.
Kathie Lee: Wow.
Kathie Lee: Wow.
Hoda: The one. What’s it like working with her? What is she like?
Alex: Great. She’s fantastic. She’s…
Kathie Lee: A real pro.
Alex: She’s a real pro, she’s really centered, really grounded, and it was terrific. I mean, I was surprised at how normal she was.
Hoda: Can I just say, I’m so distracted because outside there are so many signs, “Alex is my dream man, the future Mrs. O.”
Kathie Lee: …wow.
Hoda: Look at…
Hoda: We rarely have homemade signs for you.
Alex: That’s like a month’s wage for me. I paid all those.
Kathie Lee: Now how do they know you?
Alex: I don’t know. I guess, you know, I’ve done a bunch of TV shows and stuff.
Hoda: What …… yeah. Tell us about some of those shows.
Alex: I met most of them at the hotel when I came over here.
Kathie Lee: Had a little fun last night, huh? OK.
Alex: I did a show called “Moonlight” which was the thing that I sort of really got most of my fans from. It was a vampire show. And then a did a medical show called “Three Rivers,” which was ….. I played a heart surgeon and that was a wonderful experience for me. Yes.
Kathie Lee: And now do you live in America now or do you…
Alex: I do. I do. I’ve been here for five years.
Kathie Lee: In New York?
Alex: No, I live in LA.
Kathie Lee: LA.
Hoda: Now, we asked you yesterday, and you said you were single.
Hoda: And how would you describe the girl that you’re looking for, the type of woman that you’re looking for?
Alex: Well, I’m kind of ….. I’m kind of busy at the moment, so I’m not really looking.
Alex: But it’s ….. I don’t know, I think, you know, funny, honest, pretty, smart ….. [laughs]
Kathie Lee: Yeah.
Alex: Yeah, I know.
Kathie Lee: Any age limit on that?
Alex: Age, like you know…
Alex: …18 to 60 is…
Kathie Lee: All right, Hoda, you just made it. Little joke. Actually, I just made it.
Hoda: Barely, baby.
Kathie Lee: Barely. Alex, we wish you all the best.
Hoda: Alex, good luck with the film.
Kathie Lee: Would you please come back and see us?
Alex: Absolutely, I’d love to.
Kathie Lee: We adore you.
Alex: I’d love to.
Kathie Lee: You’re such a lovely gentleman.
Hoda: Such a sweetheart, thank you.
Alex: Let’s man panel again.
Hoda: Yes, we will.
Kathie Lee: Let’s do it, baby. And great success with the movie.