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by Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith.
There are two things you’re not going to hear from hunky Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin. One is whether or not he wears a suit and tie as the new Steve McGarrett of CBS’s updated “Hawaii Five-0” series. The other is anything negative about his “The Back-up Plan” leading lady, Jennifer Lopez.
Given that the Friday opening romantic comedy is a big-screen Big Break for the former “Moonlight” and “The Shield” actor, and we’re seeing his handsome puss all over billboards and buses, it would be pretty surprising if he dissed La Lopez, who has been notorious for her diva ways in the past. But he goes so far as to tell us, “It’s surprising to hear it mentioned as much as I have because she was perfect — on set and off. It’s difficult to imagine the woman I know and worked with fitting this description. I found her selfless, always thinking about the people around her. Professional. A great hands-on mother as well. If you’re looking for dirt, you’re not going to find it here.”
O’Loughlin notes that Lopez had her 2-year-old boy and girl on the set of the feature, in which she plays a single woman who decides to have a baby via sperm donor, only to fall in love when she is already pregnant. “I didn’t know her before the twins, so I hesitate to guess, but I would imagine that this is the final element in her life that makes her the woman she was destined to be. Children are the ultimate definition of who we are as humans, after all,” says the single actor. “She’s amazing.”
He’s finding his current whirl “surreal” — and admits he gets a bit homesick. “I feel like I’m always away from my family. I spend more money on travel than anything else, flying around the world to see the people I love or bringing them to me. Sometimes I wish I had become a banker or a builder to keep me in one spot.”
If the new “Hawaii Five-0” — for which the pilot has already been completed — does indeed get picked up for fall, he plans to commute between L.A. and the islands. As for differences between the vintage Jack Lord-starrer and his version, O’Loughlin says, “It’s interesting going back, looking at it now. The original show is pretty dated. We’re doing a much more contemporary show.”
And his wardrobe? “I’m not telling.”