Moonlight Interview: ‘I’m Obsessed with Vampires’ – January 2008

While Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin sees the lighter side of life, he has always harboured a gothic streak.

TV Soap

by Paulette Cohn

9 January 2008

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For Sydney-born actor Alex O’Loughlin to be cast as 90-year-old vampire in the super natural series Moonlight fulfills a prophecy.

“I have been kind of obsessed with the genre since I first discovered it, since I could first get my head around it,” the actor tells TV SOAP.

“I discovered (author) Anne Rice in my late teens, and I read Interview with a Vampire – the first of the Vampire Chronicles – twice, actually, which was a little obsessive. I loved her character developement and I loved her mythology of vampires, so I have always wanted to play a vampire.”

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O’Loughlin’s contemporary vampire, a private investigator named Mick St John, won’t be biting necks to quench his blood lust. Rather synthetic blood will be his poison.

The original pilot for the series was thrown out and recast, with O’Loughlin the sole survivor of the purge, so the show has yet to be seen and, according to its star it will have a tongue-in-cheek element.

“When I read the character, the first quality I really related to was his humour,” he says. “He really has a dark humour. I am not as dark as he is. I see the lighter side of things. I see the comedy in life.”

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It’s a good thing he does, because the 32-year-old has already had to deal with some strange rumours floating about the internet about his parentage. Postings claim he’s the illegitimate son of late AC/DC legend, Bon Scott. “I don’t know how it started,” O’Loughlin explains. “I got a phone call from a friend, then I Google-searched it and it was all over the internet and tabloids. It wasn’t that it was a negative rumour, it was interesting to me that something completely fictitious could actually make it that far and that quickly.”

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While O’Loughlin wasn’t too fazed, the same couldn’t be said for his mother, who was mistakenly labelled a groupie. The good son that he is, O’Loughlin sets the record straight, “My father is a teacher in Sydney. He teaches physics and astronomy at a private boys’ school.”

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Another cyberspace rumour about the actor is that he auditioned to be 007 and lost the James Bond role to Daniel Craig. But that one is true. “I met Martin Campbell (Director of Casino Royale) and he asked me to fly to London to test,” he recalls. “It was the biggest screen test I had ever done. We had tuxedoes and suits and haircuts. I think I was a bit young to be honest. I think in five years I will be a good Bond. Remember that!”

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While Bond is the ultimate ladies man, O’Loughlin lives in Los Angeles with just one; former Neighbours star and pop diva Holly Valance. He plays the guitar, writes songs and keep in shape by running and rock climbing. While he is now comfortable in his surrounds, and with Moonlight promising some stability, O’Loughlin admits the initial transition from Sydney to LA was tough, despite spending several years jetting between the two for auditions.

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“To shift over here, it took me a good six months to figure out how much time I had to spend in my car (to get from A to B), how far I had to go for coffee, and where to get my bread and milk!” he says.

My Thoughts

  • This is one of those early articles that created confusion about where Alex was born. And it is one of the reasons why I rather say he was born in Australia without giving the city name. Although most evidence shows to the fact that he was most probably born in Canberra, I have never seen confirmation of a direct question and answer from Alex that it is so.
  • They say in the article that Mick drank synthetic blood – according to my knowledge he drank real blood, but not directly from people.
  • I hope you enjoyed the beautiful pictures of Mick/Alex, that Paula got for us, just as much as I did ….

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13 Comments

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

13 responses to “Moonlight Interview: ‘I’m Obsessed with Vampires’ – January 2008

  1. cwtshjan

    As much as I love Steve I think Alex was at his sexiest as Mick. Moody, sometimes smouldering, full of desires…….yum.

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    • vanduyn

      Without a doubt!! Mick is the sexier of the two. Not that McGarrett isn’t sexy but Mick totally embodied sensuality.
      As far as where Alex was born I (possibly mistakenly) always thought he was born in Canberra??

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      • Jill, those of us who have Canberra as his birth place are most probably correct, because he also grew up there with his mom. But a few Australian articles like this one created confusion/doubt.
        I have studied all the sources and articles I could find about it and they all just state one of the 2 cities (Sydney & Canberra) (I think one even Melbourne as well), but none of them say that Alex himself said it or confirmed it.
        From there my reluctance to state Canberra as 100% sure.
        Sites like Wikipedia and IMDb are not written by official representatives of the actors and the have lots of mistakes in them, and I therefore do not accept them as reliable as well, unless they can give a correct source for it.
        Most people on their sites just copy what other people wrote in their biograhies of him – and are also not reliable to me.
        (I hope that make sense of what I mean)

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  2. Carl

    Maybe it is just me but I think it looks hotter now in Hawaii – Five – O then in Moonlight.

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  3. cwtshjan

    He’s more handsome now but Mick was a sexier character than Steve.

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  4. Kath40

    I think they confused “True Blood” (synthetic blood) with “Moonlight” (human/morgue blood.) Alex said he even tried out for the role of “Bill” in True Blood, but landed Mick in Moonlight, hence the ‘blood” confusion.

    It’s always been my understanding that Alex was born in Canberra. His parents divorced when he was 2 yrs old so he commuted back and forth from Canberra with his mom to Sydney with his dad.

    Mick is so sensual compared to Steve. Yes Steve is “fitter” then Mick, but Mick could rip Steve’s head off with little to no effort.
    Hee Did I say that out loud? 😛

    I’d love to see Alex take another shot at 007 ♥

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    • Regina Filange

      ME TOO! Don’t get me wrong I love Daniel Craig as Bond but Alex would be so much more drool worthy(she says as she’s salivating at the idea of Alex playing Bond)😋😜. I loved Alex I Moonlight however I definitely think he’s more sexy now as Steve,maybe it’s because I work around law enforcement on a regular basis and the fact that he’s built like a brick house in a nice not body builder way. I like that we see his tats(even the hidden ones if we’re paying attention) and let’s face it he looks damn good with a gun, Kevlar and a thigh holster. I find myself measuring up the law enforcement officers I work with up to him. There isn’t anyone like him around my parts that’s for damn sure. Anyway I went off on a tangent. He’s probably the most beautiful man ever or pretty damn close to it.

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  5. EDP

    Such great shots of such a a beautiful man! TY ladies

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