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Alex O’Loughlin about Stan and the Back-Up Plan – 2009

This interview with Alex is part of a longer video of interviews with the cast and director on the set of The Back-Up Plan while they were filming in 2009

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  1. On Working with Jennifer Lopez

Alex: As far as Jennifer goes with the physical comedy, I mean from … from sort of you know throwing beef bourguignon down her throat and ending with it all over her face when she’s pregnant and hungry, or to this orgasm scene we have in the cheese barn.

You know she’s so fearless in her approach and she … she sort of comes into work with this reckless abandon that …. that a lot of people shy away from. And that’s why I think she’s so successful. One of the many reasons why she is so successful in this genre. And she is so believable, and she’s so carefree and which makes her so watchable.

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  1. On Jennifer Lopez as a working mom.

Alex: It’s fantastic. You know, I’ve never had such a family energy in my workplace before. And it’s great for everyone. But yes, she’s ….. she’s a new mother and she is … so she brings that … I mean it’s still so fresh for her and she brings that to work. And it’s evident and it’s great.

I think … I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to her about it, but I would imagine that this seems like such a pertinent  role for her where she is in her life. She took a bit of time off and now this is the film she chose to do after her time off with the kids. And it kind of makes perfect sense.

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  1. On Stan and the playground dad.

Alex: There’s a couple of scenes in the park with the dad character who …. Who befriends Stan and becomes an ally of Stan’s. One of Stan’s only allies and friends that we meet in the film actually. And that character, the dad character facilitates a bunch of stuff for him. And one …. one of those things is he becomes …. he becomes  a … he becomes a person who shows Stan the true beauty  … or the reality of having kids, but the moments of  true beauty that are possible when you are a parent.

And Stan is a young man and the last thing on his mind is a family. You know I mean he sees Zoe, Jennifer’s character, and he’s like, “Wow”, she blows him away. And he wants to get to know her more and spend more time with her, but having a family and doing the whole thing is not …. it’s the last thing on his mind.

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  1. On Michaela Watkins

Alex: Michaela Watkins plays Mona, who is Jennifer’s best friend and sidekick. And she’s a mother of four. She loves …. She may get upset at me for … I don’t know if she loves being a parent but she’s… she’s … she’s sort of a  … she’s a reality check for Zoe, you know.

And she is …. she’s come to a place of acceptance about what’s happened to her vagina after giving birth to four babies.

  1. On the director

Alex: He’s very clear in his vision. And he’s very ….. I trust him implicitly. And he is … he is ….. Every direction he gives is so  … I mean if first met Alan it’s evident that he’s intellectual. And that he’s a thinker and that he’s a reader and all that stuff. But it spans across all the emotional stuff as well.

I mean he’s so …. He’s so clear about what he wants. And he’s so articulate about … how does it help you get it. I mean the direction he gives me, I never have troubles  with and I really enjoy. It’s been terrific working with him. And he loves comedy. He’s very … he has a very innate understanding of what is actually funny.

  1. On the Movie

Alex: The Back-Up Plan is a romantic comedy about love and marriage in reverse. It’s about what not to do when you want to fall in love and have kids and get married. It’s about the way absolutely you should not ever think about doing it.

And … it’s …. it’s  .. it’s got elements of brave new comedy. It’s a physical comedy. It’s an intellectual comedy. And it’s a feel-good too. You know, we deal with …. We deal with lots of issues that we all have and don’t talk about much.

 

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Gif for the day – red and white Steve winking

Looking adorably sexy in that outfit, and then to top it off, he is winking with a smile cat_smiley01

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Alex O’Loughlin: “Very, Very Proud” to Be an Organ Donor – 2009

Celebrity Charities: Three Rivers‘ Alex O’Loughlin “Very, Very Proud” to Be an Organ Donor

TV Guide

by Joyce Eng

2 October 2009

Sunday’s series premiere of  Three Rivers (CBS, 9/8c) marks Alex O’Loughlin’s return to TV, and the Aussie hunk hopes his Moonlight fans will follow him to the medical drama not just to support him, but to support organ donation. Rivers explores the lives of organ donors, recipients and a team of transplant surgeons led by O’Loughlin’s Dr. Andy Yablonski. Since scrubbing into the role, the actor has become a Donate Life America spokesperson and ambassador to raise awareness, while CBS and Donate Life have partnered in a joint initiative to encourage people to donate their organs once they die.

We caught up with O’Loughlin to learn about his passionate new roles on- and off-screen for our new Celebrity Charities feature, which highlights stars’ favorite causes.

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TVGuide.com: You’ve been an organ donor since your teens. Why did you decide to become one?

Alex: Yeah, I sort of stamped it on my license way back when. That was more about kind of doing the right thing and having an open mind as a young person in the cool group. It wasn’t about what it is about for me now. I wasn’t sure before, but now I’ve been officially confirmed as a donor. I have the card saying I’m an organ and tissue donor. I’m like, “You take it all.” God forbid anything ever happens.

When I first read the script, one of the initial things that came to me was the obvious potential for community service, and this sort of philanthropic idea of maybe being involved with Donate Life America or any company that would come onboard with us.

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TVGuide.com: And you’ve become a spokesperson for Donate Life.

Alex: I am now officially a spokesperson and an ambassador. I’ve done my ambassador training, which is great. I’m very, very proud and I feel very privileged to be a part of an organization like Donate Life because it’s just so important. They save so many lives every day. The way they operate — they do it with such integrity on a mass scale. I’m only one person, but hopefully I’ll bring more awareness to more people.

TVGuide.com: Can you give us an idea of what you’ll be doing with them?

Alex: Before we even started shooting, I approached CBS and said, “Listen, this is my plan of attack. If we do this script, I want you guys to sign on with me now and be in agreement that you will help me get this up and running. What I’ve been doing with Donate Life, in conjunction with the show, is PSAs for TV. I’ve gone to a couple charity events. I’ve written some testaments for them. I’ve done a lot of press about the organization on the red carpet and stuff like that. Every opportunity I get.

I went on The Bonnie Hunt Show and I forgot to wear my pin. I was so mad at myself. I take my pin everywhere. People ask about it and I tell them about it. Whenever people ask me about it like you’re talking to me now, I will talk about Donate Life.

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TVGuide.com: Do you get input from them? How accurate are the procedures and the storylines in the show?

Alex: They’re very accurate. We have an incredible writing staff, who are not only talented but very meticulous and professional. None of them will deliver, I can say in faith, something to be shot without all the possible research done. We have a large team of medical technicians and consultants.

Donate Life, when I approached them, they were hesitant for very good reasons. Until this point, other people’s storytelling around these issues has been so inaccurate that they have not wanted any involvement. They found it made their lives more difficult. This is a non-profit organization that saves people’s lives everyday, so why would you not want to get it right? Forgive me for searching for the specify here, but really, it’s so important.

TVGuide.com: How did you get them to come onboard?

Alex: At first, we convinced them the integrity of the organization was of utmost importance and that we wanted to tell the truth of how it is for everyone — donor, recipient and medical group. We wanted to tell real stories about what’s really happening to real people right now. Once they read some scripts, they’re like, “Oh my God, this is exactly how it is.” I met with one of the heads of the organization.

He came down to set and I showed him around and we sat down and I said I really want to be involved. If enough people see the show and know my face and who I am, then hopefully we can make a difference, or at the very least get a few more people to realize the importance of being a donor and giving the gift of life.

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TVGuide.com: What’s the most important thing people need to know about organ donation? What are the myths that need to be dispelled?

Alex: It’s not true that a doctor will not try to save you if you’re a donor. It’s not true that the medical staff of whatever medical institution you’re in will put less of an effort toward you if you’re going to allow your organs to be procured post-mortem. A lot of people I’ve spoken to have said they’re not an organ donor for that reason. That’s an absolute fallacy. Also, the hospital doesn’t have access to the records the procurement organization has to see if you’re a donor.

TVGuide.com: I imagine the response from within the community has been great.


Alex:
You wouldn’t believe me if I told you how many stories I’ve heard. There are some amazing people working on the show who have had life experience with organ donation. One of our guest stars in our earlier episodes about a heart transplant took the role because she had not yet dealt with the fact that her father died as a result of a failed heart transplant. One of our background ladies — her son died in a car accident when he was 17 and his organs saved five people’s lives. One of those people is a young woman who’s now in her life as her sort-of surrogate daughter. This thing brings people together and this show has proven cathartic for a lot of people already.

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TVGuide.com: How did you go about preparing for the role?

Alex: My character is based on a real doctor called Gonzo Gonzalez Stawinski and he’s a cardiothoracic surgeon in Cleveland who specializes in transplant. He was amazing. I spent a bunch of time with him in the hospital. I’d go in for all the post-op rounds and pre-op rounds and all sorts of things. I saw about nine different operations. To see the process from beginning to end with people who were very sick — a lot of whom had congenital issues — to surviving long-term is from the generosity from the donors.

It’s the gift of life. There’s a whole process you have to go through and you never know if it will happen. A lot of people don’t make it, but when it does work, it’s magic. It’s the most wonderful thing in the world. I realized when I read the script that I’ll move into this world and I researched — like I do with any role — and realized the actuality of this world.

TVGuide.com: Since the stories on the show are told from three perspectives and someone needs to die for a transplant to occur, can or will the format ever change?

Alex: No. There are variations on the theme, of course, but it’s always, someone dies. Do we get the organs? We get the organs and someone lives and there’s the medical team. It’s about recipient, donor and medical team. But there are other storylines that will come along.

I think it’s important since there have been so many medical shows that I think everything’s been done, but this hasn’t. Characters are really distinctive and we fall in love with characters. … We fall in love, with, like McDreamy or Tony Soprano, because he’s amazing. It’s the characters in the piece and our characters are becoming more defined as we go deeper into the storyline.

Andy — there’s more to him. He’s got some history and you’ll find out. But the core of the story is something unique and something that hasn’t been explored before, and that’s the meat and potatoes of our show. And that’s what’s going to give us a longer shelf life.

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My Thoughts

  • I think the pictures Paula got for us of the ‘angelic’ Dr Andy for this post, are absolutely gorgeous!

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Life around #AlexOLoughlin – a week in review (20 – 27 March 2016)

Lots of loud action on the sets of Hawaii Five-0 in the city this past week. Many fans had the opportunity to watch some of the filming. According to information on social media they finally wrapped shooting Epi 6:24.

There were such a lot of pictures taken and posted this week, if I missed any of them with Alex, please let me know.

Thank you to those who post their pictures with tags, it makes it so much easier to spot. Thank you to those who find those pictures that are not tagged. Your hard work never goes unnoticed.

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It is a pity that so many posters become shy once they realise that their pictures became viral and then change their accounts to private. We cropped their pictures, because I guess they don’t want to be seen.

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Most of the pictures on here have been edited for better colour and clarity and some swapped to display correctly.

Life on the Set:

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Team on set - March 2016

From Star Nisa on Facebook
Thank you   for the find.

 

lit.ricca // i met alex o’loughlin from hawaii five – 0 || best day ever!!! he made my day #h50 he used my phone to take the picture

alohaz.ricca Tb to the day my dreams came true!!😇 || i met the Alex O’loughlin️ ft. Grace Park (Kono) in the bkg from Hawaii five-0 || thanks to Aunty Joyce & the crewman, Caleb, for making this all possible!

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Robert Warner   Hawaii Five O crew in front of my restaurant last Saturday. See the Windows exploded out on the city bus and the bullet holes? They actually blew the Windows out right there. Glass all over our courtyard and street. I was in the kitchen prepping for our Saturday night dinner. Whole street was closed down all day. So much crew everywhere.They’ve shots scenes in front before but this was much more extensive. Many don’t realize that Five O means fiftieth state. Aloha, Chef Robert.
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Thank you  for the find.
Congrats on season 7 Thx to H50 team for bringing Hawaii back to me for another season #H50 #jeffreydowner @PLenkov
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Fan Photos:

shannonaf Alex!#hawaii50 #alexoloughlin #shaka #hesasweetheart #local #thisismyhawaii

Alex with Shannon Phillips

   Meeting Steve McGarrett in Chinatown today!
Alex on set in Chinatown
Thank you @BeeM for the find.

 

  •  Alex and Martin Starr aka Toast shopping – 3 March 2016 (Toast will be back in Epi 6:22)
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   HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY AT WORK MEETING STEVE MCGARRETT AND HIM PUTTING HIS ARM AROUND ME 😍❣
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   Missed him by a day! My girls met the delightful and talented #AlexOLoughlin today. #HNL

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brandonriveraloha#bogartscafe finally met #alexoloughlin #hawaiifive0 #H50 #Hawaii50
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Thank you surfbelle2  for the find

News for the week:

Season 7

  • With the news of the renewal, lots are being said. Wendy Burbridge wrote a nice summary for her Five-0 Redux in the Star Advertiser this week: Rolling a lucky number seven

 

Something Pretty from other fans:

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Alex & Friends or Family:

We would like to wish Alex’s wife Malia a very Happy Birthday today

(27 March)

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We are kind of sure that Alex and the boys will spoil her with lots of love and treats.

 

Next Week:

  • They will start filming the last episode – 6:25 this week and should be finished by 7 April when the wrap party is apparently planned.
  • And remember to tune in on Friday 1 April, for the next new episode – 6:18

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TV’s 100 Sexiest Men – From Buddy TV

Some Silly Saturday fangirl fun ……

Every year, BuddyTV scours the vast landscape of television to find the hottest stars ……..

I’m not sure how they decide on this list or how the ranking of it works (Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, I guess). I know that there are a lot of gorgeous men on TV and to make it onto the list is not easy (and of course for actors not really important 🙂 ). Alex has been on the list 6 years in a row on different spots, but for us as his fans, he of course should have been as No 1 every year.

As far as an acting career goes these type of lists are of no use at all, but they do create some exposure with fans.

As you can see Alex started on the list in 2010 at No 2, then he moved down to No 9 in 2011, further down to No 35 in 2012, and even more to No 63 in 2013, but bounced back to No 40 in 2014, and ended up at No 94 last year in 2015. Will there be a list and will he still make the list this year?

(You can click on the heading of every year to see the list men for that year. You will see that the lists count down from #100 to #1)

2010

(6 December 2010)

#2 Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

As Steve McGarrett
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Hawaii Five-0 TV Series (2010) starring Alex O Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Masi Oka, Taylor Wily, Michelle Borth, Teilor Grubbs and Lauren German – dvdbash.wordpress.com

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2011

5 December 2011

 #9 Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

As Steve McGarrett
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2012

3 December 2012

#35 Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

As Steve McGarrett
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 2013

11 December 2013

#63 Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

As Steve McGarrett
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2014

8 December 2014

#40 Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

As Steve McGarrett
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2015

4 December 2015

#94 Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

As Steve McGarrett
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I would love to see Alex higher up on the list again this year.
Alex is gorgeous and sexy, with lots of talent to go with it!

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