This is a transcript of part of a set interview with Alex, done while they were filming the Season 1 finale of Hawaii Five-0 in 2011. (The audio of some of the last questions are not on the clip)
The pictures in the post are from Episodes 1:20 and 4:08.
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And also remember that Alex’s arm in the sling & cast was just for the show, and for two episodes in Season 1 only.
He did NOT break his arm in real life.
Alex: Favourite Hawaii moment? Umm … Damn, just being here. I love this place, you know. I’m really … I’m really in love with Hawaii. I feel like … I’ve been … I’ve been away from my home, which is Australia, for a long time now. Sort of seven years, and … almost.
Hawaii is …. I don’t know, I kind of feel like I’ve come back home. I am still in the States, but I feel like I’ve come home. It’s very … it’s a lot like Australia in a lot of ways. It’s got all the great stuff that the US has as well. So, my favourite moment is just … is just waking up here every day.
Reporter: Now you’ve got the summer break coming up. Are you going to stay out here and relax or have you got other plans?
Alex: Yeah, I got … I got some stuff I’ve got to do in LA. I’ve still got a house and sort of bits of a life there. And I’ve got …. all my family are in Australia, and so I’m going to go back and forth and see everybody I have to see and do the stuff I have to do. But I’m going to spend most of it here, surfing, actually. So … I’m looking forward to it.
Reporter: Cool. Moving onto CBS.com questions. You and Danny have such great dialogue when driving around the Island. Can you talk a little bit about these scenes and how are they to shoot? Are they fun?
Alex: The carguments?
Alex: Yeah, they’re good. They’re fun. They’re … they’re fast, cause they’re contained. Which is one of the best things about it, cause you know, this is …. It takes .. we work such long hours, and we have you know, so little life. When you’re shooting a TV show it’s like, “Oh my god”. You know, you just kiss your life goodbye.
And so those little scenes that take less time to do and then … you know, are good. You look forward to those. But they are also fun. Like I really like sitting in a car in close proximity with Scott. We can’t get away from each other. And we just …. All you’ve got is to riff of one another. You know, it’s nice. You know, it’s nice, because you are not distracted by anything else going on.
There’s no action. There’s no … It is just us. And it’s just bouncing …. You’ve got to be listening actively a 100%. And you’ve got to be …. you know. And it’s ….. But when it works, it really works.
Alex: Well these are … they are very broad questions. Are there any memorable moments? I’d like to say …. I’d like to hope that there’s lots of memorable moments in all of this, you know. About Hawaii and in the carguments. And you know, in just the show in general. But I mean I can’t …. memorable moments?
Reporter: Maybe they’re thinking of when something that went wrong, or something …..
Alex: I think the most memorable moment, was in like … in the one in the moments when we were shooting the pilot. You know, you know, the first couple of episodes when we really started finding the carguments. Started finding them becoming carguments, you know.
And I think we were both like, “This is cool. This is funny”. And this is where our characters live, you know. And this is a really important kind of a …. a touchstone, or like check plate for our characters, you know what I mean? So, it’s kind of like … it’s part …. it’s part of the glue that holds the show together I think.
Alex: They’re pretty strict. Like I try …. It’s hard to have a strict fitness routine. Because you know, you’re at work so much. You know, we do sort of 15 hour days and so … and we work some weekends. And so this sort of … not only does it take all your time away, it takes all your energy as well. And you’ve got to be careful when you are working that much.
You know you get so fatigued, that if you throw a workout, you know, on top of that, you can break your immune system down to zero, you know. And it takes one person to cough on you and you’re finished, you know.
So it’s a … but I try to just …. I’m always just doing things like in the trailer or in the parking lot on set. You know, a little isometric stuff and calisthenics, and body weight stuff. But I run and I surf for cardio. And I try to watch what I eat, you know. I just try … I try to eat really low-fat, low sugar, low salt. And drink lots of water, and yeah.
Alex: I just see … every day I eat pretty much the same thing. I eat like … I eat like brown rice and I eat steamed vegetables. And I eat a meat, like a chicken or a lean beef or a lean …. or turkey mince, you know. And I cook it with just no oil and some garlic and onion, and a little bit of fresh tomatoes, you know. Some … some … a little bit of low sodium salsa.
And I just try to eat …. you know, I eat oatmeal in the morning. Trying to ….. I’m a big milk guy, though. Like I love my milk. And I try not … I try not to drink like loads of milk, unless I’ve just worked out. And so it’s a … kind of incentive to work out more. Cause I can drink loads of milk after workout.
POLL: About the Carguments
How do you feel about the (in)famous carguments on Hawaii Five-0 between Steve and Danny? Do they always work for you? Is it really part of the glue that ever did, or still holds the show together for you?