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Life around #AlexOLoughlin – a week in review (23 – 29 October 2016)

Some great fan encounters with Alex this week. And some great pictures from the set, showing us Alex as Steve in light coloured dress pants. Did it really take more than 6 seasons for wardrobe to finally get him wearing something like this?

In any case thank you to everybody who took pictures and posted them and to all the usual scouts who found them.

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Life on the Set:

GordonandLiz Fahey  Noisy outside. I’m going to bed now. Can catch this episode on December 17.

Fan Photos:

sir_panther Yooo spotted the 5-0 crew at a red light!! #hawaiifive0 #crew #stevemcgarrett

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j.nvsty Officer Steve McGarrett! #hawaiifive0

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bianca_gram So the other girls went to dinner and I went and creeped on the @hawaiifive0cbs set which was filming in the streets. Nek minnit, I met Alex O’Loughlin who was LOVELY! I couldn’t use my flash because I’m an idiot and he told me I’m an embarrassment to all Aussies. Not the first time I’ve heard that. Won’t be the last. #phoneshadowonpoint #ihaventtoldthegirlsyet #theyareinthesameroomasmerightnow

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ericakatsuko Please disregard how horrible I look in this, but look who I met at my job, ALEX O’LOUGHLIN 😍❤️ Anyone who knows me knows how much I love #h50 so this just made my day. 😌 #hawaiifive0

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jonathanbeigle He spent his Sunday meeting us and on Friday he’s on TV. #h50 #hawaiifive0

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  • And a ‘new’ old picture from 2021
Gung Apatching (7 May 2012)  Hangin’ out at the beach with Mr. Hawaii Five-0!
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Thank you Alex O’Loughlin Life of the find
Masanori Kishida (20 July 2012)

何と…偶然、マックギャレット(スティーブ)に遭遇!ラッキー

Translation: What… coincidence, Mac Garrett (Steve) ever encounter! Lucky me.

— at Diamond Head Market & Grill.

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News for the week:

  • Of course it was Alex and Malia’s youngest child, Lion’s 4th birthday this week on the 25th. A belated wish for a Happy Birthday to him and his parents.

  • And somewhere during last week we passed the 4 000 000 views mark. YAY us.

Some Trivia for the week:

  • Alex on the cover of an Australian magazine.

Alex & Friends or Family:

ryrongracie Garage training in Hawaii! #jiujitsu #AlexOLoughlin

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Some Laughs for the week:

  • The normal bait from Peter Lenkov. As soon as some Catherine pictures are posted, he posts a McDanno queerbaiting video on his IG. I think it is getting old …… and at least some of the shipper are catching on to this ploy of his by now. Most must be a bit slow, because it took them long enough.

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plenkov Editing #h50 #hawaiifive0 @hawaiifive0cbs episode 710 – caption this moment before it airs.

 

Most ‘interesting’ search for the week:

  • alex o’loughlin stunt double

This was an interesting search to me mainly because after the latest articles, so many people suggested that Alex use a stunt double for Hawaii Five-0 and then he does not have to work so hard and can go on without further injury. To those who think like that, there has always been a stunt double for Alex. And even body doubles and stand-ins who do some of the scenes. They are all there to lighten the load, but that does not take away from Alex’s grueling schedule and responsibilities as No 1 on the call sheet.

There as been a few stunt doubles during the years, some just used for specialised scenes, like the one with Steve on the bike in Episode 1:13. But for the most part Justin Sundquist and Paul Lacovara (who are in Hawaii is at the moment for the stunts) do the stunts for Alex, and they do a great job at taking the hits for him when he lets them.

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Next Week:

  • As far as I could see they are now busy filming Episode 6:12, but I am not sure how far along they are with it.

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Hope you all have a great fun week.

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#H50 7.06 – #AlexOloughlin and his killer strut

Another Halloween epi, another wasted epi to dress Alex/Steve as Mick! Whyyyy??? Who wouldn´t love to see Mick in Hawaii 😀

We knew there would not be as much Alex in this epi as usually, but I still prefered this epi to last week´s. I just wish they would have more fun with these Halloween scares. I also wish they would ditch Kodam, getting ridiculous now, having Kono save Adam´s ass all the time… On the positive side, I can always skip over anything Steveless 😉

This is what caught my eyes tonight. Enjoy!

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Quote for the day – #AlexOloughlin appreciates his fans

I love, love, love my fans and appreciate them so much. It’s a very, very strange experience having people you don’t really know, know you and express great emotion to you. It’s validating to a point, but it’s also really bizarre.

– Alex O’Loughlin

Boston Herald

15 May 2011

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#H50 exciting and realistic?!!

“I think it is important for an actor to do as much homework about their character and their surroundings as they can,” he says. “I’m not the kind of actor who feels like he has to become his character, 24/7. It’s just helpful to understand what makes your character tick. The more time I spend studying the Islands the more I become to understand what drives McGarrett. Most of the time I like what I discover about him, but sometimes his behavior surprises me. But overall, he’s a good, honest man on a great, exciting and realistic show.” -Global TV Canada 2011

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#H50: #AlexOLoughlin on playing the Hollywood game

Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin on bruises, fame, playing the Hollywood game


27 Oct 2016

I don’t want to go back to Hollywood. I don’t know what I want to do. I don’t know if I want to keep doing this. Yeah, maybe [I would give up acting]. I don’t know. I’m just being honest.

Alex O’Loughlin

posted in The Sydney Morning Herald

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With an acting degree from NIDA to his name and an airline ticket to Hollywood in his back pocket, Alex O’Loughlin embarked on an acting career for all the wrong reasons, the 40-year-old star of Hawaii Five-0 now admits.

“Whether or not I would have admitted it at the time, what I wanted to experience was fame,” he says. “I wanted to make some money, but I wanted to really just be in the running at the higher level. I wanted to be on billboards and I wanted people to go, oh, that’s that guy.”

You might argue that as the star of one of the most successful television series in the world – the CBS Studios reboot of the iconic ’70s tropical cop drama of the same name – he’s at least achieved what he set out to do.

“I think that that was the drive but I don’t know why, because I hate celebrity,” O’Loughlin says.

“The minute I got a taste of it, I was like, oh, this has nothing to do with anything,” he adds. “I think for me, it was very important to go to the heart of all that stuff and see it from close up to realise that that wasn’t what I wanted.”

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At just over 185cm tall, O’Loughlin cuts a formidable figure as he walks onto the sound stage. Production on the seventh season of Hawaii Five-0 is well underway and, though he is just starting his day, he moves with the slightly bruised carriage of a man whose work exacts a physical toll. As roles go, this is an unusually tough one.

As we talk, he rattles off an eye-watering list of injuries, from herniated discs in his neck, nerve damage, torn shoulder muscles, torn bicep tendons and more.

“When I show all the medical records to the doctor each year for my physical, the one for this season was funny,” he observes wryly. “She was just like, are you f—ing kidding me?”

Looking back, O’Loughlin isn’t sure the career windfall – the gig, the fame that came with it and the financial security – was worth the physical cost.

“It’s taken a toll that I don’t think is worth the money and I wish I had made different decisions from the beginning,” he admits.

One cost is a loss of innocence, he says.

“Now it’s all gone, and a part of me has become one of those actors that I used to look at and go, oh, what’s wrong with him? If you don’t become the guy that immediately has really staunch boundaries, you get really hurt, you get taken advantage of.”

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But in transactional terms there are benefits. He now works in the top tier of network television. And after Hawaii Five-0, he will no doubt have his pick of series. But creatively the profit is less easy to measure. He does not, for one, watch his own work back.

“Every time I watch it, I get deeply, deeply depressed; I can’t watch myself … I start thinking about what I’m looking like, what I sound like, all that other nonsense.”

Graduating from Australia’s most prestigious drama school, Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, O’Loughlin notes he learned lessons he was not even aware he was being taught.

“There is a lot you don’t get to understand or comprehend until you find yourself in a work environment needing to juggle six cats,” he says. “Needing to retain huge amounts of dialogue, getting through a giant page count and being able to compartmentalise.”

But it taught him that great performance is a case of all or nothing.

“It comes down to that but I didn’t get that right away,” he says. “The first few jobs, not only was I shit, but I felt relatively overwhelmed. I’ve never been as overwhelmed as I have on this job but I’ve never managed anything as well as I’ve managed this, I think.”

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Taking on the role of policeman Steve McGarrett six years ago, O’Loughlin turned to a good friend, Justified and Sons of Anarchy star Walton Goggins, for advice.

“I called him panicking, and he was like, would you relax? He said you can show up every day and hit your mark, and save yourself the pain, the trouble and the stress, or you can care as much as you do, until the final breath of the show, and become better than you are,” O’Loughlin recalls.

“This was an opportunity for a master’s degree in front of the camera,” he adds. “And it was one of the more important things anyone said to me when I came on to this. I really took those words on board, and I’ve tried to approach it like that and think like a director all the time and learn as much as I can.”

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Life after Hawaii Five-0 is more nebulous, mainly because O’Loughlin doesn’t want to leave Hawaii itself. He certainly doesn’t want to trade Hawaii for Los Angeles.

“I’m blessed into these islands. I’ve got a [Hawaiian] name, my children have Hawaiian names, I’m married to a Hawaiian girl,” he says. O’Loughlin married surfer/model Malia Jones in 2014 and they are raising three sons, one each from previous relationships and a third, born in 2012.

O’Loughlin also built a house – by hand, with a couple of mates from Sydney – in which he and his family now live.

“It holds incredible significance to me,” he says. “I don’t ever want to leave it.”

Even if the price is to give up acting? “I don’t want to go back to Hollywood,” he says.

“I don’t know what I want to do. I don’t know if I want to to keep doing this. Yeah, maybe [I would give up acting]. I don’t know. I’m just being honest.”

All of that said, he is not unhappy with his life.

“I don’t think there’s a destination in this [but] I’m well on my way to become the man that I hoped I would become one day, a man that reflects similar qualities to the men that I’ve looked up to in my life,” O’Loughlin says.

“And that is a direct result of the people that I’ve had the good fortune to be in contact with, befriend, get close to, and a lot of that has been because I have had this great opportunity on this show.”

O’Loughlin pauses. “When I sit back and look at it … I try to get objective and look at the great journey,” he says. “I don’t know what’s up there. I think there’s something bigger there. I feel comforted when I look at the great journey of my life so far because I feel like there’s something next to me. Does that make sense?”

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