Vampire on a mission – #AlexOLoughlin and his Mick

Insatiable … Alex O’Loughlin is a private investigator who is also a vampire intent on ridding the world of types like him.

The Sydney Morning Herald

17 December 2007

written by Scott Ellis


Alex O’Loughlin is sitting in his make-up trailer, alternating puffs on a cigar with a serious discussion about spiritual belief and human nature. “I think really if there’s nothing out there in the dark, then once we’re dead we’re just dead and all religion, all spiritual belief, is redundant,” O’Loughlin said. “So there has to be something else, or what’s the point? And if we accept that there has to be something … then there can be anything.”

It’s a deep thought, particularly given the fact that one of the “anythings” he’s talking about is sitting three seats down: another actor who waves happily as he is made up to look like an undead soul recently escaped from hell.

It all makes sense only because Sydney-born O’Loughlin is the star of Nine’s newest drama, Moonlight, which follows a vampire private investigator out to save humanity from the monsters like himself … and hopefully save himself along the way.

“Mick St John essentially is a human who denies the monster within,” O’Loughlin said. “He became a vampire against his will and then became a private investigator because he feels that each predator he gets rid of, each monster he kills or has put away gets him closer to the humanity within himself that he has lost.

“He’s a very complex character to play because really he hates what he is and hates himself, and that’s put him right on the edge.”

Also pushing him to the edge is his relationship with Beth Turner (played by Sophia Myles), a reporter who discovers his secret.

As a child, Beth was saved by St John and was the first step on his search for redemption. Now grown up and igniting passions he’s tried to deny, she is both the one woman he could love and the one woman he shouldn’t.

“What saving [Beth] signifies to him was so enormous and now that she’s come of age and he’s starting to find himself attracted to her … oh man … he wants her to call him Dad and he wants her to call him Baby … it’s all messed up.

“But that allows for some really dramatic twists and changes in the character that you just wouldn’t see anywhere else.”

This complexity convinced O’Loughlin, who had previously been attracted to more conventional roles (including a much-publicised tryout as the new James Bond), that a vampire would be a good role to sink his teeth into.

“A big thing that comes up for me with this show and with this world is redemption,” he said. “At what point can we no longer be redeemed? And Mick’s hoping the answer is never.”


Flashback: Count Von Count

Vampires have been monsters, murderers, occasionally saviours and even, since 1972, a teacher helping children to understand numbers. Count Von Count, a Muppet modelled on Bela Lugosi’s interpretation of Dracula, has been a part of Sesame Street since season four and, despite his fangs, bats and wicked laugh, has been a favourite ever since. His compulsive love of counting, according to Muppets lore, is due to a condition called “Arithomania”.


My Thoughts

  • Of course Alex was not born in Sydney as reported in this article, but in Canberra, Australia.


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11 responses to “Vampire on a mission – #AlexOLoughlin and his Mick

  1. mamayorkie

    I never could like the relationship between Mick and Beth because it seemed wrong to me probably because I sensed the conflict Alex referred to in this post. I always preferred the wife, the one who turned him into a Vampire and then tried to help him. I like the bad girls apparently which is why last night watching Game Of Thrones, I finally admitted that I was Team Cersei Lannister because —-she gets the job done!!

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    • But that terrible conflict on both parts made the uniqueness of the show.Mick struggling to hold back his feelings was essential to the show.

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      • mamayorkie

        I guess it made me uncomfortable since she was a child when that relationship started. I know it makes no sense, but I always felt that in real life I would have reported him. I know, it is just a show but I am a protective Mama when it concerns children. So while I understood Mick’s conflict, I still wish it wasn’t written that way. A protective big brother I could understand. As a romantic interest I had trouble dealing with it. Probably just me.


          • mamayorkie

            Thank you for posting this. I found the comments interesting and it seems that this was another conflict in the fandom along the McRoll line but not as vicious or personal to the actress.

            I guess we all bring our personal and life experiences in how we view particular circumstances. Age difference is not my problem here, it is the child-adult aspect that made me uncomfortable. A lot of people saw this as a “pure” love. I saw it as something which was inherently wrong and might have been resolved in later episodes, if the series wasn’t cancelled, with Beth dying. I believe Coraline would have been endgame because his love for her was not pure, but rather raw and uncontrollable. It was man-woman love or lust and not man-child affection which should have remained innocent.

            Just my opinion and I am not claiming it is right or that others should agree.


  2. Lulu

    Alex was Mick in Moonlight. He understood the character perfectly and conveyed the conflicts within Mick precisely right. What an excellent acting job; he should have gotten an award for this role.

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  3. Kathysr

    Alex is superlative as Mick. The character is complex and multi-layered, with lots of spiritual and emotional conflicts. Mick’s yearning for Beth is palpable, radiating right off the screen and into your heart. I really like Mick and Beth’s relationship. It’s funny, serious, playful, complex. She is his equal in this world. I was always rooting for them. I’m not a vampire girl, but Mick could have really tempted me!

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  4. Cassandra

    I never watched Moonlight initially because I just had no interest at all. I only became interested after the 1st season of H50 and discovering AOL for the first time! By that time the Moonlight was history. I went on a desperate search to find a copy of Moonlight, which I did, because I was totally in love with AOL after H50!!!😍😍😍😍 I watched it I loved it and him even more!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  5. DoubleL

    I’m about half way through Moonlight right now and it is not my cuppa tea at all. I’m doing a lot of eye rolling and I keep waiting for Steve to show up and rescue everybody from all the vampy-ness. LOL!
    I kinda prefer the wife to Beth, too. Beth seems a little too wide eyed and naive to be the “intrepid reporter” type.

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