Listening to an interview like this, it is clear that Alex think a lot about his characters and the story behind them. This was recorded on the set of Moonlight when they filmed Episode 15. Of course for the interview Alex was in full make-up for the flashback of Mick’s war days, before he was turned into a vampire.
Daemon’s TV: Alex O’Loughlin talks about his character’s flashback in the new “Moonlight” episode 15
Alex: It’s a battle, which is the reality for so many soldiers at war, you know what I mean. So many people, like a lot of my friends have been to battle is Somalia, and you know the Gulf war and in different parts of the world, where they go in specialising in one area and they come out knowing a whole lot more about a lot of other stuff, because of what happens in the moment , you know. So, some of the stuff that we are dealing with in this episode. I think I’m really excited about this episode. I previse*. Over to you.
[*Previse = Foresee or Predict]
Daemon’s TV: Even before becoming a vampire, it seems that Mick was already dealing with blood as a medic in the war.
Alex: Yeah, absolutely, except it didn’t quite have the profound affect that it has on him today. And if you go back to episode 11, when Josh, you know …. When Josh life … when Josh’s life finished and Mick … Mick was …. You know, Mick tried to save him. I mean, the part of him ….. he’s pretty good at kind of turning it off, and just dealing with what he has to deal with. But that blood … I mean, there was so much blood. There was just the urge to do what comes naturally … instinctively and naturally to him now. It was right at the surface the whole time, you know. So, yes, but yes he did deal with that …. He did have …. He was no stranger to blood …. He was no stranger to blood and bloody parts and stuff.
Daemon’s TV: Do you think it has affected Mick now as a vampire?
Alex: Look personally I think, you know you make all sorts of character decisions that never necessarily make it to the final cut of the show or film, but …. One of the things I’d sort of done a lot if thinking about was that perhaps in the many years that Mick has had and before he became a private investigator as well, and that in that time that … that transition time for him, which was a number of years, he may have gone off and actually studied haematology*, you know what I mean. Studied … gone and done a lot of research and got like really well educated in, you know … in blood. And so ….
You’re talking about this guy and he’s …. He’s got such a sort of strict set of morals, you know what I mean. He doesn’t kill for pleasure. And he doesn’t … anymore. He doesn’t … you know he gets his blood from a blood bank and he doesn’t … you know he’s got certain, you know … he structured this way of living and this way of existing as a vampire … it sort of sits more comfortably with him that what … what … what is instinctive to him. And I think that it’s probably … I’m sure that it’s all to do with each other, you know what I mean. So yeah. And nothing … when he is consuming blood, he knows all about the cells and about the structure of blood and stuff, whereas a lot of other vampires may not.
[*Haematology = The branch of medicine involving study and treatment of the blood.]
Daemon’s TV: Do you do your own stunts?
Alex: I did do a lot of …. A lot of my own stuff in the first 12 episodes. I did … I did more than I’ve been doing in the last few weeks. Simply because I don’t have the time. Like a number of different units shooting. We’ve got a little more money, so we can afford to shoot at that pace that we need to. And so … if I … if they need me on main unit and the stunt is being done on 2nd unit, then I just can’t be there, then I have to let it go.
But I really love doing that. You know, I’ve got a harness that I use for wire work. When I go up in the air and do big jumps and stuff. I really like the fighting ad stuff, you know. And I really like being part of the choreography of that. Like I sort of see it as a dance. And also the choreography of the character … it informs. My character should inform the way they choreography fight and stuff like that. They should inform, no, my character should inform that. So, I really enjoy it. I find it exhilarating.
Daemon’s TV: If you became a vampire, which path would you follow? Josef or Mick?
Alex: I’m ….. I don’t know. I’m a bit of a lush*. I’m a bit of an *epicurist. I like sort of nice stuff. I’m happy to have nothing as well, which is fine. I sort of grew up with not very much. But when I do have stuff, I like it to be nice stuff. I’m a bit of a snob [Laughs] And so I think I’d fit in just fine. I think I’d probably be a combination of both. I think I’d go the Josef path and then I would be racked with shame and guilt and I’ll sort off ….. but then I’ll do it again. [Everybody laughs] For eternity. I think that is probably a fair guesstimation of what would happen.
*[a lush = somebody who likes luxury and and lives lavishly]
*[epicurist = someone with refined or luxurious taste]
*[guesstimation = opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork]
Daemon’s TV: What do you think of the fans’ efforts to save the show?
Alex: Yeah I’ve never …. Before Moonlight, really I’ve never … I haven’t been involved …. I’ve never been the lead of a TV show or network film, so my …. I haven’t had a fan base like this before. I had fans around the place that have seen my work in independent films and the rest of it. But never ….. I’m new to this as well and it’s … it’s quite overwhelming.
Not only …. Not only witnessing first-hand the level … you know the amount of people and how much they support the show, but watching them … watching their behaviour. And you know how they are actually participating and stepping up and making things happen. I think it’s great … I mean any time any of us get the opportunity to do any sort of effort for blood … I think we should take it, you know. So I am thrilled
Daemon’s TV: Can you talk about the work relationship you have with Sophia Myles?
Alex: So we … look we spend a lot of time together. We are great mates. She’s really fantastic to work with. We have a very similar … I am Australian, she’s British … we have a similar… we have a similar sensibilities. We have a similar sense of humour. We have ….. we understand …. We grew up with the same TV. All that stuff. So we have a lot on common. And it’s …. She is easy to get along with, which makes … it makes a big difference when you’ve got to spend 18 hours a day with somebody.
So … but as far as our relationship goes …. In sort of in comparison to Mick and Beth. It’s very …. You know, there is no tension between Soph and I. We are colleagues. We’re not lovers. We have our separate lives. We have …. So … But what’s interesting .. you know people talk about onscreen chemistry. And it’s … we get on screen and it’s … we work together and those two characters have this really fantastic chemistry , you know what I mean. I’ve watched it. I see it when I watch the show back. But it’s …. In real life, it’s like … it’s not tangible, not alive. But here it is, when you put it in the second dimension, on film, you know. It’s there.
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- If parts of this interview video sounds familiar to you, you will know why, when you look at this article from Media Blvd from 2008, which we added to our archive a few years back: Alex O’Loughlin on the set of Moonlight – May 2008