#AlexOLoughlin Interviewed by Vampires and Slayer – August 2008 (Transcript)

This is another very old interview with Alex, from way back in 2008. It is kind of interesting and relevant now, because Alex will be more or less in the same situation as back then – Looking at options of where his future in entertainment will be.

But fortunately for him, he’s got the huge success of Hawaii Five-0, to back him up now. And it will hopefully give him a bigger advantage to do his own thing. Maybe this time around, he will get the opportunity to develop his ideas and be able to pitch them successfully. I think it will be a dream come true for him to produce his own creation.

The interview was done 4 months after Moonlight was cancelled and before Alex got the guest role of Vincent, in an episode of Criminal Minds, in April that next year.


This is an audio interview with Alex O’Loughlin, done in August 2008. The interview was with Ed Gross of Vampires and Slayers. This was shortly after Alex signed a holding contract with CBS, allowing him to co-develop, produce and star in his next show.


Ed: Last time you and I spoke, we were talking more about, the possibility anyway of, I believe it was a medical show, you were talking about.

Alex: Yeah, look, I’ve been working on … I’ve been working on a couple of different ideas. One of which was a  …[sigh]. They’re all kind of, character-based ideas. One of which,… I mean, but it’s… it’s the world in which we put these characters, really in it. A couple of ideas, that have come and gone. And one idea in particular, that we were fond of, which had a medical aspect.

Ed: Hmmm

Alex: It’s the direction, if we’re going to go, we’ve only just recently realized, that it’s a little, sprawling, for what we want, you know. We want to … we want to contain it. At least, writing a show for TV is  … you know, creating a show for television… it’s difficult [chuckle], you know. I mean, the shows that will, in full size, hopefully, be successful. It’s a difficult task.

You know, it’s one thing to write these cool characters, it’s another thing to write a cool first act of a movie. There are lots of other things that are actually, a little easier to do. But, actually writing a show, that is going to run autonomously in some …. in some areas … and … and sort of … and, putting a set of rules together, that will keep …. that will keep the show running week to week. And keep audiences, tuned in … and you know. All the things that are required, to make a show exciting.

Ed: Hmmm

Alex: It’s tricky. It’s a big …. big ask. So, but we are very, very close. And I’ve got… I’ve got an excellent writer, I’m working with – Simon Mirren. Who is ...

Ed: I know that name. But why do I know that name?

Alex: Well you know, probably Mirren, because of Helen Mirren [Laughs],

Ed: Yeah

Alex: He’s a …. of … of which, he is a nephew. And he’s … he’s also the co-executive producer and head writer on Criminal Minds. Criminal Minds, the TV Show.

Ed: Right.

Alex: And, he’s fantastic. He’s really, really good. But he is co-creator of the show Spooks. But…

Ed: That’s the MI6 show, right?

Alex: Yeah

Ed: Okay.

Alex: He’s done a lot of great stuff. And so, he’s at the helm of this thing I’m working on. We’re creating a skit. And so, you know, we’re working on some variation of that theme, at the moment. And ….  we’re hoping that we can … pull something through to CBS in time, which is in the next sort of day or so, now. To finish up our visions, and to get the go-ahead to work on a pilot, officially, for a show, for January.

Simon Mirren & Alex on the set of Criminal Minds

Ed: Yeah.

Alex: But look, all that being said, I’m on a holding deal with CBS. And …. if they are not  … if they don’t want, or think that the next idea is appropriate for … for their network, then they’re going to start firing their pilots at me.

Ed: To see what you might be interested in?

Alex: Yes.

Ed: Yeah.

Alex: So, I guess their motivation at the moment is, to get me on TV.

Ed: Right.

Alex: Which is cool. And the … yeah. So, I’m looking forward to working, now. I’m looking forward to getting back into something. ‘Cos its been a while.

Ed: Oh, yeah, you know. And, I mean did the following that you gained  .. because obviously gained quite a following because of Moonlight.

Alex: Hmm

Ed: I’m not saying, you didn’t beforehand, but you know what I’m talking about. That’s sort of real fever for you.

Alex: Absolutely.

Ed: You know. But has that helped your career? Your place in Hollywood? I’m always curious, what impact that has, besides the fact that you get a lot of people going crazy for you. I wonder what impact something like that has?

Alex: Too early to tell …. I think it is too early to tell, whether it helped my career in Hollywood. I mean … that is … you know. I mean if they’ve … when I finally get a lead a feature (film), in Hollywood.  You know, if all my fans … if I have  … If my fanbase sort of … you know if Boxoffice works. And people come and sit in a movie theatre and pay for tickets to watch me in a movie.

Ed: Right.

Alex: You know, and I can actually lead a movie and make money for the studio. I mean that’s when that can help you in Hollywood

Ed: Yeah.

Alex: It’s …. It’s lovely to have the fans I’ve got. I mean, I’m extremely grateful for my fanbase. For the support that I’ve  … that I’m surrounded by. So don’t get me wrong … don’t get me wrong with that.

Ed: Hmm.

Alex: But has it helped me in Hollywood? … Not yet.

Alex O’Loughlin as Mick St John in Moonlight

Ed: Just a fanboy question. Have they had any conversations at all of bringing back Moonlight? Only because … I only ask because you get Twilight coming on in this year, which got tremendous buzz. You’ve got two True Blood who has become a big hit for HBO.

Alex: Yeah.

Ed: And the show that replaced Moonlight, is already cancelled.

Alex: Yeah. I don’t know the answer to that Ed. I think, that there were discussions with Joel Silver and the powers to be. You just got to remember, Joel owns the show.

Ed: Oh, he owns it? CBS .. or well, Warners owns it too, I guess?

Alex: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m pretty sure … they’re … and so … I know there were discussions, 7 or 8 months ago … when they canned us, it was…

Ed: Yeah

Alex: About taking it to other networks, smaller networks. And nothing ever eventuated. So, I think at this stage it would be…

Ed: Yeah.

Alex:  ….. I think it would be ambitions to think that it was coming back. Simply because, the time that’s passed.

Ed: I agree with you. It would seem unlikely at best.

Alex: It would seem unlikely.

Ed: Yeah.

Alex: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Ed: I hear you.

Alex: But… it’s a shame that we didn’t get that second season. Just at least to…

Ed: You’ve at least got to wonder if the network is kicking itself at all. It’s … because like as said, they’ve already cancelled the show that replaced it. And all these other vampire stuff that’s going on around it.

Alex: Hmm

Ed: You know, just … just

Alex: You never know, man. I mean, we never second guess these people. And it’s like … they always sort of .. it always seems like they know what they’re doing. But I don’t know. I just wish they didn’t cancel it. I wish we could get it going.

Ed: Yeah

Alex: I feel like we got a rough trot. Like I feel like … we had …. we lost 5 episodes to the strike. And we still came back and won the People’s Choice Award. And…

Ed: Right.

Alex: You know we all worked so hard. This show … I feel like we recovered. And  .. to that. I mean we weren’t … we were doing okay in numbers, and they were consistent. And we always won the demographic. And it’s like, well let us go … give us another 9 episodes at least, to show you what we can …

Ed: Right.

Alex: We had some great stories lined up. But anyway …

Ed: Yeah, it is what it is.

Alex: Right.

Alex as Vincent in Criminal Minds

Ed: When you’re choosing a role, you know, from the beginning of your career, to where you are now, I mean, and working up to current – what is it that draws you in. I mean obviously, a good script will throw you in. But in terms of …. What are the elements that you look for, if anything?

Alex: Uhm … the first question I ask myself is, can I shine in this role? Do I have a comprehensive understanding of this character? Do I also have an inherent instinctual   … from the first read, of this script, is what I’m talking about …

Ed: Hmm

Alex: … understanding of how I’m going to play this character? Does this character live within me, already … on some level? You know, am I going to be able to authentically bring honesty, integrity and life to this character? You know, and defend this character ….

Ed: Great.

Alex: …. with all my might? And so,… that’s our job as actors. So, you know I mean sometimes a character just steps off the page characters, and sometimes other …. some characteristics need more work than others for me. Characters are just here and I know without even thinking … without, on a cerebral level, I don’t need to involve .. like intellect or intellectual work or property to my work in the character, because it’s just there …. instinctively … straight away. But others I have to sit down and do my work …. and do all my work, or write off… or write all my techniques out. Or do, you know … The character is the most important thing. And then the story is … is  … not secondary, but … but the story is what I sort of consider next. If it’s a really bad story, then I’m like, well … “Can we fix this story?”

Ed: Right

Alex: Because …. but I mean, to get to a part where it’s like, …. you can’t do.

Ed: There’s nothing you can do to save it.

Alex: When there’s nothing you can do.

Ed: Yeah. Do you like a character … your characters don’t all have to be heroes, do they? But can they have the darker edge or the darker side? Or …

Alex: No, absolutely. Look, I kind of … I must say … I prefer to play the anti-hero, the flawed character, you know. Because there’s more to work with. And there’s … I don’t know, there’s …because it brings me closer to reality in it. It’s kind of … I just enjoy it. I find there is more at stake. And .. and there’s more to work with, you know. It’s a …. [sigh] yeah, I think I sort of have played more flawed characters, than real heroes anyway.

Ed: Right

Alex: I think I’m yet to play a full-on, just hero. [laughs]

Ed: They’re more interesting anyway, aren’t they?

Alex: They are interesting, they are more interesting. I feel that you know, I feel that I relate to those characters…

And there the audio ends – sorry

Link to Audio recording 

Interview with Alex O’Loughlin by Vampires and Slayer2s website.

Video made by Moonlight Italian Forum


My thoughts

  • I guess, Alex got to play that full-on hero, Steve McGarrett, for 10 years, now. Maybe he would love to get back to playing a more flawed character again? 😀
  • Listening to Alex here, about the difficulties of developing and pitching a viable story for a network show, highlights the fact of why Alex have so much respect for Peter Lenkov, who has developed a number of shows successfully by now. It is easier said than done, and involves a lot of aspects to satisfy a lot of stakeholders.
  • You can see that developing a great character within a good story, is what it has always been about for Alex. He got the chance to direct a few episodes, but on top of that also write, act and direct one special episode of Hawaii Five-0. A great learning experience for him. Hopefully it will help him in the process of fulfilling his dreams!

PS. From what we have seen, there should be at least 2 more audio interviews between Alex and Ed. One in November 2007 and one in April 2008. If anybody have copies of those and are prepared to share it with other fans, we would appreciate a link or a copy of it.




Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Interviews, Moonlight

8 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin Interviewed by Vampires and Slayer – August 2008 (Transcript)

  1. gracenotpark

    Kinda a weird interview…a lotta rambling and repetition and he seems a little tired and sad. But yes! H50 finally did give him his great hero role! I mean, who could ever top McG? I wonder if he’s even still interested in acting now. He’s played his glory role and he’s wealthy and happy at home. As you noted, he seems very drawn to behind the camera jobs these days…less time on set and more time with family. I guess we’ll eventually see what he chooses. But he’s a very private guy, so it may be awhile. And he’s far from Hollywood…can’t take many meetings in Honolulu.

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    • Yes, he was obviously not in a good space back then, after losing his beloved Moonlight. And I think he got into an even deeper slump later that year. But he worked through it.
      At the moment nobody is taking any personal meetings in Hollywood I guess. With the world we live in at the moment, people learn that the internet is the way of the future. And the internet has shortened distances a lot. Everybody and anybody, is reachable for a meeting with the click of a button – if you can get your way into their circle of course.
      I think Epi 10:07 he has shown him that he can direct himself pretty well. With the right character and story, he will definitely be inspired to be in front of the camera again. It is in his blood – He is an actor. And he will always be back for that thrill …. but as you say, time will tell.

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    • And if McGarrett was his glory role, that would be sad. 😥
      There are so many more stories in him and a lot of better and full fletched characters to be.
      And he might have made a lot of money, but he also had a rich lifestyle, that will need to be kept up.
      Some of his investments might have lost money, with the crises in the world at the moment.
      I doubt if he will be able to just retire now. And he is far too young and vibrant to let it all just go.
      But that might just all be a fangirls wishes and not how he sees his future at all.

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      • Cassiopea 1000

        McG may have been his longest role, but I don’t think it’s his glory one. After all, H50 is an action cop show, and except in a few occasions, he has not had many opportunities to show the full extent of his talent as an actor. He has always been at his best as McG the man, not as McG the superheroe.

        I don’t think either that he will stop working. As you say, he is too young to retire. He may not act again, though, or not on a regular basis, but he may go on directing or writing. I think he’s past using his good looks just for money. He understands well the movie business from all angles, and is now prepared to take the reins of a project on his own. After all, an actor, no matter how good he is, does as he is told, Yes, he can insufflate some personal traits, if not his personality, into the character, but little else. He is given a text and is yelled at if he inadvertently uses an insignificant synonym (a desacration of The Writer’s Work, it seems!), and directions he has to follow to the T, and that’s that.

        But a writer or a director are creative, their work is more personal. And I think that, sooner or later, Alex, as all really creative people, will simply feel the need to create. Which does not mean he would turn down a really juicy role, I think. After all, he has not especifically said he would never ever act again.

        I hope that juicy role comes soon. I’m feeling like Rilke’s Panther these days (thank you again, leiCa!), especially today as I should be now right now in a plane flying over the Atlantic ocean on my way to Hawaii. So please find information somewhere, anywhere, FOYeur, about a new role for Alex, and don’t keep it for yourself for one minute!

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  2. mamayorkie

    I have long believed that Alex was at his best in the role of Vincent. How else could we feel sympathy for a serial killer and feel sad at his death? That was all Alex. And we got to see how well he worked with children– not easy for many actors.

    Now, I could enjoy a two hour Moonlight TV ‘”revival” where we get to see Mick ten years down the road, living with Coraline and some kids (can vampires reproduce?) and Beth missing with Coraline looking just a little guilty!)

    I never liked Beth- the relationship, in my opinion only, was a little creepy even for a show based on vampires.

    Hope everyone is OK.


  3. Was Steve his glory role until now? Who knows? Maybe… That’s in the eye of the beholder, the taste, the preferences. I always said he made Steve the best Steve. No other could have done it. I wholeheartedly believe that. The first time I was blown away by his talent that makes AOL disappear and the character emerge was while watching Will Bryant. Or his small role as Luke Anderson. So it is interesting what he has to say about the character an actor brings to life, and how much the portrayal can fix the story. I don’t think he is giving himself or his profession much credit here, because an actor, a really good one, can fix a story. At least to a certain degree, that’s your job as an actor (Alan Rickman said that once, if the character is written onedimensional make it multidimensional.).
    Good actors are creative, versatile on many levels; face, tone, speech…
    Some month ago I wrote about that on Mostly:
    Acting and writing are two sides of the same coin. I’m pretty sure every actor, every good actor would agree. But I would go even further. Maybe the acting is even more important, great acting always elevates the material, the script, the writing; great acting builds extra layers, it makes the character you’re playing multidimensional, it creates different personalities. Good acting is like using punctuation in the right way. Eat, Grandma! Eat Grandma! See? Difference.
    Sam, from MostlyFive0, once told me about one of the “Remington Steele” writers who said it doesn’t matter that you write shit if you have great actors who make the best out of it. Otherwise you have just a shitty scene.
    I think it was Robert de Niro who said he could play a schnitzel if they want him to. So let’s have actor A and actor B playing a schnitzel.
    Actor A makes you not only see a schnitzel, he makes you smell the schnitzel, he makes you know about the delicious crispy, crunchy, crusty coating. You can not only ‘feel’ the taste of the perfectly seasoned coating on the outside but the wonderful tender flesh inside too. You taste the dip of cranberry sauce on top of it spiced by a little squeeze of lemon. All this makes you crave for more schnitzel, crave for more of this perfection.

    Actor B makes you a vegetarian.

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