#AlexOLoughlin talks with Entertainment Tonight – 29 April 2009

Alex O’Loughlin: From Vampire to Serial Killer

Entertainment Tonight interviews Alex O’Loughlin!

“Moonlight” hottie Alex O’Loughlin returns to CBS tonight for a guest-starring role on an episode of “Criminal Minds,” in which a serial killer sends the team a videotape detailing one of his crimes. On the tape, he includes a plea, asking them to help him stop his killing spree. But first, ET checks in with Alex to get his take on his turn to the dark side.

Found on Moonlight Fanblog

29 April 2009

Originally Posted in The Oklahoman


ET: This role is quite a departure from Mick. How do you think your fans will react to it?

Alex: How do you think they will react?

ET: I think they may be disappointed. You are not as sexy as you were in“Moonlight.”

Alex: There is more of that coming up. There is plenty of that.

ET: Is that why the part appealed to you – because it was so different?

Alex: Absolutely. I didn’t go to leading man school. I went to drama school. I don’t want to play the same role, every role I get. The other thing is, my true fans, emphasis on the word true, will follow me wherever I go. I thought it was a well-earned breather between roles. 

ET: Did you do any research on serial killers?

Alex: Not so much on serial killers, as on OCD. I did a lot of research on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

ET: Right, because this character had to open doors twice and not step on cracks.

Alex: There is more to it than that. OCD is an anxiety disorder. The patterns that people have … you yourself might have some patterns that you are not aware of. A lot of us do. The patterns that people have in their daily life, such as putting their sunglasses on with both hands, or the way they tie their shoes. There are patterns that we have in real life that ease an anxiety that is inside of us. This is an extreme case of it. 

ET: CBS seems to love you. You are doing the new pilot, “Three Rivers,” for them. Can you describe your role and talk about the series?

Alex: We have already done the pilot. The character’s name is Andy Yablonski. It is based on a real-life character called Gonzo Gonzales-Stawinski, who is a cardiothoracic surgeon I have been shadowing for the past couple of months. He has become a great friend of mine.

My character is a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is a staff surgeon, but he is being preened to become head of surgery at Three Rivers Clinic, set in Pittsburgh. It is called Three Rivers because there are three rivers in Pittsburgh: The Allegheny, the Monongahela and the Ohio, but it is also told from three perspectives: The donor’s perspective and the grieving family, the recipient and their family and the surgical team. 

It is very different than “Moonlight.” It is not about vampires, but there are equal amounts of blood as my last show.


ET: When you worked on “Moonlight,” you worked with the American Red Cross for blood donation.

Alex: That is something I am hoping to take on to my next project. I want to take it to another level and work with Donate Life America, which I will be working within affiliation with Gonzo and CBS. I want to put something together and do something special for that.

ET: With ‘Twilight’ now and “True Blood,” do you think that “Moonlight” was just one year too early?

Alex: Many people say that. If they put it on now, maybe less people would have watched it because people are watching the other vampire projects. I just think they pulled it off too early. I think it is a show that took a minute to find its legs, but once we found our legs, our numbers were consistent and we won some awards. We were doing really well and then they cancelled it. 

ET: Nina Tassler said at the TCA [Television Critics Association] press tour that when they studied the fan reaction to the series, you tested better than the show.

Alex: That is lovely to hear. It is always funny when you hear things like that, because what do you say besides thank you? I don’t get it. I get up in the morning and my hair is all hanging in my face and poking up on one side, I need to shave and I look older than I am. When I stagger into the kitchen to get my breakfast, I don’t think, “Oh, look at that handsome guy. Look at that talented special creature.”

“The Big Wheel” episode of “Criminal Minds” airs tonight at 9 p.m. on CBS. 



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20 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin talks with Entertainment Tonight – 29 April 2009

  1. Thank you for this girls. It lights my day to see that face. And yes he is outstanding in anything he plays . Yes I will follow him anywhere and everywhere .


  2. Princessofthejungle

    Didn’t he have OCD, as well as ADHD himself?

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    • No
      In interviews, he said he was a little OCD as a kid and sometimes ADHD in life – and then fans ran off with it as if he said that he was diagnosed with it.
      He never said that he was diagnosed or treated for something like that.


      • Princessofthejungle

        Ahh thanks that makes more sense. I did do some digging and found a bit more info. I don’t know if it’s true, but one commenter on your website, named Emerald, linked some articles, that aren’t working anymore unfortunately in which he supposedly talked about a diagnosis at 27. https://alexoloughlinintensestudy.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/looking-at-the-story-of-alex-oloughlin-through-the-eyes-of-a-fangirl-part-3/
        In case you’re wondering, why I’m a bit way too interested in this hahaha, I myself have ADHD and have been diagnosed quite recently actually and I think Alex, next too being very good looking 😉 is someone to look up to and I remembered reading that a few years ago when I became a bit obsessed about Alex after watching H5-0.


        • Oh, I wrote an answering post to that and then Emerald and I had a further debate about the subject, when I looked deeper into that article here: https://alexoloughlinintensestudy.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/looking-at-the-story-of-alex-oloughlin-through-the-eyes-of-a-fangirl-part-4/

          We actually became better acquainted after that, and she is still one of the few FB friends I have in the fandom.
          There were a few other old articles where the subject was mentioned and in most of them I have written my thoughts about it at the end.
          And Alex is a good example to look up to, I think. He definitely channelled his ADD tendencies into something productive.


          • Princessofthejungle

            Great article! Thank you FOYeur! Perhaps he’ll ever adress it again in the future, although I doubt it a bit, since he’s a very private guy.


            • I think the fact that he has stopped mentioning those subjects in any interviews over the last 9 years, kind of shows that he realized that those statements were misinterpreted and used out of context. And overexaggerated on sites.
              But who knows, we actually do not really know a lot about him, even after 9 years of studying his career. And there might be some really interesting personal stories from his past, that he might share in the end. But I doubt that. 🙂


              • Zsuzsa

                Dear FoYeur! Do you have this article about Alex? Alex O’Loughlin – Behind the scene GQ Style – 2011 This is where Alex talks about ADD and OCD. Unfortunately, I could not find the original English article.
                Thanks for the reply!


                • I see we only posted one part of it here before. I actually thought we did.
                  Most probably never shared it, because it is not one of my favourite articles. Loads of assumptions in it from the reporter and I even sensed some animosity from him towards Alex in the article, as well.
                  I will post it somewhere during the week and will most probably add loads of comments from myself, to it.


                  • Zsuzsa

                    Thank you very much! I read the Germanic fanclub, but it would be good to read it in English as well. I hope Alex has come out of these since then because I would be very sorry if he was still struggling with these.


  3. This was a wonderful interview..I loved THREE RIVERS even tho’ t was always quite sad. Alex never looked better and was almost too beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • It would be great to see him in another role like this. A story where the character don’t have to be so physically outrages and where he can be somebody without having to run around and do dangerous stuff all the time.
      There are still so many stories and characters in him. And I really do hope he will get the change to show that he is so much more than a physical hero character.


  4. Magnólia

    Muito verdade, Alex é muito mais que um herói de acção.
    Tenho muita esperança que consiga trabalhos que valorizem seu talento.
    Obrigada, pela retrospectiva.
    Saúde para todos!

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  5. D. Havard

    I’ve seen this several times and thought he did an amazing job. But I also thought those glasses made him look like Clark Kent (and he would have made a great superman, and his pecs were real!).

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  6. Cassiopea 1000

    “My true fans, emphasis on the word true, will follow me wherever I go.” How right he was, we true fans will always support him. He’s never been made of the typical idol-of- the moment -stuff, the kind you adore today and forget tomorrow when another good looking guy appears on the scene. He has won our loyalty through his excellent work and his integrity as a person. That is why we love him, even if his temples are turning gray and he is no longer the perfect god of ten years ago. Who cares about that? He is still Alex, a mature and improved version of his older self.

    “I didn’t go to leading man school. I went to drama school. I don’t want to play the same role, every role I get.” Drama is the key word here. And I agree with you FOYeur that a dramatic role would be a great booster to his career after ten years of being McG. PL said once that Alex could do anything, comedy, drama, action. Even though you seem to wish that Alex’s career steers clear of CBS and PL, I hope that they devise a show where Alex can star in a dramatic role. He would sparkle in it!

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  7. “He has won our loyalty through his excellent work and his integrity as a person. ” <<<< THAT!
    I would love to see him do real drama. I am not totally a fan of his comedic timing, yet. But that also might be better, under good guidance – he is, after all, a great learner and a sponge, as somebody once said about him.
    That might also be a great challenge for him to do. I think he likes challenges.


    • Cassiopea 1000

      Well, I have not seen Alex in many comedy movies or shows, only in The Backup Plan, and he did it well, in my opinion. In H50 there have been many comedy little scenes where he has been delightful. Though I think that he really shines in more dramatic roles, I am sure he would be great in a comedic movie. Provided it was an intelligent, well written movie, something which is more and more difficult to find these days.

      Such is my faith in him!

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  8. CassG

    I saw this ep of Criminal Minds as a repeat and at that time I then knew about Alex. All I have to say about his performance was a big “WOW”!!! He was totally amazing.

    If in the future he continues to be in front of the camera at some point, as I sure as hell hope he does, it will be interesting to see the types of roles or better yet characters he might take on. I wish him the best no matter what but I hope we’ll see that face again on a screen and I’m not talking about an interview!😍❤

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