#AlexOLoughlin – Questions & Answers – TV Week 2008


While doing one of our daily blog re-posts on Twitter & Facebook last week, I realised that there was a quote in one of them for which we never posted the full original article before.

This is it ……  

Best known for his roles in The Shield and Moonlight, Alex – who lives with fellow Aussie expat Holly Valance in Hollywood – has taken on the film world, too.

What’s August Rush about?

A rock’n’roll musician meets a beautiful cellist at a party, and their one fateful night together results in a child who’s later put up for adoption.

Ten years later, their son is something of a  musical prodigy and, escaping the orphanage, he decides to use his talents to track down his parents.

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Questions and Answers – Alex O’Loughlin

TV Week: What’s your role in the film, August Rush?

Alex: Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays an Irish rocker who meets Kerri Russell’s character, Lyla, at a party. I play his brother – we’re both guitarists in a band.

But, when he loses Lyla, he leaves the band. Time goes by, and I’m the one who persuades him – well, I give him a smack in the head – to bring that music back to life.

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TV Week: You work alongside Robin Williams in this film – are your days as a struggling actor over now? 

Alex: Not necessarily. When you go from Australia to America, you go back to zero. The reality is every day of your life is spent chasing work and flying around the world, refinancing your own career, and it’s been a long slog. 

Now, things are really shifting. 

TV Week: You seem at ease, playing the guitar in this movie …

Alex: Yes. It’s been a hobby my whole life – and I don’t profess to be good at it, but I enjoy it very much. I got to play my own guitar in the movie.

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TV Week: Your girlfriend, Holly Valance, is a singer and actress. Do you guys have a musical household? 

Alex: I like to tinker. I have lots of guitars and I’m always making a racket. Holly’s very private with her music. She’s incredible and very supportive and likes my music, which is great.  I’m happy to have someone in my life who puts up with it.

TV Week: So we won’t be hearing your debut album any time soon?

Alex: Absolutely not. I was never good enough, maybe because I never practised enough.

But that’s just a dream – I’m like the frustrated frontman who just happened to become an actor!

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TV Week: What’s next for you?

Alex: I’m busy with Moonlight, and I can’t really sign on for anything else until we know where we stand [with the writers’ strike].

I’ll stay on board with the show until they cut my leash, which they hopefully won’t do!

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Short video of a deleted scene from August Rush:



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5 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin – Questions & Answers – TV Week 2008

  1. Cassiopea 1000

    Oh, yes, we forgot that aspect of his life: Music.

    He may have spent this long hiatus quietly at home, practicing with his guitar. He may have learnt music theory, or even hired a singing teacher, who knows… And what about dancing lessons?

    In these two years, being the disciplined man he is, he may have had time to write a movie story, dialogues included, to make a list of actors/actresses to be auditioned, to design the costumes, to choose the atrezzo, to write the soundtrack, to create the choreography, and to raise the funds to produce it.

    Naturally, in this film which he will produce and direct, he will star, sing, play the guitar and dance. It will be something as unforgettable as ‘Singing in the Rain’ and as exciting as ‘Dirty Dancing’. He will have to buy a wheelbarrow to take home all the Oscars he’ll win, and I’m now going to have a shower to clear my head and make it back to Earth. Endless sigh…

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  2. Karen

    I just want to see his face on my screen again, and not just every Friday on ION.


  3. Karen

    Oh…may the fourth be with you. Lol


  4. I have no probleme with “the frustrated frontman” who became an actor. 😀
    Alex is really good as an actor and why not make that actor become a frontman again? At least in a role. Would love to see and hear that part of him again.


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