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#AlexOLoughlin – Kidding Around


While doing yesterday’s Andy Ryan photoshoot post, I realised that the picture was used in another old 2010 magazine article that we never shared before…….

Aussie Alex O’Loughlin teams up with a Hollywood Superstar for his first major film role.


November 2010

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Spunky Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin tries unexpected fatherhood on for size in The Back-Up Plan. O’Loughlin stars as Stan alongside Jennifer Lopez’s Zoe, a single woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination on the day she meets Stan, the man of her dreams.

She initially tries to hide her pregnancy for fear of scaring him off, but soon comes clean – beginning a hilarious chain of awkward events as this very new couple deal with some sticky situations.

Austar chatted with Canberra native O’Loughlin about kids and his A-list co-star.

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Austar: What would you do if you were in the same situation as Stan?

Alex: I don’t know. Look, I believe that in life, love is everything. I’m a father and I know that to be true. So having said that, if it was a woman that I was desperately in love with, like Stan is with Zoe, it wouldn’t matter.

And a big reason as to why it wouldn’t matter is that they are artificially inseminated kids. There’s no other man that she used to be in love with.

But people meet other people all the time and there’s children from someone else and it can be really tricky. I’m a romantic though, and like to think that if two people want the same thing, then it is possible.

Austar: How was it working with a superstar like Jennifer Lopez

Alex: Well, I [had] never really heard anything about her. I don’t read gossip mags but I knew she was very famous. It’s one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had.

The only thing that was strange to me was that I forgot how famous she was so quickly because she’s so normal. She’s got a great sense of humour and she’s really laid-back.

It made me realise that people get famous and they don’t necessarily change. The people around them change.

Austar: What made you want to act? 

Alex: I remember going to the theatre a lot as a child. My mum took me to see Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

I came out thinking, “This is incredible. I don’t know what’s happening, but I want to be a part of it.” I told mom and her best friend after the play, “I want to be an actor.”

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Austar: You’ve gone from television to movies and back to television. Which do you prefer?

Alex: TV is a lot of hard work, especially if you’re in every scene, and two of the three shows that I’ve done, I’ve been that character. It’s about the character for me though. If there’s a character that speaks to me then I’ll do the job. I don’t go, “Well it’s TV. I can’t do it.”

But I think the great dream is to make movies because it’s so much more relaxed. You get to work and (you have a) cup of coffee, have some breakfast, (then) get a few scenes off and go home. Whereas (with) TV you get there and people are yelling at you from the very beginning!

Austar: When you choose a project, what is most important – the character, the director or your costar?

Alex: I’d rather shine (as) a character in an all-round bad film than be really ordinary in a great film.

But if a great director came to me and said, “Do this project”, and I said, “I don’t know about the character for me”, and they said, “Trust me”….. if it was a director that I could trust I would do it.

But I haven’t been there yet.

Austar: Do you have a fond memory of shooting The Back-Up Plan that stands out? 

Alex: I have a few actually. There was one in the birthing scene. I think it’s on the blooper reel at the end of the film. Right as she was to have the baby, one of the extras comes out and says, “She’s going to give birth now. Everybody has to come into the room” and [Melissa] starts hitting a drum and singing this song.

She’d do it right in my face and every time she’d do it I’d just lose my mind with laughter. In the end, Jennifer was laughing so hard. I had to walk out into the street because it was too funny.

There was a lot of that though.

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Austar Magazine Scan:

Trailer for The Back-Up Plan:

(The scene with the drum)


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