‘Moonlight’ Vampire #AlexOLoughlin Reborn as Surgeon in ‘Three Rivers’ – 2009

We used quotes from this article in a few stories, but I realised that we never posted the article.

It is a summary from old articles and most of it is repeats from other articles, but to keep our archives up to date we post it as well.

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Boston Herald

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Like the fans, Alex O’Loughlin loved Mick St. John, the vampire he played in the CBS series “Moonlight.”

“I loved Mick more than anybody,” O’Loughlin said in a recent interview in Pasadena, Calif.

“I had to live in his skin every day and every night for a long time.”

Although the series had devoted viewers, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes turmoil. The series went through four showrunners in its lone season.

“You have no idea the stuff that went on,” he said.

“I can’t believe it lasted as long as it did.”

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When CBS staked “Moonlight,” the network made it clear it still wanted to work with O’Loughlin.

The Australian native stars as organ transplant surgeon Dr. Andy Yablonski in “Three Rivers,” premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. on WBZ (Ch. 4).

“I read a bunch of scripts, and this was amazing,” he said. “And it was very different to what I’d come off. You can’t go looking for the same thing. I was looking for something antithetical from that role in a lot of ways because I’m an actor.

That’s my job. I don’t want to play the same role. The things it had in common with ‘Moonlight’ were the potential for wonderful storytelling, the epic nature of the stories, the incredible character development and all the really important things when it comes to drama.”

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The 34-year-old was wary of playing a surgeon.

“I don’t have any training in medicine. And there’s so much to learn, even just to get off the ground and be convincing when you say the words,” he said.

To prepare for the role, O’Loughlin shadowed Dr. Gonzalo “Gonzo” Gonzalez-Stawinski, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.

“My role is based on him,” he said.

“I did his rounds with him and picked his brain. I was with him all day and all night and spent a lot of time in the operating room. I realized how desperately obsessed I would become with medicine at that level.”

Gonzalez-Stawinski taught him how to suture on latex and pig skin. He practiced tying knots on gauze and doorknobs.

“I’ve chosen the wrong profession. I’m so boring. I should have been a doctor,” O’Loughlin said.

The actor, who also stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming movie “The Back-Up Plan,” knows fans of “Moonlight” have been waiting for him to return to TV. He hopes they’ll tune in to “Three Rivers.

“I would be deeply saddened if they didn’t,” he said.

“But I guess I would understand.”

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9 responses to “‘Moonlight’ Vampire #AlexOLoughlin Reborn as Surgeon in ‘Three Rivers’ – 2009

  1. lindae5o

    Thanks, Foyeur. Alex was so compelling in his Three Rivers role as a transplant surgeon. I hope something comes along soon, for which he is
    equally enthusiastic.

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  2. coby Duijn van

    Thanks for this post and we fans are still waiting to see him on tv or the big screen again.
    Mahalo and Aloha from the Netherlands Coby

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  3. Thanks for the post, Foyeur. I´m glad, they decided to go on with Moonlight. because it was a really good show. Alex´s commitment and fighting for that show can´t be taken for granted and I hope, he will find another project which he feels, it´s worth fighting for and can make it a success financially but also inspire people. And he did that in “Three Rivers”, too. So I think, it´s a pity when you find out late what you really wanted to do in your life, but also as an artist you can “cure cancer” in a way by inspiring people through your work and the way you carry yourself. And I know, Alex is awsome doing that. So I´m looking forward to what comes next for him. I just hope, whatever he is doing next, he will have space to do what he wants to do.

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  4. KathySR

    Dear Alex, where are you and what are you doing? We miss you. You were wonderful in Moonlight AND Three Rivers.

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  5. Three Rivers was a very good show😊👍. I loved the writing, how on each episode a case was divided into three different parts. This was also my introduction to Alex. I remember thinking what a talented actor I thought he was and how I hoped the show would be renewed. I was really bummed when it wasn’t. But thank God for Hawaii Five-O😊👍!

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  6. Cassiopea 1000

    “I’ve chosen the wrong profession. I’m so boring. I should have been a doctor.”
    Yes, you should have been a doctor, Alex. Like all doctors, you would have healed the sick, but the aloha gene, which you had much before you first went to Hawai’i, would have made you a special doctor, one of those who give you so much serenity, affection, and energy that pills are just a secondary help.

    Well, Aussies have lost an excellent doctor, but we fans around the world have won an excellent actor. And I for one won’t complain about that!

    Oh, and one day, when you have time, do tell us what you mean when you say you’re ‘so boring’. ‘Boring’ is not a term I associate with you, nor with your chosen profession.


  7. maggiewolf73

    Sorry that my email have nothing to do with this post, but I didn’t know where else to send it.

    I found an article about Alex on my computer that I copied from somewhere, titled ‘ Alex O’Loughlin ……Is the real man good enough for you? – Part 2 ‘. Does anyone know where I can find the other parts of this article? I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you,

    Margaret W.


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