Last week on the 28th of September was the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the short-lived series, Moonlight with Alex in the lead.
Adding another one of the old magazine articles from those days to our media archive.
– From Watch! Magazine posted in October 2007
Meet Mick St. John: private investigator, bachelor … vampire. Sixty years ago, Mick (Alex O’Loughlin) was ‘bitten’ by his new, beguiling bride Coraline.
“Mick meets Coraline and falls head over heels?” O’Loughlin says,
“And let’s just say there’s a great line in the pilot: “Sometimes you fall in love with a woman so hard you miss things maybe you should have seen.””
Now, immortal and eternally as young, handsome and charismatic as he was then, Mick is disgusted with Coraline and other vampires who view humans merely as a source of nourishment. So instead of feeding on humans, Mick uses his acute supernatural senses to help them out.
With only a handful of undead confidants for company, Mick fills his infinite days protecting the living. But one night, years ago, a single act of kindness changed Mick when he saved a young girl’s life, making him want to be a better vampire. Now their paths cross again, and Mick develops a distinctive bond with Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), who has grown into a beautiful, ambitious investigative reporter. Mick knows he can’t pursue Beth without exposing the part of him.
“Every vampire in this show is based on some amount of emotional truth,” O’Loughlin says.
“That’s what really drew me to this script in the first place: telling the dramatic human stories that we all struggle with every day, as opposed to just being this fantasy about people with sharp teeth who drink blood.”
Q & A – Alex O’Loughlin
This eternally young vampire spends protecting the living.
Watch!: You’re a vampire – what are your good points?
Alex O’Loughlin: I’m a reluctant vampire. You forgot the word reluctant.
My character, Mick St. John, was given this gift/curse; he didn’t ask for it and he’s pretty sure he doesn’t want it. But he has reached a level of acceptance where he realizes this is his cross to bear. He can either sit around and mope or he can do something with it.
So he becomes a private investigator and therefore uses his powers for good. Essentially he’s a humanist. He may be brooding and he may be pissed at the fact that he has to ingest blood every day, but he also struggles constantly with the sight of the human condition and is appalled by the things we do to each other.
Watch!: What has been the biggest challenge in playing Mick?
Alex: Well iņ the flashbacks to 1947 we see that Mick is a trumpet soloist in a jazz band. So I actually learned to play the trumpet for this role.
I’m very proud of myself. I play terribly – in fact, to paraphrase Billy Connolly, my trumpeting sounds like a goose farting in the fog. But l hit the notes eventually.
Watch!: Is Mick an American vampire or like you, an Aussie?
Alex: He’s an American. And even though I’m always going to be an Aussie, l just don’t think having Mick walk up to someone in the first episode and say, “G’day!” would go down so well.
Watch!: Have you ever played a vampire before?
Alex: No, but I’ve always wanted to. I’ve really loved and struggled with the concepts of immortality and ihfiņity. I also read Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and movies like The Lost Boys were pivotal for my coming of age.
I love the sexual, sensual, animalistic side of the vampire story, and the class and style of these creatures. There’s such a potential for storytelling in the genre, and it doesn’t have to be done in an over-the-top Hollywood way!
Of course, changes were made between the original pilot and what aired in the show. Mick played the trumpet in the original unaired pilot (Twilight), but in the actual episode of Moonlight, we get a flashback of him playing the guitar in a band when he met Coraline.