Moonlight: Questions & Answers – #AlexOLoughlin

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

Moonlight – 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Magazine Scan:

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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.

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11 responses to “Moonlight: Questions & Answers – #AlexOLoughlin

  1. coby Duijn van

    Oh Yeah Mick St John so gorgeous and 🔥still a shame the show ended after 16 episodes, but luckely I have the dvd box and can watch it over and over and over again. Mahalo and Aloha from the Netherlands Coby


  2. lynxstch

    Hard to believe that it was 15 years ago that I first fell in love with Alex. To this day, he is my still my ‘dream crush’, and I am a diehard fan of anything Alex does. I too have the dvd box set of Moonlight (as well as everything else he’s ever made), and I watch them over and over. Thank you FOYEUR for always bringing us back memories and pictures of our Alex.


  3. 15 years????? 😲😲😲
    And I came fangirling from ‘the incredible journey’. What an incredible journey that was and still is.

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  4. Did you see the re-Tweet from Peter Lenkov re Moonlight streaming? Don’t ask me more, that’s all I know.


  5. lindae5o

    Moonlight was the beginning of my one-sided love affair with Alex. What a glorious discovery!! Alex was, and is, breath-taking. Thank you, Foyeur.


  6. I streamed Moonlight shortly after Hawaii Five-0 ended. Was hooked right away! A very, very good show 😊👍!


  7. Cassiopea 1000

    I’ll never cease to regret that ML ended so abruptly. As Mick was more and more attracted to Beth, he was more and more tortured by his vampire condition that forbade him to love her as a human would. Epi after epi, the character/Alex was gaining in intensity, and I’ll always lament we could not see him display his talent at its highest level.

    I also wonder how the series would have come to an end. Would have Mick found a way to return to humanity to be with “his Beth”? Would she have sacrificed herself and turned into a vampire to share eternity with him? And there are so many other options.

    As soon as I see Alex, I’ll ask him how he would have liked the story to finish. Don’t you worry, I’ll share the information with you.


    • LOL! And if you’re on it, please ask him how he would like Luke Anderson’s life to go on? Thank him on my behalf, who has given Luke a completely new, better life. (Yeah yeah, I am the only Alex fan on this planet obsessed with Luke.)
      And for Mick: there is a fantastic fanfic out there, I think for a lot of Moonlight fans it is THE continuation. There, Mick becomes both, human and a very very powerful Vampire.

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      • Cassiopea 1000

        Yes, I too tought of him being both a married human with vampire powers, but then we might have had to endure Mike smiling idiotically in sheer bliss, with Beth mumbling all the time as she had to wipe the drool of satisfaction off her husband’s mouth. Mind, ML could have started as a vampire drama and turned into a sitcom, with their little kids debating whether they would choose a chocolate cake or a gallon of type O+ blood for their birthday party. Yeah, on seconds thoughts, it could have been a good option!


  8. mamayorkie

    I was never comfortable with the Mick-Beth relationship because I found it creepy. I always preferred Coraline and could never understand why so many people hated her. All she did was turn him into a vampire. One little teeny mistake. (But the actress who played her is gorgeous.) LOL


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