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About FOYeur

This is social media me. Having some fun as an Alex O'Loughlin fangirl, together with my partner in crime, Neropatti Paula.

Sticking around with #AlexOLoughlin

Hi Everyone

Wow, it is kind of difficult to get back into the swing of things after such a long absence as mine. Also difficult to know where to start when one kind of only knows half of what has been going on in the Alex fandom during this time.

On the one hand I would like to explain and share what kept me busy, but that will make it about me, which I do not want to let happen. This is a fun site about Alex and his career and that is what we would like to stick to. It would also take too long and induce sympathy that would be meaningless to me at this stage.

Of the little I have seen, I can only say that there is still the same adoration from my side for who Alex is as an actor and as a human being. He looks gorgeous and seems happy at work and in his personal life. And what more can a fangirl ask for?

Thank you to those of you who have stuck around during this time. I think among the old post there still remain some fun information that you can always revisit to keep busy with. Your interacting with comments make it all worth while. I will most probably have to read some of theold stories again as well, just to remind me of some of the things about Alex.

I really appreciate that Paula, on her own, also kept things going here in our Alex haven and of course mostly on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages. All while having to deal with her own difficult circumstances during this time. We have been internet friends now for 7 years and all I can say is that she stuck with me even though I clammed up quite a bit during this time.

Also thank you to the one Alex-Angel who kept in contact and who kept me and Paula up to date about all things Alex. You are a star! I still need to study most of the stuff that you provided to really get back into what actually happened with and around Alex during this time.  But hopefully I will get there. I will see what seems interesting and maybe make some posts about it, even though it can be regarded as old news and not of interest by most of you.

As far as the new season of Hawaii Five-0 goes, I have only watched 3 of the latest episodes thus far (9:07, 9:11 and 9:12). I enjoyed most of what I saw of them, but will have to start from the beginning of the season to really have an opinion about it all.

Interesting to see Joan Collins on set of Hawaii Five-0 during this past week. It looks like there might be some comic situations with her character in the show. She might be advanced in age (85 yrs), but she always seemed to be a force to be reckoned with – or maybe that was what we all just felt about her iconic character of Alexis in the good old Dynasty days.

From Joan Collins on Instagram

Of course there is an old fun article here on the blog that connects with her as well. You can see it here and also a short part in this one here.

Also great to see that Alex once again got the change to direct one of the Hawaii Five-0 episodes (Epi 9:17).

From Kurt Jones on Instagram

What I have seen from some of the pictures during the past months, is that it looks like Alex is still very much involved with Jiu jitsu and the people around it. Even helping as guest instructor at Egan’s Gym this weekend.

From Jamie Blake on Instagram

And also hosting a few other celebrities and friends at his own private garage gym at home a few times.

From Tyron Woodley on Instagram

I hope we will continue to still have some fun here with Alex and that you will have some patience while I slowly get into the mode of studying Alex and sharing it here on the blog again.  Catching up with all things Alex is always fun, but it sometimes takes time to get it all together. We will most probably never get back to how things were a few years back, but that does not matter. Please feel free to share what you would like us to post or would like to know more about.

I think what I have learned the most during this time away, is that life is short and that life goes on. We can never repeat or recreate past fun, but we always share and enjoy new adventures.

Regards

FOYeur.

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Congratulations #AlexOLoughlin

On Saturday, Grappling Unlimited where Alex train with Egan Inoue, had their belt testing day for their BJJ advancement. From the videos of the event it can be seen that Alex not only helped with some of the testing of the lower level students, but he also advanced and got his 4th stripe on his Purple Belt.

Video:

  • Not sure how the students at Egan’s training centre advance and if Alex will need another (5th) stripe, or if his next advancement might be a Brown Belt.

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They say …. #AlexOLoughlin is a fine actor.

Of course as Alex O’Loughlin fangirls we can not pass up on this opportunity to repost these wonderful comments from Movie and TV veteran actor, the 89-year-old, James Hong ……

James is a guest actor on tonight’s episode (8:23) of Hawaii Five-0 and he also appeared as different characters in a number of episodes from the original Hawaii Five-o

 

James Hong Thanks or your encouraging comments as my Hawaii 5-0 episode releases this Friday. Alex O’Loughlin is one of the nicest leading men I’ve ever met. I don’t think he allows stardom to change his inner person. To Alex: “Thank you for your hospitality and your fine acting.”
Such heartwarming comments by someone who has been around in the industry for so many years and worked with such a vast number of actors over the years …….
James joined Facebook last year, and just to explain a bit better of who he is as a person, we added this comment he made on his page earlier.
James Hong  
13 September 2017)   Wow! Thanks for your support of my official Facebook and Twitter Pages. I’m really happy to hear you have enjoyed my work of over the last 60 years. I can hardly believe it myself – over 500 TV and film roles (IMDB doesn’t list them all). Knowing my job as an entertainer, artist, is making a difference in people’s lives means a lot to me. Thank you. Stay tuned, because there’s still more to come!

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#AlexOLoughlin, Malia and Spike on the set of #H50 – February 2018

Because of limited access to some of the pictures, we have rarely post pictures from the set over the last few months, but the latest pictures from the set, when they filmed tomorrow night’s Hawaii Five-0 episode (8:22), are kind of interesting for a number of reasons.

  • Alex with his wife Malia on set – I really do hope that the fabricated rumours of them ‘not being together’ will just stop now. A number of comments here with us lately and on other social media pages, where fans turn speculation of break-up into their own reality. Nothing is impossible and people do split up and still remain friends, but I have seen no reason at all from the few snidbits we get of their private life, that there is any real solid reason to wonder if whether they are still a happy family together.

  • Alex’s stepson, Spike, is making his Hawaii Five-0 “debut” and will be one of the kids in the episode. And from this picture it seems as if he will have a speaking part. Guess we will have to wait and see.

  • Alex/ Steve climbing a tree – wonder if Steve doing that will also be seen as the “stupidest thing ever on Hawaii Five-0, as some thought Cath/ Michelle climbing a tree was? #justsaying.

 

Other pictures from Hawaii Isla 808 taken during filming in February …

 

Hawaii Isla 808

Alex Oloughlin acting filmed at Ala Moana Beach Dr. Alex’s wife Malia and her son. this H50 should be 8×22 this friday night on CBS. there is more coming pics and videos soon this week. Stay Tuned..#h50 #hawaiifive0 #five0 #hawaii50

 

Video – also from Hawaii Isla on Facebook:

 

Alex in the tree:

And this picture from Instagram:

ashleyflakekennedy  Chayce with the boys on set! Mahalo Alex and his son Spike for taking the time to hop in the pic too! #studs#luckywelivehawaii#hawaiifiveo#setlife#lovemyjob#h50season8#h50hana#h50#alexoloughlin @mama_rach_patt

 

Aloha

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#AlexOLoughlin Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of His Directorial Debut

At long last it is Friday the 30th of March and time for Episode 8:18 of Hawaii Five-0 with Alex as Director ……

 

A powerful storyline motivates his approach to Hawaii Five-0’s “E ho’okō kuleana (To Do One’s Duty).”

Fans of Hawaii Five-0 know Steve McGarrett as an action hero and strong leader for the team. Alex O’Loughlin has always looked like a natural commander when he plays the role on screen. Now he’s taking command in a whole new way—by directing the episode “E ho’okō kuleana (To Do One’s Duty),” which airs on Friday, Mar. 30 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

CBS

29 March 2018

Alex was humble about his first experience as a television director, but he didn’t shy away from the responsibility. The episode’s storyline about domestic violence motivated his careful approach. In an interview with CBS.com, Alex shared what it was like behind the scenes as he directed his fellow Hawaii Five-0 stars, the ways a good crew can make TV magic, and just how he turned tropical Honolulu into chilly Newark. Enjoy his perspective from the director’s chair along with some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos.

CBS: Congratulations on your directorial debut! Is there any way you tried to leave your personal “stamp” on this episode?

Alex: It’s weird to talk about being a director. I’ve done one episode of my own show, that I’m very comfortable on and fully supported by every single crew member. Part of my head is saying to me, “you’re not a director yet.” I just needed to qualify that!

I didn’t come in to this trying to reinvent the wheel. I didn’t want to try to make a different show. I wanted to make Hawaii Five-0. I just wanted to tell the story truthfully.

Stylistically, there’s a yes and a no. There was a lot of material to get into a 42-minute bracket. My director’s cut was different to the final cut in the sense that I actually cut a few scenes loose to let other scenes breathe. In television, the cuts are so quick: bang-bang-bang-bang-bang! I want to shoot two people and sit there for eight minutes and watch them. I’ve got a lot to learn about television and about the best ways to tell stories directorially in that medium.

CBS: What do you want audiences to take away from this episode?

Alex: The heartbeat of this story is a domestic violence against women story.

Joanna [Christie] wasn’t an actor who was sent to me from the company. I searched her out because I’d seen her on Narcos and I thought she’d be fantastic for it. She agreed to do it and I was beyond thrilled. I was really humbled and moved that she would trust me to be her director—as a first time director. I got her on the phone right away, and she was such a collaborator. I feel she told the story beautifully. She’s really talented. She’s got such an open heart. We were both on the same page right away: that we’ve got a really important story to tell.

There are millions of women all around the world who are being perpetrated against. There are millions of women all around the world who are in dangerous, terrifying situations. It’s up to us as storytellers to give people hope, to let people know that there is a way out. It felt like I was handed a great responsibility, and I took it very seriously. I hope that I was able to tell that story with the truth and integrity that those women around the world, who we are representing, deserve.

CBS: What was it like working with actors you may already know well, but now from the other side of the camera?

Alex: That was the most exciting aspect!

I loved being the master and commander of every moving part. I love painting the picture. I got to detail the scenes. I got to build the set and choose the paint colors, and say “Hey, can we get one of these? And do this? And can it do this? And can it make a little sound?” That was a lot of fun being the architect of everything visceral in the story, all the tangible stuff. But working with the people was the greatest part.

I love actors, man! I didn’t know I love actors as much as I do. These people are willing to open up their heart and their soul and tell these incredible, emotional stories on behalf of other people from such a truthful place. It sort of stunned me a little bit, because I’ve never been behind the camera and been the guy calling the shots.

CBS: There’s a scene where you and Ian Anthony Dale have some really intense dialogue. How do you approach directing somebody you’re in a scene with, and how do you direct yourself?

Alex: Ian is amazing. First of all, he looks like a movie star. He’s so handsome. He’s so talented. He’s such a collaborator. He’s a charming guy and such a pleasure to work with. I really hope we have him around for a long time.

When I got to my scenes, of which there were way more than I thought there would be, I was like “What?” I mean, I kind of knew my lines, but I felt like working with Alex O’Loughlin was the one part of the experience I didn’t need to replicate. I was like, “Can we cut this guy out?” Everyone else was a dream!

CBS: Did you have to run back-and-forth to check the cameras, too?

Alex: I have playback [via on-set monitors] on the entire show. Which is good, because I move fast as a director. I think it’s from so many years in television that I observe everybody’s time and the timeline of the show. I know how busy everyone is and how tired everyone is. You’re real exhausted at that stage. It’s episode 18, so you’re deep in the season, deep in the show itself. I try to move really fast and those scenes forced me to move even faster. It felt a little manic inside of my head during those moments. No one else seemed manic, but you have seven irons in the fire instead of four or five when you’re in the scene as well.

CBS: Is there a difference with how you approach each actor?

Alex: All the guest stars were extraordinary. Joanna [Christie] and Daniel [Kaemon] were fantastic. They were so responsive and they’re both really great actors. I got the performances out of them that I wanted. I really didn’t have to do much. They brought so much to the table, I just made a couple of adjustments and steered in certain direction, but they did all the work.

My fellow Five-0 cast were all wonderful, too. I think you need to know the people. Directing Scott [Caan] is way different to directing Beulah [Koale], is way different to directing Meaghan [Rath], is way different to directing Chi [McBride].

You make adjustments the actor you’re working with requires, and then it’s show time. You realize as a director you’ve got to be fluid. You’ve got to listen and really pay attention to what the actor is telling you. I may go to an actor and say “Hey, listen, how do you feel about this, and trying it this way? Is there a world where your character would do that?” And they may start asking questions, like, “Why would I do that? That doesn’t make sense.” And then it’s up to me to question my motivation, to actually answer the question.

There were times when I stopped and thought fast on my feet and I was like, “You know what? You’re right. I don’t know why your character would do that. This doesn’t have to do with your character’s motivation. This has to do with me trying to make it pretty. This is shot design.” Other times they say, “Yeah, it’s a really good note, thank you.”

I think the lessons were: Don’t be precious; be really clear; tell your story; know the story that you’re telling; and if you can’t tell it the way you thought you were going to tell it, find another way to tell it. I think I’m a fluid person and I think it served me well.

CBS: Anything else you learned as a director?

Alex: There were a thousand lessons that I learned! It was the best experience. [One was] how different every single actor is, whether you work with them every day or whether they’re a guest star.

[Another lesson was] what people’s interpretations of your words are. You can say “blue” and some people hear you say “pink.” You learn on the fly who hears what when you say what you say, and making adjustments so they hear what you want them to hear, so you can tell the story you want to tell the story. It sounds manipulative, but it’s not. It’s more about communication.

CBS: Was it tricky portraying a city like Newark in such a distinctive place like Hawaii?

Alex: Yeah, it’s really, really tricky. First of all, to find anything in Honolulu that looks like a Newark skyline is virtually impossible. To find a property, to find a residential structure that doesn’t have a shingled roof, that resembles anything on the eastern seaboard is extremely difficult. To find a property that doesn’t have a palm tree in the front? There are no palm trees in Newark! We had to hedge our bets. There is no perfect situation here. I had to paint a couple trees out, I had to paint a couple skylines in. We scouted heavy for it, too.

The night stuff, I had them wet everything down so it made it feel seasonal in the sense that there’s still a lot of moisture on the ground. Trying to put the people in jackets and stuff where I could in the night scenes, and in slightly warmer looking layers in the day scenes, and trying to create an environment with other scenes. Also, we changed camera filters, the way we light things, sometimes the way people move

When Scott’s waiting for Ray in the car, and they get in a violent altercation (the beginning of how Ray was incarcerated), that scene felt really cold to me. That did feel like it could have been on the East Coast. I had Daniel come out and feel the air, he sort of rubbed his hands together a bit, he had big boots on.

Of course, I have to say Kurt Jones, my DP who just got nominated for a gigantic award, is so talented. He’s such a great guy. He’s so fast. He’s extraordinary. I think he’s going to be a hall of famer.

CBS: What was it like directing a car (and foot!) action scene, and how does it compare to directing other scenes?

Alex: It’s a different thing. Action is action. You either know how to do it or you don’t know how to do it.

I had extraordinary help around me. [Stunt coordinator] Eric Norris is so awesome. And Paul Lacovara, my double, who is also coordinating now, is so awesome. I can really hand it over to them and go,“‘Boys, do your thing.”

I think as an action director, it comes kind of naturally to me to a certain extent, because I’ve done so much action, myself—as my MRIs would suggest!

It’s almost like a genre within a genre. I did find myself going, “I put my action hat on now.” I start thinking in different terms. Then, when I’m working with people, that felt more like “directing” to me. I don’t want to suggest all the giant action directors in the world aren’t directors at all. I wonder what they would say, what the Michael Bays and Peter Bergs would say. It feels like they’re different elements, like you step into a different set of shoes.

I guess the baseline is that action is the external elements, and directing actors in scenes is internal. One goes out, one goes in.

Watch “E ho’okō kuleana (To Do One’s Duty),” Alex’s directorial debut for Hawaii Five-0, on Friday, Mar. 30 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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