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Hawaii Five-O on to a shore thing – #H50 from way back in S4

These days it is rare to find and old article that is new to us and that we have not seen or posted before. Thank you Kimmer for the find. Really an interesting perspective from Alex in the (good) old days.

Fractured Five-0 tackles tension in season four.

by: Debashine Thangevelo

For: The Star Newspaper

22 May 2014

BEFORE he gained a loyal fan base as Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-0, a remake of the 1968 TV series, Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin sparked curiosity as Jennifer Lopez’s love interest in the rom-com, The Back-Up Plan.

I’m not sure if it was his smouldering good looks, that chiselled six-pack or the enchanting smile that endeared him, or if it was simply his acting ability. Either way, viewers haven’t been able to get enough of the lanky Adonis. Four seasons later, he remains a tour de force in the modern re-imagining of Hawaii Five-O.

Tonight’s episode is a minefield of explosive drama – a lot of it centred on his mother, Doris.

O’Loughlin says: “When you look at the reality of the situation, I mean, anybody in the real world whose mother faked her own death and disappeared for 20 years, reappeared, and then did it again … like disappeared again and sort of cut all contact … it would ruin someone. It would absolutely, emotionally ruin someone. And the aftermath of that would be something very tangible and something we – I certainly hope – explore for my character. I think it could lead into some interesting PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

After chasing Wo Fat for ages, new information comes to light that has Steve reeling in shock.

The actor says: “I think the death of his father started a great fury in him. I think those successions of deaths that happened with his best friend in North Korea and then his dad as he was coming back, you know, it started something in him he can’t sort of put out. And there has always been one thing after another that fuelled his passion since the very beginning in the pilot.”

O’Loughlin hints that his character’s past demons do surface every so often, especially with him being thrust into a volatile climate daily.

One of the curve balls Steve didn’t expect was Kono choosing Adam over her job last season.

As for his character’s thoughts on their relationship, he says: “For Steve, it’s been a real concern, but it’s also been a hindrance. He is such a pragmatist. It’s like Kono is married to the mob. He doesn’t like Adam Noshimuri. If Adam got shot tomorrow, he would be like: ‘Okay, good riddance to bad rubbish.’”

One of the welcome additions to the cast was Michelle Borth as Lieutenant Catherine Rollins. Sexy, intelligent and no push-over, she was the perfect match for Steve. And viewers revelled in their blossoming screen romance.

On working with Borth, he praises: “Michelle is a great girl and a great actor. She’s very switched on and does all her homework. We are both very prepared, which is great and crucial in TV because it means you can actually get into the work.

You have such a tiny bracket of time to play with a scene before you actually shoot it. She is always prepared, so we get to take the scene further and give it more shades of colour.”

Interestingly enough, the dynamics in their relationship change with Catherine working with the team now. The tension is definitely going to give rise to a few heated stand-offs between the two.

Peter Lenkov, the show’s executive producer, says: “We always make an effort in the beginning of the season to really come out of the gate, beat our chests and sort of announce that we are back to do something with a lot of stakes and a lot of energy and action. Then we slow ourselves down and start telling more personal stories, more character stories.

“Probably one of the biggest things we dealt with in the season three finale was Kono leaving. That’s going to really affect the beginning of season four.

A big drawcard as far as guests go this season is Carol Burnett: “We are really excited about Carol Burnett. She plays Aunt Deb, the aunt Mary went to live with when their mother supposedly died. And she has a great role. She sings and does everything you expect from Carol Burnett. But the thing she does that’s so good is the dramatic stuff.”

Staying true to its high-octane roots, the fourth instalment of Hawaii Five-0 is laden with character-driven storytelling interwoven with traditional whodunit crime-solving. The crimes are varied, mindboggling and engaging – feeding into the team spirit of the specialist unit.

My Thoughts

  • All I can say – once again so much potential for good storytelling on Hawaii Five-0, clearly dropped and lost way back then in the beginning and during Season 4.
  • Alex’s words here in the article – “I certainly hope”, makes me so sad, because clearly that hope for some great character stuff for Steve did not come to life. And the little bit that was there, landed on the editing room floor and could only be seen by those who bought the DVD. 😦
  • All we got from the whole Doris and Cath story was a rescue of Daddy Fat four seasons later and some more CIA bullshit with no real character story for Steve coming from it other than finding an old diary from Doris with no explanation to the viewers of what is really in there …..
  • From this article and from some others that we have posted over the years about Hawaii Five-0, it is clear that the actors see the depth of the characters that they ey play and know who they really are (or could be) so clearly, just to be disappointed by being given a curveball by the writers with something totally different, trivial and inconsequential ……
  • For me this was a very refreshing article from way back then at the end of my favourite season (3), and at the start of Season 4 with such great expectation –  written by somebody who certainly understood where the story was at back then. And written by somebody who was clearly not influenced by warmongering fans with a vendetta, or other ass-kissing fans on social media back then, like most of the thrill-seeking articles are influenced now.

  • And I just LOVE this paragraph and have to repeat it here: “I’m not sure if it was his smouldering good looks, that chiselled six-pack or the enchanting smile that endeared him, or if it was simply his acting ability. Either way, viewers haven’t been able to get enough of the lanky Adonis. Four seasons later, he remains a tour de force in the modern re-imagining of Hawaii Five-O.”



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‘Three Rivers’ of life, death and rock ’n’ roll – with #AlexOLoughlin


It’s early on a Monday morning on the Hollywood sets of CBS’ new medical drama “Three Rivers,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, and star Alex O’Loughlin, wearing only scrub pants and a striped bathrobe, is sprawled across a hotel bed.

By Kate O’Hare
Published: 4 October 2009

Suddenly there’s a burst of rock music, sending O’Loughlin (Moonlight”), who plays transplant surgeon Dr. Andy Yablonski, stumbling into the next room. There he discovers a patient playing the video game “Rock Band.” By the end of the scene, the two are jamming.

Between takes, O’Loughlin shows off his air-guitar skills with the game, then picks up a real acoustic guitar and makes some music.

“I was just mucking around,” he says. “It’s a beautiful guitar they’ve got in there. It’s a vintage Gibson. It’s divine. It’s worth a lot of money, so I’m hesitant to pick it up. But it’s its karma. It’s supposed to be played.”

If this scene doesn’t sound like the usual medical drama, that’s the goal of series creator and executive producer Carol Barbee (“Judging Amy”).

“I know we’re doing a medical drama, but it doesn’t feel like that,” she says. “It feels like we’re doing these stories about these lives. The guest-star stories are so interesting, because you’re dropping into these worlds.”

“It’s the worst day; something catastrophic happens. You don’t know that you’re going to be a donor that day.”

Set at Three Rivers Medical Center in Pittsburgh, the drama focuses on the organ-transplant team. Led by Yablonski, it also includes rebellious but talented Dr. Miranda Foster (Katherine Moennig), womanizing Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney), operating assistant Pam Acosta (Justina Machado) and transplant coordinator Ryan Abbott (Christopher J. Hanke).

Overseeing the team is head of surgery Dr. Sophia Jordon (Alfre Woodard, who was born in Tulsa).

 Since “Three Rivers” is about transplants, there has to be a donor, which means someone has to die so someone else may live. But that doesn’t mean the show or the characters have to be earnest and grim all the time.

“The stakes are always there,” O’Loughlin says, “and these are people that deal with this on a day-to-day basis. They live in the light. These are some of the funniest, most joyful people that I’ve ever met, because that’s the only way you can deal with death on this scale every minute, every hour of every day.”

“So that brings us in. Then there’s this team that gives life. That’s what they do as a team at Three Rivers. They give hope; they give life. They’re in the life business.”


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‘Hawaii Five-0′: Alex O’Loughlin Gets Candid About His Decision to Leave the Show

On a previous occasion in November we already posted part of this article when it was first released. I thought it might be good to do the full article again just to keep our media archive up to date and just add some thoughts with it.
Of course in his latest Watch! interview Alex already confirmed that his treatment, for the injuries mentioned in this article, is working and that it would make him reconsider leaving the show soon and going on beyond Season 8 if the show continues.
All the speculations and wannabe journalists posting articles about their own speculations of him leaving are really getting tiresome. And also everybody sharing those posts and getting spooked every time and going into a frantic panic every time, are a bit pathetic.Time will tell.
Really people, it is a Television show and not the end of the world. If it continues after Season 8, and continues with Alex, so be it, if not that is also fine …… why jump the gun and get into a panic over nothing? For now we still have a season to look forward to.

Let’s continue with the article from November …..

On the 150th episode of the CBS series Hawaii Five-0, entitled “Ka makuahine a me ke keikikane” (which is Hawaiian for “Mother and Son”), Five-0 must team up to free Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) mother, Doris (Christine Lahti), when Catherine (Michelle Borth) informs them that she’s been captured. But even though she’s about to be executed after attempting to free Wo Fat’s imprisoned father, that doesn’t stop Doris from wanting to complete her very dangerous mission.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin talked about why he thinks Hawaii Five-0 has had such tremendous success, when Hawaii really started to feel like home for him, the return of the two most important women in Steve McGarrett’s life, whether he gets any closure for either relationship, why the dynamic between Steve and Danno (Scott Caan) is so important to the show, why he’s made the decision to leave the show after eight seasons (if they get that far), and how he’s hoping to direct an episode in Season 8. Be aware that there are some spoilers discussed.


for   Collider

4 November 2016

Collider: Congrats on 150 episodes!

Alex: Thank you! 

Collider: That’s a big milestone that very few TV series ever get to anymore.

Alex: It’s quite extraordinary, in this climate of television, I have to say.

Collider: As an actor in a profession where you never know what the next job will be, is it cool to know that people still want to tune in and that they keep coming back?

Alex: : Yeah, it is cool. It’s also reassuring, in a number of different ways. I’ve seen how hard everyone works, that I work with on this show. It makes me really happy for everyone, and for all the hard work we all put in.

Collider: Very few reboots, remakes and reimaginings have actually done well. Most of them don’t make it, but this show has beaten all the odds. What do you think the secret to the success of Hawaii Five-0 has been?

Alex: Well, I think it’s a number of different things. Let me preface by saying I don’t know what I’m talking about. That’s my disclaimer. What do I know? But, I think one of the reasons that reboots don’t work is that they try to emulate what’s been done before. What we’ve done with this is quite different to what came before. My McGarrett is so different from Jack Lord’s McGarrett, and Scott’s Danno is very different from the old Danno.

But I also think that with every successful show, there’s an element of alchemy somewhere. The alchemy, in this instance, has something to do with the chemistry between the cast, what Peter Lenkov brings with his plot-driven writing, and the beautiful scenery that plays the character of Hawaii. It all just works.

Collider: You’ve been doing this show for a few years now and it seems like you’re pretty embedded in Hawaii and the Hawaiian way of life. When did Hawaii really start to feel like home for you?

Alex: I can settle pretty well and pretty quickly, pretty much anywhere. I’m an actor and, as an actor, you’re kind of like a traveling salesman. It’s pretty easy to hang your hat and get comfortable [in Hawaii]. I got very comfortable here very quickly, but after I’d been here about a year and a half or two years, I knew that this place was in my heart, forever.

Collider: It can’t hurt to work in paradise, on a regular basis.

Alex: People come here for a week at a time, but there are aspects of living on an island in the middle of the ocean that are difficult, too. Any place has its pros and cons. I do need to leave, once a year. I take my family and we go away to other places. Otherwise, you start to take it for granted and it can lose its charm. I don’t ever want that to happen, so we travel.

Collider: This is a very big episode, being the 150th, with the return of Catherine and having to rescue McGarrett’s mom. What can you say to tease the return of what are arguably the two most important women in his life, both of whom seem to keep eluding him?

Alex: I think it’s a really important episode for Steve, in the sense that these women have meant the most to him in his life, but have also caused the most grief and pain. They’re both a pain in the ass, but they also both mean more to him than anyone else. There’s closure with one, and then kind of closure with the other. The closure he gets with Catherine is really important. It answers a couple of questions for him. Whenever anyone is left in the situation that he was in, it forces that person to look at themselves and question whether or not they were the problem, and I think that’s finally done for him.

And then, with his mom, it’s tricky. I don’t think he’ll ever get to a place where he’s just at peace with it, but I think he’s getting closer and he’s becoming less emotionally volatile. She has less power over him, emotionally. It’s been a long road for him, with her.

Collider: It’s nice to get to see a bit of what life was like for McGarrett growing up, and what his relationship was like with his mother when he was a kid. How do you think the relationship they have know reflects the one that they had then?

Alex: I don’t think it does. You’re talking about the vulnerability and trust of a child and its mother. When the parent loves the child the way she did him and his sister, and then proceeds to do the things that she did, that trust no longer exists and the relationship changes. Since we’ve known McGarrett, he’s been searching for what that relationship is now and how that relationship is now, and I think that’s becoming more clear for him.

Collider: Knowing that Steve was going to propose to Catherine before she left, do you think he’ll ever consider marriage again, or has that opportunity passed?

Alex: (SPOILERS) I don’t know. I don’t write the show, and I don’t know what’s around the corner. But from the character’s standpoint, I don’t think he would consider marriage with Catherine, at all. What’s become clear is that Catherine is not the correct candidate, regardless of how they feel about each other.

The life choices that she’s clearly committed to are not going to work. Even though he hasn’t been married before, he’s smart enough to understand what the institution of marriage requires and what it would mean. She took that off the table when she made the decisions that she made. He respects and admires the decisions that she’s made, but she’s removed herself as a candidate for any kind of long term.

Through Catherine doing what she needs to do for herself, following the path that she needs to take, he has been able to empathize with Doris on a level that he couldn’t before. In a way, she has humanized his mother for him. That’s what she has facilitated for him, more than anything else. That’s the greatest gift anyone could have given this guy.

Collider: One of the best parts of this show is watching the dynamic between Steve and Danno because it’s so fun and so funny, and they’ve been through a lot together, since it all started. What do you still enjoy about playing that dynamic and working with Scott Caan?

Alex: First of all, he’s a mate of mine. We’ve become mates, over the years, and it’s nice to work with your mate. When you’re friends with the people that you’re working with – and that goes for all of my other cast members – it’s fun. Work becomes less painful. It’s all about the long, long, long hours, and what the show requires of us.

So, to do all of that, day after day, and to produce this show the way that we do, with friends, makes it worth doing. If we weren’t friends, I wouldn’t have signed on for a couple more years. Specifically, I think that our dynamic together is really important. It’s part of what makes this show appealing and it’s part of what makes this show enjoyable to watch. I love seeing what our dynamic brings out because sometimes it’s a surprise to us, as well.

Collider: Seven seasons into this show, you’re closer to the end than you are to the beginning, at this point. Have you made a definite decision that eight seasons is it for you?

Alex: I’ve decided. Beyond anything else, I don’t want to do any more because I don’t want to kill it. It’s still got some magic left in it. It’s hard to keep it alive and fresh. It’s hard to keep it fun and new, each day. I’m worried that I won’t even be able to do that until the end of Season 8, but I’m going to keep swinging until I’m in the box.

The other thing is that physically, I’ve had a lot of injuries. I’ve been hurt really badly on this show. I’ve now got some serious back issues, which I’m going back and forth to California to deal with. I don’t want to fuck my body up anymore.

I’m getting stem cell treatments in my spine, so that I can pick my kids up. At a certain point, it’s television. Film and TV is not as important as my life. I don’t think I can physically do any more than eight years. We might not even do an eighth year. That’s a little presumptuous of us to even be speaking like this. But, if they want us to do an eighth year, that will be it for me.

Collider: Have you thought about where you’d like to see Steve McGarrett end up and have you had any discussions with the writers about that?

Alex: I don’t really speak to the writers because it’s frustrating for me when we see things differently. I just try to do my best with what they give me. They have their own ideas, and I have my own ideas.

Frankly, I think that if my ideas were written down, we probably wouldn’t still be on the air. I don’t know how to make a successful TV show. So, I’m open to it. As long as it’s smart, thought-out, creative and interesting, I’m down with it.

Collider: A lot of actors who are thinking about trying their hand at directing seem to do so with an episode of their own TV series. Over the course of seven seasons, have you ever thought about taking on an episode of the show, as a director?

Alex: I will be directing an episode in Season 8, if we make it that far. I’m here, every day, and I think all of us have a say in the way that it’s going to go, on that day. We all know how the show is shot and how to tell the story. It won’t be that foreign for me to sit in that chair.

After this is all over, I hope directing is a part of my career. I don’t think I’m that good at the acting part. I think I’m fine at it, but I think I’m probably a little better at directing. But then again, maybe I’m horrible at it. If they don’t put my episode on the air, than we’ll know that that won’t be a part of my future.



My thoughts

  • It is clear that Alex wants the show to go out on a high, while the character is still “alive”. –It’s still got some magic left in it”
  • At the time Alex talked a lot about the abuse and injuries to his body, but it is clear that by the end of the season  his health improved and his body clearly functioned at a high level again. Probably with good therapy and looking after it properly, it got a lot better.
  • It looks like at the time of this article that he made a decision to make Season 8 his last. But I guess we will have to wait and see how firm that decision was. Things change with time. Some changes to the demands of the show and workload, could make him change his mind. Nothing is done until it is done. Speculation won’t change it.
  • And can people also stop saying that Scott Caan said that he would leave Hawaii Five-0 if Alex leaves. There is NO such interview or article of him saying that. It is fans speculating and making up stories and then people start selling the stupidity as gospel. Scott and Alex are not tied at the hip. Although they are work colleagues and friends, they both have their own lives, families, partners, kids, careers and lots of much older and closer friends.
  • Alex said he will be directing in Season 8. The way it is written, it sounds like a firm commitment for it was already made. BUT it does not say that he will be producing of writing any episode. I see a lot of comments where people just add their own conclusions to what is being said.
  • I am definitely in two minds about the directing thing. Of course I would love for him to succeed at it, but then I also selfishly do not want him to exchange that for acting.


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I Wish I Had More #AlexOLoughlin in my life. (BTS Video for Watch!)


Alex: We are doing a photo shoot for CBS Watch! Magazine.

Alex: Yeah, we are having a lot of fun out here in beautiful Kuaola. We’ve got Nino Muñoz, who’s shooting with us. Who is an incredible photographer. I am honoured that he came all this way to do this.

Nino: We are shooting here in amazing Hawaii. It was just  iconic amazing images in the background.

Alex: It’s very exciting. We all put our heads together and wanted to find a story for the shoot. And we sort of wanted this guy to be a little nomadic. Like a traveller in a strange land, discovering a new landscape. And Finding his way away from civilization.

Nino: So it was great to have someone involved and dedicated to making the images come alive.

Alex: So we got some really amazing props. We got an old Royal Enfield  kick-start old army green motorcycle with some Envia bags.  I love bikes, so that’s been fun for me.

Alex: Now the first shot was mainly establishing this character and the bike and his first mode transport. And we will bring in some horses into it, I think

Yeah, with Nino shooting, and Hawaii doing what it does and some cool props. I am just sort of standing here, being  grateful.

Link to the video:


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Hawaii Five-0 Hunk #AlexOLoughlin Turns Up The Heat On Oahu

Stunning pictures ……..

A road less traveled.

Take a trip off the beaten path with Hawaii Five-0 hunk Alex O’Loughlin, who Watch! photographed for the June 2017 issue at the beautiful Kuaola Ranch on Oahu.

From riding motorcycles to wrangling horses, the handsome Hawaii Five-0 star packs plenty of heat in this sexy photo shoot, while taking us on journey into the heart of Hawaii. Check out these gorgeous photos, including bonus, never-seen-before images exclusive to CBS .com. Discover more about Alex O’Loughlin and his deep love for this enchanting archipelago in the tidbits below and in this exclusive interview.

New beginnings

When offered the Hawaii Five-0 gig, Alex O’Loughlin felt both excitement and fear. Moving 2,500 miles for a show was daunting—but Hawaii worked her magic

Aloha, Alex!

“People say these islands either embrace you or push you away. I found myself, as a gift from the islands, being blessed in and given a Hawaiian name. I found all sorts of things drawing me in deeper and deeper.” Alex O’Loughlin

Hawaiian nomad

Thankfully for Hawaii Five-0 fans everywhere, Alex O’Loughlin said yes to Steve McGarrett. He stayed on Waikiki Beach the first month of filming.

Local flavor

With a full first season to shoot, Alex started to learn the local rhythms from friends and longtime Oahu residents like his fellow cast member Daniel Dae Kim.

Spiritual connection

“I don’t know what’s out there, I don’t know whether there’s a God or whether there’s lots of gods or whether there’s just universal energy, but I know from what’s happened that there’s something bigger than me.” Alex O’Loughlin

Hang ten

Alex took up surfing, and later met his future wife, Hawaiian surfer and model Malia Jones.

Home sweet home

He also rebuilt a mid-century home in Diamond Head to call his own.

Meant to be

“The majority of my important memories are now Hawaiian. You’ve just got to look around… watch the waves in winter here. There’s something bigger than me in the world… that source or whatever that is had something to do with this whole journey, because now it all makes sense.”Alex O’Loughlin

Action misadventures

In the first few seasons of the show, Alex elected to do most of his own stunts. But injuries took their toll and after a serious back injury, the star decided to leave them to the stunt professionals.

Character study

While he steps aside for the stunt work, he studies up on his character every chance he gets.

Linked in

“This has been a master class for me. I can definitely drop into McGarrett’s head space anytime. I have a bible of who he is in my soul, in my mind.”Alex O’Loughlin

Long run

Fun fact: Hawaii Five-0 seasons are a whopping 25 episodes each. This season, Alex O’Loughlin and team celebrated Episode 150.

Basic training

“I’ve had the great fortune of being exposed to a lot of Navy SEALs who’ve helped me with the character… being like them requires a specific sort of energy, and I have to manufacture that. At the end of the day it’s like, ‘Keep calm and have another cold one.'” Alex O’Loughlin

Hawaiian punch

Alex O’Loughlin has been deeply touched and inspired by island life and all its beauty—so much so that he never wants to leave. We don’t blame him.

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff. Originally published in Watch!Magazine, June 2017.


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