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#AlexOLoughlin in a nutshell …..

I was looking for some pictures and information for one of my posts, when I again noticed this ‘ode’ to Alex that was written by an old friend and a fellow Alex-blogger in 2012. She wrote it for her Tumblr and WordPress site H50BAMF, which later became AOLww.

I realised that it is still as true today as it was back then – even with some added Alex-virtues that we can maybe list. Or rather more evidence over the 6 years since then, that just re-inforced what she mentioned here.

I found that so many of the old stuff are vanishing online because sites closed down or new fans did not know it ever existed and are still there to read. I thought it might be a good idea to repost it here for you all to read …….


Alex is No Tortured Artist

When you’re happy by nature, its contagious.

Every time I see a new rash of interviews or events, I always come away with “feelings”.  You see, for me it’s hard to support someone’s work when I don’t like them as human beings.  Granted, most of us don’t really KNOW these people, but you keep your eyes and ears open enough, you get a pretty good idea of their general worth.  After this whole recent bullshit dust up about him being ungrateful to his fans because of a poorly timed/worded/edited statement, it made me reflect on the actor that I’ve grown to love and appreciate over the past couple years.

This is what I see:

~He doesn’t take himself so seeeeeriously! He’s just an actor. He has a job to do.  He does it with enthusiasm and graciousness and then he goes home.

~He values his private life and the privacy of his loved ones. In this day and age of reality TV stars and social media, that’s increasingly rare. Social media is powerful and it could make him a household name if he played it right. Yet, he values just being “Alex”.

~While he’s charitable and supports several causes, his big cause is his own family.  Too often celebrities spend their time taking care of others while their own family falls apart. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong at all about doing charity work…celebrities really need to put that face forward.  But it does you no good to try and save the world when you can’t take care of what’s your own.  I like that he gets that.  Don’t spend so much time saving the neighborhood while your own house is on fire.

~He’s self-admittedly not perfect and we all know he took a really big ‘fall’ this year BUT he got up with grace and honor and that’s the most inspiring of all.  The falling down doesn’t matter, it’s the getting back up and fighting that counts. It’s hard to even imagine what he went through before asking for help. He’s always said he was a fighter and he proved he’s as good as his word.  Good for you, Alex.

~He compliments others freely and genuinely, even though he gets little in return. This is really something I admire so greatly and it really hit me watching the S1 H50 DVD.  He really is good at singing the praises of his co-workers, actors, directors, minor actors, set people, etc.

~He can be honest without being ‘brutal’.  There is no weakness in speaking honestly but tactfully.  There is more strength in building up than tearing down.  I wish more people got this.  Respect is sexy.

~He’s open and friendly with fans at all times. Not just when he has something to promote.  Just ask any of the fans who have run into him this summer.

~He’s often written off as just a pretty face by nameless myopic critics who refuse to look past the obvious.  Yet you will never hear him use the “poor me, I suffer for my art” card.  Instead you’ll find him giving 150% on a daily basis, with a smile on his face, genuinely grateful for the success that he has and making millions of his fans happy.

My final thoughts on this is that nice guys may never come in first, but I don’t believe they finish last either.  Somewhere in the middle is our

Alex O’Loughlin: hard working, grateful actor, devoted father and son, all around decent human being.

In my opinion, there is no greater compliment than that.

Written by ESS @H50BAMF



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(2013) #H50 premieres S4 in Waikiki with stars & Jonas Brothers concert

Waikiki was a zoo last night, an estimated 8,000 residents and tourists packed Queen’s Beach on Thursday (even as early as Wednesday afternoon), to get a glimpse of their favorite Hawaii Five-0 actors and catch a free concert from the Jonas Brothers after the screening.

Published: 27 September

We braved the crowds to chat with the stars and producers, and along the way we met some super fans from Australia, Belgium, Norway and Italy. Many of them didn’t get any shuteye for 24 hours, but it was worth the wait—they got plenty of love from actors Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim (he even jumped the fence to greet his adoring fans). They both spent more time signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans than walking the red carpet to talk to the media.

That made the several ladies from LLOL, also known as the Long Legs O’Loughlin fan club, happy.

Canadian resident Audrey Manasterski, 66, was among the first fans camping overnight on Queen’s Beach near the end of the carpet. It’s her fifth time in Hawaii, and she’s been to all the premieres.

“We’ve been here since day one,” says Manasterski, just before the stars arrived. “We made it all three nights without sleeping; I haven’t slept yet.”

Mary Enriquez, 68, travelled from England carrying her country flag and a scrapbook filled with O’Loughlin’s photos and newspaper clippings.

“I make one every single year with all of Alex’s personal life, his private life, everything that’s going in his films, bits and pieces from the Hawaii magazine,” Enriquez says. He’s signed one every single year for me.”

Los Angeles resident Lisa Fortenberry, 59, joined her friends Manasterski and Enriquez. She hoped to get a February 2011 copy of Australia’s Jetstar Magazine autographed by O’Loughlin. She did.

We’d like to see a little more romance between Steve and Catherine,” Fortenberry says.

Episode 401

Michelle Borth, who plays Steve McGarrett’s love interest Catherine Rollins, says viewers will get to know her character better.

“We’ve only known Catherine in the Navy and that’s been her entire life,” she says. “And for the first time, she’s going to be leaving and trying to figure out what she’s going to do now.”

And does the romance heat up for Catherine and McGarrett?

“Maybe, maybe not,” she teases. “You’ll just have to wait and see.”

And the biggest crowd reaction during the screening of the first episode? The appearance of a shirtless McGarrett.


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TV Insider (Dec 2015): Alex O’Loughlin brings his family home for Christmas.

HE’S made himself a happy home on the island of Oahu, but Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin is bringing his young family back to Australia for the first time this Christmas.

Alex & Malia at Fashion Show 20 Nov 2015 (Picture taken by Kelli Bullock)

The 39-year-old and his stunning wife, surfer girl Malia Jones, are jetting back to Sydney, reuniting with O’Loughlin’s teenage son Saxon. Jones’ son Spike, 7, (from her second marriage to Aussie surfer ex, Luke Stedman), as well as the couple’s adorable three-year-old boy, Lion, will also be there.

While O’Loughlin’s conversation is littered with Hawaiian phrases and the odd “gnarly” expression (“I’m surrounded by surfers”), the Canberra-born star is looking forward to an Aussie summer. “I haven’t had a Christmas back there in years, so we’re going to come back and just have a bit of quiet time, breathe a bit of Aussie air and catch up with family and friends,” he told me. “Also, the little ones haven’t been home so that will be great too … (the grandparents) are going to get crazy.”


O’Loughlin moved to Hawaii almost six years ago, after landing the lead in the reboot of the 1970s police procedural, opposite Scott Caan (as his Five-O partner, Danny ‘Danno’ Williams).

He bought a $4 million home at Diamond Head, Waikiki, and began dating Jones, 38, four years ago. They quietly married in April last year and both relish their tropical lifestyle: “I love it here (Oahu), it’s my home. I want to raise the kids here. I think it’s a great base geographically for me as well because it’s not as far away from Sydney as LA but it’s not as far away from LA as Sydney. It’s beautiful and clean and the kids are in good schools. They’re into surfing and have got great sports coaching. We’re happy.”

His son Saxon had also been living the Hawaiian life for a few years with his famous dad, until returning to Australia recently to start an apprenticeship.

His youngest was born on the island and given a native name: Lion Kahano, a moniker his dad jokes he sometimes regrets calling him “because he really lives up to his name. He marches to the beat of his own drum. I joke and say he’s the one I worry about the least and the one I worry about the most, you know. He’s the best, mate. He’s a little gift from the heavens, that boy. They all are,” O’Loughlin gushed.

With Five-O midway through filming season six (to air on Ten early next year), the star revealed he was currently off contract but keen to sign up again: “I thought by season six it would be dying. I thought ‘how do you keep a show going like that?’ But it’s a good season, one of our best. I’m ready and just waiting for the call. We’ll see what happens.”

My Thoughts

  • For some reason we never added this article to our archives when it first came out in 2015. I guess I was a bit pissed off at the time , because they used a paparazzi picture of the family, that was taken at a private family outing at  the beach, to run with the article. I know everybody most probably have their own line drawn about what pictures they would post.
  • Our own unwritten policy is to only post pictures of Alex’s family that were taken at public events where he would know that pictures are taken – and where they also willingly pose with the children for pictures to be taken.


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#AlexOLoughlin – GQ Australia: Men of the Year (November 2011)

With some new pictures from this GQ photoshoot of 2011 surfacing this week, we realised that we have never added the actual article in our archives. Here it is now, together with some of the  most incredibly sexy pictures ever taken of Alex.
Credits for the sources of the pictures and fanart are on the pictures.
Over the years a number of these pictures that were not in the magazine came along and I could not help myself – had to add nearly all of them! After 2 months of nearly nothing from us, we hope you take your time and savour all this beauty and the article with so many things about Alex that we know so well from way back 6 years ago, even before he settled down with his wife and family in Hawaii.. It contains a few of my favourite Alex quotes.

Alex O’Loughlin – Actor of the Year.

How does a battler go from labouring on Canberra’s building sites to living the showbiz dream in Hawaii? Hard work, steely resilience and a very Australian sense of humour.

For GQ Australia
By:  Richard Clune
Photographer: Dusan Reljin
Model: Alicia Hall

The sun’s final dance of the day melts into the horizon as Alex O’Loughlin straddles his surfboard at the back of a gentle Hawaiian break, chatting to a surfer who recognises him from Hawaii Five-0, the TV series that delivered him to the archipelago 18 months ago.

It’s been six years since this high-school dropout from Canberra arrived in the City Of Angels. The only surfing back then was from couch to couch, crashing with mates until an eventual call-up. That initial luck fell flat, with his first two shows cancelled. But then came the reboot of an iconic ’70s staple, an updated boys-own adventure that had O’Loughlin taking the baton from Magnum, P.I. in fighting crime — often shirtless — around Honolulu.

We sit down with O’Loughlin back on dry land — with his shirt firmly on.

GQ: Is it true you once wanted to fly planes?

Alex: Yeah, I was in kindergarten and the teacher asked what we wanted to do when we grew up. I said, “I want to be a fighter pilot.” She stopped in front of my desk and said, “Haven’t you got asthma?”
I said, “Yeah”. She said, “Well, you’ll never be a fighter pilot.”

GQ: Wow, that’s harsh.

Alex: I was crushed. And I never pursued a career in the skies.

GQ: Still, aviation’s loss was acting’s gain. How did you end up going that way?

Alex: I did my first play at primary school. I was about 10; I’ll never forget it. When I walked out under the lights and the audience was paying attention, I just got it. But I didn’t really think it was something I could do.

GQ: Why not?

Alex: I was a working-class kid and I saw acting as a middle-class profession. So I went off and did a lot of other things. I was interested in building, in fact I loved it. I worked on a lot of houses and offices and it was good. It meant I could get my physical thing on and see something emerge. I also worked in hospitality. I once worked for Neil Perry as a barman and a waiter.

Original – @Mymaximus

GQ: So when you decided to try out for NIDA, your main acting experience was from primary school?

Alex: I had no technical skills. I didn’t know what I was doing, but when it felt right it came from an instinct and I think people saw that. And passion. If I ever lose that passion I think I’ll change career.

GQ: Are you ambitious?

Alex: It can be a very ugly word, especially in this business. But I’ve always had a lot of drive. Whether I was working on a building site or auditioning or moving to the US, I’ve always done it with all of my heart. I don’t know how to do it any other way.

GQ: Hawaii Five-0 came on the back of two high-profile cancellations — Moonlight and Three Rivers. Did you fear coming back home a failure? 

Alex: I did — on a couple of levels. Of course, there was the pride level about coming home to my fellow Aussies telling me, “Hey, you thought you were special, didn’t ya?” But much more significantly, I felt that fundamentally I was a failure. That I didn’t have what it took to cut it, that I wasn’t good enough or smart enough. That thought was the most distressing of all. The thought I mightn’t be able to make any sort of living from it was very upsetting.

GQ: How do you feel about working in such a cutthroat business?

Alex: At the end of the day, I’m either an asset or a liability. I’m either making money or I’m not. You can’t take it personally. That’s a mistake a lot of young actors make when they come to Hollywood. They fall into that trap of believing they’re special. Sure, they might be but…

GQ: …they’re probably not. but what about you?

Alex: Look, I don’t think I’m massively talented but I have a clear understanding of how it all works. And I work really hard. I work my arse off.

GQ: Well, it’s certainly paying off. How do you feel about the fame that comes with your level of success?

Alex: I don’t get it. Especially now I’ve had a little taste of it. I’m fascinated by the pathology of someone who wants to be famous — I am so far away from that. It fucking terrifies me. I’m getting anxious just talking about it.

GQ: You’ve said before that you love movies. Do you worry about being pigeonholed as a small-screen player?

Alex: Absolutely. TV scares the shit out of me. With all due respect, it’s a business about numbers and how many people are watching. When you work in the system the way I do at the moment, occasionally you come across material that can seem like you’re going to compromise your integrity as an artist by participating in it. That’s scary because you think, ‘How am I going to make it out of TV alive?’ But there are other things to take into account. I’m 35 years old and I’ve got a 14-year-old son [Saxon, who lives with his mother in Australia].

GQ: What’s he like?

Alex: He’s the best 14-year-old around. I want him to have every opportunity I ever had and the ones I didn’t. I’m grateful for the job — this is me simply [reflecting] about my career and how I feel. I’d never have turned the Five-O job down because it was too good, but you do stop taking risks after a while — when you say, “I need to get some money in the bank and have a solid home for my family.”

Original from @Mymaximus

GQ: If you don’t mind us saying so, you’re looking very buff, good sir. Would you be willing to share your body-shaping tricks?

Alex: For me to work an 80-hour week is not crazy, so it’s all about getting it in when I can. I surf and do jujitsu and try to change it up a lot. 
I really like running, but when I work out, essentially I circuit train, keep my heart rate up and hit it as hard as I can. I just want to stay at that shape and stay strong.

GQ: Fighting beachside crime means you get to show off your  impressive collection of tatts, too.

Alex: Man, tattoos are cool! They’re something that started in the folly of youth and there’s been a progression ever since. I love the outward expression, but there was a period where I was judged, because they weren’t part of popular culture, like they are now. Back then, tattoos meant you’d either been to prison or you were in some sort of gang. I had that conversation with so many girlfriends’ parents, explaining that I wasn’t a felon or a Hells Angel!

Magazine Scan:



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The Upside of being #AlexOLoughlin

The upside of having an ‘O’ name?

“I have far less chance of getting pocket dialed since ‘O’ falls in the middle of the phone book,” says the Hawaii Five-0 star, 35. But since my first name starts with an A, I get pocket dialed anyway.”

– from O’Hotties,

People Magazine

28 November 2011




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