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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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#H50 Season 6 Premiere: Malika Interviews #AlexOLoughlin

Over the years we have missed out on transcribing many of the SOTB interviews and speeches. This is another one to make our archives more complete. Hopefully we will soon have it all updated.

Sunset on the Beach #6

on 12 September 2015

Malika: Well, we are here with Maui Now and Big Island Now. So these are our neighbour island viewers.

Alex: Hi neighbour island viewers. Hi.

Malika: I think they want to know, what are the neighbour islands that you have visited and what’s your favourite?

Alex: You know it’s crazy; I’ve never been to Maui. And I want to go so bad. And that’s going to happen this season. I’m going to find a chunk of time to get to Maui, because it is really important. I’ve been to Lanai. I‘ve been to Kauai. I’ve been to the Big Island, and I think the Big Island is my favourite. There’s something about the Big Island that’s so raw and so kind of untouched. But it reminds me of Australia as well, so I get a little homesick when I go there, you know, so ….

Malika: That’s where I’m from.

Alex: You’re from the Big Island? Where abouts?

Malika: Hilo.

Alex: It’s beautiful. Hilo is beautiful. Kona is beautiful. I actually when I go to Waimea, I get a bit teary, because it is exactly like Australian South coast area country.

Malika: Yeah.

Alex: Yeah, it’s beautiful.

Malika: I moved from there to Maui

Alex: Okay.

Malika: …. which you need to come and visit. And I will hook you up.

Alex: I’m on the way. I promise. I promise.

Malika: Okay. Let’s get a couple of local questions. What’s your favourite local food?

Alex: Well …. My favourite … my favourite restaurant here is Sasabune.  I love the Japanese ….

Malika: That’s what Chi just said.

Alex: It’s the best sushi. I swear to God. I’ve had the best sushi in Japan, everywhere …. And its …. I think he is the best in the world. I really do. I think he is the best in the world.

Malika: So you are really ingrained in the community here in Hawaii. You know now that you’re with Malia and you have a Hawaiian son, I mean. Like how do you think Hawaii has changed you as a person?

Alex: Well, it’s … it’s a really special place. It’s not like anywhere else in the world. And people come here and I think they expect a certain thing. People come here and they may have a certain idea about like hula and grass skirts and like shakas and aloha and it’s not … you know, I saw a t-shirt once that said, “Don’t mistake my aloha for weakness”. And that kind of sums up Hawaii for me, you know. Because the aloha is so deep, and it means something so very real. But you have to be a part of it to understand it. You have to …. And by the way, if you don’t have it in you, you’re never going to understand. So just don’t come. That’s how I feel.

Malika: [Laughs]

Alex: That’s how I feel, you know.

Malika: If there’s a lesson that Hawaii has taught you that you want to pass on to your children, what is that? What is that one lesson?

Alex: That’s such a good question. And you know, here’s the thing to me Hawaii is a lot like Australia in a lot of … in a lot of fundamental ways. Like with my friends in Australia and the way I was brought up in that sort of … you know the way we live. And I feel like it sort of bleeds across for me … I think that that’s … I didn’t learn it here, but it has kind of continued to instil in me that the only things that matter … the most important thing is family. And the only things that matter are integrity and honesty. And living with aloha, you know. And … but real aloha, you know.

Malika: One last question for you. It has to do with the show. So if you could play any other parts on Hawaii Five-0, except yourself, which one would you play?

Alex: Kono, for sure man. She’s a chick and she gets to kick ass. It’s awesome.

Malika: That’s awesome. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

 

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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 chats to TV WEEK about fatherhood (2012)

Lion Pride

TV Week

20 November 2012

Aussie star Alex O’Loughlin was glowing with fatherly pride when he told TV WEEK of the birth of his baby son, Lion Kahano, last week.

He’s a little cub right now, but one day he’ll grow up to be a lion,” the Hawaii Five-0 star said of the newborn, who was welcomed into the world on October 25.

When asked about the choice of name, the actor and father to Saxon, 15 – his son from a previous relationship, couldn’t stop a cheeky grin spreading across his face. “I don’t really set the sights high for my kids with names like Saxon and Lion, right,” he laughs.

The 36-year-old actor, who has been dating model Malia Jones, has nothing but praise for the new mum. “She’s a supportive partner and a terrific woman living with three boys not including me, so it’s like a man factory at my house!”

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#AlexOLoughlin – #H50 #Watch! – Transcript of Interview

CBS Watch! Magazine posted a short clip of part of the interview they did with Alex O’Loughlin for their next two monthly issue of the magazine for June/July 2017.

Although I am excited and very grateful that they posted it, why they have to post regionally restricted clips of an interview is beyond me. Alex is an internationally known actor with many fans from around the world. This is not just about the show. It is about Alex.

Sorry for the rant, but here is a transcript of it.

Watch Magazine

How Hawaii Inspires H50’s Alex O’Loughlin

Alex:

The inspiration that Hawaii provides for me?

Well this has been my home for about 7 years now. And I’m married to a local girl, I got local kids. I’m blessed in. I’ve got a name∗. It’s deeply entrenched in … in who I am now. You know, I don’t think I’m ever going to leave.

( Alex’s local name is Kekau)

Saxon, Spike, Alex and Malia at a birthday party for Egan’s son, back in May 2013.

I mean obviously it’s beautiful. Like you look around and it is like, “Wow it’s really beautiful!” But there’s … there’s an energy in the land here; they actually have a name for it. It’s calledMana”. And it’s like the power of the Aina”; of the land.

And I don’t always feel it. Or I’m not always aware of it, because I get very busy 10 months of the year, frantically shooting, and trying to remember things. And trying not to get caught up in politics, you know.

But then when I stop, mainly in the off seasons, I can go somewhere quiet, like this, and sort of tap back into it. And that’s what inspires me out here.

It’s … This place is very special. It’s a very special part of the world.

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