Category Archives: Hawaii Five-0

They say … #AlexOLoughlin is very very sweet


“He’s not only attractive, but he’s very, very sweet.

He’s a very genuine, kind, really nice guy.

I really like Alex.

We kind of have this cool rapport.”

Taryn Manning

December 2010

My Thoughts

  • One of the female characters and part or Steve’s story that got left behind and never really featured.
  • Lost opportunity for Steve and Alex to have a better story?
  • I guess we are starting a theme here – ‘The lost relationships of Steve McGarrett’, and of him having a real personal life or story on the show? We all know that the Steve and Cath story got messed up and that the Steve and Doris story REALLY got lost somewhere after Season 3. And then a while back I talked about the Steve and Chin relationship that were never really explored fully. Earlier this week we talked about the Steve and Grover relationship that got lost after Season 4. We also posted an article that came from halfway thought the first season, where you can see that Alex became frustrated with the lack of story and depth for Steve. In the article where this quote comes from, we also see Mary/Taryn who never really got a chance after she was dropped/deleted from the pilot ….. are there any other relationship characters that you can think of who would have given Alex some great material to work with and who would have created more meat around the character of Steve?


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Chi about McGrover on #H50 …… the reality of having a real friendship.

Chi: I think one of the things that really informs as Grover with McGarrett, is the fact that I really do have genuine affection for Alex. I consider him a friend and when you have that kind of thing, it shows up on screen. You know, even though we’re angry with each other, that passion, it just stays there, because we have a friendship based on a real relationship. And I think that makes the scene.

Chi: It bolstered the scene. We just did ad-libs. It really improved the chemistry you know, but that’s the reality of having a real friendship. Because you make this thing real and you make it your own. That’s what gives it natural humour. It’s not just jokes. It’s just the natural humour of life.

– DVD Commentary on Episode 4:08 of Hawaii Five-0

Pictures via Mostly Five-0

My Thoughts

  • Dear #H50 writers – bring us more of this friendship during Season 8 again. They are fun!
  • The mutual friendship, respect and affection between the two actors (Chi & Alex) make them entertaining and a pleasure to watch.


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The reason why Steve always drives the car in #H50

“I’m not ready to let him drive it because he’s not responsible. First of all, he can’t drive stick and it’s a stick. So that should be the end of this f—ing thing. But it’s not. He rides the clutch. He grinds the gears. It’s like, if he would just get a little humble and just ask me, I’ll teach him how to drive it. And when he does, I’ll give him the keys back.”

– Alex O’Loughlin about Scott’s driving

TV Guide

October 2013

My Thoughts

  • Sometimes we look for the deeper meaning of things that happen on a show like Hawaii Five-0 and everybody try to analyse it and comment on it. But it might in fact just be something as simple as one actor not thinking the other one is a good enough driver. Nothing really to do with the characters in the beginning, but it just works like that and then it becomes part of the show …..


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Hawaii is not all fun in the sun ( #H50 article 2010)

Hawaii Five-0 stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan are polar opposites only on screen – one is a by-the-book cop, the other his loose-cannon subordinate. The two in fact share the same policy of brutal honesty. So honest they are, they make it sound like their participation in a second season of the new hit show might be up in the air

The Straits Times

4 Dec 2010

By Tiffany Fumiko Tay

Two issues are driving their discontentment: long working hours and the direction of the show.

During a mid-day break from filming in Honolulu, the no-nonsense duo quickly quash the perception that being a part of a hit TV show that is located on the sandy shores of a popular holiday destination is anything but dogged work. ‘There’s no time off, so you see people more grinding and grumpy than having a great time,’ says Caan, son of veteran actor James, who plays hot-headed cop Danny ‘Danno’ Williams.

‘Nobody’s doing an hour show and going like ‘This is the greatest thing in the world’. It’s not. Your life is gone when you’re doing a show like this, so the goal is to get through it.’

The pressure of delivering hour-long weekly episodes, working 16 hours a day, six days a week, is beginning to show in the circles under the 34-year-old’s blue eyes. He adds: ‘The no-time-off drives me crazy. That’s my fight if it goes another year, because I need to do the other things I like to do. It’s sort of unhealthy doing this show.’

For a moment, he sounds like his Hawaii Five-0 cynical tough guy persona, who refers to the island at one point as a ‘pineapple-infested hellhole’. Both real and reel men also feel like a fish out of water on the laid-back island and miss the chaos of the city.

But Caan quickly qualifies, saying: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I love the show, but I get asked questions and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do – I’m too honest to bull****. I’m an artist and I’m an unhappy artist most of the time, it’s just how I am.’

Equally unhappy and not afraid to show it is Australian actor O’Loughlin, who plays straight-edged task force leader Steve McGarrett. Like Caan, he is emphatic that Hawaii Five-0 is a tough gig.

‘You move away from your family and friends to a small island where everyone knows your business and the time you’re not at work, you’re at home studying for the next day. Even when the red carpet stuff comes around, you’re so tired you don’t even want to go,’ he says.

The more important bone of contention for him is the development of his character. He would like McGarrett to possess more depth, while, he hints, the producers prefer to adhere to the tried- and-tested money-making method of standard procedurals.

Finding the opportunity to express emotion while staying within the boundaries of the rigid hero is tricky, O’Loughlin, 34, admits. ‘I’m the first one to say please let him kill someone or do something naughty,’ he says.

‘Taking off my sunglasses like this,’ he adds, mimicking David Caruso’s much parodied idiosyncracy in CSI: Miami, ‘is bull****, and I will never do it. Ultimately, what it comes down to for me is character. They’ve tried to take it away, and I’ve been like a baby with a rattle.’

Caan is backing up O’Loughlin, whom critics say he has eclipsed in the show. ‘It’s obviously a nice thing to hear, but people overlook that Alex’s job is a lot harder than mine,’ says the stocky, square-jawed actor.

‘He’s not allowed to have fun. Every time he does something loose, they’re like, no, that’s not McGarrett. So I’ve sort of been set up to be the guy that has fun and makes the show light, and you always win as that guy.

‘I think fewer and fewer people want to see ‘CSI: Hawaii’. They (the producers) should see that this show doesn’t need to be so procedural,’ adds Caan with a tinge of frustration.

In an attempt at damage control, he reiterates that he does not mean to diss the show, and confesses that he struggles with the limitless boundaries of his honesty. And then he makes another all-too-frank announcement.

‘Oh and by the way, I don’t have the cinema career that I want anyway. I don’t get offers to be in movies starring opposite the people I want. This show to me was the best offer I’ve gotten in a really long time. So I’m lucky to have this job. I’m humbled, but I’m not gonna be happy.’



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#AlexOLoughlin …. you warm my fangirl heart!

Sometimes you wonder why you are still here as a fangirl and then you read something like these words from actor and producer  Andrew Steel  …… and you know!

What an absolute legend Alex O’Loughlin is! Got to watch him on set of Hawaii 5-0 today … Incredible to see how humble the guy is. Treating everyone on the set as if they were family. He even drove me home after he wrapped for the day! #hawaii50 #gratitude #nida #aussies  #aussieactor #seriesreg #aspirations #dreamjob #dude #legend #topbloke #humble #brother #mate #champion

(PS. Andrew is in Hawaii to shoot a commercial.)

Andrew also studied at NIDA, and graduated at the end of 2010 with a degree in acting.

Thank you Andrew – you made my day!



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