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#AlexOLoughlin Chat with ET – Oct 2009

An article and Video From ET Online back in October 2009.

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Article 

Alex O’Loughlin segues from CBS’ short-lived “Moonlight, on which his vampire character drank blood, to playing an organ-transplant surgeon on “Three Rivers, where he is up to his elbows in blood.

O’Loughlin’s role as the vampire Mick St. John made him a heartthrob and earned him a large fan base. The Aussie hottie is hoping that his fans follow him to “Three Rivers.

“It is telling an important story,” says O’Loughlin, who tells ET’sKevin Frazier that he is a real-life organ donor.

“I absolutely am.

As an organ donor, I can save up to eight people’s lives if I pass away — and change up to 50 people’s lives with tissue donations.”

“Three Rivers”is a medical drama that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, recipients and the surgeons at the preeminent transplant hospital in the country.

Before taking on the role of Dr. Andy Yablonski, O’Loughlin shadowed real-life transplant surgeon Dr. Gonzalo “Gonzo” Gonzalez-Stawinski at his hospital in Pittsburgh.

“I have seen about nine procedures now,” says O’Loughlin, who admits to not being bothered by the sight of blood.

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“You are there, scrubbed in, watching him do his thing. They are in surgery 12 hours sometimes. You get in touch with all sorts of things. You see how resilient we are and it raises questions of faith and God, and all sorts of philosophies flash through your mind.”

Since donning scrubs to play the TV doc, O’Loughlin has become a trained Donate Life America ambassador, and is featured in a public service announcement in which he reveals that he is an organ, eye and tissue donor.

“That is at least as important to me as the success of the show,” he tells Kevin.

(This original article is no longer available, but we do have the videos with parts of what was said.)

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Video Transcript:

Kevin: You know you look back on Moonlight, and do you think, “Dammit, we were just a little ahead of our time.” Because if you look at all the Twilight success and you’re like…. Come on, come on.

Alex: Maybe … maybe … maybe. I …. I still think our vampires were the best, by the way. I mean … I will fight to the death on that one. To the death.

Kevin: [Laughs]

Alex: Or to the undeath. Bad … that was bad.

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Kevin: Also, it brought you a lot of female attention. A lot of love from the females.

Alex: We can always do with more of that.

Kevin: [Laughs]  I love the whole thespian thing, but you also have to deal with the heartthrob thing. I mean, you know. What is that like?

Alex: Well, you tell me man.

Kevin: I don’t know dude. I’m a regular dude.

Alex: Look at you, come on.

Kevin: I am a regular dude. I’m a regular dude. I don’t walk in here and like and women are punching me and like, “Are you in the interview with him?”

Alex: [Laughs]

Kevin: I’m like, yeah.

Dude I don’t even know…. Ugh … It’s funny you know, because I’m a regular dude too. You cannot take it seriously.

The minute you take it seriously, you’re dead.

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Kevin: Tell me about the new show. Kind of explain to people who don’t understand, this …. How this hospital specialises in a certain thing.

Alex: Well, it’s a … The show is called Three Rivers. It’s set in a hospital called Three Rivers, in Pittsburgh, funnily enough. And it’s about …. it’s a medical show …. It’s about the show, it’s about … the core of the show is about organ transplantation and transplant medicine.

I’m head of surgery at the hospital. And I specialise in transplant medicine. My name is Andy Yablonski. I’m based on an actual character called Gonzo Gonzales Stawinski, who’s a doctor … staff surgeon in Cleveland. At the clinic up there.

Kevin: What was it like shadowing this guy .. this real life doctor? What did you learn? I mean, pretty intense situations, I’m sure.

Alex: It’s hard to explain. I mean, there’s something  … that’s not tangible, that happens with you, when you see the inside of someone else’s chest, which hopefully resembles yours, you know. And you get in touch with all sorts of things. I mean of course your own mortality. You see how resilient we are, on the inside as well as on the outside. But you start to question the questions of faith and of God, and of existence.

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Kevin: Have you gotten all the medical jargon down? How hard has that been?

Alex: Oh my god. It’s another language. It’s like … it’s like science or law.

Kevin: Do you ever use a cheat sheet? Do you ever pull out the cheat sheet?

Alex: No.

Kevin: No.

Alex: I haven’t done the Brando yet. I will though.

I want the earpiece.

Kevin: Is that when you hear?  “Just tell me. Just tell me”

Alex: Yeah, what is it? I do that though.

Our script supervisor, Patty, who is the best, you know, she’ll be just be ….. she’s just on the other side of the wall and often it’s the case I’m like, “Patty! Patty! Do I have to answer. Here we are going back”

There’s a lot of that. Because like I said, it is another language.

Kevin: Are you an organ donor?

Alex: I absolutely am. Eye …. organ, eye and tissue.

Kevin: Yeah.

Alex: And I’m also a spokesperson – now officially I am an ambassador for Donate Life America.

… Good question.

Kevin: After seeing these surgeries and all that kind of stuff, does it change the way you eat and you treat and take care of your body.

Alex: Let me tell you, when I … when they open up a chest, which I find … I love watching it. I’m fine with the blood and everything. But they cut through the pericardium around the heart and you see a deceased heart. And you smell a deceased heart … eeeww.

Yeah, I mean it’s like, “Oh my god.” And that’s from?  And you learn …. like you become so conscious of what you put in your body. I mean what …. you know, if you smoke, or drink, what you eat. How much water you drink.

But the big things as well. You know, what people don’t know about, is like your dental health … is, your dental health is crucial to … I mean, bad dental health can cause you know, cardia failure.

You can really … you can … you can die from bad … bad teeth. Because it all goes into the bloodstream …. And it’s, you know, straight into the heart.

And so I’m really excited …. I mean, fundamentally I want …. I want the show to bring awareness to people around America, but across America, but around the world about the importance about organ donation.

I want to get …. I want to get the amount of donors … help Donate Life, get the amount of donors up. I want people to become donors, you know.

And … and, become a part of this, you know, “I’m giving a gift of life”

 

Link to Video:

 

The rest of this interview was edited by ET and the transcript was done here in 2015: 

#AlexOLoughlin on ET for Three Rivers – 24 October 2009

Back then I already promised to do this one as well. I guess better late than never. 😮 

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#AlexOLoughlin at #H50 – SOTB 6 in 2015 (Transcript)

Over the years we have covered some of the Sunset on the Beach events better than others. Here are some of the footage of the 2015 event (SOTB 6) that we have never posted before.

Three videos covering the same interview with Alex.

 

Transcript:

[Lots of fans screaming Alex’s name]

Alex: Hi.

Nice to meet you.

Question: What do you love about Honolulu? What’s your favourite beach? Favourite restaurant?

Alex: Okay, my favourite beach is, probably … I like the Waimanalo beaches. They’re really beautiful and .. and … and that’s my favourite. My favourite restaurant, is Sasabune.

What else have you got? Come on girl.

Question: Any hikes? Hikes? Do you have any hikes?

Alex: Hikes?

Question: Do you like hiking?

Alex: I like running the Makiki trails.

Question: The Makiki trails. Favourite place to drink in Hawaii?

Alex: My house.

Question: Your house. Which is? In which area?

Alex: I am not going to tell you where my house is. What, are you high? It’s amazing.

Anything else?

Question: Your favourite place in Honolulu.

Alex: What?

Question: Your favourite kind of place in Honolulu.

Alex: My house, is my favourite place. 

[Walks off along the line]

Alex: Hang on a second.

Oh my god, it’s hot.

 

[Alex gets a handkerchief to wipe the sweat off his face.]

Alex: Okay, thanks

[Fans down the line screaming – Alex, Alex]

Alex: [smiling] Oh, stop it, I’ll be right there.

Nadine:  What do you want to say to fans watching on periscope?

Alex: Sorry?

Nadine:  What do you want to say to fans watching on periscope?

Alex: Ahh, periscope. I heard about that.

Nadine: Yeah.

Alex: Thank you so much for watching.

Nadine: Yeah.

[Question from someone else]

Question: What do you most look forward to in the next year of your life?

Alex: Uhm, I mean … watching my kids grow. It’s the best thing in the world, you know. All of this is great, but it’s nothing without them.

Question: Can I ask what you are wearing, we are covering fashion.

Alex: My own suit.

Question: Suit by?

Alex: No, it’s a Gucci suit and a Tom Ford shirt.

Question: Gucci shirt … suit and Tom Ford shirt. And what is your favourite thing about Waikiki?

Alex: It’s the Duke statue, because me and him have the same birthday. How about that?

Question: Picture?

Alex: Yes.

[Alex pose for a picture]

Question: Thanks.

Alex: Hi, periscope. Thanks, guys.

Question: He just said hi to everyone on periscope

Link to video

Video made by AOLww.

From the periscope broadcast of@Nadinekam.

(Just note that not all the questions are from Nadine)

Video with the same questions from a different angle

 

 

 

From Star Advertiser – The same interview with Alex, but a longer video, with Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim section added at the end as well. And comentary by the reporter.

 

Video with a summary of what happened on the red carpet during the event: 

(At around 4:21 you can hear the fans screaming for Alex and see him walk down the line of fans for the next 3 minutes.)

 

Trivia:

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (24 August 1890 22 January 1968) was a Native Hawaiian competition swimmer who popularized the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing.

The City of Honolulu commemorated this Waikiki Beach burial site in 1990 with a 9-foot cast bronze statue of Kahanamoku by Jan Gordon Fisher that shows Kahanamoku with outstretched arms in front of his surfboard and honorary Hawaiian spears, and includes a dedication plaque and a historic information marker.

 

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#AlexOLoughlin & @GabrielMacht – 2009 Interview for ‘Whiteout’ (Transcript)

Alex O’Loughlin and Gabriel Macht – Interesting to look back at the days before they both starred in two hit TV shows. Alex as the lead actor on Hawaii Five-0, with a 240 episode run and Gabriel as lead on a 136 episode run of Suits, with the difference being that Gabriel ended up also as the executive producer of his show and being able to steer the direction of his show.

This is only one of the few delightful interviews they did together for the movie Whiteout.

 

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For Collider

8 September 2009

Interviewing two people at the same time is hard. The reason is, when you’re interviewing just one person, you can focus all your energy and questions on that individual. But when you have two people ready and willing to answer questions, you’ve got to come up with stuff they both can talk about and you never know if they’re going to play off each other.

Sometimes you only have the time to ask one question because they’ll keep going on and on. Trust me, it’s a challenge. Thankfully, when I sat down to speak with Alex O’Loughlin and Gabriel Macht for their new movie “Whiteout”, not only did they play off each other quite well, we had enough time to ask some individual questions.

So if you’re curious what making “Whiteout” was like and what they have coming up, take a look at the interview after the jump.

Also, since it’s not online, Gabriel revealed that he’s been cast in Edward Zwick’s new film “Love and Other Drugs” opposite Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Transcript:

Alex: It’s not attractive.

Gabriel: Just don’t pick on your teeth. They are alright.

Steve: What we were discussing prior to the camera rolling – Food, in-between interviews. What’s your personal favourite?

Gabriel: Of?

Steve: Food?

Gabriel: Food! Uhm, actually … what’s my personal favourite. I was talking about this the other day. [To Alex] You might get a kick out of it. Crumpet, with some margarine and Vegemite on it. It’s actually…

Alex: Oh!

Gabriel: Yeah.

Alex: The word crumpet made me laugh. When you say it… crumpet

Gabriel: Sorry.

Steve: Okay, well

Alex: ‘Cos, you’re kind of crumpet. You don’t have crumpets here.

Gabriel: No, they’re  … the closest thing is an English

Alex: They’re the greatest thing. They’re an Ozzie thing.

Gabriel: My wife is Aussie, and …

Alex: There’s the connection right there.

Gabriel: And the Vegemite, or the Promite

Alex: Vegemite… Promite is good too?  But crumpet is a … how would you describe it? It’s kind of … It’s like a muffin, but it’s kind of got holes in it. They bake it and then they stop baking it. So, then you reheat it, and it’s kind of doughy, holey, crispy on the bottom. Oh. It’s delicious.

Gabriel: It’s really nice, yeah.

Alex: Can’t get them here, though.

Steve: I was going to say, I like… I like muffin tops. You know muffins?

Alex: It’s another… Well, yes, it’s a different thing, but it’s similar … it’s in the same land. You would find the crumpet and the muffin top, living in the same land.

Gabriel: They’re cousins  …. they’re cousins.

Alex: Absolutely. At least.

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Steve: I suppose I need to ask you a question about the movie at hand, or…

Gabriel: Oh, please don’t.

Steve: [Laughs] I guess we can talk about  …no, no, no … I’m going in. When … when you … obviously, you knew this was going to be a physical shoot, when you were going in. But how did it compare to your preconceived ideas of what it was going to be?

Alex:  I don’ think you can prepare yourself for minus 50 degrees, you know. I mean, you can’t … I’d never been in that … unless you had been there I suppose. But you can’t … you think you have an idea of, “I’ve been in the snow before” I’ve done this, I’ve done that … No man.

You know, it shuts down. Your body shuts down. Your mind changes. You know, your rhythm shuts down. Your breathing patterns change. Everything shifts. And so, it’s … it’s .. it benefits … for me it benefited my performance and my experience as an actor in the film, because I was subjectively experiencing the climate as a character. But, you know, I don’t think …

Gabriel: You see your blood pressure actually drops, right?

Alex: I think so.

Gabriel: Yes, so if your blood pressure is dropping, it’s sort of the antithesis of what you need to do as an actor. Because …

Alex: Which is like…

Gabriel: Which is such an intensity that you need to sort of create. And so, that’s a challenge actually. I forget about that.

Alex: Yeah.

Steve: Well, there was a lot of challenges, when I was looking at the notes. With the filming in the show in the show and filming at the sound stage. What was the hardest thing … and I rarely ask this, but what was the hardest thing that Dominic asked you guys to do, in the shoot?

Alex: Getting naked and running across the ice, when it was minus 35.

Steve: Really?

Gabriel: For me …

Alex: Yeah, dude. Didn’t you see the movie?

Steve: No, I did.

Alex: I was, yeah …. I was part of the Polar Bear club.

Gabriel: In the very beginning, there’s 20 guys, for 3 minutes there…

Steve: I …

Alex: You were so overwhelmed by courage … the courageous act …

Steve: The male nudity, just makes me, you know…

Gabriel: Look the other way, right?

Alex: I understand.

Gabriel: You were waiting for me to come on stage.

Steve: It’s not…

Gabriel: Because, I had a no-nudity clause.

Alex: I understand.

Gabriel: [Laughs]

Steve: [Laughs]

Steve: Okay, I’m going to switch subjects, because you guys obviously been answering about, Whiteout all day. Okay, but you both are involved with a lot of other stuff. Is there any that you want to, sort of mention to your fans, of what you have coming up?

Gabriel: I have, three movies coming out next year.

Alex: Really!

Gabriel: Yep. I’ve got a movie called “Middle Men”, which is about the internet porn business in the late ‘90s. Which is a great comedy-drama, crime-drama. It’s a lot of fun.

Steve: I’m in.

Gabriel: Written and directed by the guy who wrote, “Midnight Run”, George Gallo. So, it’s a lot of fun. And then I’ve got an independent film…

Alex: Well, we need to get to mine, so …

Gabriel: …with Rebecca Hall …

Alex: Let’s wrap this up.

Gabriel: And Amanda Seyfried in. And then I’m going to do the next Ed Zwick film, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria …

Alex: He is busy.

Gabriel: So, it should be fun, yeah.

Steve: I’m…

Gabriel: This guy doesn’t have anything coming out.

Alex: Nothing. I’m on a new…

Gabriel: What’s your back-up plan for that?

Alex: Oh, very funny. I’m on a new almost very, very hit TV show. Almost, which will be called Three Rivers. About organ transplant medicine and organ transplantation. And, I have a film coming out with Kate Beckinsale called, “Whiteout”.

Gabriel: You’re in that?

Alex: I am. And I also…

Gabriel: Did you wear a hood all the time?

Alex: Yeah, I’m not telling. And I sort of have a film with Jennifer Lopez, coming, called The Back-Up Plan. You should stay tuned.

Steve: I understand. I’m definitely getting the signal. So, listen folks, thank you so much.

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Link to the video:

 

Some thoughts:

  • Of course, blood pressure actually goes up and not down, in extreme cold, as they mention here. And because of it, your heart rate also excellerates.
  • Interesting trivia, is that James Caan was also in the movie Midnight Men with Gabriel.

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Jennifer Lopez and #AlexOLoughlin Interview – The Back Up Plan – 2010 (Transcript)

Tribute.ca talked with Alex O’Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez about their movie, The Back-Up Plan. The sexy singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen two years after giving birth to her twins Max and Emme with (then) husband Marc Anthony. Lopez admits that she is lucky to work with handsome co-stars, and that being a mom to twins Max and Emme has changed her for the better.

Reporter: Congratulations, guys.

Jennifer: Thank you.

Alex: Thank you.

Reporter: The movie is so hilarious, but Jennifer, I have to say, that with your film career, you always get the hot co-stars. What’s up with that?

Jennifer: You know what? You know what … Some people are just lucky. [Laughs at Alex]

Reporter: And you’re one of them.

Jennifer: Yes, thank you.

Reporter: And when you guys first met. How did you know that it was going to click? Because in these romantic comedies, you need that chemistry.

Alex:  Yeah, I mean you meet people … it’s like …. It’s like anything. You go to a bar. Then you go to a party, or whatever.

Jennifer: It was just like that. We went to a bar…

Alex: It was just like that. We went to a bar and got hammered. No. You know, when you meet people and you’re either like, … you’re either like, “Next” or whatever. Or you’re bored, or you’re like, I’m not really. Or you’re like, “Oh, you’re funny”. Or you’re right…

Jennifer: Or, “You’re cool”.

Alex:  “You’re cool”

Jennifer: “I like this. This can work.”

Alex: Yeah, that’s when we met. And you’re like, either there could possibly be a friendship there,  or there’s not. We did, you know. We were buds and we were like … we were laughing at each other in no time. We both had a sense of humour. And we were both kind of looking for…..

…. and the other thing was, that we talked about the movie. I remember you being very clear with me about the …. How you felt about the script. And how you … your artistic vision. And your … you know the arc of Zoe and Stan. And I was like, “Right on”. And that was how I saw it too. So, that was really important.

Reporter: That’s great. And Jennifer, you know, big-screen come back for you. I can just imagine how this rang true to you on so many levels.

Jennifer: Absolutely. I mean, you know, having just gone through a pregnancy myself, and then for this movie. It was almost like perfect timing. It was just spot-on. And for me to play this character. And it really helped me. It really did. I mean emotionally and physically, how it felt, was so fresh in my mind.

Reporter: Was it kind of strange getting back into that again? What kind of cravings did you have? Or … when you were pregnant?

Jennifer: Ah-ha

Reporter: Did you crave … any crazy cravings, like Zoe, did?

Jennifer: Oh, um …. No, Zoe had enough cravings, I think, for about 5 pregnant women.

Alex: Yeah.

Jennifer: I didn’t really have a lot of cravings.

Reporter: Oh, no. Okay. Lucky you.

Alex: I’ve heard of stories of where women crave. Like … like the weirdest… like, I want a veal schnitzel right now! Covered in peanut butter and like …

Jennifer: Yeah

Alex:  … Like glucose syrup.

Jennifer: Yeah. I think some people just use it as an excuse to really pig-out.

Alex: Just to be disgusting.

Jennifer: Just be like, “I’m just gonna EAT. This is my opportunity. I waited for this my whole life”. But I wasn’t one of them.

Alex: Because men do that anyway. I mean … It must be so difficult to be a woman sometimes …

Jennifer: Thanks for the acknowledgement.

Alex: … because men are just like, “I want a veal schnitzel, with glucose syrup”

Jennifer: Yeah.

Alex: But women don’t get, like … it’s … its’… you know. You guys don’t feel free to do that.

Jennifer: Yeah.

Stan and his baby girls

Reporter: And Alex, any … you know, Jennifer has got two beautiful twins. Did this give you baby fever at all?

Alex: Maybe … I’d love to… You know, I am a father. I am a father of one son …

Reporter: Okay.

Alex: … who’s the …. centre of my everything. And I would love to have … more, you know. He’s 12, you know. And he’s … he’s so … Yeah, I’d love to …. If the time was right. You know and if I met the right person, I’d totally be up to have, you know, a little footy team.  You know, take them around … buy a minivan

Reporter: Yeah.

Alex: You know. But, yeah, I’m not quite there.

Reporter: Jennifer, for you. What’s the best thing that’s changed since becoming a mom?

Jennifer: The thing that’s changed since becoming a mom? I mean the best thing, …  it’s just better. My life is better. You know, everything about it. I mean, it’s harder. ‘Cos it’s more challenging. But it’s everything is just so much more complete.

Reporter: Excellent. Congratulations guys.

Alex: Thank you.

Jennifer: Thank you.

 

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#AlexOLoughlin with Grace: Sunrise on KGMB9 – 2009 (Transcript)

Alex speaking to Grace Lee in Hawaii about the start of Three Rivers.

What makes this interview so interesting and funny, is that it was done the year before Alex actually moved to Hawaii and made Honolulu is the permanent home base. Who would have guessed back then in Sept 2009 how his life would change within that year? By the end of 2009 Three Rivers got cancelled and early the next year Alex found himself in Hawaii shooting the Pilot episode for Hawaii Five-0.

Sunrise on KGMB

Grace: Well, you know him as Mick St John in CBS vampire drama, Moonlight. And beginning this Sunday, actor Alex O’Loughlin will headline a new television drama. It is called Three Rivers. And he joins us live with much more. Good morning to you Alex.

Alex: Good morning Grace. How are you?

Grace: I’m doing great. Now, it’s kind of interesting. You’re going from a vampire investigator, to a transplant surgeon. So, they’re kind related, right? They both deal with blood. [Someone laughs in the studio with Grace]

Alex: Lots of blood, yeah. It’s just not … I’m not drinking it anymore.

Grace: That’s good.

Alex: I’ve gone and seen somebody about that, and I’m in a 12 step fellowship about that.

Grace: [Laughs]

Alex: …. just for today.

Grace: That would be a scary place to be. With everyone else in the 12 step program, I think.

Alex: Right. Can you imagine though? I’m in the middle of an operation, I get the heart in, we come off bypass. The heart starts beating and I’m like, “Thank god for that” [and shows how he drinks the blood]

Grace: Yeah, exactly. It’s like. “That blood infusion package, isn’t for the patient. It’s for me”

Alex: Yeah, I’ll have a packet of O-neg, and just you know …

Grace: [Laughs]

Alex: Yeah.

Grace: It’s got to be interesting to play a transplant surgeon. Because there’s got to be so much pressure on guys like this.

Alex: It’s incredible, you know. My character, Andy Yablonski, is based on a real-life character, called Gonzo Gonzalez-Stawinski. He’s …. He’s a staff-surgeon in Cleveland. At the Cleveland clinic.

And he …. I did all my research with him and I …. He’s become one of the core inspirations of my life. And a very, very dear friend, as well. And these people are AMAZING. I mean, not just Gonzo. I’m sure physicians all over the world. But what they do, for a living. How they deal with death every day. Their perceptions of life and death. Their philosophies on God and the afterlife. And if there is on. And their, just their … I mean, they are the most amazing people. And one of the biggest things that I’ve learned from these. Is that … is how to love the unlovable. Because that’s essentially what physicians all around the world do.

Grace: Hmmm

Alex: You know, they love everybody. They …. they … they can give unconditional love to everybody. I mean, it’s incredible.

Grace: You’re just full of love. I like … I like it a lot.

Alex: I myself, am not full of love. Especially, it’s [looking at his watch]… it’s early here.

Grace: [Laughs]

Alex: [laughs] No, but it’s just ….

Grace: I could see you are rubbing your eyes during the commercial break.

Alex: [Shows how he rubs his eyes] No, but it’s … it’s been … it’s been a great … it’s a challenging role for me. That is a challenging place to get to. To be able to reach out and touch and give that. ‘Cos, I mean, it’s not … it doesn’t come naturally for me. That’s not who I am. It’s not … so it’s great in my life. I get to experiment … I get to play all these characters and ….and … each one of them challenges me in a different way. And that’s the key challenge with this guy.

Grace: Alex, I’m going to ask you something that I read about you. It said that you were actually up for the James Bond role, but Daniel Craig actually got the role

Alex: [Rolling his eyes, and laughs]

Grace: How do you prepare for that? Do you have to like look in the mirror and do the, “Bond, James Bond” bit?

Alex: [Holding his hands like a gun] That one?

Grace: Yeah, yeah. [Laughs]

Alex: Yeah, look that was a while ago now. And it’s funny. Because, I get asked about that so much and it … it’s like the job I job … I didn’t get. It’s like, “So, tell us about the job you didn’t get”

Grace: [Laughs]

Alex:  … “that you weren’t good enough for”…

Grace: [Laughs]

Alex:  … “That must have been … that … and that was a huge job too, right?”…

Grace: [Laughs]

Alex: ….“That must have been a monumental disappointment!”…

Grace: Alright, I am sorry

Alex:  …“How does it feel then?” …

Grace: I’m sorry, okay.

Alex: [Laughs] …. “Let’s go through that again. Let’s do a blow by blow, shell we?”

Grace: [Joking] Yeah, what about that horrible break-up you had? Shall we talk about that too?

Alex: “Yeah, let’s do that. Yes! This is the best interview, ever!” [Laughs]

Grace: Alright, okay. I officially apologize, Alex. Okay, I won’t ask anymore.

Alex: No, it’s … Grace, look I’m …. Basically, they said you’re talking to Grace in Honolulu, I was like, “That sounds so nice”

Grace: [Laughs] Wipe those tears away.

Alex: That was a long time ago.

Grace: Tough it up.

Alex: Okay [Wiping his fake tears]

 

Grace: You’re a transplant surgeon now.

Alex: I’ve just .. I’ve been crying all morning, now. You know what, that was a big … That was a big audition. You know, I flew to London, for a week, I think. With Martin Campbell. And I met the Broccoli family, who you know, own the empire. I was … I guess I was in the running for it, and it went to the best man.

But it was an incredible experience. The actual screentest was at Pinewood studios. It went for 11 hours

Grace: Oh, wow!

Alex: We essentially shot a day of the movie. And it was … it was .. it was … it was the most excruciating “audition”, I’ve ever been on. But it was incredible. It was so much fun. And by the end of the day, I’d …. I really sort of felt like … I felt like I got under the skin of the character.

Grace: Yeah.

Alex: And I know that if it comes up again, I’d know where James Bond is within me.

Grace: Where you’ll go with it.

Alex, I am sorry, my producer is yelling at me. We ran out of time…

Alex: Yeah, they’re yelling at me too.

Grace:    I don’t want to mess up the rest of your interviews today. I do apologize. Make sure to tune into Three Rivers with Alex O’Loughlin. The show premieres Sunday night. Right here on KBMG9 at 8.

Alex: [Alex salutes]

Grace: Thanks a lot Alex

Alex: Thanks, Grace.

 

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