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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 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!”

Magazine Scan

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The New Season: Ladies lunch with a vampire #AlexOLoughlin

We have just returned from breaking bread at a “Ladies Who Lunch With Vampires.” It was CBS publicist Beth Haiken’s idea (and we must add a very relevant note: She is very pregnant at the moment. Read: hormones) — to invite seven female members of the press to have a private lunch with CBS’ new resident hottie: Alex O’Loughlin.

Los Angeles Times

18 July 2007

As dear Beth explained at the top of the hour — and we must add here that Beth is a TV critics’ darling — she decided to call the group together after being left breathless by the “Moonlight” pilot, which she watched with her husband. Then she heard there were other women across the nation having trouble breathing, namely her female colleagues at Television City in Beverly Hills and Black Rock in New York.

This tale embarrassed the 29-year-old O’Loughlin and those of us who might be covering his show, but we moved past it, mostly because he seems to be a grounded, good-natured guy who cracks joke like, “I live my life with lightness and laughter, unless I’m playing Xbox! Then it’s about death!”

O’Loughlin confessed he’s never been to a press tour and is a little bit nervous about facing the 250 or so assembled critics. He knows the tough questions are coming. His entire ensemble cast was fired after the pilot was picked up to series, and most of the pilot script has been rewritten. His first call time is at 4:30 Thursday morning.

But first, he had to face the critics. More on how he handled himself after the jump.

One of the ladies who lunched with the vampire, Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News, prompted him on stage to retell a story he had told us, and one he desperately wants to get out.

Contrary to widespread rumors and printed articles around the world, Alex O’Loughlin is not the son of the late Bon Scott of AC/DC. The actor, who will play a private eye who is a vampire on CBS’ “Moonlight,” said he learned of the rumors a year ago from a friend.

“I was shocked,” he said. “And I was thrilled! Secretly, I rock all the time. I do rock a little bit. I play music very badly. I’m Australian and I grew up with AC/DC. But then my mum called me and she was very upset at being publicly labeled a groupie and therefore a hussie … Which isn’t true at all. Since he’s passed on and he can’t speak the truth, I should speak up for him. I’m pretty sure he’s not my dad.”

So who is his father? Well, you wouldn’t know him. But he teaches physics and astronomy at a private boy’s school in Sydney and is in a book club with his only son. Awww, how sweet.

With the panel now over, we can report that the vampire survived and didn’t suck.

— Maria Elena Fernandez

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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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Moonlight: If the Show Can Be Saved, Will O’Loughlin Want to Do It?

For Throwback Thursday – Some Moonlight history from way back in 2008.

Some of it reminded me of all the speculation about whether Alex will leave Hawaii Five-0 after this season.

 

Last week we reported that there was a possibility that the now-cancelled Moonlight series could find a new home on the CW.

by Trevor Kimball,

21 May 2008

Though CBS dropped it, the show was being pitched to Media Rights Capitol, the company who recently purchased CW’s Sunday night airtime. Though MRC quickly passed on the series for fall, there was still a possibility that it could pop up midseason. Unfortunately, MRC has now passed on that opportunity as well. Happily for the fans, the show’s chances for survival may not be dead just yet.

Word is that Warner Bros. Television (the studio that produces the series) is still trying to find another home for the vampire drama. They’re approaching cable networks like TNT but Moonlight’s budget is prohibitive for most potential cable buyers. To help reduce the production costs, Warners is also looking into finding a new and cheaper shooting location. Warner shows like Smallville and Supernatural already film in Canada.

Part of the budget problems is one of the show’s greatest assets — Alex O’Loughlin. Because of the actor’s exposure on the series, he’s now in high demand and will likely end up being signed to another weekly series if Moonlight doesn’t survive. His agent, Nathan Morris, tells news.com.au, “He has got a whole raft of things to read through — a role like [Mick] has definitely opened plenty of doors. . . The key is to strike while the iron is hot. ”

It remains to be seen if O’Loughlin would be willing to take a pay cut so that Moonlight could move to a smaller cable channel. It would also mean possibly passing on other mainstream projects that might further his career.

Though the actor clearly enjoys vampire role, the CBS series has been a veritable rollercoaster ride. After being told of the series’ cancellation, O’Loughlin described his exhaustion due to the show’s turbulent freshman year. He wrote, “From the very beginning when I was told time and again that I wasn’t the man for the job, having to prove myself to everyone with tests and screen tests, to a complete re-casting of the show, through 5 different show runners at the helm with 5 different artistic visions, to a Writer’s strike that took 5 episodes away from us? oh how the list goes on.”

Soon after writing this, O’Loughlin and his girlfriend, Holly Vance (who guested as Lola on Moonlight), reportedly escaped L.A. for a two week vacation in Mexico.

Will a new home for the vampire series be found? Would the series’ male star still be on-board if that happens? Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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