Category Archives: Interviews

#AlexOLoughlin – Live on the Red Carpet (September 2010)

For this one we go right to the beginning, to where it all started for Hawaii Five-0Sunset On The Beach #1 in 2010.

We included two videos to cover most of the event of that first Premiere. Both also included sort interviews with Alex.

Malika: I’ve got Alex O’Loughlin here with me

Alex: [Alex waves to somebody]

Malika: So, what is it like being here in Hawaii, doing a show like this?

Alex: It’s amazing. It’s even more amazing seeing this in Hawaii. I mean you don’t sort of think about Red Carpets and huge crowds in Hawaii. So it’s …. I’m seeing all this and I’m seeing the… the sunset and the ocean. It’s crazy.. it’s amazing … it’s amazing

Malika: You’ve been to premieres before I’m assuming – Have you ever been to a premiere like this, under the stars?

Alex: No … no … it’s …. Like I said, it’s amazing. I didn’t know what to expect … and it’s … I’m really touch and real excited to be a part of this. I think it’s a …. It’s such a great show and I’m just really glad to be here.

Malika: So, I know you’ve gotten this question a lot, but the difference between what it was and what it is now. What do you think people are really going to appreciate, and what is new?

Alex: Look, I think … you know the old show was a long time ago. And that was a whole different time in television. You know, we have a lot of new technology, we have a lot of  …. Like TV today is a very different animal. And we’ve got all the good stuff that we have in TV making and film making today, and we’ve got a reboot of all these characters that we’ve grown to love over the years. And so,  we brought it together and we’ve got a great show coming your way.

Malika: It’s a little sexier to, huh?

Alex: I think so.

Malika: [Giggles]

Do you have to speak Pidgin on the show?

Alex: A little bit, but I’m not very good at it. I speak Mandarin  in the Pilot to. I still don’t know what I said.

Malika: [Laughs] Well, thank you so much for that interview

Alex: You’re welcome.

Malika: We’ll let you go along. I know you are a very busy man at this point.

Back to you guys Keahi and Tannya.

This is only the transcript from the first part of the video of Alex’s interview.

On the rest of the video there is also an interview with Peter Lenkov, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Link to video


  • The second video is a beautiful report by Heidi Chang about the Premiere:

Heidi Chang takes you to the world premiere of the new Hawaii Five-0, Hawaiian style. Meet the show’s cast members: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Taryn Manning as they stroll down the red carpet on Waikiki Beach, and also the shows executive producers: Peter Lenkov, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Also joining them on stage: the daughters of Leonard Freeman, who created the original show, and the president of CBS Television studios, David Stapf. CBS and the City and County of Honolulu put on a special Sunset on the Beach event to celebrate the series’ reboot, featuring island musicians including Willie K, Makana, Tamaine Gardner, and the University of Hawaii Marching Band playing the iconic Hawaii Five-0 theme song. Heidi Chang produced, wrote and narrated the Hawaii Five-0 Premiere Special for Honolulu Municipal Television. Mahalo to the Hawaii Five-0 cast and crew, entertainers and fans, who made this such a fun and cool premiere! And thank you for watching. Aloha.

  • Here is what Alex had to say on the red carpet in the video:

Alex: I’m humbled. I’m deeply grateful. And I’m really overwhelmed. But it’s amazing. I mean, I feel  … I feel like I’m a part of the community, you know. I’ve been here for a while now. I’ve been here for a few months and I’ve kind of felt like an outsider. And tonight I feel like …. It’s awesome.

  • As part of the video there are short interviews with the main cast, as well as the producers. They also acknowledge the actors from the old Hawaii Five-O who were present. The main cast members were welcomed on stage by Peter Lenkov, and Daniel Dae Kim was given the opportunity to thank everybody.

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#AlexOLoughlin & #H50 Cast on ET at the Upfronts (2010)

Before we start with this post, I just want to mention that after some request for translation yesterday, I activated the translation option button; and you can find the widget for it near the top on the right hand side of the blog. Just a warning – after trying to read it in my own home language, I found that the translation looks to be very literal, and it can be very confusing. Luckily it is very easy to switch back to the English version, once you tried it.

Interesting to see the main cast members of Hawaii Five-0 interact with each other in those early days. Remember at the time of the interview, they have only spend about a month together, earlier that year in March to film the pilot episode. This is nearly two months later and also two months before they were to started shooting the rest of Season 1.

[They show a clip from the pilot episode]

Alex: It’s kind of an aggressive contemporary version … you know contemporary continuation of what we knew to be the old show. And it has a lot of great stuff that the old show had. You know we have … you know, it’s got the crime, the characters that are driving the show. And it’s got the comedy. Yeah, I think we have … we probably have more comedy than the old show.

[They show a clip of a cargument from the pilot episode]

Scott: You’ll see from the pilot in, the idea of the shows to come, is that it is really going to be character driven. It’s not going to be just procedural. So I think, you know you’re going to get the people to like CSI for the procedural aspect of it, but it’s also going to be you know, like a movie in the sense of being driven by characters, and you know … and the plots and the action. And we’re going to try to keep it as close to film making as possible.

Alex: Ten o’clock gives us a little more freedom to …

Scott: …. Leeway

[They show a clip from pilot episode]

Grace: We are definitely all going to be moving to Hawaii and we’re going to be working …. I think everybody is pretty excited about it.

Alex: Well Daniel, Daniel lives there.

Grace: Yeah.

Daniel: I hear it’s a nice place to live.

[Laughs all around]

Daniel: I’m looking forward to checking it out myself. I’m just glad that I’m back with a really quality project and some great people, so …. I’m looking forward to it.

[They show a clip from the show]

Alex: We’ve done everything we can to maintain the integrity of the old show. And the integrity of the characters that … that you know, the generation before us knew in that show …

Link to video


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ET Canada uncut, #AlexOLoughlin on what gets people watching #H50

Back in November 2017 on their set visit, ET Canada asked Alex why he thinks people watch Hawaii Five-0.


  • I think there’s a few reasons. I think that there’s a lot of people that live in parts of the world that experience really harsh winter. And don’t have any sort of tropical climate, ever. And so I think to be able to sit down each week and have an hour with a bunch of characters that you know, and feel that sunshine, and bronzed skin on the beach. I think that’s one aspect. Hawaii is very beautiful you know.

  • And I think there’s also relationships on the show. McGarrett and Danny and their sort of bromance, is definitely one. And the new relationship with McGarrett and Eddie, is kind of cool.

  • And so … you know what I mean, it’s cathartic*. Ultimately the answer is catharsis* in whatever way that is delivered to the individual. But I think we provide that on a number of levels.

*[Cathartic = Providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions]

*[Catharsis = the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions]

  • The new actors that we have are fantastic. Beulah and Meaghan, they’re really wonderful. They brought a new enthusiasm.  And you know, they are younger and they have a lot of energy and it’s just a breath of fresh air. It’s fantastic.

Link to video


Have you ever thought about why you watch Hawaii Five-0? Do you watch it for the scenery of Hawaii and/or all the beautiful bodies? Do you watch it for the relationships like the one of Steve and Danny, or maybe Steve and somebody else? Do you watch because of the  mindless action? Maybe  you watch it for the combination of it all?

On what level does the show serve as your catharsis? Maybe the big question is actually just whether we seek out watching television as escape from reality, or purely for entertainment?

Or maybe like me, you mainly watch this show to see Alex do his thing?

Make your choice and please feel free to elaborate on why  you have chosen, what you have chosen. Maybe your reasons for watching actually shifted over the years ….


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#AlexOLoughlin Interview – with Daemon’s TV (April 2008)

Listening to an interview like this, it is clear that Alex think a lot about his characters and the story behind them. This was recorded on the set of Moonlight when they filmed Episode 15. Of course for the interview Alex was in full make-up for the flashback of Mick’s war days, before he was turned into a vampire.

Alex O’Loughlin as Mick St John

Daemon’s TV: Alex O’Loughlin talks about his character’s flashback in the new “Moonlight” episode 15

Alex: It’s a battle, which is the reality for so many soldiers at war, you know what I mean. So many people, like a lot of my friends have been to battle is Somalia, and you know the Gulf war and in different parts of the world, where they go in specialising in one area and they come out knowing a whole lot more about a lot of other stuff, because of what happens in the moment , you know. So, some of the stuff that we are dealing with in this episode. I think I’m really excited about this episode. I previse*. Over to you.

[*Previse = Foresee or Predict]

Daemon’s TV: Even before becoming a vampire, it seems that Mick was already dealing with blood as a medic in the war.

Alex: Yeah, absolutely, except it didn’t quite have the profound affect that it has on him today. And if you go back to episode 11, when Josh, you know …. When Josh life … when Josh’s life finished and MickMick was …. You know, Mick tried to save him. I mean, the part of him ….. he’s pretty good at kind of turning it off, and just dealing with what he has to deal with. But that blood … I mean, there was so much blood. There was just the urge to do what comes naturally … instinctively and naturally to him now. It was right at the surface the whole time, you know. So, yes, but yes he did deal with that …. He did have …. He was no stranger to blood …. He was no stranger to blood and bloody parts and stuff.

Daemon’s TV: Do you think it has affected Mick now as a vampire?

Alex: Look personally I think, you know you make all sorts of character decisions that never necessarily make it to the final cut of the show or film, but …. One of the things I’d sort of done a lot if thinking about was that perhaps in the many years that Mick has had and before he became a private investigator as well, and that in that time that … that transition time for him, which was a number of years, he may have gone off and actually studied haematology*, you know what I mean. Studied … gone and done a lot of research and got like really well educated in, you know … in blood. And so ….

You’re talking about this guy and he’s …. He’s got such a sort of strict set of morals, you know what I mean. He doesn’t kill for pleasure. And he doesn’t … anymore. He doesn’t  … you know he gets his blood from a blood bank and he doesn’t  … you know he’s got certain, you know … he structured this way of living and this way of existing as a vampire … it sort of sits more comfortably with him that what … what  … what  is instinctive to him. And I think that it’s probably … I’m sure that it’s all to do with each other, you know what I mean. So yeah. And nothing … when he is consuming blood, he knows all about the cells and about the structure of blood and stuff, whereas a lot of other vampires may not.

[*Haematology = The branch of medicine involving study and treatment of the blood.]

Daemon’s TV: Do you do your own stunts?

Alex: I did do a lot of …. A lot of my own stuff in the first 12 episodes. I did … I did more than I’ve been doing in the last few weeks. Simply because I don’t have the time. Like a number of different units shooting. We’ve got a little more money, so we can afford to shoot at that pace that we need to. And so … if I … if they need me on main unit and the stunt is being done on 2nd unit, then I just can’t be there, then I have to let it go.

But I really love doing that. You know, I’ve got a harness that I use for wire work. When I go up in the air and do big jumps and stuff. I really like the fighting ad stuff, you know. And I really like being part of the choreography of that. Like I sort of see it as a dance. And also the choreography of the character … it informs. My character should inform the way they choreography fight and stuff like that. They should inform, no, my character should inform that. So, I really enjoy it. I find it exhilarating.

Daemon’s TV: If you became a vampire, which path would you follow? Josef or Mick?

Alex: I’m ….. I don’t know. I’m a bit of a lush*. I’m a bit of an *epicurist. I like sort of nice stuff. I’m happy to have nothing as well, which is fine. I sort of grew up with not very much. But when I do have stuff, I like it to be nice stuff. I’m a bit of a snob [Laughs] And so I think I’d fit in just fine. I think I’d probably be a combination of both. I think I’d go the Josef path and then I would be racked with shame and guilt and I’ll sort off ….. but then I’ll do it again. [Everybody laughs] For eternity. I think that is probably a fair guesstimation of what would happen.

*[a lush = somebody who likes luxury and and lives lavishly]

*[epicurist = someone with refined or luxurious taste]

*[guesstimation = opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork]

Daemon’s TV: What do you think of the fans’ efforts to save the show?

Alex: Yeah I’ve never …. Before Moonlight, really I’ve never … I haven’t been involved …. I’ve never been the lead of a TV show or network film, so my …. I haven’t had a fan base like this before. I had fans around the place that have seen my work in independent films and the rest of it. But never ….. I’m new to this as well and it’s … it’s quite overwhelming.

Not only …. Not only witnessing first-hand the level … you know the amount of people and how much they support the show, but watching them … watching their behaviour. And you know how they are actually participating and stepping up and making things happen. I think it’s great … I mean any time any of us get the opportunity to do any sort of effort for blood … I think we should take it, you know. So I am thrilled

Alex O’Loughlin as Mick St John – Saving Jacob

Daemon’s TV: Can you talk about the work relationship you have with Sophia Myles?

Alex: So we … look we spend a lot  of time together. We are great mates. She’s really fantastic to work with. We have a very similar … I am Australian, she’s British … we have a similar… we have a similar sensibilities. We have a similar sense of humour. We have ….. we understand …. We grew up with the same TV. All that stuff. So we have a lot on common. And it’s …. She is easy to get along with, which makes  … it makes a big difference when you’ve got to spend 18 hours a day with somebody.

So  … but as far as our relationship goes …. In sort of in comparison to Mick and Beth. It’s very  …. You know, there is no tension between Soph and I. We are colleagues. We’re not lovers. We have our separate lives. We have …. So … But what’s interesting .. you know people talk about onscreen chemistry. And it’s  … we get on screen and it’s  … we work together and those two characters have this really fantastic chemistry , you know what I mean. I’ve watched it. I see it when I watch the show back. But it’s  …. In real life, it’s like … it’s not tangible, not alive. But here it is, when you put it in the second dimension, on film, you know. It’s there.


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On The Set Of #H50 – ET Canada

During November 2017, around the time of SOTB 8, ET Canada was on the set of “Hawaii Five-0” to get the scoop on season 8’s newest cast members, including the series’ new four-legged star, Eddie. This is a short clip of responses that they got from the available cast.

Alex: It kind of feels like the pilot was yesterday, in a sense. It also feels like it was 50 years ago. Makes me feel old.

Chi: I’ve been in the business for quite a while now, and it really feels good to be on a show that has a fan base that is very loyal.

Alex: This season has definitely been a season of reflexion for me. I’ve had a lot of reflexion. We’ve had some big cast changes and things have shifted around. And I cut my hair.

[News clip about Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park leaving and newcomers, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale.]

Alex: The new actors that we have are fantastic. Beulah and Meaghan they are really … they are wonderful. They brought a new enthusiasm and you know … they are younger and they have a lot of energy. And it is just a breath of fresh air.

Chi: Meaghan is a doll. And Beulah is just a fine actor. And an even better … and ever better man. And they are just great. They just came and fit right in. It was all seamless.

[Clip from show]

Beulah: Whenever you bring something new, and if it’s good, it’s kind of refreshing. And sometimes you need change for good things to happen. And I think great things have happened since … especially Meaghan. She is an amazing actor. I am alright.

Meaghan: To jump onto a show that’s so long running and so beloved to fans has been kind of a gift.

Beulah: Sometimes I pinch myself that I am living in Hawaii first of all, and that I’m working, you know, on Hawaii Five-0.

[Short clip, telling about the addition of the dog on the show, Eddie]


Alex: I love Eddie man. That dog man. There you go, that’s your answer. Tune in for Eddie.


Jorge: This season gets a lot more handsome [showing of his new shorter hair] Jerry’s got this little haircut. And listen, there’s a lot of dead bodies on the show. I don’t know what to tell you?

Chi:  We’ve got a lot of the stuff that you love. We’ve got the car chases and the good cases and the weird criminals. And the great … great storylines. And deep characters.


Link to Video


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