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#H50 with #AlexOLoughlin tonight!

For many the long wait is over, because the first episode of Season 8 of Hawaii Five-0 will be broadcast tonight in the USA. There are signs of some new and interesting things coming up to be excited about, and then there are signs of some of the same old, same old boring and frustrating stuff for fans who would like a bit MORE from the show. We of course, just hope for LOTS of real good quality screen time for Alex as Steve.

Just an update about SOTB for this year – Peter Lenkov responded to comments on his Instagram and pointed out that they are still trying to make SOTB for his season happen, somewhere along the line in the time to come. We will keep you posted with any developement around it.

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of Alex’s first leading role on American Television. On 28 September 2007 the first of the 16 episodes of Moonlight was broadcast. Although some fans of Alex have been around from before that time, most of his loyal and most dedicated fans, started following his career because they fell in love with his portrayal of Mick St John. And through the years, by being who he is, he has shown them and us who came later, time and time again that he is a person worthwhile to follow and support ……

On the one hand I want to wish Alex many many more successful years as leading man on US Television, but on the other hand I want to wish him more. I want to wish him the realisation of his dreams, of doing worthwhile movies and of making his mark on the big screen. I want him to have it all!!

Just an update about our own whereabouts. We have not made a final decision on our future with the site yet, but as you can see, we are still lurking around here, and Paula has been posting a few pictures and gifs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And as always you are welcome to make comments and communicate here about the things you love and see and hear about Alex and the show.

 

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Interview: #AlexOLoughlin from Moonlight on CBS (2007)

I was lucky enough to take part of a conference call with Alex O’Loughlin who plays Mick St. John in CBS’ Moonlight. Three press outlets were able to interview Alex O’Loughlin and ask questions about “Moonlight” and his career. All I can say is that Alex O’Loughlin is a very charming person and very passionate about his work on “Moonlight.” It makes you like the show even more when you hear how much work and love is put into it. So without further ado, here is the interview (Daemon’s TV questions are in blue).

Daemon TV

by Sandrine Sahakians

24 November 2007

Daemon TV: Can you give us any scoop on whether Coraline is back or what the whole thing is with that, and how it’s going to affect Mick?

Alex: Yeah, I probably should mark my words, be careful how much I say but, what I can tell you is Coraline has an uncanny knack of never going too far for too long.

Daemon TV: Okay, anything else?

Alex: Might you be seeing Coraline, the answer to that is yes.

Question: What about the character of Mick really spoke to you and made you want to play this character?

Alex: I really liked his humor, was the first thing that came off the page. First of all, I mean you read, as an actor, you read scripts every day and you read people’s interpretation of the characters everyday and some are more thought out than others and some are more one dimensional, and also some characters speak to you more than others you know.

And this guy, I just really got him, I understood his motivation and I understood his passion, and I understood why he is conflicted, and I understood why he thought what he thought was funny was funny. Yeah, I just got him right away. I guess it all stems down to empathy. I had empathy and understanding for him, so therefore I felt that I could justifiably play him.

 

Question: David Greenwalt came to the show briefly, left. What do you feel some of his contributions were to the show or to your character in particular?

Alex: It’s a little difficult to answer that question because the crossover before David, introducing David, and letting David go, it all happened pretty suddenly. David wasn’t on board with us for that long, but he was on board for long enough to make a difference. Those exact differences, it’s not that he actually made any fundamental changes to my character, nobody does that but me, but he helped us, you know, in the time that we were in the transition phase from the original pilot presentation to the recasting into Moonlight, he helped us find what the new show was gonna be.

It’s not that different from the original concept. It’s just that he was there when we all came together and said ok what are the boundaries, what are the lines, what are the rules. It was a relief that he was on the same page as we were and in the sense that this show is not about mythical books and goblins and trolls and monsters, that it’s about modern day vampires coming from a long lineage of first generation blood over the last 1500 years. And that’s it, it’s about vampires.

Daemon TV: You’re from Australia, and I was wondering how difficult it is to do the American accent and keep it consistent every episode?

Alex: I don’tt find it difficult. I’m actually surprised by how little I have to ADR [Automated Dialog Replacement] for accent. Sometimes I’ll slur my words, or the mike won’t pick up the sound or whatever, but it’s not usually because I have to fix the accent. I think that’s due to, I’ve studied for a long time as well, like I’ve been studying acting for quite a while now.

I’ve studied accents specifically like since I was a little child. When I was a little boy I was fascinated with people who made different sounds. I always used to guffaw at Scottish accents. When I’d hear anyone from Edingburough or Glasgow, I’d roar with laughter because I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard.

I guess to me, it’s always been like a music, which is the way I’ve approached it. Bearing that in mind, in combo with the fact that I’ve grown up with American television, you have to realize in Australia we were born on, my generation we were bread on your TV, all the hit shows over here went over there.

And my stepfather is Canadian. I’ve always been surrounded by the sound, so yeah, I don’t find it difficult, I really enjoy it actually. But I stay in it when I’m working, when I’m on the set.

Question: What’s your favorite thing about playing Mick or about Mick in general?

Alex: What’s my favorite thing about Mick? He’s an awesome character to play, I gotta tell you, I’m standing here as I speak to you, covered in blood and mud. I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning and I’ve had my hands inside another man’s stomach, tying off his thoracic aorta in the middle of nowhere.

So I mean the situations this guy gets himself into. I read the scripts and I go “Oh Mick for God’s sake will you just go on Holidays. Can’t you just sit in a hut somewhere for a week?” My favorite thing about him I think is his ability to overcome extreme drama and duress and not lose sight of the lighter side of life, which essentially stems back to the humanity that he clings to, which is fundamentally extended in his heart. So I think without sounding sanctimonious or sentimental, my favorite thing about this character is his heart.

Question: Without telling too much, obviously, because you can’t give us spoilers, you have Coraline on there, who is of course your sire, you have Jason Dohring’s vampire, who is an ancient vampire, but primarily a lot of the vampires we’ve seen pop up are basically newborns. Are we going to be getting in the future more of the old vampire mythology?

Alex: You are. You sure are. Before the end of this round of 12 shows, you’re gonna meet some extremely old, some extremely powerful vampires. You’re going to meet some of the lineage from the blood line that Coraline and Mick are from. You’re gonna learn as well about where we come from and where Coraline and therefore Mick comes from. We start exploring blood lines and you’re gonna learn about where our vampires come from. We have a procedural element in this show, we always will have a procedural element in this show, and that’s established, and now the mythology and the true fan stuff, I mean the fans are gonna go nuts. Like I’m a vampire fan and there is some really juicy good stuff coming up in the next couple of months.

Daemon TV: I just wanted to mention that I had seen your performance in “The Invisible” and it was amazing, and you’re actually the reason I was interested in watching “Moonlight” in the first place. My question is do you have any upcoming movie projects?

Alex: I have “August Rush” coming out, which is coming out of Friday is that right? [November 21] and that’s in the can obviously, since it’s coming out. I have “Whiteout” which is a Joel Silver film with Kate Beckinsale and it’s due to release sometime next summer, I think. That’s a 2008 release.

At the moment, I’m reading scripts, it’s a tentative time. With the current climate in Hollywood, you know I’m unsure about which direction I’ll be going after Christmas. It’s all up in the air, which is very sort of disheartening if you let it in, but you know we’re all just sort of keeping our fingers crossed, though I am reading some film scripts and there’s some good stuff out there, but I’m not attached to anything yet.

Kim [CBS’ publicist]: This is Kim interjecting. This man works so hard. When he says he gets up at 4:30 in the morning, he’s not kidding and he works until midnight.

Alex: I’m not kidding, I’m not kidding!

Daemon TV: What actors or actresses do you draw your inspiration from, or who are your favorites?

Alex: There are so many wonderful actors. Sean Penn got up at the Academy Awards when he won his award and said, “Everyone knows there is no best in acting” and there is no best, there are lots of performances that have inspired me over the years. Sean Penn is certainly one of them. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Daniel Day Lewis is a phenomenon. He’s like an enigma, I’ve watched his performances and I can’t for the life of me work out how he transforms as he does. Marlon Brando. I love Marlon Brando, for all of his arrogance. I love actors that don’t make half decisions.

Mel Gibson, I probably shouldn’t say that. I know he sort of fell off the wagon recently and said some stupid stuff. But growing up as a kid in Australia and seeing him do the movies he did, the “Mad Maxes” and stuff, and then move over to America and cross the bridge to producing and directing as well, and come up with films like “Braveheart.”

It’s hard for any young man who’s in the industry not to, I would imagine, not to find that inspiration. But then there’s other actors that the world doesn’t know about that I’ve grown up with, that I’ve seen on stage, that have breathed life into performances that have changed my life. They’re some of my best friends, so that’s as influential to me as those big stars that we all see in movies.

Question: Speaking of the currently climate of things in Hollywood, I am just curious, are we going to have some kind of ending?

Alex: Oh yeah, we’re just killing everyone (laughs) – Maybe I shouldn’t give that away (laughs). I’m sorry, I’m joking, of course!

Question: But did you get the chance to have some kind of a wrap up for the first pod and then when things start up again we’ll be fine?

Alex: To a certain extent. Let me be the one to tell you right now, I am not going to conduct myself and this character through this series at this stage as though we’re not coming back, because as far as I’m concerned, we are coming back, even though Nina Tassler [CBS President] hasn’t promised me anything, and Les Moonves [President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS], I can’t get him off the golf course to answer his phone. But there are certain things  I’m just thinking about how to answer this.

Question: Let’s put it this way, the reason I’m asking is because shows like “Heroes” reshot their ending to give their 13 episodes an ending point so that until it picks up again people are at least satisfied with the first arc.

Alex: Oh, I mean no, people are gonna be totally satisfied. People are going to be salivating, for Moonlight to come back, and that’s what we’re going to deliver because we don’t plan on not coming back. We’ve got a few really epic things that are coming that wrap the end of the series. It’s an ending with no finale.

I mean it’s an ending with a bunch of open ended stuff that you’re just going die to know what happens next. There are a couple of points that happen that change the course of the picture, but the world won’t let Moonlight fade away after this. The fans will be rabid. They will demand a re-release, they’ll demand a pickup.

Question: Exactly, you can have the fans ship nuts.

Kim: Or garlic!!

Daemon TV: I’m really enjoying the relationship between your character and Josef. I was wondering if there were any plans to elaborate on that and maybe get a little background on how they met.

Alex: Yeah, there are certainly plans to do that. That relationship, because it was pre-established. Josef and Mick’s relationship is established early on, and they’re great, that’s the way things are. Little pieces of information are released along the way more and more, you’re gonna get little bits of information.

The whole how we met and that storyline, we don’t touch on until we come back, but there’s portions of it that come out in the storyline that have to do with Coraline and things that are going on with Beth. So you will learn more. I think you’ll be satisfied with everything the way we’re wrapping it up.

Question: I’m always interested to hear your take on why someone should pay attention to the show and watch it.

Alex: I think it’s a really satisfying show. We own the demographic, and we own the demographic for a reason and that is that people of all ages are enjoying the show. Teenagers to people in their middle ages of life are sitting down watching Moonlight because it’s got so many elements that we turn to.

It’s a love story. It’s a story about unrequited love. It’s got incredible action and great fight sequences. It’s got a tormented conflicted protagonist who always goes towards good, well for now, and whose rules are ambiguous and his motives, at times, are ambiguous, and it’s based in a genre that’s really exciting, that’s mysterious, that’s really sexy.

CBS hasn’t pulled punches on the show, they’ve allowed us to take it to levels of truth, they’ve allowed us to take it to levels of humanity where network TV can sometimes skimp on because they want it to look better or not be as real or be less sort of confrontational. I just think it’s an all around good show. I think it’s also a show that questions the norm, that questions the beliefs, you know, society’s belief on certain topics. I hope that’s a sort of roundabout answer to your question.

Question: Let’s talk Mick and Beth for a little bit here. You guys have sort of, and I hate to use this pun, but it’s the Moonlighting relationship, it’s the will they won’t they flirtation back and forth, and sometimes it gets closer than others. How long do you think it;s going to be until at least something happens?

Alex: Something’s coming up in 11 [episode], that puts a big spinner in the works and affects the way Beth feels about Mick, and also affects the way Mick views Beth. A part of me feels like if anything ever happened between those guys, the show’s over. But then again, I’m not the creator. The unrequited love aspect of the show, the Romeo and Juliet mirror that we constantly provide in Moonlight, I think is an essential part of the drama, of the tension.

I mean, in Mick’s mind, there is no way he could ever cross that line, despite how weak the flesh is, despite the feelings that he has for this woman, in his mind, that would be the ultimate sin. He looks at her and it’s so awkward, he looks at her through paternal eyes you know, and if he wants to sleep with her, I mean that’s pretty weird [laughs].

Question: Well he’s her guardian angel, so –

Alex: Well yeah, so he really shouldn’t be… [laughs] But you know, you never know, I get surprised from script to script. I don’t think they should ever be given that luxury. I absolutely think it should be unrequited. I mean, re-read “Romeo and Juliet” and tell me you don’t cry at the end when they kill themselves, and I’m not saying what we’re dealing with here, by no means am I drawing comparison to Shakespeare [laughs], but the nature of the idea, I mean if you’re not putting like the big ideas on TV, why are you making TV, who cares? And if it’s not about the big love, that great love, that one great love, that comes into each of our lives if we’re lucky, why are we putting – who gives a f**k. Let’s go to the beach!

Daemon TV: There’s a lot of action in the show, and I was wondering if you do your own stunts or if you have a stunt double.

Alex: [With a deep “sexy” voice]
I do my own stunts baby – .[Laughs]
No, I do have a stunt double because there are certain things that they won’t let me do. Like they won’t set fire to me. They won’t like let me jump off a 20 story building. There are certain big stunts that it’s just impossible to get insurance to let me do, but for the most part I’d say I do probably 75% of my stuff. I have my own harnesses and my own pads and back protectors. I’m trained in stunt work, I really love it too. The other thing is, you don’t have to shoot around the stunt double’s face, you can just shoot me doing my thing. It makes the show better, until I slip my sciatic nerve and have to work in a back brace, that’s the downside.

Question: What are some of your favorite shows in your downtime, which it sounds like you don’t have a lot of?

Alex: I haven’t had downtime for about 7 months. Let me see, I really love “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” I really love “The Contender,” I just love that show [laughs]. Family Guy. What else?…”America’s Most Smartest Model” [laughs] no don’t put that on – I love “The Shield,” big fan of “The Shield.” [Alex O’Loughlin had a part in “The Shield” as Detective Kevin Hiatt]

Question: When CBS originally announced Moonlight, they said they were going to do a procedural show with vampire elements and it seems that now they’re moving more towards the genre based. Are you pleased that they went that directions with the show?

Alex: Thrilled. I couldn’t give a f**k about the procedurals. I mean sometimes I can, and sometimes it’s really interesting. Sometimes, it’s great fun. But if I wanted to do “CSI,” I would have done “CSI.” It’s not what this show is.

This show is a character driven drama, that has a procedural element, and is based in a genre. That’s what the show is. It’s a character driven drama. The procedural element is great fun when it’s used correctly, but when it’s overused, it turns into something else. I think it’s really disappointing from a fan point of view when people get lazy and they know that that’s going to work and that it’s going to require less effort and they just sort of go with that.

I think what the guys have done with Moonlight has been great. I think they’ve really put a big effort into balance it all out. We’ve had some great procedural stuff and some really interesting cases, and as we’re moving on, we’re getting into the characters more and more, and we’re caring about these characters more and more, and we’re learning more and more about the mythology and getting deeper into the actual genre and the blood and guts of it, pardon the pun. So I’m really happy with the way it’s shaping up.

So there you have it, from Mick St. John Alex O’Loughlin himself. Do you need any more reasons to watch Moonlight?

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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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Have Dinner with Moonlight Star #AlexOLoughlin

OK, so that title up there may be a little cruel and misleading to any fans who thought it was a real invitation to have a romantic picnic in the sand with Alex O’Loughlin. (I’ll pause while you visualize … and wipe your drool.)

 But in the Q&A that follows, you can have the next best thing (maybe?):

A cyberdinnertime-chat experience with Alex, who called just moments ago, while chomping down a salad during a five-minute break on set. (Did you hear the one about TV leads being busy?)

More important, as you may have heard, the fans of CBS’ Moonlight are a wee bit … impassioned. And by “wee bit,” I mean they are willing to give their own blood:

They have coordinated a truly heartwarming (see what I did there?) philanthropic campaign to help support the series, via a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

by Kristin Dos Santos

For E! News

4 April 2008

Read on for Alex’s thoughts on the fandemonium, the prospects of season two and what’s in store when Moonlight returns to CBS April 25…

 

Kristin: I heard you were so moved by the fan blood drive. Do you want to take part?
Alex: Oh yeah, I’m a part of it. I’m hopefully gonna be a spokesperson for the Red Cross at some level. But I’m absolutely being a part of it.
Kristin: How does it feel to know your fans care that much?
Alex: It’s just so great. Even more so than them caring about the show is that such initiative is being used to participate in a community service at such a selfless level. I think it’s such a great idea, and it’s such a wonderful project and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. And then on a show level, it’s thrilling to know that people care about the show as much as I do.
Kristin: How are you feeling now about the chances of another season?
Alex: Before I tell you that, I’m going to apologize because I’m eating a salad while I’m talking to you.
Kristin: No problem. I know your schedule is very busy, what with you being in every scene. And it’s nice to know you really eat—unlike your alter ego.
Alex: I eat real food so Mick doesn’t have to. As for another season, I think it’s difficult to answer, because CBS is so unpredictable in how and why they make the decisions they make. Which is why no one, not even the other networks, can second-guess them at this time of the year before the upfronts. Personally, I think it’d be a smart business choice to pick the show up, because we have such a rabid fan base and people will tune in to watch.
Kristin: Is it hard not knowing?
Alex: As an actor, I can’t ever afford to second-guess anything, because often I’m wrong, and it hurts too bad. I’m so invested in this show. I’ve put a lot of love and a lot of heart and a lot of thought and a lot of creative and emotional energy into this piece, and I don’t want to go anywhere.
Kristin: The fans would agree. What can you tell me about what we can expect when the show comes back?
Alex: Sex and drama. Lots of sex and drama. Sexy sex and sexy drama. We’re just finishing up episode 14, which leads to 15 and 16.

Kristin: Does it feel like you’re ramping up toward the season finale?
Alex: Yeah, things are getting bigger. It doesn’t feel like a finale. It feels like a beginning. I don’t feel like we’re riding for the end. We are at beginning of something huge. I haven’t read episode 16, which is our final installment, but I’ve just finished 15, and it’s fantastic. It’s so full of life, it’s awesome stuff. It’s got some incredible flashbacks, and it’s got some Mick emotion that will knock everyone out of their socks. It’s got a whole bunch of stuff that will really rock the fans.
Kristin: You and Sophia (Beth) have such great chemistry.
Alex: We’ve become great friends. She’s a terrifically committed actor, and she’s a ball of fun on set. She’s outrageously funny herself and loves to be a part of the gag. She’s just a real team player. 
You’ll always find her hanging out with the electrics or hanging out on the curbside laughing with the wardrobe and having a great time, as opposed to, like, stuck up in her trailer. She’s not that person. So it’s great working with her. We’re having a blast.

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Rising Star: #AlexOLoughlin Of ‘Moonlight’ – 2007

 

Friday nights have gotten a lot steamier thanks to the presence of the delectable Alex O’Loughlin, who stars in the new hit show, “Moonlight.”

Access Hollywood

27 October 2007

The Australian 30-something has been heating up the screen for about a month now as Mick St. John, a vampire with a conscience.

Mick was brought into the vampire fold by Shannyn Sossaman’s “Coraline” — a woman who, on their wedding night, cursed him with immortal life.

Rather than continue his perpetual 30-year-old state as a nasty old blood-sucking beast, Mick’s vampire lifestyle was given a twist when he saved the life of a young girl – Beth Turner. Now, as he works as a private investigator, fate brings him together with a grown up Beth (Sophia Myles), and romantic tensions ensue.

It’s thanks to O’Loughlin though, that new fans are flocking to the show as weeks pass. For starters, the one time contender for the role of James Bond (which went to Daniel Craig) is playing a heroic guy, caught up in plenty of action. He’s also involved in plenty of shirtless scenes as Access Hollywood found out when we interviewed the arousing Aussie.

“The stunts are fantastic. We do a lot of our own stunts. I do a lot of my own stunts, [and], um, you know there is more nudity than I have seen on network TV for a while,” O’Loughlin blushed. “There are all sorts of things and everything is quite hard-hitting and cutting edge for CBS, I have to say.”

This isn’t the first time the ripped actor has gone shirtless on film. He stripped down to a lot less for a scene in last season’s “The Shield,” as Detective Kevin Hiatt.

“There was a sex scene in ‘The Shield’ where I was nude – I was fully naked on a chair!” he admitted.

Though he has the physique for such parts, O’Loughlin admits he’d rather keep his clothes on.

“There is nothing fun about doing a scene like that,” he told Access. “I have had to do a couple of them in my career and it is like — it’s just weird and sort of icky.”

Not so “icky” is being an Australian actor in Hollywood these days. O’Loughlin told Access he enjoys having moved to LA only to find a host of his fellow countrymen nearby.

“It’s a big community,” he noted. “We help each other out. When I first moved here I was given numbers to call people who are friends of friends [who showed] me where to rent a car or get a cell phone.”

And here is the transcript of the rest of the interview:

Alex O’Loughlin with Access Hollywood – Hipsupbaby & Dish of Salt – 2007

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