For our charity reminder post of the day, we are taking you way back to December 2007 – right back into the middle of the Moonlight days. Again I do not know much of what happened at the event or how it all came about, apart from the pictures and an article written for Monsters & Critics at the time.
Most of the pictures we have here were saved over the years and I do not know the original sources for most of them. Many of the pictures were taken by fans, and because they were taken inside, the quality of some are not very good – but I decided to post them all, in order for you to get an idea of what happened at the event.
From the article
On December 2nd, 2007, the Pole Position Raceway in Corona California decided, on very short notice, to host a Toys For Tots charity campaign, and invited luminaries such as “Moonlight” star Alex O’Loughlin, “Cold Case” star Kathryn Morris, and “Jericho” star Skeet Ulrich, amongst others, to participate.
The members of Moonlightline .com rallied together and donated $1000 worth of toys to be given to needy kids.
The celebrities who attended this indoor event participated in several all-star go-kart races together, narrowing things down until there was a winner. In between these heats, there was the opportunity for the public to compete against their favorite celebrities, with proceeds going to charity.
The stars were very approachable, posing for pictures and answering questions posed by the attendees.
This reporter’s short-notice request to Alex for an interview was very quickly granted, and we suddenly found ourselves in a one-on-one interview in the office of the owner of the facility.
– Lisa Gerry (From Moonlightline.com)
Originally post with Monsters and Critics
Alex O’Loughlin was indeed a very nice, genuine and open person with whom to speak, and I thank him for the chance for this interview. I know that fans will be pleased to know that I found him to be as genuine in real life as he appears to be in other interview situations.
– Lisa Gerry (Moonlightline.com)
I really enjoy doing charity, for a good cause. It’s like the least I can do. I really enjoy that stuff. I enjoy giving back.
– Alex O’Loughlin, Monsters & Critics, December 2007
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 Mick … Mick 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 judgmentbased on inconclusive or incompleteevidence;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.
Here is another interview for our interview archive …….
This is the transcript of one of that Radio interviews Alex did to promote Moonlight. It took place on 2 May 2008. From the sound of it, that was the second time that Alex did an interview with them.
Unfortunately none of the excitement around Moonlight and the dedication of the fans could save the show……..
Radio host: Welcome back to Daybreak USA, the coast to coast IRN USA network and also on the World Wide Web at DaybreakUSA.net.
She is enamoured of a vampire, who is a private detective. He is somebody that remembers her when she was just a child. And he saved her life and now he’s torn between the love that she feels for him and he for her. But he’s a vampire, she is a human. How can it … how can its last?
Well you know what; it made it to the favourite show of The People Choice Awards. And know after the writers’ strike has come back strong. We’re talking about Moonlight. Its star, Alex O’Loughlin returns to Daybreak USA.
Alex, it’s nice to talk to you again.
Alex: Good morning. Nice to talk to you.
Radio host: Man, congratulations on what seems to be a show that’s hitting its stride. How does it feel for you and Sophia?
Alex: It feels terrific, you know, it’s been a … it’s been a really tough year and we’ve certainly been held back from hitting our stride, you know, all year. You know, they’ve just given us little bursts here and there to try to kind of survive the storm, but we have, you know. Like we ….
Radio host: Yes you have.
Alex: …. weathered the storm and we’ve also … we’ve also received a couple of little things … little pats on the behind along the way. Like The People’s Choice Award and stuff. So it’s testament to the show that we have here.
Radio host: Absolutely. And you know when we spoke to you last year as the show was kicking off – A unique take on a storyline that has been told in many different ways and forms. And without mentioning the litany of show that have always chronicled the vampire with the heart of gold. I’d think that what it is that Moonlight managed to mine, and in my view from watching it, and also the responses of others, who blitzed us the last time we repeated our last conversation. I mean we got e-mails that would warm your heart.
Alex: Oh that’s great.
Radio host: When we repeated the interview that we did with you last year, and folks were like, “You talked to Alex O’Loughlin?”
Radio host: “We had no idea he did radio” Oh was like okay, it’s Alex. We’re friends. We go way back. A few weeks.
Alex: There you go.
Radio host: You know. And so knew we had to give them warnings that this conversation was coming up. And I say all of that to say what you guys have fashioned with Mick St John character. How much design has gone into downplaying all of the gothic darkness of the vampire mythology? And fashioning this love story that you guys have with Mick and Bick … and Beth?
Alex: You know, I mean, it’s …. It’s … what we wanted was to …. We wanted to make a vampire show that was … that was accessible to everybody. You know and the show is not about …. It’s not about vampires you know. It’s actually …. What it is … it’s a character driven drama.
Radio host: Yes.
Alex: That’s what the show is. It’s a character driven drama about love and truth, you know. It just so happens that your lead character is a vampire.
Radio host: Hmmm
Alex: You know it so happens to be based in that genre. It also happens that it has a procedural element.
Radio host: Yes.
Alex: A cop as well.. he’s a PI as well, you know. And, I mean these are just sort of … they’re not by the by, but they are really important facets of the show. However they are facets of the show. So the way … where I base my performance. My performance doesn’t lie in vampirism. It doesn’t lie in that genre. It lies in truth and naturalism and drama as we know it, you know.
Radio host: Yes.
Alex: And so, it’s as well … I mean you were saying Mick has his heart of gold. Well sometimes he does, but the other thing is, I mean, pardon the pun, that he’s only human. You know he doesn’t necessarily have a heart of gold all the time. And really the reason he became a PI, was that …. Yeah, it’s to help other people, but it’s all for himself at the end of the day. So that he can close his eyes in that freezer and sleep another day.
Radio host: Hmmmm
Alex: Without, you know … without killing himself, because this thing is bigger than he is.
Radio host: Well that torment is palatable, you play it well. The … the … the love affair that is growing between Sophia’s character Beth and you, reached and interesting point last week when, after being human for a brief period of time, you had to be turned by your good friend in order for you to save “My Beth”, as your character said.
Radio host: How much fun to take it in that direction, because again, that is one of the reasons why think it has now, coming back from the writers’ strike, really hit a really good stride.
Alex: Yeah, it’s funny you know. My … that little line “My Beth”, that was actually … that’s just ..that’s an improv line that came. I mean, in the script it was written … you know, he has Beth, you know. And he was talking obviously about Andrews, the guy who had kidnapped her, and “My Beth” just came out of me being in the moment, in the scene, you know
Radio host: Ahh
Alex: In Mickthere for a moment, it was just in that moment I had this … I don’t even remember it happening, but when we were shooting, I was just thinking about how much I love this … this women. And so, I can’t even remember the question now. You just made me think…..
Radio host: Well you know what, I think I was talking about the way the relationship was growing and the way it hit a new high in last week’s episode.
Alex: Oh absolutely.
Radio host: And now knowing that was an improv moment, that really sold that scene.
Alex: Yeah absolutely. I mean and that’s when I knew the core of the scene without ….. You know, it’s not that I know that I would say that. You never know anything like that. But I knew that that’s where the heart of the scene was that in that moment, you know. I didn’t know how the scene would play out with Jason either, you know what I mean, it’s …
Radio host: Hmmm
Alex: It’s another actor. But we have a wonderful chemistry and complicity on screen … so whatever he gives me, I sort of … I give back. And visa versa. And so I feel very save with him.
[Video of the turning scene]
Radio host: Well I like what Jason is doing with his character, Josef and the by-play between the two of you is great.
Tonight’s episode involves Mick coming to the aid of a Hollywood starlet. And she’s being threatened by the paparazzi. And I think that for those of us that sometimes see the paparazzi as being a little bit out of hand. You know, Mick giving them a … you know a bit of a throttling, I think is something a lot of us might like to see.
Alex: Yeah [Laughs]
Radio host: Anything that … of course Eric Winters is returning as Benjamin Talbot. How much fun is that, to have that by-play? Because it looks to be a little bit of tension between you two.
Alex: Yeah it’s great. Look, Eric, Eric is …. Eric is a fantastic guy. He’s a terrific actor and its … and he’s got a great character on the show, you know. And he comes and brings something new to the show. He … he really fills the shoes that, that Josh left behind, you know. In one way, but he also facilitates a bunch of other things that you are going to come to learn as the show …. As the show progresses. You know, I don’t want to say too much about it, because there’s some really important ….
Radio host: Oh, no doubt. We really do not want to give it all away. Suffice to say, I saw Sophia on Craig Ferguson last night. We’d love to ….. Yeah, put a bug in her ear. We would love to have her come and talk with us.
Alex: Okay, yeah, I didn’t even know she was on Ferguson last night.
Radio host: Yes, she was.
Alex: I’ve got to You Tube that.
Link to Video of Sophia on The Late Late Show:
Radio host: Yeah you do, because she did a good job. She talked about being a vicar’s daughter.
Alex: She is a vicar’s daughter.
Radio host: A PK kid … a PK [Preacher’s Kid], so I thought it was really good and it made me want to talk to her that much more.
And of course for everybody that is big fans of yours, they will be tuning in tonight to Moonlight …
Radio host: …. CBS. And much continued success to you man. We’re big fans of you, around here.
Alex: Thank you so much. I really look forward to speaking to you again, man.
Radio host: Same here. Take care.
Alex: Okay, you to.
Radio host: Daybreak USA rolls on the IRN and USA radio network …….
Just to put this interview into a timeline perspective, it was the next day after the Duane Robinson interview which we posted two weeks ago. In other words, it was the morning after the TV Guide SexiestStars party.
We have not done a poll for a long time and I got this titbit from a post on Moonlight Fan Blog. I thought we could use it as a starting point for a poll. Unfortunately I could not locate the original EW post about it anymore, but here is what I found on the blog.
On the PopWatch Blog, Michael Slezak asked Entertainment Weekly’s readers to nominate the best and worst TV hair. Of course…. Mick was not only nominated, he was selected as a winner.
It seems as if Alex was not only seen as one of the sexiest stars on TV in those Moonlight days, but that his hair was well liked as well. This made me think that we should ask how the fans feel about his hair in the various roles over the past 15 years. (not all the roles are included)
Here is our first poll. Take a look at Alex’s hair over the years before Hawaii Five-0. The hair from which role do you like best? (Remember, it is about the HAIR 😉 😉 )
(1) ‘White Collar’ Blue hair (Alex in 2003 as Ian Mack in an episode of this TV series)
(2) ‘Oyster Farmer’ Hair (Alex as Jack Flange in this movie filmed in 2003)
(3) ‘Black Jack Sweet Science’ Hair (Alex as Luke Anderson in this 2004 TV Drama)
(4) ‘Mary Bryant’ Hair (Alex plays Will Bryant in this TV Drama that was filmed during the last 3 months of 2004)
(5) ‘Feed’ Hair (Alex as Michael Carter in this movie filmed in the beginning of 2005)
(6) ‘The Invisible’ Hair (Alex as Marcus Bohem in this movie, filmed at the end of 2005)
(7) ‘August Rush’ Hair (Alex as Marshall Connelly in this movie, filmed in 2006)
(8) ‘The Shield’ Hair (Alex as Kevin Hiatt in this TV series filmed in 2006)
(9) ‘Whiteout’ Hair (Alex as Russell Haden in this movie filmed in 2007)
(10) ‘Moonlight’ Hair (Alex as Mick St John in the TV series filmed from August 2007 – April 2008)
(11) ‘Criminal Minds’ Hair (Alex as Vincent Rowlings in an episode of this TV Series)
(12) ‘The Back-Up Plan’ Hair (Alex as Stan in this movie, filmed in 2009)
(7) ‘Three Rivers’ Hair (Alex as Andy Yablonski in this TV series, filmed in 2009)
You can vote for the 3 hairstyles that you like best
And here is our second poll. Take a look at Steve McGarrett’s hair over the years. The hair from which season do you like best? (and again just a reminder that it is about the hair 🙂 )
‘Hawaii Five-0’ Hair
Season 1 Hair
Season 2 Hair
Season 3 Hair
Season 4 Hair
Season 5 Hair
Season 6 Hair
Season 7 Hair
Season 8 Hair
Cast your vote for your favourite Steve-hair season here:
Another one of the old interview transcripts that we have not included in our archive yet. As far as I know this was a radio interview, but I do not know for which station. If I understand it correctly from what was being said it took place on 1 May 2008, the day of the TV Guide sexiest stars’ party.
Hope you enjoy the visit to the past, with this interview from 10 years ago. It was really nice to hear what high praise Alex had for his co-star Jason Dohring
Alex: Hi Duane.
Duane: How are you?
Alex: Great. How are you?
Duane: Fine. I was so surprised when I started researching you a little bit more, when I found out we were going to be talking, and I found out you were Australian. I had no idea. You are doing a good job.
Alex: Thank you very much.
Duane: Do you have Americans who go to Australia and have to put on an Australian accent to be in shows there?
Alex: Not really. But you have to understand that we don’t really have an industry there like … like you guys have here, you know. This is the ….. this is where it’s at.
Duane: [Laughs] I mean is it hard. Do they ever stop and say, you know, “Oh, that wasn’t American sounding enough”?
Alex: Oh absolutely. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yes, specially, I mean … not a lot I’ve got to say, because I have been doing it for a while now. But if I get really, really tired, which is something that happens occasionally, doing the hours we do, I can slip on a word or two.
Duane: Yeah. I am speaking with Alex O’Loughlin. He is on Moonlight, which is on CBS on Friday nights. It has developed a very avid cult following. Were you surprised at that?
Alex: Yeah, I …. I … You know it’s interesting. I mean any time something that I am involved with, you know, develops a following; it’s kind of a surprise to me. But it’s a … I mean …it’s …. Anything in this genre is … is always going to have a following. Because it’s such a … it’s such a sought after genre. It’s … look I am a fan of the genre, you know. And anything with vampires in it, I will gravitate to straight away. But the fact that the fans had stayed on board the way they have, is testament to the show and how good the show is.
Duane: I really enjoy it and it reminds me a lot of Beauty and the Beast, which was big in the 80’s.
Alex: It’s interesting you’d say that, because one of the original creators of the show … I mean the creator Trevor Munson wrote the book, but then his co-creator on the show, Ron Koslow … he was the creator of Beauty and the Beast.
Duane: Okay. So that’s kind of what you are going for. You’ve got star-crossed lovers, just because you are, you know, different kinds of beings
Duane: And it’s been interesting to see the relationship develop, because … I mean somebody could put a creepy spin on it and say, you know, your character has known Beth since she was a little girl, maybe 8 or 10, and now she is grown up and you are still attracted to her. So that’s a little odd.
Alex: Well it is actually and that’s … …. It is a bit of a creepy spin. And it’s actually the source of a great conflict within my character. And that is that he … he’s known her for 20 years, because he saved her when she was a little girl. He saved her life and he watched over her as a guardian angel, you know. As the years have gone by she has grown into a woman, and he has started …. You know instead of looking at her through paternal eyes, he started looking at her through the eyes of a lover. And this has been something that cause him great pain.
Duane: And for those of you who didn’t watch, she was kind of safe because she was involved in a relationship when they reconnected. But of course the powers to be like to take those obstacles out of the way and create new obstacles. And when her boyfriend died she asked your character to turn him into a vampire. You said no. That caused a big conflict. I as a viewer and somebody who’s got emotional ties to show, I was like, “How could she possibly be mad at him? He saved her life like 800 times”.
Alex: Right. You know what I mean. That’s what I said. How can you be mad at me?
Duane: Ungrateful woman. [Laughs]
Alex: No, WOMEN! [Laughs]
Duane: Well it’s neat to know that you kind of gravitate toward that supernatural and vampire type scripts, so did you have any idea when you started, that they were going to let Mick St John experience humanity again?
Alex: No. No idea. I was like …. I just thought that was so cool when they started telling me about it. It was, it was, you know …… I was thrilled about it. I knew about it from about ….. we were talking about it from about Episode 6 or 7. You know, when Coraline comes back as Morgan. And that whole thing starts. And so yeah, it build up to this great crescendo. And I’m not entirely sure that we are done with that storyline either. I mean that’s … that’s the cure and everything. So it’s still a part of the zeitgeist. And so we’ll just see if it re …. re …. rises.
Duane: He was a very reluctant vampire. He wasn’t excited about being changed. It wasn’t something that he sought. And he doesn’t really enjoy all aspects of the lifestyle. So, it must have been a nice challenge to play somebody who has been immortal, who has enjoying humanity again and not taken those things for granted. That must have been kind of fun.
Alex: Absolutely. I mean, it’s been fun playing this guy from the very beginning. You know everything that has been thrown at him, it’s just …… I mean he’s such a layer interesting character. And he’s so …. He so very much like a hero as well in a lot of ways, even though he’s not an ordinary person. I mean hero is an ordinary person in extraordinary situations. But he’s not an ordinary person. He has these superpowers and he has all this stuff. But he …… like you say, he is reluctant, and so he doesn’t ….. he doesn’t act as if he has those powers. He doesn’t live as if he has these powers … he kind of tries to live as much of a human existence as he can. And he denies a lot … a lot of the stuff that he can do. And so….. yeah, he is a very interesting guy.
Duane: Well one thing that is going to bring a lot more viewers to Moonlight I think, is the TV Guidepicture. [Giggles] You are listed as one of the hottest stars on TV and I have to say that picture is fantastic! Have you gotten some … some attention about it this week?
Alex: Thank you. Yeah, apparently people are pretty excited about it. I’ve got a … I’m not, I haven’t got the copy of the magazine yet. I must still go and pick up a copy and take a look at it. But I’ve got the party on tonight. I will be on the red carpet and a bunch of interviews and stuff. And so …. You know, I am not sure … I guess TV guide channel will be playing that at some stage.
Duane: Okay, well we will look for that. You say Mick has all these layers, but there are so many viewers of the show who really don’t need that many other layers. They just like to see you topless and doing some more pull-ups, you know. [giggles]
Alex: Take the layers off. And get down to business.
Duane: [Laughs] So how do you feel about Mick’s love life? Just a quick answer: Beth or Coraline?
Alex: Ooooooo … they’re both …. they’re both ….. awwwww
Alex: Can we have one … can we alternate?
Duane: No, you can’t even … a hybrid obviously would be perfect, but …..
Alex: I think Beth is definitely better for him …. I can’t give you a quick answer on that. Beth is better for him, but he loves them both.
Duane: Yeah, cause Coraline has this sort of exotic intangible.
Alex: Yeah, she’s kind of got him bewitched.
Duane: [Laughs] And will be seeing her again? Because Shannyn is just great.
Alex: Oh yeh. You’ll be seeing her again.
Duane: Excellent. And she is the one who brought this whole cure into the storyline. We found out that her family is a very old vampire family. And so again I’m sure that’s something that’s going along with the whole mythology.
There is an interesting thing that I always … I always laugh when I watch it. My son makes me stop it sometimes during the battle scenes, because you’ve got a vampire face. There is a face that you have to put up. It is like a close-up, with the mouth open, the teeth showing, the eyes that are all silvery. Did you have to work on that for a while?
Alex: You know it’s funny ….it’s funny to talk about this stuff. Because it is so much like it’s …. When I am in vampire mode it is just play time, you know. It’s like I’ve got a mask on. I’m just … I’m just playing. I didn’t actually. I didn’t have to work on that. I kind of knew exactly what to do, because I’ve read so many vampire books. I’ve been such a fan of the genre for so long, it was like as soon as those teeth were in I was …. It sort of just came alive, you know, on its own.
Duane: Yeah, You haven’t tried any blood, have you?
Alex: Oh yeah we … we …. We kill lots of goats and sheep.
Duane: I have to be honest. I started watching the show because of Jason Dohring, because I’m a huge fan of him. And probably because you were in it from the very early stages. The character of Josef was supposed to be kind of an older, wiser man.
Duane: And they made him into this young hotshot stockbroker smart alley guy, which is what Jason Dohring plays so great. You guys have fun together?
Alex: We have great fun. He is a terrific friend and he is a wonderful cohort on the show. I mean, he is, not to mention, a great actor, you know. He is very … he is very present and he is very …. He is a very diligent hard working actor as well. And so, we ….. you know, I mean we deliver together. We really work well and collaborate well together and we get on famously as well.
So we were in New York a couple of weeks ago for the Comic Con and for the Early Show and stuff. We did a bunch of press and we just had the best time. We had a few hours off and we went and got some food and you know just went down town and … we are great buddies. It is terrific to work with a friend.
Duane: Well it sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I hope it continues on. It’s going to be one of those things that will be frustrating, because you’ll have people who want Beth and Mick together right away, but you can’t do it too soon. And there’s that … that kind of balance that you have to find with people. Because you can’t put them together and make them happy.
Duane: [Laughs] Congratulations on the TV Guide spread too. It’s a great picture.
Alex: Thank you so much.
Duane: Have a great day.
Alex: Anytime, you too.
Duane: Bye Alex.
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In the interview they talked about American actors they might need to speak in an Australian accent – Not so sure many American actors would go to Australia to play an Australian, but it seems that some British actors might do it. In Oyster Farmer where Alex plays Jack Flange, his sister Nikki is played by a British actress Claudia Harrison. Of course Jim Norton who played Mumbles is from Ireland, but he did not have to talk with an Australianaccent like Claudia had to.