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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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TV Guide’s Up Close: With Alex O’Loughlin (Part #2) – April 2008

I specifically made this transcript after I once again saw the 10-year-old debate about the colour of Alex O’Loughlin’s eyes still going on in present day. I realised that we have never done the transcript of this interview before.

In the interview Alex answers the question about the colour of his eyes himself. And at the end I added some explanation about hazel eyes, and also pictures of his eyes, in natural light and at night under lights, that hopefully have not been altered too much. There you can see the different colours clearly – I hope.

TV Guide’s interview with Alex O’Loughlin.  Before the cult vampire CBS series returned with Episode 13 on Friday April 25th  in 2008

Written by Matt Mitovich

Part 2

Question: If Moonlight was to air on cable, what kind of naughtiness would you want Mick to get into?

Alex: There would be a lot more blood. There would be a lot more sex. There would be a lot more everything.

Question: What power from the original pilot do you miss most?

Alex: What I do miss is the ability that Mick had to see other vampires. And he’d look at them and then …  he sort of had that infrared vision where he could see the heat patterns of the human, but when he looked at the vampires, it was just sort of  like this swirling ash.  And I thought that was fantastic.

Question: Are all the ‘chivalric’ gestures written into the script?

Alex: For the most part. I certainly …. I certainly brought them into the character in the first …..  You know, untill the writers got to know the character that I was delivering. And then now they have seen me do it, they could sort of write it as we go.

Question: Do the cast members have any input on the sets for their character’s homes, or music used on the show?

Alex: No. Not really. There are very clear departments. I mean everybody has a job. You know I can make suggestions. The sets …. we have Alfred Sole our designer is incredible. So I would never … I wouldn’t even think about that.

Question: What part of American-style celebrity are you enjoying, and what are you dreading?

Alex: I am really enjoying the support that having some celebrity brings to the job that you are working on, and to other things that you might be interested in. Particularly like community based stuff like this blood drive and things that we do for other people.

What am I dreading? Not really anything. You know what I mean. It’s not a dread, but I guess I think about losing my anonymity sometimes, which I don’t really want to happen.

Question: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you during filming?

Alex: The funniest thing that has happened? Well it was the funniest thing and the saddest thing at the same time. But probably having my entire show recast after shooting the initial pilot. That wasn’t funny, ‘Ha-ha’, and you know I love those actors I was working with. But it was just the most inane….. Yeah, it was funny on a very queer level.

Question: What color are your eyes? You wouldn’t believe the debate that has gone on!

Alex: They’re … they are kind of like.. They are hazelly blue, but they change colour, depending on how much sleep I’ve had. If …. When the sun is out. I know a lot of people say that, but mine usually do … They change colour.

Question: If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why?

Alex: That’s a great question. Oh, that’s such a great question. Who would I be? Uhm …. Oh look, I’d probably be Bugs Bunny. Just cause he’s  ….. You know, he just runs circles around everybody. And you know every so … you know at regular intervals you find him kicking back eating a carrot and just doing what he wants to do.

 

  • An interesting explanation and description I found on the internet about Hazel eyes

The science behind Hazel Eyes: Hazel eyes are one of the least understood eye colors. What color are  hazel eyes? This color is semi-rare and is a combination of several  other colors including green and brown. Hazel eyes have less melanin  than brown eyes, but more than blue eyes. This eye color can be  difficult to define since there is often substantial variation in this  eye color. Hazel eyes often appear to shift in color from brown to  green. People with this eye color often have a multicolored iris with  one color being found close to the pupil and a different color found  around the edges. One study indicates that 74% of hazel eyes have a  brown ring around the pupil. Hazel eyes are a combination of Rayleigh  scattering, the principle that makes the sky and blue eyes appear blue,  and melanin, the pigment that makes brown eyes brown.They can appear to change color as they reflect colors around them more so wearing green makes them look more greenish, where wearing brown can make them look darker.

So just to answer the question again:

According to Alex O’Loughlin himself, his eyes are Hazelly-blue, and they change colour, depending on circumstances around him.

Eye colour chart:

For me Alex’s eyes look the most like No 43 – and they describe it here as Blue-Hazel. (Maybe someone should tell Alex to call his eyes Blue-Hazel instead, and not Hazelly-Blue? 😀 )

Link to Video:

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#MickStJohn’s Best Side?

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 desperately 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.

— Alex O’Loughlin (talking about Mick St John)

November 2007

 

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Best camera angle ever 😉

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Mick St. John got to the #4 spot in the Top 50 Greatest Screen Vampires of All Time

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In February 2009, SFX – a popular British sci-fi, horror and fantasy magazine – started a poll in search of the all time greatest vampires. Thanks to some serious voting activity by Moonlight and Alex O’Loughlin fans, Mick St. John got to the #4 spot in the Top 50 Greatest Screen Vampires of All Time. In addition to a Mick St. John write up in the June 2009 Vampire Special of the magazine, there is also a 9-page Moonlight feature in which Alex O’Loughlin comments on each 16 episodes of the show that gained him a dedicated, international fan base.

Moonlight should never have worked. The critics hated it, dismissing the show with words such as “anemic” and “derivative”, and deeming it nothing more than a genre stew consisting of ingredients from Highlander (non-humans living among us in every day walks of life), Angel (vampire PI looking for personal salvation) and Beauty and the Beast (an impossible romance). Their cause wasn’t hurt by the fact that Moonlight’s original showrunner was Angel co-creator David Greenwalt, and its co-creator was Ron Koslow, who produced the Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton live action Beauty and the Beast TV series of the 1980s.

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But the critics were wrong, on one level at least. The show deemed most likely to fail (and do so quickly) confounded everyone as it began winning its 9 pm Friday timeslot for CBS, not only in the ratings, but in the even more important demographics as well. Just as importantly, it seemed to spontaneously give birth to the kind of cult fanbase that most shows can only dream of – one that continues to thrive despite the fact that the show only lasted a single season. Ultimately it was a victim of the writers’ strike and a network that didn’t know what to do with it rather than a ratings crash.

Alex O’Loughlin, who stars as vampire Mick St. John, was instantly embraced by the audience and remains one of the most popular members of the undead ever (as evidenced by the poll starting on page 13). The thrust of the series is the growing relationship between Mick and internet reporter Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), despite the difficulties arising from their very different worlds.

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For his part, O’Loughlin remains proud of what the show accomplished and what it represents. “I got to be a part of a story I really liked,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to play a vampire since I was a kid and that’s not something that will necessarily happen again in my lifetime. It was just a great fit and a great experience. It was also a stressful experience. We were working with a budget and we were always fighting for everything we needed. The show wasn’t considered the ‘golden child’ at all – we had to constantly present reasons why we shouldn’t be shut down.

“It was wonderful to fight for something and keep it alive for longer than it otherwise would have been,” he continues. “It’s great to be a part of a success, even if it was for only a season. The thing is, we were able to tell some really important stories. It wasn’t just about these monstrous creatures and sexuals romps. What we always went for was the human truth – the human story – and that’s the reason we make films in the first place. We didn’t always hit it, but I feel that from time to time we did and that’s why we held on to the audience – because they sensed that truth.”

SFX Special Edition: Vampires

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