#AlexOLoughlin – GQ Australia: Men of the Year (November 2011)

With some new pictures from this GQ photoshoot of 2011 surfacing this week, we realised that we have never added the actual article in our archives. Here it is now, together with some of the  most incredibly sexy pictures ever taken of Alex.
Credits for the sources of the pictures and fanart are on the pictures.
 
Over the years a number of these pictures that were not in the magazine came along and I could not help myself – had to add nearly all of them! After 2 months of nearly nothing from us, we hope you take your time and savour all this beauty and the article with so many things about Alex that we know so well from way back 6 years ago, even before he settled down with his wife and family in Hawaii.. It contains a few of my favourite Alex quotes.

Alex O’Loughlin – Actor of the Year.

How does a battler go from labouring on Canberra’s building sites to living the showbiz dream in Hawaii? Hard work, steely resilience and a very Australian sense of humour.

For GQ Australia
By:  Richard Clune
Photographer: Dusan Reljin
Model: Alicia Hall

The sun’s final dance of the day melts into the horizon as Alex O’Loughlin straddles his surfboard at the back of a gentle Hawaiian break, chatting to a surfer who recognises him from Hawaii Five-0, the TV series that delivered him to the archipelago 18 months ago.

It’s been six years since this high-school dropout from Canberra arrived in the City Of Angels. The only surfing back then was from couch to couch, crashing with mates until an eventual call-up. That initial luck fell flat, with his first two shows cancelled. But then came the reboot of an iconic ’70s staple, an updated boys-own adventure that had O’Loughlin taking the baton from Magnum, P.I. in fighting crime — often shirtless — around Honolulu.

We sit down with O’Loughlin back on dry land — with his shirt firmly on.

GQ: Is it true you once wanted to fly planes?

Alex: Yeah, I was in kindergarten and the teacher asked what we wanted to do when we grew up. I said, “I want to be a fighter pilot.” She stopped in front of my desk and said, “Haven’t you got asthma?”
I said, “Yeah”. She said, “Well, you’ll never be a fighter pilot.”

GQ: Wow, that’s harsh.

Alex: I was crushed. And I never pursued a career in the skies.

GQ: Still, aviation’s loss was acting’s gain. How did you end up going that way?

Alex: I did my first play at primary school. I was about 10; I’ll never forget it. When I walked out under the lights and the audience was paying attention, I just got it. But I didn’t really think it was something I could do.

GQ: Why not?

Alex: I was a working-class kid and I saw acting as a middle-class profession. So I went off and did a lot of other things. I was interested in building, in fact I loved it. I worked on a lot of houses and offices and it was good. It meant I could get my physical thing on and see something emerge. I also worked in hospitality. I once worked for Neil Perry as a barman and a waiter.

Original – @Mymaximus

GQ: So when you decided to try out for NIDA, your main acting experience was from primary school?

Alex: I had no technical skills. I didn’t know what I was doing, but when it felt right it came from an instinct and I think people saw that. And passion. If I ever lose that passion I think I’ll change career.

GQ: Are you ambitious?

Alex: It can be a very ugly word, especially in this business. But I’ve always had a lot of drive. Whether I was working on a building site or auditioning or moving to the US, I’ve always done it with all of my heart. I don’t know how to do it any other way.

GQ: Hawaii Five-0 came on the back of two high-profile cancellations — Moonlight and Three Rivers. Did you fear coming back home a failure? 

Alex: I did — on a couple of levels. Of course, there was the pride level about coming home to my fellow Aussies telling me, “Hey, you thought you were special, didn’t ya?” But much more significantly, I felt that fundamentally I was a failure. That I didn’t have what it took to cut it, that I wasn’t good enough or smart enough. That thought was the most distressing of all. The thought I mightn’t be able to make any sort of living from it was very upsetting.

GQ: How do you feel about working in such a cutthroat business?

Alex: At the end of the day, I’m either an asset or a liability. I’m either making money or I’m not. You can’t take it personally. That’s a mistake a lot of young actors make when they come to Hollywood. They fall into that trap of believing they’re special. Sure, they might be but…

GQ: …they’re probably not. but what about you?

Alex: Look, I don’t think I’m massively talented but I have a clear understanding of how it all works. And I work really hard. I work my arse off.

GQ: Well, it’s certainly paying off. How do you feel about the fame that comes with your level of success?

Alex: I don’t get it. Especially now I’ve had a little taste of it. I’m fascinated by the pathology of someone who wants to be famous — I am so far away from that. It fucking terrifies me. I’m getting anxious just talking about it.

GQ: You’ve said before that you love movies. Do you worry about being pigeonholed as a small-screen player?

Alex: Absolutely. TV scares the shit out of me. With all due respect, it’s a business about numbers and how many people are watching. When you work in the system the way I do at the moment, occasionally you come across material that can seem like you’re going to compromise your integrity as an artist by participating in it. That’s scary because you think, ‘How am I going to make it out of TV alive?’ But there are other things to take into account. I’m 35 years old and I’ve got a 14-year-old son [Saxon, who lives with his mother in Australia].

GQ: What’s he like?

Alex: He’s the best 14-year-old around. I want him to have every opportunity I ever had and the ones I didn’t. I’m grateful for the job — this is me simply [reflecting] about my career and how I feel. I’d never have turned the Five-O job down because it was too good, but you do stop taking risks after a while — when you say, “I need to get some money in the bank and have a solid home for my family.”

Original from @Mymaximus

GQ: If you don’t mind us saying so, you’re looking very buff, good sir. Would you be willing to share your body-shaping tricks?

Alex: For me to work an 80-hour week is not crazy, so it’s all about getting it in when I can. I surf and do jujitsu and try to change it up a lot. 
I really like running, but when I work out, essentially I circuit train, keep my heart rate up and hit it as hard as I can. I just want to stay at that shape and stay strong.

GQ: Fighting beachside crime means you get to show off your  impressive collection of tatts, too.

Alex: Man, tattoos are cool! They’re something that started in the folly of youth and there’s been a progression ever since. I love the outward expression, but there was a period where I was judged, because they weren’t part of popular culture, like they are now. Back then, tattoos meant you’d either been to prison or you were in some sort of gang. I had that conversation with so many girlfriends’ parents, explaining that I wasn’t a felon or a Hells Angel!

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#H50 8.01 – #SteveMcGarrett treating us with beauty

Apparently being superficial is a bad thing. Not on our blog though 😛

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#H50 – Season opener through the eyes of Kangaroo Quack

While we are taking a break and the Koala Smartass is still at large, we got a visit from the ‘cousin’ Kangaroo Quack and she offered to give us her raw first thoughts about the season opener. Her spelling and grammar and memory is not very good. She just jots down what she thinks – so here is her thoughts about last night’s Hawaii Five-0 S08E01

Opening scene: We see happy Hawaii and some sort of pool lifeguard trying to control some rich kids around the pool.

Our two Five-0 knights come to save her from her misery – with a proposition of some undercover work on campus to catch a hacker dude.  She says no – and I would also say no, because it is not as if they offer her some permanent job or something. She does not look like a one night stand type of girl.

Danny immediately identifies with her, because he knows how it feels to be harassed by young kids on vacation.

But Steve plays hardball and tells her she does not really have a choice ….. And he tells her that he knows that she is a broken toy.  And we all know he likes to fix broken toys. And he even boost about the one toy he fixed so well that he moved to San Francisco to be the task-boss there ….

Next thing, together with some annoying music, we see an older balder “Eric” eye-sexting some young chicks on campus. He taps on his computer while trying to look mean – and oops, alarms go of in Halawa prison when a cell is opened …..  Cell F5 – so that is what F5 stands for on my keyboard?

The guards are locked in and mean arsonist Duclair emerges from the cell. And as he walks, more doors open up and without the guards being able to stop him he can walk straight out of the prison door into the “light”. My first thought – “Is he going to heaven?”

But I get no answer because the “Happy” Five-0  song is playing and they show lots of new faces with the song. Some “new” but not so new and one really new one that we just saw by the pool – so I guess the job offer was more permanent than what Steve let on. We see happy Hawaii again and new girl rides her scooter somewhere (or is it Jerry’s scooter?) All I can think of is that she (Kono 2.0) upgraded from Kono riding an ordinary bicycle – or maybe Jerry upgraded and she is now driving his old scooter? We know she is home, because they tell us that on screen. At home there’s a young dude playing video games. Boyfriend or brother? She unplug him because he is rude and does not want to answer her question. – Mystery solved, he calls he sis and walks out.

Next we are in China town in a place with lots and lots of arches (just like the many arcs of Five-0) and the short knight is waving his arms around and telling the tall knight to look. He gets so excited he even jogs around to show off his BIG kitchen. And the short knight basically goes on his knees to propose to the tall knight. It is so romantic …. But Steve is not convinced. He does not want to get so serious yet – maybe 7 years of romancing is not enough for such a commitment?. But Danny keeps flapping his arms around and begging Steve in a crying voice, that this will be fun. Neither I nor Steve seem convinced!

Steve scratches his head and says he is flattered with the proposal, but says it is not his dream – Neither is it mine …. Never been so happy before to hear Steve’s phone ring and save the moment.

Next the team is commiserating around the magic table about how Duclair walked right out of prison with the help of some world-class hacking. Eric runs in and he is not older or balder – so that means dude on campus must have been a brother and not him aging during hiatus – but oops, it’s not HIS brother (He’s a Jonas brother, it seems, (W)right) ?),

And big dude Grover is immediately pissed about the guy who kidnapped his daughter 4 years ago, because he was also a brother, (W)right.

And Steve still asks questions, and like an answer from the heavens the bald “brother” starts talking to them …. through their big TV’s on the wall. And he tells them that he is not from heaven, but from hell.

Next we see Duclair walk into a burnt place, looking mad because he did not start it. Somebody might be pissing on his parade again. He is there with some Asian guys who look like they want answers from him. And he is sniffing and tasting and touching and rubbing everything to get that answer ….

Grover and Jerry find some answers about bald dude (Aaron Wright) – He thinks he is some sort of Vampire detective and travels under the name Mick St John. And Alex keeps  a straight face and all the fan girls scream with pleasure at the thought of  ‘Magic Mick’.

Steve is pissed and he kicks down hotel room doors – he could have asked for it to be opened I guess? And again the computer is talking to him … And I am starting to get just as confused  as our two knights now, because apparently we are looking for Waldo now … but apparently he is very busy.

And again like in the pilot episode somebody knows that Steve’s phone is going to ring before it rings – and Duclair is starting fires and killing people it seems .

Some dude is deadly burned and Kimmy (sorry, but in my mind Noelani is Kimmy) says he died of smoke inhalation because he could not move on account of the bullets in his knee caps. And Grover whispers to the crispy corps dude …. And the fire-fighter guy who looks nothing like my fire-fighter calendar guys,  says that it is all too messy to be Duclair.

And Kimmy is very good, because she easily identifies the burned body right there on site. He is a dude who likes to start fires himself ….. Apparently this dude burned down a drug lord’s house and all his merchandise. And the drug lord got Duclair  out to tell him who did it etc ….

They storm the drug lord’s other house and somebody overcooked the dudes there as well – the team members must be kind of psychic because without Kimmy, they decide that it is the Lord Randy and his sons. They gave Duclair a taste of fire and now he can’t stop himself. But Duclair is not very grateful to those who set him free – he is scared they will have him captured again so that is why he crisped them  – well that is Steve’s theory in any case.

Oops, next thing we see Bald Mick being “gasolined” by Duclair – the door gets a knock and in walks “new” girl. She must have taken Steve’s offer? And she jumps Randy … I mean Duclair. And when I say jump, I mean really jumps him. And once again the knights save her from herself – twice in one episode now I guess.  And it seems the girl has a mind of her own and visited Dude Mick on her own, without them knowing she is doing it. How she got the info about who he was and where he is, only she knows – she must be good!

And Duclair runs and locks himself in the closet and Danny tries to kick the door open  like Steve does, but it does not work and Grover shoots it open …. Just to see Duclair running. And Grover stays with bald dude and thinks his is in Chicago now, because he hits the guy without any reason other than a big mouth.

And the new girl already does not listen to Steve – People were scared she will be Kono 2.0 but it seems like she is Danny 2.0. – Disobeying Steve, But Danny gets confused and thinks she is like Steve??

And apparently she runs faster that both the knights – And Randy throws his stunt double out of a red Mustang and drives off. And they track the Mustang and the boys are chasing him with the Camaro …. And new girl wants Steve to go faster … oh boy, daddy’s gonna enjoy this ride?

And for some reason The Camaro and Grover’s trucks are faster than the Mustang and they caught up with him just to see him park next to the forest and run again …..

And just like that all FOYeur’s  wishes of the last 5 Seasons are granted and Steve strips for the new girl – but they immediately kill the moment when they have all the time in the world to debate about whether or not to give her a gun?

And Steve is in a tracker mood and he sniffs like Mick now? And all the fangirls faint! But it is the forest that is on fire ……

And Kamekona ( who is main cast now) and Nahele get some screen time and hear the news of Armageddon and they see the smoke – and I am not sure if Kamekona wants to help them, or make money from the fire-fighters?

And suddenly Steve sniffs out Duclair? How, I guess we will never know. And Paul and Randy, and Randy and Alex, all grapple a bit  and slap each other around. And Steve does not want to let go of his toy, but new girl seems to get the fact that they are surrounded by fire and shoots Duclair in the knee ….

And we see the start of a new series – Hawaii-Fire coming to your screens soon?

And Duke is directing pedestrians …. (Because he is also main cast now I guess)

And Steve finds ‘little house in the fire‘ and maybe they can hide from the fire there? And Danny needs to know right now from  Steve how long they will live, and he says that luckily they will suffocate before they burn. And we all need to stay low and wet … and my mind is in the gutter.

And Duke must have been in Danny’s company too long, because he is waving his arms ….

And Duclair gets all randy and poetic about fires and how it is torturing Steve – but he does not know Steve is a super-duper hero and he signed a contract till the end of the season … And Grover is back in Chicago and whacks Duclair again with a bowl. (And I think of ‘blind’ Sang Min)

And Steve thinks a person in a helicopter will see him through the smoke and hear him screaming about all the noise around them? And Randy breaks free and must have forgotten that he is shot in the knee by new girl, because he runs fast. And Danny needs to go and do some target practise because he can’t even shoot wounded Duclair running away?

And just as the new girl starts thinking that she should have stayed at the pool,  we hear a helicopter – And it is STEVE. And he must have stolen a helicopter somewhere …..  And they all argue about  who should be saved first and Steve remembers that he watched UP with Alex’s kids last weekend and that houses can fly – he’s not only going to save them all, but the cabin as well and save the owner some insurance claim? And my first thought is that WoFat’s claw escape was nothing compared to this?

And they declare Duclair dead on the news …

And Tani sits on her porch (Well, actually just front steps). Why I don’t know? And Danny drives his own car to visit her …. And gives her a pep talk about working with Steve to make us feel all fuzzy. And we see how Scott’s stand-in actor chats with Meaghan and tells her about Grace hunting sex traffickers on the mainland.

And next thing Grover takes his daughter to see a blue movie – I mean enter the blue room with a gagged bald “Mick”. And he lives out some sort of S & M fantasy ….

And we are back in the place with the many arches and I can hear a lot of blah, blah blah – but there is nothing to hear because beaten up Alex looks sexy and I cannot stop looking at his gorgeous face and think that this is why I am here watching this show, to see him be all sexy and do his thing ….

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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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#AlexOloughlin hot pic treat

It´s nice having your work recognized but having people follow you around is kinda weird.

Credit for original pic to MyMaximus. Above is my doodled version of it.

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