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Hawaii Five-0 returns on Friday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c!

Monday, September 4, 2017 · Posted in , , ,

First of all let me tell you that I'm really sorry for loosing Kono (Grace Park) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim). The show won't be the same without them, that's for sure! And I'm not the only one feeling like this.

On the other hand we get new characters. Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath) and Beulah Koale will be joining the show. 

I don't really know them but let's give them both a chance. Let's hop they bring something new and can make the show better, although I'm extremely skeptical about this. 

Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale) is series regular now, which is excellent news!

“Without the fans, filmmaking is a redundant industry" says Alex O'Loughlin

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This is an interview published by

Read the article and find out what Alex O'Loughlin thinks about being an actor. I simply love this guy. He's still down to earth, handsome, funny etc.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Alex O’Loughlin is recognized more often in public and occasionally stopped, even while shopping with his family. Other than that, “the Hawaii Five-0 effect,” as O’Loughlin calls it, has been like a day at the beach.
Hawaii Five-0, now in its fourth season and nearing 100 episodes, has cast the 1968 original series in the shade of late. Five-0 is not Emmy or Golden Globe material, but it is one of the most watched weekly dramas on television, particularly in Canada, where it draws nearly two million viewers each week and has firmly dispelled the notion of the so-called “Friday-night death slot” — the night where shows go to die.
O’Loughlin, a Canberra, Australia, native who appeared briefly in the short-lived CBS series Moonlight and Three Rivers before landing the role of Steve McGarrett in the newly minted Hawaii Five-0 in 2010, credits a passionate following that has helped make Five-0 destination television.
“Without the fans, we are nothing,” a visibly relaxed O’Loughlin told a small group of international reporters, from countries as far flung as Turkey, Malaysia, Russia and his native Australia. “Without the fans, filmmaking is a redundant industry. We need people to come and see what we do. I love them and cherish them, because without them I would have to go and do something else. I’d be a carpenter or something, because otherwise I wouldn’t have a job. I’m proud of my show, man.”
Aside from being recognized at the market — “If you go to buy bananas with me on a Saturday at Whole Foods, it takes a really long time” — and wanting to shield his children from the public eye, O’Loughlin says his experience filming Five-0 in Hawaii with Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Vancouver native Grace Park has been swell.
O’Loughlin juggles work with his children and a household full of pets — a dog and two chameleons — and that keeps him grounded. Working in Hawaii has afforded him the opportunity to earn a living at what he does best, and live a proper, down-at-home life at the same time, without fear of being hounded by paparazzi or celebrity stalkers.
“It’s a funny business, this business that we’re in,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s a weird job that I have. I love it. I did my first play when I was eight-, nine-years-old. I loved it then, and I love it now. I’m not really good at anything else.
“There’s a lot of anxiety and a lot of stress and a lot of pressure, though. The hours are terrible. There are a lot of risks, physical risks (that go along with doing an action show). All that stuff goes away when I’m with my kids. Any parent will understand what I’m saying: When you look at your kids, nothing else matters. Everything you do is for your kids.”
O’Loughlin dispelled suggestions that he’s looking for a way to get out of Hawaii Five-0. He was misquoted in a recent media report, he said.
“I signed a contract for six or seven years, and that’s what I’m committed to. And if we do anything after that, we do something after that.
“Look, I love this show. This show is my job. This is my show. I like doing more work than anyone else connected to the show. I have from the beginning, and I will to the end. This is my life, and it’s all I have. I don’t have time to go do films. I don’t have the luxury of gaps in my schedule so I can go and do passion projects. I miss that, but I’m fully committed to Hawaii Five-0 and I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. I get really mad when I’m misquoted. I try to be honest with the press. I don’t give one-word answers, and I like to say what I think. I’ve got a bit of a sense of humour. But when I’m misquoted and painted in a certain way, it makes me not want to do press. I’m ferociously protective of this show, so I would like to meet that journalist again on a carpet.”
Hawaii Five-0’s showrunner, head writer and executive producer Peter Lenkov hails originally from Montreal — a world away from Hawaii’s tropical breezes and trade winds.
“Peter’s the best,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s crazy. He’s from Montreal but he sounds like he’s from Long Island. He has a Long Island accent. It’s very strange. Look, Peter is the one guy that works harder than I do. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have the show. If it wasn’t for his advocacy and his championing of me, I wouldn’t be a part of this and you wouldn’t be talking to me today.
“He is the most committed, resourceful, vision-driven guy I think I’ve ever met. He’s the best writer with plot that I’ve ever met. The way he can solve problems on set, creatively in the script, within 30 minutes’ time, and have the pages ready for is … is incredible. He’s hands-on. He’s on-set regularly, and always available. I will email him at 4 a.m., and he’ll email me back in three minutes. He’s a huge reason we’re still on the air, why the show is the hit that it is, and why all the fans around the world get to have a show every week. I really think that with a different showrunner, it may have been a different story. We may not have stayed on the air.”
O’Loughlin is not about to trade in Hawaii for Hollywood any time soon, in any event.
“When I come back to Los Angeles, the first thing I notice is the pollution. Then I notice the billboards everywhere, for TV and movies. I’m, like, oh my God, he’s in a TV show? She’s doing TV now? There are no billboards in Hawaii, no posters or anything.
“There’s something refreshing about that. Hollywood is like another planet, in that sense. It’s refreshing to be away from that, because that side of things doesn’t inform my life on any level. It just distracts me from what’s important. And what’s important is my family and my health and my work.”

Alex O'Loughlin talks about His Son, Lion among other things

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 · Posted in ,

This is not a new interview but it is new to me so I'm definitely sharing it. 

I enjoy watching these interviews with him, he's always funny, joking about almost everything. This interview is special, just watch it to see what gift he is getting for his son :) It's so cute :)
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Interview with Alex O'Loughlin

Friday, December 7, 2012 · Posted in ,

Alex O’Loughlin has previously starred in The Back-up Plan with Jennifer Lopez. He is now the co-star of Hawaii 5-0 with Scott Caan. He talks about the difficulties of fatherhood, bromances and the show that made him famous.

“Hawaii Five-0” is a remake. Why has your show succeeded where other remakes have failed?
That’s a really good question, and Hawaii Five-0 is not just a remake, it’s a remake of a show that was wildly successful and ran for twelve years and had a fan base all around the world, so the bar was set pretty high in the beginning. So we were all concerned a little bit in the beginning on whether we were going to get it right and whether people were going to like us and whether the old audience and fan base for the old show would transfer. But I think the recipe of this show, when you look at it – I mean, you’ve got the most beautiful beaches in the world, you’ve got beautiful people virtually naked on those beaches, you’ve got guns, you’ve got fast cars, you’ve got the crime stories, and you’ve got some humor. That’s a TV show that I’d want to watch. I think it’s in the recipe and the way it’s all come together. If anything was going to be a hit, I think this was going to be a hit. But if we mess this up I was going to give up and become, I don’t know, a garbage man or do something else.

Scott Caan told me that you didn’t get along straight away because in his words, “your egos bumped a bit in the beginning.” And you’re referred to as a “bromance” now, so how did that come to be?
Well I think as an actor you meet different people all the time, you work with different people all the time, you do movies, you do shows and stuff, you move around. The thing with Scott and I, we’re both alpha males. We’re actually born only like about three hours apart, same day, same month, same everything, but on different parts of the planet. We’re actually like mirror images of each other in some ways and completely opposite in the others, and I think part of that was also finding out our place in the show and working out, you know, we’re the two leads of the show, but on the journey that we’ve taken and the bromantic nature of the characters, there’s a bromance between McGarrett and Danno, and it sort of has transferred our bromance together as Scott and Al, it’s kind of transferred onto the show as well. We’ve become good mates. We spend a lot of time together and it’s great. I’m very lucky to have someone like him to work with every day.

I like your guys’ – your and Scott’s character’s – chemistry on the show and I kind of feel like your personal life involves a good friendship, so I would like to know: since the first time you met him, the first impression, what’s changed and what hasn’t changed? And also, what do you like about him and what do you envy about him?
I envy his surfing, he’s a very good surfer and I’m a terrible surfer. I also envy his shoe collection. He has a surprisingly impressive shoe collection for a heterosexual man and I wish it was mine. I wish some of those pairs of shoes were mine. What’s changed? We’ve come up against each other, like when you’ve got two alpha guys that have perhaps different views on a scene or different views on the rhythm of something, you have to come to a compromise. We’re both pretty sure of ourselves, we’re both pretty outspoken, we’re both sure we’re right pretty much all the time, so that’s always going to lead to an interesting dynamic. But essentially we get on really well. I think artistically our sensibilities are the same. Essentially what we want is to get to truth and that’s much more important than a network formula or a joke or something else. But that being said too, we both try to go and try to find the comedy as much as we can too, because it’s really important. The best people I’ve ever met in my life are people that laugh every day and people that see the irony in life, so that’s a big part of our relationship in what we do every day, too.

How do you think audiences relate to these kinds of shows: procedural shows, crime shows?
I don’t think it’s possible for any of us to relate to a procedural show, that’s why I don’t watch them. And that’s why… I’m probably not supposed to say that! But when I first got offered this role, I went and spoke to Peter Lenkov and I spoke to the guys at CBS and they assured me that they weren’t just going to do a straight procedural with this, they were going to do a character-based story and have serialized stories. They’ve kind of remained true to that; they give us great character stuff. This season opens up with Christine Lahti and with all the great stuff that McGarrett goes through with his mom, who he thought was dead and all that stuff, so that’s what we relate to as an audience. We don’t relate to, “Come on, yeah, let’s go, get the gun, all right,” it’s bullshit. Alright? I mean maybe some of you guys have second lives and you’re secret agents actually, pretending to be journalists, talking to not-very-interesting actors about TV shows, I don’t know. Whatever. Did I answer your question? I have a new baby, so I haven’t slept in two weeks, which is why I’m drinking a lot of water and I sound like I’m drunk. I’m not drunk; I’m not that drunk.

Scott rather confessed that he didn’t watch a single episode of the original and pretty iconic Hawaii Five-0. Did you, and if so, did you draw anything from your predecessor as McGarrett, the late Jack Lord?
Let me preface my answer by saying I grew up in Australia and we had television back then, very different to how it is now. I think we might have had two channels and Hawaii Five-0 was one of the very few things that were available to watch, period.

But were you a fan?
Well, I was also five. So it was sort of like, “Holy shit, moving pictures! How do you get those people – look at the mountain in the box!” So I think part of it was about comprehension of technology, and part of it was about this strange – this great television show. I think I watched part of one episode after I got the job, before I started and did the pilot, and I realized that it was a mistake and I stopped doing that, because we’re not remaking something that’s been made before, we’re kind of rebooting it. My McGarrett is not the same as Jack Lord’s McGarrett. He’s a very different character. You don’t know anything about Jack Lord’s McGarrett, he’s a man without a past, he’s a mystery, he’s like a ghost figure. Steve McGarrett, that I play, in the teaser of the pilot you learn a huge amount about this guy, his dad gets killed, he’s a Navy SEAL, he’s capturing this guy, etc., so already we’re deeply invested and empathetic with him on a character level. And so in that sense I don’t need to go to the old show, and that sort of answers the second part of your question, is well, no, I didn’t draw anything from Jack Lord. I tip my cap to him whenever I can, whenever we can pay homage to him and James MacArthur and the old show we do, but it’s a very different time, and it’s a very different show, and they’re very different characters, and frankly, television’s a very different medium today. We have special effects, there’s a certain expectation for us to deliver television at a certain standard, and so that in and of itself makes it a very different show.

You just mentioned not getting any sleep because of the baby. I’m wondering, how you organize this with your work schedule, with your professional life? And I’d also like to know if you look down the line, let’s say fifteen years, is this a conscious thing that you now carry with yourself on set because you know that your son one day will watch you playing this role?
Yeah, I also have a fifteen-year-old, so funny you plucked that number out of the cosmos. I have a fifteen-year-old and I have a two-week-old. Yes, I’ve learned and am currently learning what happens when they get to fifteen and how they remember things from way back then and what’s sort of influenced them. So I think as a new parent on every level, not just as somebody in the public eye, but just as a parent and as a father I think I’m going to do certain things differently and not make some mistakes that I’ve made my first time around with Saxon, and then with my new son Lion. I’m going to make a whole new set of mistakes and by the time I become a grandparent, I’ll know everything, like grandparents do, and so that’s the evolution of us as humans, right?

Can you elaborate a little bit, for the parents among us?
I think that there’s no such thing as perfect parenting. You want to feel like you’re in a losing battle? Have a baby. Not only do you feel like you’re in a losing battle, but with children you’re covered in poop half the time. There’s no integrity or dignity when you’re a parent. There’s no sleep and there’s lots of poop and there’s lots of yelling and there’s lots of – you can’t revert to being a child. You know what I mean. It’s the greatest thing and the worst thing that ever happens to us. I’m joking about the worst thing, of course. It’s the greatest thing. I think for me, being a father defines me not only as a man, but as a human being. It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. People say, oh, we’re not going to have kids yet, we’re going to wait because we’re not ready, we want to earn this much money, we want to do this. I don’t know how to tell you this, but you’re never ready. I work 70 hours a week. And that’s the second part of your question, how do I do it? I have very supportive partner, and I have like – you know, we communicate and we participate in every way to support each other. I can’t not sleep all night and then work 14 hours. It’s impossible, and so we help each other out, and we just do it. But he’s the best, wait until you see his picture. He’s like a perfect little unit.

You mentioned the beautiful beaches and beautiful people, almost naked. Is that what still excites you about Hawaii Five-0 or is it something else now after season three that you need to excite you to go every day to the show?
It’s not that that was exciting to me and who doesn’t like going to tropical places where people are nude? I mean, come on. It’s like, “Wow, I’m in a tropical place and everyone’s nude.” That’s what it is, right? And people in the Midwest of America who are freezing, I wouldn’t want to look at that. I wouldn’t want to watch a show set in Antarctica if I was freezing, I’d want to watch beaches and naked people! But what’s exciting for me in the show is the character and the journey and what I get to do with him, and we blow stuff up, too, I really like doing that. I like blowing things up and shooting guns, because I’m a boy, and boys like – when you have a boy and you buy them G.I. Joes? And that’s what G.I. Joe does. I digress.

If you could play any part in any movie or show, what would it be?
Oh man, I wish I knew. I think I’ll probably know when that script’s put in front of me, I think that everybody has their Braveheart. I don’t know. But I think it’s probably something like that. There’s probably some real William Wallace-like character that was a man of the people. I don’t know. I look forward to meeting that character and I look forward to reading that script that I was meant to play. I think I’m such a young actor, I’ve got so much to learn, and the more I do it, the longer I do it, the more I realize that I’m so lucky to make a living from this job because it’s such a cool job. You know what’s funny, I was just talking to one of the other affiliates about this, that working in television gives you the opportunity to do two things: either you can relax into your job and phone it in and become a really bad actor, which some people do, or you can forfeit a bit of sleep and work really hard and participate and be wide awake every minute of every day and become a much better actor than you were in the beginning. I hope the latter is what’s going to happen to me, but I think my great role is later.

You said that you don’t have a specific role that you dream about. And I thought that in the beginning, it was only rumors, but actually you were indeed a serious candidate to play James Bond. Actually before Daniel Craig, it’s really amazing. What’s your take on that, because it seems that you were too young and I just even read something from Janet Jenkins who said “he may make a fabulous Bond in a few years but when we saw him, he just didn’t seem old enough.”
Janet Jenkins? I love her. She’s my friend, no I do. I adore her. There are some great people here that I miss. I don’t know, man. I don’t know how serious they were. They were serious enough to fly me to London and put me up for a week and have suits and tuxedos made and train me with the gun and doing eleven-hour screen tests. They were that serious, but I didn’t get the job. (laughs) It’s funny, as an actor you get asked in a public forum, “So hey, tell us about the hugest job interview that you ever had that you didn’t get, how was that? How do you feel about that?”

'Hawaii Five-0's' Alex O'Loughlin: Hawaii 'feels like Australia ... clean and cool'

Sunday, November 25, 2012 · Posted in ,

Zap2it: After leaving Australia, you spent a few years working in Los Angeles, and now you're "Hawaii Five-0" shooting in Hawaii. Are you enjoying it?

Alex O'Loughlin: It's interesting -- it's much closer to Australia. I don't mean geographically; it feels like Australia. It feels like Queensland or something, clean and cool. L.A. does not feel like Australia at all for me. So I kind of feel at home here. I love it. I love the pace, actually. The pace frustrates me occasionally, because I'm kind of zippy, but I get back to L.A. often enough to be stoked to come back here.

Zap2it: How do you like the warm weather?

Alex O'Loughlin: This [September] is a nice time of year. Midsummer, it can get gnarly, a bit hot. The only thing is, it doesn't get cold here, ever, and I miss that. In the desert, you get hot days, but the nights are kind of cold. That can be refreshing. That's the one thing that makes me want to go somewhere else sometimes, to go on a little vacation.

Zap2it: Couldn't you go to the big island of Hawaii and sit in snow on Mauna Kea?

Alex O'Loughlin: Isn't that gnarly? That's my favorite island, the Big Island. Cattle ranches, man stuff -- that really feel like Oz.

Zap2it: In an early episode this season, Doris (Christine Lahti), the mother of your character, Steve McGarrett, told a story about him being little "Stevie," who was fond of wearing camouflage footsie pajamas. Are you worried that image will stick with you now?

Alex O'Loughlin: It's too hot to wear jammies here, to be honest.

Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan about the perks of location shooting

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 · Posted in , ,

"Why," a limo driver asks, "when McGarrett tells Danno that he's going to meet him at Pearl Harbor, they show shots of Molokai?"

Since the Hawaiian island of Molokai does not lie anywhere between downtown Honolulu and Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, it's a fair question. But who'd want to see crime fighter -- and former Navy SEAL -- Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) of CBS' Monday drama "Hawaii Five-0" fight his way through city traffic rather than gazing at pristine beaches and bikini-clad surfers?

"Hawaiians have their own little gripes," O'Loughlin tells Zap2it, taking a chat break between takes on the couch in the set for his character's office, in a former newspaper building in Honolulu (the scene for most of the day's conversations). "In all seriousness, we try to show as much of Hawaii as we can."

The Australian -- who reverts to his native accent when not filming -- has also taken up surfing.

"I'm not the greatest surfer in the world," he says. "I'm an Aussie, so I don't have any excuse, but I didn't do much of it as a kid. I've got a bunch of boards. I'll tell you what my problem is: I think I should be hitting the top of all the waves and getting barreled, but none of that happens.

"I get on a longboard, and I end up trying to look cool and have a good time."

Currently in its third season, "Hawaii Five-0" is a contemporary re-imagining of the original 1968-80 TV series, which made star Jack Lord just about the biggest thing on Oahu after Don Ho and Diamond Head.

ABC's new "Last Resort" also shoots there -- using some of the same locations as "Lost" -- but it's not actually set in Hawaii. Like its predecessor, "Five-0" takes full advantage of the locale.

"I love it," O'Loughlin says. "I've been blessed here."

Co-star Scott Caan, who plays McGarrett's partner, Danny "Danno" Williams, misses his hometown of Los Angeles, but he and his co-star have found a way to pass time on the weekends.

"Alex is getting into jujitsu," he says, "so we go Saturday mornings. We train. If there are waves, he'll surf."

Regarding O'Loughlin's martial arts prowess, Caan says, "He just started. He's good, considering the amount of time he's been training. I should be a lot better than I am, considering I've been doing it for 15 years."
scott-caan-hawaii-five-0-320.jpgAs to whether he keeps a won-lost record for himself and O'Loughlin, Caan says, "I've been doing it for 15 years. If he's beating me more than I'm beating him, we've got serious trouble. But he's strong, and he's getting good."

On set this day is recurring star Christine Lahti, who's playing Doris, McGarrett's long-lost CIA assassin mother, who came back into her son's life after having abandoned the family for their own safety years before.

She's preparing to shoot a scene with Taryn Manning, who plays Steve's sister, Mary.

"She's really good," Lahti says. "I haven't worked with her yet, but I watched. Alex is just phenomenal. He's such a good actor. That first big confrontation scene in the first episode, I felt, 'Ah, this is so great. I don't have to do any work, because he's so great. I just have to look in his eyes and respond.'

"He's talented, boy. He's the real thing."

As the day winds down, Caan hitches a ride to the parking lot on the back of one of the cast members. Moments later, Grace Park, who plays HPD Officer Kono Kalakaua, sits on a ledge near where Caan passed moments before.

"Oh, no," she says upon hearing about the escapade. "You'll totally get the wrong impression!"

Five-O's sexy love interest

Saturday, October 27, 2012 · Posted in , ,

MICHELLE Borth has one of the most enviable jobs in television right now.
Not only does she get to live in beautiful Waikiki, she gets to play the girlfriend of Aussie hunk Alex O'Loughlin on Hawaii Five-O.
"According to Twitter, I am the luckiest girl in the world," she said.
"I completely agree. Alex is amazing and wonderful and gorgeous. He's all of those things and I get to spend to my days working with him."
It's hard to believe The Combat Hospital actor was hesitant about relocating to Hawaii to take up a more regular position on the show.
"I liked my life in LA. My friends and family were there," she said. "I wasn't too keen on picking up and moving again. I had just done it from Toronto. But now that I'm here it's just gorgeous."
Borth has essentially been promoted to a regular cast member.
Her character Catherine, who was away at sea for long periods of time as a member of the Navy in the first two series, joins the Five-O team.
"I've been working for a really long time and I've never been on a successful show, so I was excited to become a bigger part of it," she said.
"It was a side gig for me. I got to go to Hawaii now and then and that's what I thought this would always be."
The move back to dry land brings Catherine's relationship with team leader Steve McGarrett into the spotlight for the first time.
"We've never seen McGarrett deal with his romantic relationship, so it brings whole new dynamic to the show," Borth said.
"They've been in a long distance relationship so it has always been a honeymoon when they get together. But when you're working with them in a high pressure environment things are going to get complicated.
"It's not going to be a storybook love for that long."
Catherine fits into theFive-O fold quiet well, says Borth.
"It's almost like you would never know they weren't all friends for a long time," she said.
"It's an organic thing. If anything, in my opinion, Danno is a fan of it. He teases McGarrett a lot about labelling what their relationship is,
"My character also develops a closer relationship with Danno because of his daughter."

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