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

Saturday, January 18, 2014 · Posted in ,

This is an interview published by montrealgazette.com

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.”
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TV Fanatic Exclusive Interview with Peter Lenkov about Season 4

Saturday, October 5, 2013 · Posted in ,

This is an interview worth to be read. I'll let you read it and post my comment after, at the bottom of the post.
TV Fanatic: What are some of the major themes for Season Four? Will the Wo Fat business get resolved fairly soon?
Peter Lenkov: Well, it’s never going to be resolved. Not this season, but we do have some answers and I think some of the obvious answers that the fans have been asking. We definitely address that. We address that big question that I know is on everybody’s mind, ‘are the two related?’ We’re definitely going to address that. I think with our show…at least we try. We may not always hit the bulls-eye, but I think we try just to surprise the audience a little bit. Things could change.
TVF: McGarrett’s journey this season, is there still more stuff with his mom (Christine Lahti)?
PL: I think McGarrett’s going to learn some new discoveries with his mom and I think clearly there’s not a lot of trust there in the relationship. I think we’re going to explore that a little bit. We’re going to get to meet Carol Burnett, who plays his aunt. In the mythology of the show, when the mother supposedly died, Mary was sent to go live with an aunt in LA so Carol Burnett’s going to be that aunt. She comes back at Thanksgiving and we get to meet her and it’s really a very, very heartwarming episode.
TVF: Have you already shot that?
PL: No, we haven’t shot it….she’s going to sing at the end of the show and she plays somebody who struggled for years to be a singer. She finally got a recording contract very late in life and then all of a sudden, boom, she gets this little girl on her door step so she had to put everything aside to be a mother so there’s this nice moment at the end where she gets to sing in front of an audience. It’s a very warm episode.
TVF: Is it a lighter episode because we’ve seen Carol Burnett comedy, but she can also do drama?
PL: No, no. It’s drama. It’s definitely drama. I mean, we naturally always have some comedy in the show, but her being there is mostly drama.
TVF: From the season finale, it looks like Chin Ho’s going to get busy with Lailani (Lindsay Price). Will we see some of that on the show?
PL: She’s not in the first batch of episodes, but the idea is that they’re in a relationship. It’s not like a heavy duty relationship but he’s open to the idea of spending time with a woman.
TVF: Is that making him a little lighter now that he’s got that in his life? He’s had some bad knocks there.
PL: Yeah, but I think there’s an interesting episode that’s coming up where it’s really…there’s a lot of time with him being grilled by Internal Affairs. We’re going to learn a lot more about his backstory. We thought we knew everything. We thought we knew why he lost his badge but there’s going to be a lot more that’s going to come out and a very big, surprising twist in this flashback episode where you find out about his relationship with Malia and you’re going to learn about his father, Chin Ho’s father and about being mentored by McGarrett’s father so there’s a lot of good stuff in that episode for him.
TVF: Is this all stuff that you guys have kind of known the whole time and you’ve just been parceling out or are you coming up with it as you write the story?
PL: Some stuff has come up on the road but mostly the arcs for the characters, I thought a lot about that when I first started to write the pilot, just in terms of where I wanted to go, but some stuff is new. As these things come to life…
TVF: Is Danny going to have a happily ever after at home since it seems like his family is together at the end of last season?
PL: I think the thing about Danny is Danny’s more interesting when he’s not happy. When he’s got some conflict so I would say that. I think it’s not going to be that smooth for him.
TVF: How long before Kono gets back to the family because it looks like she’s going to be off on her own story for awhile.
PL: She’s got a real, solid story with Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and being on the run and by the time she comes back and is a full member of Five-0, it’s probably mid-way through the season. We really want to do this arc and make it feel real. It’s not that simple actually, what they go through, but it’s fun. It’s really fun and I think for an actor to be able to do that kind of stuff, to be able to do not just the case of the week, but to be able to have this runner of half a season arc, I think she’s really excited. Also, we are as writers, but she’s very excited.
TVF: Okay. Lastly, having Chi [McBride] now in the group and kind of working against them and with them somewhat, is that shaking up the Five-0 family?
PL: First of all, it’s the best thing to happen to us in a long time having him in the show. He’s amazing and the chemistry between him and Alex and the rest of the team is great. I think a lot of it is earning each other’s trust. That’s going to take a while.
It just adds another dynamic and it’s some of the fun we had in season one with Danny…now, [Danny’s] drunk the Kool Aid a little bit so now he sort of understands when we do stuff. I think for him, for Chi, it’s not what he’s used to and I think that’s where the drama comes.

1. The Wo Fat business never going to be resolved. I guess it will always come up something new.
2."PL: She’s not in the first batch of episodes, but the idea is that they’re in a relationship."  It's good to read these interviews, at least we can find out what we should think or know. My last memory of Chin and Lailani is that Chin has asked her out. And that's all. I don't know about you but I would have preferred to hear that from Chin. One simple sentence would have done it for me.
3. It's great that Chin is going to have more screen time this season. I hope the writers won't dig up more dirt about him. 
4. So Danny's happiness is not forever. I am really proud of myself for getting to love the character. I hope the writers won't ruin it again. 
5. I have no idea how this runaway story of Kono and Adam's  is going to end but truly hope Adam is not going to die. Kono has suffered enough. She does not need more tragedy in her life. She deserves to be happy even though it's hard to live with the son of a Yakuza member.

Officer 808 and Mike Buck talks about “Aloha kekahi i kekahi” and Sunset on the Beach

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 · Posted in

Radio talk show host Mike Buck from AM690 KHNR and Officer 808 talks about a lot of thing.

CLICK HERE and listen to the talk show.

After listening to the talk show I!m ready to speculate a bit :)

Right now poor Wo Fat is kept in a high secure prison somewhere on the island.  He suffered some serious injuries, he's burnt pretty badly. I would say that IF he escapes, he's going to have plastic surgery and will show up somewhere with a totally new face. And at some point he's going to escape, no doubt about that.

You know what is interesting? Wo Fat knows the big secret, he knows what's the connection between and Steve. They are basically enemies but they are never going to kill each other.

Feel free to comment :)

Grace Park on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Friday, August 16, 2013 · Posted in ,

So here it is another great interview with Grace park. This isn't new either but it's really funny. 

Just like on the other video, she's been asked if she's a surfer and of course, the answer is the same: her character is a surfer. She also tells us she does not do martial arts either :)
 
Craig Ferguson knew how to make her laugh. By the way, I love his accent :)

Anyway, she's adorable, so just watch her. She put a smile on my face, so that's the reason I'm sharing this with you :)

Daniel Dae Kim abou lots of things

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 · Posted in ,

Yes, that's right, h talks about being shirtless or not, about how it is to be part of a smaller family, like H50 after a big family which was in Lost.

He's telling us some secrets about the other actors: Grace Park, Scott Caan and Alex O'loughlin.

I love these interviews because actors share a part of their life with the fans and that's important to me.

I'm always looking forward to see how  the actor is outside the set, in real life. Daniel Dae Kim is amazing. It must be fun to be around him.

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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Grace Park about her surfing skills :)

Monday, August 12, 2013 · Posted in ,

You must watch this video. Grace is telling us about the surfing scene from the Pilot episode.

This is really funny :)

You know, watching the movie we all believe those scenes are real and during these shows or interviews we find out that they are far from being as we might think :) which is fine, it's even funny :)

Another interview with Grace Park!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 · Posted in ,

The cast of "Hawaii Five-0" has gotten quite good at delivering the show's plot-moving, expository dialogue. Which is not to say it's the highlight of their week.

"Everyone just wants to go as fast as possible," Grace Park, who plays Kono Kalakaua on the CBS crime drama, tells Zap2it. "In the beginning, I was like, what about the character? What about this, what about that? When you do it so many times in so many years, it's just like, yeah, let's get it over with."

The trick to those scenes, which "Five-0" tends to do when several members of the team are gathered around the touch-screen table at their headquarters, is to keep it simple, Park says, and not "try to make too much out of something that's not there."

"If you try to do too much, then it gets distracting," she says. "... The thing is, these guys are cops, and they've seen a lot of it. That doesn't mean it doesn't affect them on some level -- I think it does -- but they've seen so much."

Some more of our conversation with Park follows. "Hawaii Five-0" airs at 10 p.m. ET Mondays on CBS.

Zap2it: I really enjoyed the episode "Kapu," where Kono is having to chaperone Sang Min, and they end up understanding one another a little more.Grace Park: Right. He's my new love interest [laughs].

It's nice to see that side of her, though, where she's a little more caring.I feel like she's soft on the inside. I feel like you've seen that on numerous occasions, whether she's consoling the victim's wife -- who actually was a part of the murder, you find out later [laughs] -- or the rest of the team are initiating her at the very beginning. You do see her heart a lot. In a show where you have a lot of action, and some violence and a lot of flashy things going by, and humor, it's kind of good to have some of that, whether it's an anchor or whether it's just in the ether. The show can exist in a little bit more three-dimensional way.

Are you still discovering things about Kono now?I feel like there's a lot to mine with this character yet, because we haven't gone very deep with her. As much as we have the action and the cool background with her being an ex-professional surfer and a rookie cop, I feel that we have a lot to discover about her, and for her to discover about herself. She's pretty young, and she still has a lot to learn about life and who she is.

Are there things you've suggested?Only a touch. I don't want to pretend I can write. I think they have great ideas, so I just might suggest, if there's a nine-episode gap between her and her love interest [played by Ian Anthony Dale], that maybe, "Hey, should we put something in there so people don't forget?" Then I always get back, "It's not all about you, I can't do it every episode." [Laughs] I'm going, you know that sounds crazy, right? There's like a nine- or 10-episode gap. ... I understand we have to service a lot of story lines, but I spend an awful lot of time at that HQ table. I think we can stick something in.

I can't speak for all actors, but I certainly like it when there's more character. When I have a day where I do some character work, I feel like some breath went through me, some life went through me. I feel like, "Oh, this is why I signed up to do it." It kind of recharges me -- so the more I can get that, the better.

What would you like to see happen for her?I always want her to have more character work. I guess I haven't thought specifically [about] what I want to happen for her. I feel like anything -- just give me anything, I'll do it. I think they haven't rushed to quick to give her a love interest and make her the "sexy" character right away. I mean, yes, she was in a bikini in the beginning, but I think we've gotten away from that a little bit, which I've appreciated.

Will Kono be getting a showcase episode by the end of this season?Maybe. Either way, I'm always excited for the end, because it's going to be fun. The stories are told differently, and it's not about a case. It's usually about the team. I feel like it's more interesting and it matters more. Usually the episodes that do really well are the ones where the characters are invested -- something's happened to one of them or someone they care about.

Do your actor friends bug you to get them guest roles on the show?No one really bugs me, but I've been trying to get -- I haven't gotten one friend on the show. ... I have yet to manage one friend to get on the show.

People would probably go nuts if you got one of your "Battlestar Galactica" co-stars to come on.I've been trying to get Tahmoh Penikett on for a long time. I thought it would be really funny if he were like a brief love interest or a past thing, because anyone who watches the old show would be like, oh my God, but for anyone who didn't it wouldn't really matter. Plus he's a really good friend of mine.
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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!"
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Another piece of the puzzle on Oct. 15

Monday, October 1, 2012 · Posted in

Question: After watching the season opener of Hawaii Five-0 last week, I am going out on a limb here with some wild speculation that Doris [Mommy McGarrett] let Wo Fat go because she couldn't shoot her "other" son! What a wild plot twist that would be: Steve has been chasing his brother all along. Reel me back to sanity or say it's so. — BR
Matt Roush: I wouldn't put anything past this show when it comes to ludicrous plot twists, but that would be quite the stretch. Doris shows up again in the Oct. 15 episode, so maybe you'll get another piece to your puzzle then — or maybe it will fan the flames of some more wacky theories. Isn't TV fun?
Question: Maybe it doesn't matter to most people, but I recently discovered when mentioning how annoying the loud background music was on Hawaii Five-0, that others agreed. We were all at a dinner party and I was complaining that CBS shows in particular must have teenaged executives that want to "pump up that music" when previewing their shows. When the dialogue is smothered by the music, I wonder if they feel the dialogue is so bad we don't really need to hear it. I watched Hawaii Five-0 last week and it will be the last time. Is this something that you or anyone else out there has noticed, in particular the shows on CBS? — Dorothy
Matt Roush: Believe me, this matters to a lot of people. I could probably print a complaint a week on this issue. So let me get this particular gripe out of the way while the new season is still young. Because while it may be the case that drowning out dialogue can be a blessing in disguise for some shows, CBS is far from the only offender; in my home, it tends to be ABC which most noticeably overdoes it with the underscoring, especially on shows like Grey's Anatomy, where the jaunty pop score can obliterate whole stretches of dialogue (and when they turn up the volume while the doctors are wearing masks over their mouths, it's especially ludicrous). Again, I'm not sure if this is a loss or a gain depending on who's talking, but there's no question this is one of the most pervasive pet peeves, and has been for some time.
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IGN Interview - Grace Park on Kono's Near-Death Experience - And What it Was Like Filming It

Sunday, September 30, 2012 · Posted in ,

I love this interview. Grace is an amazing woman and an amazing actor. Great interview Grace!

by Eric Goldman - IGN
"It's an understatement to say Kono (Grace Park) went through a lot on Hawaii Five-0 recently, as the Season 2 cliffhanger had her at death’s door - pushed into the ocean, bound and gagged, and sinking to her doom. Fortunately, she was saved by Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in the Season 3 premiere, though not everyone was so lucky in that episode.
During my recent visit to the set of Hawaii Five-0, I spoke to Park about what the experience of being thrown in that scary, underwater situation was like – both for Kono and for the actress playing her. We also discussed Kono and Adam’s turbulent relationship and the addition of more women to Hawaii Five-0 this season.
 Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0
IGN TV: Suffice to say, Kono just went through a traumatic experience. How does she come out of it?
Grace Park: That’s what’s really interesting, because when a situation like that comes about, you think, “How does this impact the character?” It is part of the job, but that doesn’t mean she’s Teflon and unflinching. At the same time, I think the bigger thing is Chin Ho losing his wife. That seems like it overshadows my situation, where I managed to live. If anything, it’s probably going to be one of those incidents that contribute to Kono’s overall character as a cop and her experience being a police officer. It’s those layers and layers of experiences that kind of embed themselves into someone’s psyche that eventually, 20 years down the line when you meet someone, they have the essence of cop.
IGN: What was it like shooting those sequences where she’s underwater? I’d assume that wasn’t very fun...
Park: Kono’s a surfer, so she’s great in the water - she’s grown up in the water. If you’re surfing some big waves, you will have been caught underneath, sometimes for a few sets, right? So what I’ve learned -- and I don’t even surf – is that the longer you can stay underwater, the more comfortable you are. Talking to some of the water men, like Brian Keaulana, he’ll tell you one of the first things you can do is learn to stay underwater for a long time. That way, you won’t panic when you’re underwater and the waves are coming and you are not going to get up there. I thought, “I can’t do that for very long.” But prepping for the underwater scene… I mean, I was so uncomfortable every time I read the script, because I would hold my breath as I was reading the script! I was so uncomfortable because I didn’t realize I’d stopped breathing, as I’m reading my character and she’s bound and gagged in the water.

IGN: Would that qualify as the toughest thing you've had to do on the show?
Park: Funnily enough, I was more comfortable doing that, the idea of being bound and gagged underwater, versus having to be in a shore break again.
[Editor’s Note: During the filming of the Hawaii Five-0 pilot, Park learned firsthand just how much ocean water can pummel you in a shore break - where a wave breaks directly on, or very close to, the shore]
[Hawaii Five-0 showrunner/executive producer] Peter Lenkov asked, “Grace, how are you with this whole underwater thing?” I’m like, “Am I in a shore break?” He’s goes, “No.” I’m like, “You sure I’m not in a shore break?” “No you’re bound and gagged, and you’re sinking on the bottom of the ocean.” I’m like, “But I’m not in a shore break?” “No.” “That’s fine, that’s totally fine.” “You’re sure?” “Yes!” It was just so traumatizing in the pilot! [Laughs] Other than that, I was researching and prepping on that. I started learning how to hold my breath underwater and the breathing technique that you do to be able to be underwater for minutes at a time. I got up to, like, a minute, but I wasn’t practicing for that long. But that was more than we needed. The thing I was thinking was, “Well, of course she’s going to know how to do this.” So when you do go underwater -- and she knows she’s going to be tipped overboard -- when she goes under, you don’t sink to the bottom of the ocean. We had to try to get me to sink. They put lots of weights on me and we had to have someone underwater dragging me down and all this kind of stuff.
Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park
IGN: Wow, that has to add to the trauma!
Park: Right? Actually the trauma could have been during one take where I wasn’t ready, but I didn’t just say no. They’re like, “Are you ready?” I’m like, “Well, actually...” [Splash noise] They pulled me under, and I was kicking so hard to try to get out. I was supposed to have breakaway wrists and breakaway ankles, but they didn’t break away. So when I came back up, they were like, “That was really, really great, except we didn’t have your face on camera.” And I was just like, “I was trying to get out of the restraints!” But the weirdest thing was, I was kicking super hard underwater, and I didn’t have enough breath to stay under very long, but I was, like, zero panic. It was really weird because I had practiced already, so my body already knew, “Oh, you’re fine.” So that was really trippy, even though I had a lot of water and was coughing. So that’s the kind of stuff I knew about her character. She was already thinking when she was on the boat, and when I did the research diving with Ocean Ramsey, I kind of caught her out of the corner of my eye, and she wasn’t using her arms and legs to kick. She just did this kind of dolphin gliding thing in the water. So I tried it, too. I was like, “Oh my gosh!” You can move really fast doing that. It seems kind of like how fish move because fish don’t have arms -- their fins are kind of small -- but they move so fast. I figured that’s what she’s doing. Of course, it’s not on the screen because that’s not going to sell very well, but I figured that’s probably why she’s not as traumatized. There’s also always so much action, she kind of just rolls back into it.
IGN: I was initially going to ask you, “Is Kono's relationship with Adam going to continue this season?”, but the premiere answered that question in a big way. Those two began as almost a Romeo & Juliet thing, with her a cop and him as the son of a mobster. Is it going to be a little smoother now?
Park: I think that relationship -- just with the setup, like you said -- the setup is such that it’s never going to be easy or smooth. I think that their relationship is good. There’s a real attraction... They actually like each other. There’s a lot of possibility and potential there, but with the situation, you know… How clean is he? How good is he going to be at managing his father’s alliances and the rest of the business, because they’re not all gonna want to switch their ways? They have a good life, and they have it working pretty smoothly. So things could always change. I think as it unravels, we’ll see how it goes. Peter [Lenkov] has a few things up his sleeve, which I’m really excited about. I mean, it’s fine that it’s smooth, but they’re certainly not the type to just stay at home and watch movies and just eat pizza.
Ian Anthony Dale and Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0
IGN: That’d be an interesting episode though.
Park: [Laughs] For sure! People would be like, “What’s going on with that relationship? Shouldn’t they have guns and be kicking people?” [Laughs]
IGN: They’re watching Real Housewives or something.
Park: Yeah! [Laughs] I’m making a phone call. “Oh... be right there!”
IGN: Yeah. “Gotta do some cop stuff.” “Gotta do some mob stuff.”
Park: Yeah, that would be hilarious, actually. I did tell the other actor, Ian [Anthony Dale], “Yeah, Peter wants us to reflect on the nature of real relationships, and so he wants you to gain 25 pounds. He says I’m fine.”

 Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0
IGN: [Laughs] You’ve been the constant female presence on this show, but this season you’ve got Christine Lahti recurring and now Michelle Borth as a regular.
Park: And Taryn [Manning] is coming back! Yeah, the thing is, it’s such a male-dominated show, on screen and on set as well. So it’s not a show where the women really bond with each other. I even think that has something to do with Lauren German’s character, Lori Weston, leaving, because they didn’t establish the females with each other. Not that we didn’t want it. I even asked for it right off the top. And by the end, we were having this great rapport, and I think they’ve learned now how important that is. To be able to have more of a female presence adds a duality and a complexity. That doesn’t mean we need to have them equal number, but that always changes things up. That’s why I think they didn’t keep Kono a dude. That’s why we didn’t just have five dudes. That would be a totally different show. Then we would have The Hangover... But I haven’t seen The Hangover, so I don’t even know if that’s accurate. [Laughs]
I think it’s just going to keep allowing every character like McGarrett or Danny to show other facets of their personality and their characters. People want to know more about the story, but they also want to know more about the characters they’ve been following for years."

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