From the fine people at Static Multimedia, @terrysagirl tipped me off to a brilliant interview with Alex O’Loughlin. Here’s a snippet, but be sure to check out the whole thing. Who knew he and Scott didn’t get along at first?
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.
Aloha all! Officer 808 here announcing with Five-0 Redux blogger @WendieJoy a special Tweetup with the talented and charming actress Teilor Grubbs! As you know, she plays Danno’s adorable daughter Grace Williams on the show. Come join us for a night of good food and fun at Big City Diner in Pearlridge Shopping Center in Aiea at 8:00 PM, Monday, November 5th. Teilor will be joining us at about 8:30 to meet and greet fans, and stick around to watch the Halloween episode “Mōhai”. Teilor promises we’ll love it!
Exclusive: Alex O’Loughlin, Girlfriend Malia Jones Welcome a Baby Boy!
October 26, 2012 AT 3:45PM By Zach Johnson
It’s a boy!
Hawaii 5-0 star Alex O’Loughlin and his girlfriend, surfer and model Malia Jones, welcomed a son on Oct. 25, the actor’s rep confirms to Us Weekly exclusively. The couple announced their pregnancy in August, one day before O’Loughlin’s 36th birthday.
The new parents have yet to reveal their son’s name.
This is the first child for the duo, who both have children from previous relationships; O’Loughlin is father to son Saxon, 15, while Jones is mother to son Spike, 3. The pair made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 9th Annual G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala in January.
O’Loughlin is in the midst of shooting the third season of CBS’ Hawaii 5-0 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Australian actor’s other notable TV and film credits include The Back-up Plan, August Rush, The Shield, Whiteout and Three Rivers.
Jones, 35, has appeared in magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Esquire. She has also been in commercials for Coca-Cola, VO5 shampoo and American Express.
Hawaii Five-0 cast, Sunset on the Beach 2012, Photo Officer 808
Terry and I went over the long list of questions written by you Undercover Special Agents, and there was lot of great material. I was inspired to use a few of those questions on the red carpet, but unfortunately I didn’t have hour long sessions with each of the actors, so I couldn’t get into really detailed questions.
So our works was cut out for us. There were many great questions, some were general, and some were specific. What we were looking for was a brief question that could provoke an interesting or thoughtful response. I didn’t get a chance to use this question, but Terry and I thought it was one of the best of the bunch:
kels says: For Alex or Michelle: What is the nature of Steve & Catherine’s relationship? Does he have actual feelings for her, or did he intentionally choose a woman who is never around because he cannot bring himself to be vulnerable with another person?
We thought it was an appropriate question for the new season, with Michelle Borth coming on board as a series regular. Congratulations to Kels, we’ll be in touch with you soon to get your information so we can get the last of the Hawaii Five-0 season 2 badge to you!
Last week’s episode was a kickstart to the new season, with guns blazing and the Grappling Hook Helicopter in all its glory. The season now shifts into regular gear with last night’s episode “Kanalua”, which featured the return of Hawaii Five-0 bad guy August March.
“Steve, only *now* you take your shirt off?!?” Photo CBS, Norman Shapiro
As a stand alone procedural episode, I thought it was great. The chase scenes through downtown Honolulu were executed well, and there was great action with the shootout. The bromance continued well, and I got a few laughs when Ed Asner and Masi Oka were thrown into the banter. The only time when the story lost me a little was Catherine’s (Michelle Borth) ease of cracking the security password, but it went to show her ability in intelligence gathering.
Letting the Cat out of the bag
The show writers once again have the challenge of working in a strong female character to the show. I think they’ve learned from miscues and the vocal criticisms of season 2 and are working hard to break Catherine Rollins into the mix at a nice, easy pace. Michelle stated at her tweetup here in Honolulu a few months ago that Cat would be there to help the team, without an overbearing presence, and I think the writers have successfully accomplished that so far. She’s helped protect Doris while the rest of the team tracked down Wo Fat last week.
You’re a heart breaker, dream maker, love taker, ball breaker, don’t you mess around, no no no! Photo CBS
This past week, she did her own intelligence recon with the agent. So she’s there to support the team, much like Jenna Kaye was there to support the team, but her transitions into the case are seamless and I hope Cat continues to develop.
A kinder, gentler Hawaii Five-0
A noticeable difference that I appreciated was the time with character development and interaction spent with the team. A good amount of time was spent with Chin’s scattering of Malia’s ashes, and individual scenes of the team members consoling Chin. As expected, Chin’s cousin Kono picked up a lot of that duty, but what was pleasantly surprising to me was Danny making a gesture to bring Chin back to the group outside of Tropics bar.
Daniel Dae Kim once again nailed the scene perfectly, telling Danny the story of how he and Malia met. I hope this is a trend that we see a lot of this season, with more interpersonal development amongst the team members. Peter Lenkov and especially Bob Orci promised a lot more character development, and I believe it is definitely headed that way.
The return and departure of August March
One gripe I’ve slowly come to grips with is the short shelf life of many of the supporting characters of the show. Big name actors have brilliantly played characters that unfortunately meet their end much sooner than I’d like to see. I absolutely loved Tom Sizemore as the hard nosed Captain Fryer. I loved to hate William Baldwin as Frank Delano. Even Karl Herlinger’s quietly menacing “Toothpick” had just enough substance for me to want to see more. Last, August March (played by Ed Asner) entered the Hawaii Five-0 Hall of Fame of the Faithfully Departed. Not remembering much about him from the classic series, Ed played the deceptively sly but malicious August March in season 2, who seemingly got away with murder and grand larceny. March returned in Monday’s episode as the mastermind of the lithograph heist, despite his schemes, he leaves a trail of evidence the Five-0 team picks up on. Alas, March decides he can’t go back to jail, and checks out permanently, thanks to the help of a semi truck. I understand that in the Five-0 universe, most characters have an expiration date, but some like Fryer and March you’d like to see from time to time. So Mr. Asner, we bid you a fond “Aloha” and thanks for the memories of August March from the old series to the new.
And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 302, “Kanalua”
1) Chin floated a lantern at the end of the episode, which takes from a Buddhist tradition that honors the dead. Each May, the Lantern Floating Hawaii group organizes a huge event on O’ahu’s south shore where volunteers launch thousands of floating lanterns, some of them intricately decorated, oftentimes with a note honoring a loved one who’s passed away.
Courtesy Lantern Floating Hawaii
2) Kamekona (Taylor Wily) blew a conch shell at the beginning of the episode. It usually was used to announce the arrival of royalty or to mark the start of an event.
To describe “La O Na Makuahine” as being action packed would be a huge under statement. Not only was there action a-plenty, we saw Chin getting in touch with his inner Terminator and saw a new twist to the carguments that we know and love. Of course what made the episode succeed is that it was perfectly crafted so that we were pulled in emotionally to our Five-0 team. All together, it was an incredible start to the begining of the third season.
Previously on Hawaii Five-0…
The first few minutes showed events fans speculated would happen…Chin would lose Malia, Adam would rescue Kono, and somehow, someway Wo Fat would escape. What I didn’t expect to see was how spectacular that escape would be. I mean,where does one rent a combat helicopter equipped with grappling claw?
Last time I checked, I couldn’t reserve one online through hertz.com. But boy, that was an incredible sequence that featured the helicopter and Wo Fat’s aquatic rescue. Is it over the top? No argument here. Was it totally awesome? Hell yeah! Bob Orci described Hawaii Five-0 to me as popcorn entertainment, and in terms of a spectacular jail break, I gladly choose Grappling Claw Helicopter over a stick of dynamite on the wall of Halawa prison.
Enter the female McGarrett
This season we see the talented and charming Michelle Borth in the opening credits as a series regular, playing Steve’s long distance girlfriend, Navy Lieutenant Catherine Rollins. We’ve seen Cat numerous times in the first two seasons and she’s a character we know and love, which is a distinct advantage over Lauren German’s Lori Weston character from season 2. I can see nothing but a big benefit for the team, since she seems to have the same intelligence capability as Jenna Kaye but brings another skill set – “sexy time” as Michelle said on the red carpet. We got a glimpse of Cat’s more lethal skills as she managed to subdue an attacker, and now it’s pretty clear she really is another female McGarrett.
But what about the other female McGarrett? Enter Christine Lahti who makes her mark in the show playing Doris, Steve’s once-thought-dead mother. Both Alex and Christine played the scene perfectly, Steve with reserved resentment, and Christine with burdened remorse. Of course she becomes a hell of a lot more like Steve when she’s thrown in with Danny in a brilliant cargument about relationships. More awkwardness ensues when mom meets her son’s girlfriend. Like Steve, Doris apparently lacks a few social filters.
Why this episode was good
This episode succeeded because we care. We care about the characters and what happens to them. We’ve been with them for two seasons, and we feel their joy and we feel their pain. Explosions, gunfire and a high body count are all cool things, but in a show like Hawaii Five-0 with many characters, getting viewers emotionally invested in them can be a daunting task for the writers. Adam’s relationship with Kono hasn’t been shown heavily on camera, but the doorstep scene showing them in a intimate moment captured the kind of drama that grabs audiences. I hope this good thing lasts for Kono, because Grace Park and Ian Anthony Dale definitely do have great on screen chemistry.
I cringed every time Steve disdainfully referred to his mother as “Doris”, but in the face of danger, family bonds strengthened and he charged up the stairs calling for his mom. Chin’s grim determination at the beginning to catch Delano, his dispassionate hunt with total disregard for his own safety, and final execution showed a new side to the good cop who had to clear his name from scandal. Daniel’s final scene in the episode, in which he comes to a deserted house laid out for a dinner that never happened was simple, but perfectly played and powerfully emotional.
On a lighter note
Charlie Fong can’t explain how three bullets ended up in the floorboard. I can.
“WO FAT! DANCE” -Doris “Mad Dog” Tannen
“My Gangnam technique will defeat your bullets.”
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 301, La O Na Makuahine
1) Yes, we refer to Las Vegas as the ninth island (there are eight major islands in the Hawaiian chain). Gaming entrepreneur Sam Boyd knew Hawaii’s culture and targeted residents with attractive vacation packages since the 1960s. Since then, kama’aina make multiple trips to Hawaii’s ninth island.
2) Kamekona refers to Doris McGarrett as “aunty”, which is a nice local touch. Much like how Chin Ho introduced himself as Uncle Chin to Grace Williams in season 1, this informal term both shows respect for someone older, yet addresses them in a familial way. This underscores the idea of ‘ohana in Hawaiian culture.
Once again CBS rolled out the red carpet for the Season 3 premiere of Hawaii Five-0 on the shores of Waikiki Beach. Fans camped out on the beach before sunrise to stake their place to get the best view of the stars coming down the red carpet. Again, I had the opportunity to cover the event for the blog and bring you the interviews straight from the cast of Hawaii Five-0 themselves!
Like last year, executive producers Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci walked down the red carpet together. The show is in full stride in its third season, and up to this point, we’ve seen them build the team, break it down and build it up again. When asked what’s the one thing that he’d like to see this season, Peter responded, “More viewers! I think we pulled out all the stops, we have an amazing line up of episodes and great guests stars, I think we’ve got everything we can do to make this show great. I hope we continue to get more fans and continue to grow our fan base.”
Bob Orci, Peter Lenkov, Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Photo Officer 808
Bob Orci added, “We’re making little movies every week. We got amazing guest stars every week, we found out that actors are really willing to come out to Hawaii. What a shock!”
When I asked Bob what we could expect this season, he responded, “It’s very easy to get lazy and think that’s everything working and let’s not change things up, but people’s lives progress. And the idea of developing these characters in a real way while still having a great time, in a beautiful location…it’s a nice blend of popcorn entertainment and caring about how these people live. How you continue with a personal life in the show is always a tricky balance you want to make sure that someone who tunes into the show doesn’t get lost easily, but if you do tune in regularly, we want you to be rewarded for paying attention. You’re going to see these characters grow in ways you don’t usually see in a classic procedural cop show.”
Bob also talked about Hawaii Five-0′s appeal to the rest of the world, “People have a fascination with Hawaii in general, it has a local identity but it’s also an international destination, gateway to the U.S. for the rest of the world. In my hotel, I heard ten languages, and that’s pretty amazing, that a place with its own identity is so welcoming to the rest of the world… I think is why Hawaii is so fascinating.”
Peter Lenkov, Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Photo Officer 808
Last season, the writers took a few creative twists. One was bringing on guest star Ed Asner to reprise his role of “August March” from the classic series. Lenkov was also behind the Hawaii Five-0/NCIS:LA crossover event. I asked Peter if there was anything big that he was planning for this year, and he teased with this response, “There’s talk about doing another crossover, but it’s still too early…”
The first cast member to come down the red carpet was Masi Oka. He had a great second season as a regular cast member, bringing life to the quirky medical examiner, Dr. Max Bergman.
Asked about his character development for the third season, Masi replied, “I think its great to be exploring your character, you’re always challenging yourself. It was nice that [the writers] gave me that [Max episode], and hopefully we’ll see more. I’ve only asked one per season, and that’s all I ask. The fans want to see the action, and I like the action and the humor too, so the more we have then the better.”
Masi Oka, Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Photo Officer 808
Masi didn’t know where Max will be going, but he tipped us in on a little secret. “I do know that we’ll meet Max’s love interest sometime. Yeah, he’s always been talking about it but I guess we have to see someone,” Masi said.
Following Masi, the gorgeous Michelle Borth came down the red carpet. I got the chance to meet her at a fan tweetup, where she made an impression on me with her sincerity.
Asked about how she felt about becoming a regular cast member, Michelle responded, “It was incredible, unexpected. I thought it was going to be a recurring [role], and I was fine with that. To make it full time is incredible because it’s already a good show, and we get to live in Hawaii, I’d love to be a part of it.”
Michelle Borth, Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Photo Officer 808
What of the romance between her character (Catherine Rollins) and Steve? We saw her frustration in season 2 with Steve’s inability to stay planted, and we saw them break up for awhile. Where is the romance going this year? “Romance is very easy when you have a long distance relationship, but its not that easy when you’re around all the time, especially with a mother involved, so things will get very complicated,” Michelle responded.
For all the Catherine fans out there, Michelle promised, “We’re going to find out more about her back story, but you’re going to see another side of who she is… so I’m excited to see it happen.” I have a feeling we’re going to see Catherine get physical with the bad guys. She clued us in on her training regimen, “I’ve been training three or four times a week, everything from gun training to tae kwan do, muay thai, kick boxing, so I’m pretty much sore 24/7. It’s exciting because I’ve never had to do it before and I secretly always wanted to be an action hero!” When asked where she would like to see Cat’s character go, Michelle responded, “I think I’d like to see her away from McGarrett. I’d like to see her more alone… that’s how I am so that’s how I’d like to see her go.”
No stranger to the camera, Michelle has a a strong resume. What she isn’t used to is the throngs of supportive fans. “I worked a lot, but I’ve never actually been on a successful tv show before,” Michelle said. “It’s a really wonderful feeling to be on a show people love and people watch and this is a new experience for me, with all the fans and all of it. I’m happy right here, this can only be a platform for something better, so this is nothing but good for me.”
I asked her if any other doors have opened up because of Hawaii Five-0, and the future looks hopeful for Michelle. “I think I’ll be able to know how this pans out for me, when we finish this season,” Michelle said. “The offers will come during the hiatus and I imagine there will be some great stuff coming in. In between this, I’d like to be doing more indie films.”
Michelle hopes fans “keep watching cause it’s getting bigger, better and bolder.” And the best part? “…A little bit more sexy time.”
Alex came down the line next. He was in great spirits, smiling in that self-assured way that beamed confidence. He was very honest about how he was feeling in life right now. “I’m really fit, I feel really good,” Alex said. ” I’ve been busy with work and my family, I’ll be having a baby within the next four weeks. I want to say Hawaii Five-0 is the best thing in my life, but it’s the second best thing in my life, because my family is the best thing in my life. And they’re supporting me tonight and I want to thank them.”
Alex showed enthusiasm in the direction the show was going as well. “Everything’s wonderful! We’re well into episode 8 so it’s time to take a break in the schedule to come and do this [SOTB]. Because this is something that I think we should do every year even when the show is finished. It’s so great, everyone has such a great time, it’s a wonderful gift to the people of Hawaii from Hawaii Five-0, to say thank you very much for having us, to let us tell your stories. This is my home now and I’m fighting for my kama’aina rights… I’ll be raising my kids here.”
Alex O’Loughlin, Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Photo Officer 808
I asked him about the goals he’s set for himself this year, and he responded, “I guess my goals are to stay fit… As far as fitness, I like to do a lot of jiujitsu, its great for my mind and my body. My one goal is to be there for my family constantly, no matter how busy I get, or how great or terrible it gets. That always come first.”
As he was about to walk on, I asked him if he was ready for fatherhood the second time around. He gave me a big smile and said, “Yeah man, it’s the best thing in the world! You could take all of this away!”
The last person to come down the red carpet was Daniel Dae Kim. I had followed him through “Lost” and now through Hawaii Five-0. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him last year, and was glad to have the chance this year.
I asked him in light of the season 2 finale, with Malia and Kono in peril, if it was Chin’s turn to go to a dark place. “I have a feeling the decision isn’t going to be everything he had hoped so he’ll have something to deal with I’m pretty sure,” Daniel said.
Daniel is a prolific twitter and facebook user, so I was dying to ask him what his favorite fan sites were (loaded question!). “Other than twitter or facebook? I know of your site but I don’t actively go there because I don’t want to be too influenced by a lot of the things that people can say,” he said. “I learned that lesson from Lost. So much fan feedback…too much, it actually became noise at one point. But I’m very appreciative of all the sites, 50undercover does a great job!”
Daniel Dae Kim, Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Photo Officer 808
Hands down one of the best endorsements from the cast, so thanks Daniel. With Daniel stepping off the red carpet, the mayor and governor both presented proclamations. Following that, Peter Lenkov and Bob Orci presented the cast in attendance. Grace Park and Scott Caan did not attend, but local actors Jimmy Borges and Al Harrington, as well as Dennis Chun, Taylor Wily and Teilor Grubbs took the stage. If you followed my tweets last night, you’ll know you’ll be in a for a good show tonight.
Bob Orci wasn’t lying when he said they’re making a little movie every week.
Hawaii Five-0 cast, Sunset on the Beach Hawaii Five-0 Season 3, Photo Officer 808
The Aston Hotels & Resorts launched its ten day “Book ‘Em Aston Trivia Contest” yesterday, offering fans a chance to score an exclusive “Book ‘Em Aston” t-shirt. All fans need to do is go to the Aston Facebook page, and look for the daily question, launched at 9 AM HST. Answer the question on the Facebook page, and Aston will choose one winner amongst the correct entries every day until the 29th. Yes, it really is that easy! Check it out.
For those of you who don’t know, the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel made a great back drop for Hawaii Five-0 with its hip Hawaiian decor. The hotel was prominently featured in Season 1′s “Po’ipu” and “Powa Maka Moana”, where Kono launched her flying escalator tackle on a fleeing suspect. Tiki’s Bar and Grill also plays host to many tweetups organized by @Alohabruce of Hawaii Aloha Travel. Also, KGMB Hawaii News Now will be broadcasting live from the exclusive Hawaii Five-0 Premiere Party at the Aston’s Coconut Club overlooking the screen on Sunset on the Beach.
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