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My night with Michelle Borth (and 50 other Hawaii Five-0 fans)

August 6th, 2012 by

It was like prom night, circa 1992

I knew it was going to be a big night, so I had to be ready.  I drove down to Celebrity Tuxedos, and picked out the nicest double breasted one, making sure I got the $49 Weekday Rental Special.  Then stopped by Longs Drugs to pick up the nicest plumeria corsage that $1.99 can buy.  Popped in my mixtape with Glenn Medeiros (“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”) in the player to get in the mood, and made the drive over to Big City Diner.   It was a big night, because I was going to meet Hawaii Five-0 star Michelle Borth.

Well, me and fifty other fans.

The talented and gorgeous Michelle Borth generously spent time at a fan organized tweetup at Big City Diner in Pearlridge last Thursday.  Amy Bakari of @TeamH50 and @LisaLisa98 of @H50Hana rallied up local fans to meet and greet Michelle Borth, whose credits include “Tell Me You Love Me”, “Combat Hospital”, and currently “Hawaii Five-0″.

Michelle arrived early in the evening, with local Hawaii Five-0 publicist Erika Kauffman and was immediately greeted with warm aloha from the fans.  She spent a few minutes with everyone there, taking photos and talking to the fans.  @LisaLisa98 presented Michelle with a cake that she made, depicting the memorable bedroom scene from season one- which Michelle loved.  I suppose that could have very well been a “Tell Me You Love Me Cake (rated Pg-13)” but since this was a Hawaii Five-0 party, I’m pretty sure that was Cat and Steve depicted in the bed.

The gracious Dennis Chun also stopped by to meet and greet fans as well (more on Dennis in an upcoming post).

After meeting everyone present, Michelle took a seat and fielded questions from the fans for a very informal “talk story” session.  Over the next few days, I’ll be transcribing the conversation, so enjoy!



What was the most challenging role that you’ve had so far?

The most challenging role…if any of you have seen it before, was way back in 2007, a show called “Tell Me You Love Me”.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, you’re going to get a shock when you look it up.  It dealt with stuff of a… graphic nature.  As an actress and as a young one and a green one, it was difficult to overcome.  But I’m so grateful because it was one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had on the set, and the most creative and liberating one.  My hardest role was one of my favorite ones, and that was playing Jaime on “Tell Me You Love Me”.



Do you deliberately mess love scenes up so that you can do it over again with Alex?

Michelle Borth, Alex O'Loughlin, Hawaii Five-0

The lack of TicTacs on the set made this scene work.

[Laughs]  Unfortunately, no.  We’re so time crunched shooting in a day.  Alex and I [had to] make things not so serious, because we had just met each other, and we were half naked…it was awkward!  When you first meet someone, it’s like “Hi, I’m Michelle”, “Hi, I’m Alex”  …and then “Let’s make out”.  It’s really like that!  It’s no secret, we meet and then we had to make out.  He ate a tuna fish sandwich, and I smoked a cigarette, because I hate tuna and he hates the smell of smoke.  So it was an awesome combination when we then made out, ’cause it had made everything funny and very light and we could do it over and over again, and it wasn’t weird, or awkward, at all!   I’m sorry it’s always weird and awkward, but we have a lot of fun doing it.   We genuinely do have that connection that people see that Alex and I we really do work like that , we get  along really well, we have a kindred spirit.  I’m grateful for that, and I think it shows when we work together.

So that’s your favorite scene then?

Oh God, yes!  Coming up we have a lot more,  but I really haven’t done that much.   I think I’ve only done six episodes.  The scenes where  I work with Alex are my favorite because he’s a really funny Australian man, and it’s much more fun than the scenes where I’m by myself.  That racy one?  That was probably the most fun ’cause they let us ad-lib…the scene where the phone is vibrating?  That was all ad-lib.   It was a little more sexual than I thought it was going to be.  But it’s all fun cause we work on the fly.

Tell us about shooting that scene on the beach, with the sunset. (@WendieJoy)

Oh by the way, that scene on the beach started at 4 AM.  It was not sunset, it was sunrise, it was freezing.  Oh my God it was so early, we had to get it right when the sun’s touching the ocean, the steaks had to be on the grill, and everything had to be just right.  And every plane that was flying to Hawaii was flying into the island at that moment.  It was one of those things where it was “rush, rush, rush, hurry up, shoot!”  because you have a window of only ten minutes to get it all in.  It looks super romantic  and glamorous when you see it, but it wasn’t at the time…it wasn’t as romantic as you think.

Can you guys tell when we shoot a sunset and it’s not a sunset?  [The fans chimed in that they could]  Interesting…

That’s good to know.  I’m gonna tell them that!  It’s not worth the 4 AM call!

Michelle Borth, Hawaii Five-0 tweetupYou play a lieutenant on screen.  How do you prep for that?  (@NeilYamamoto)

Thankfully the way that the show aligned for me, I was shooting another show called “Combat Hospital” where I played a major in the Canadian army, so I had a one on one crash course about being in the military.  And what we also do on Five-0 is have military experts.  We have a couple of ex-Navy SEALS on set.  We try, but we’ve been told there are certain things that are not so accurate, but we do make a valiant effort in trying.  So to answer your question, we just have a conversation with someone who actually was a navy SEAL, about certain protocols and procedures about how you would speak to someone higher, or lower…everything from how you would wear your uniform properly to how I would wear my hair, because it’s really specific.

I think both you and Alex pull it off very well. (@NeilYamamoto)

Thank you very much, we do want to pay homage and respect.  It means a lot to us when we get it right, and when we do get it wrong, tell us, because I want to be as respectful as possible and I do want to get it right.

So along those lines what skill set does LT Rollins bring to the show? (Officer 808)

Her badass-ness!

[I have to pause right here to let you know that my inner voice man-squeed when she said that.]

Well, she has the background of intelligence, so when it comes to digging up information, or getting some undercover scoop other than means that McGarrett can use, that’s where I come into play, ’cause I have all the fancy ways of getting information.  So I can help him out with my spy intelligence.

So, basically she’s good at google searches? (Officer 808)

I can google really well!  She does bring a certain spy intelligence that he doesn’t have access to.  I think also you’re going to see a physical side of her.  You’ve never really  seen her in combat or in action, there’s going to be another badass side of her that you’re going to see.  So you’ll see she’s tough in action.  You’re going to see a side of her you haven’t seen yet, that is kind of comparable to a female McGarrett, which is why you can kind of see why they’re together, that they’re similar.

Are we going to see their back story, about how they got together, this season…? (@WendieJoy)

See Michelle’s answer in tomorrow’s post!






First look at Steve McGarrett’s mother (Spoilers)

August 5th, 2012 by

I’m just going to say that having read the article below, I’m already nervous to see what’s ahead for Steve McGarrett in Season 3 of Hawaii Five-0.

From Keck’s Exclusives at TV Guide.

Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth and Christine Lahti

Hawaii Five-0

CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 left us hanging last May with the shocking revelation that Steve McGarrett’s presumed-dead mother, Doris, is very much alive. “She faked her own death to protect her family,” explains Chicago Hope vet Christine Lahti, who debuts as Mama McG in the September 24 season premiere. “Now she’s come back and Steve [Alex O'Loughlin] is shell-shocked. She hasn’t seen Steve since he was 15 and wants his forgiveness.”
Lahti will appear in at least four episodes, which will reveal where she’s been all this time and if she’s to be trusted. Steve’s spitfire kid sis Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) will also return for a reunion, but I wouldn’t start planning a Mother’s Day picnic on the beach just yet. According to executive producer Peter Lenkov, “Wo Fat wants Doris dead, and a man like that is hard to keep behind bars.”

Hawaiian Five-0 fans welcome Michelle Borth

August 5th, 2012 by

Last year Hawaii Five-0 fans had a chance to meet the new cast members at the show’s season premiere at Sunset On the Beach in Honolulu.  Since CBS has not announced that there will be a similar event for Season 3, local fans took matters into their own hands and invited the newest addition to a “tweet-up.”  Michelle Borth has previously guest-starred as fan favorite Catherine Rollins, Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) go-to Navy contact, and occasional lover.  This new season sees her addition as a series regular.  Fan groups H50hana and TeamH50, linked up with blogger Wendie Burbridge and put together an intimate event at Big City Diner.   Besides the attendance of Ms. Borth, the high point of the evening may have been the depiction of the famous McGarrett-Catherine bed scene, custom made by Ninja/Hopper Cakes.

We hope you enjoy the photos, and don’t forget to check back for Officer 808’s upcoming blog on the event!

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Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan provide the hugs

August 4th, 2012 by

Today in Waikiki, the 9th annual Surf4Hugs event was attended by Hawaii Five-0 stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.  Both  actors are avid surfers and they threw their star power behind the event designed to allow some fun in the sun for children with life threatening illness.

Please visit the Surf4Hugs Facebook page for more great photos.

Video: Alex O’Loughlin on Marilyn Monroe

August 3rd, 2012 by

In this short clip from the recent TCAs, an unusually pensive Alex O’Loughlin discusses the legendary Marilyn Monroe. Thanks to Mizzoh at Alex O’Loughin Rocks for the find!

Hawaii Five-0 repeats James Caan episode

August 2nd, 2012 by

An update of the August schedule for your viewing pleasure:

Sunday, August 5: “Ma’ema’e” (Clean) A volleyball coach is murdered and McGarrett and Fryer go toe-to-toe as the head of Internal Affairs places Kono in a precarious position.

Monday, August 6:  “Ka Hakaka Maika’i”  (The Good Fight)  When McGarrett injures an innocent charity fight participant, being the gentleman he is, there’s no choice but to jump into the ring and face off against Chuck Lidell himself.  Now, I’m not a fight fan, but I’m more than willing to enjoy the resulting half-clothed Steve.  Am I right, ladies?

Monday, August 13:  “Kūpale” (Defender) This episode provides a bit of Hawaiian history, the return of Al Harrington, and an appearance by Apolo Ohno as a low level loser. Scantily clad men run around brandishing spears, but sadly, none of the near-naked individuals are members of our Five-0 team.

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

Monday, August 20:  ”Lekio”  (Radio) Although some may remember this episode as the one in which Dennis Miller is blown into little bits of shark chum, it’s real worth is in James Caan’s performance as Tony Archer.  I’m pretty sure that most Hawaii Five-0 fans fell in love with the grizzled ex-detective when he managed to insinuate himself smack dab into the middle of the Steve-Danno bromance.  I don’t know about you, but I sure hope that Peter Lenkov brings the senior Caan back for Season 3.

Video: Behind the TCAs with CBS stars

August 1st, 2012 by

A little video gift from CBS sharing behind the scenes clips of stars at the Summer TCAs.

Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan interviewed on ET

July 31st, 2012 by

Alex O’Loughlin discusses living in the islands and character development on Hawaii Five-0.  Did he say “Up in my grill”?


Photos: Hawaii Five-0 does the TCAs

July 30th, 2012 by

Since the 2012 Summer TCAs are the time that networks trot out their upcoming new Fall shows, there was no Hawaii Five-0 panel presented on Sunday.  Luckily for fans, three of the series’ stars showed up for the after-party and hung around long enough to pose for photographers. With almost two months before Season 3 premieres, it’s nice that fans have these images of Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Masi Oka, to enjoy in the meantime.

A big thanks to Mizzoh at AOLRocks for the images.  Her complete gallery can be seen here.
Photos from Francis Specker/CBS

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Update: McGarrett and Danno’s excellent adventure

July 29th, 2012 by

 Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, and Masi OkaPhoto: CBS

Fans of the actors who make up the bromantic duo of Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams  on Hawaii Five-0, enjoyed a few fun behind-the-scenes moments with the two on Sunday, July 29th. The pair were in Beverly Hills for the 2012 Summer TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, and thanks to social media, we didn’t have long to wait for some updates. Alex O’Loughlin (McGarrett,) and Scott Caan (Danno) exhibited why their onscreen chemistry is so strong: the pair genuinely like each other in real life.

 O’Loughlin’s longtime followers know that he’s quite the cut-up and he didn’t let them down this time.  Fans had an opportunity to send questions to CBS in advance of the event, and @graciemonkey was lucky enough to have her tweet to executive producer Peter Lenkov chosen: “The McDanno bromance is so cute, are you surprised by how much chemistry Alex & Scott have on & off screen? ”  The inquiry was intercepted by Alex who joked, “I know this question was for Peter but I am going to answer it.  Our chemistry is as strong as it is because we are deeply attracted to one another in real life.”   The silliness continued when the two hit the CBS photo booth.

Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin

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