A couple of canceled TV series arent slowing Aussie expat Alex OLoughlin down. He stars in this months The Backup Plan, and soon, hell return to the small screen in a familiar role.
STEP ASIDE, HUGH JACKMAN: AUSTRALIAS HOTTEST NEW EXPORT HAS ARRIVED. In truth, Alex OLoughlin, 33, landed on U.S. shores a few years back, when he headlined the popular, albeit short-lived, television series Moonlight. More recently, he starred in the medical drama Three Rivers, which suffered a similar gone-too-soon fate. But this month, hes poised to break out opposite Jennifer Lopez in The Back-up Plan, a crowd-pleaser about a woman who takes pregnancy into her own hands only to then meet the love of her life. Next up, hell return to TV as Detective Steve McGarrett in the much-hyped reboot of Hawaii Five-O. We chatted with the Aussie about his career, his fans and what its really like working with the woman formerly known as J.Lo.
So you land your first major movie role, and its opposite Jennifer Lopez. Any first-day on-set jitters?
No, working with Jennifer was great. Most of the time I just forgot that I was working with J.Lo.
Do you call her J.Lo?
I call her Jen. But I also call her I dont know how she feels about this, because she would usually look at me sideways but I call her J. from the B.
As in, Jenny from the Block?
Yes, but J. from the B. I mix it up a little bit. [Laughs.] But shes a pro, and you forget that you are working with a big star. My favorite films are the ones where everyone gets together and its a real collaboration with no attitudes or divas, and thats exactly what this was.
This seems like a perfect date-night movie. Do you have anything to say to sway the men out there to see it?
I really love comedies like The Hangover, and when I read the [Back-up Plan] script, it became clear that this is sort of a brave new comedy. Its slightly naughty and raunchy, with humor on a base level which tells you about my level of intellect! The film has a really good balance: not too lovey-dovey, but the romance in there is based in real drama.
Though it only lasted a season, your show Moonlight developed a cult following. Can you tell when something will resonate with an audience?
I have a really poor meter for that stuff. I wish I knew, because then I would sign on to the correct projects. Moonlight should have died a lot earlier than it did, but we got a huge fan base, and people still are like, Make the movie. Do another season! Whereas with Three Rivers, I still dont understand what happened. We had great actors, great guest actors, great scripts and it was something that hadnt been done on TV before.
Youre headed back to TV with a remake of Hawaii Five-O. What drew you to the project?
It was a lengthy negotiation process. It was important to me that the integrity of the original show be maintained. Im excited about the creative team behind the project, and I think its going to be a fresh and fun revamp of the show.
Do you keep in touch with your fans through Twitter or Facebook?
When does anyone find the time to tweet? I can barely open my mail. I have to pay someone to help me open my mail. As sad as that may be, its the truth. And what would I say? Hey, just letting you know I am going to get a coffee?
In the spirit of your new movie, do you have a back-up plan should the acting thing not work out?
No, this is it, dude. Thats kind of scary in a way. But theres a saying: Hollywood eats the weak. And Im still here, baby.