As I mentioned previously, Moonlight is premiering on Australian TV ~ Wednesday, December 12th at 9:30 PM on Channel 9. In advance of that debut, Darren Devlyn, of the Herald Sun Newspaper, did an excellent interview piece with Alex O'Loughlin. One little quibble... the reporter refers to "his character's intricately designed, painted-on tattoos." Alex has 6 tattoos that are very real, which are covered up for the show except for an accidental peek.
Here is an excerpt from the interview.....
Alex O'Loughlin, 32, who rose to prominence in Australia in the mini-series The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant and the movie The Oyster Farmer, is in his trailer, recovering from the rigours of a previous day's work that kept him on set until 2am. Later, puffing on a cigar in a break from filming, O'Loughlin says he's taking none of this sudden international success for granted.
Waving away a billowing plume of cigar smoke, he explains how Moonlight just may be the show that rescues him from extended bouts of unemployment and the ever-present prospect of debt.
"I've been living here coming up to three years," O'Loughlin says of Los Angeles. "The government here is f----d up and it's hard to find good food that's not full of sugar, but the people here are great and I'm grateful this country has opened its arms to me and let me work here."
O'Loughlin, as Moonlight's leading man, vampire Mick St John, spends up to 16 hours a day on set. When he's done with work for the day, he heads home for a quick dinner, then starts memorising dialogue for the following day's shoot. Weekends, he says, are for sleeping.
"Time is the thing. A show like this pulls all your time away from you. Usually I'll get home from work on a Saturday about 10am (after doing night shooting) and I'll sleep until Saturday afternoon. Saturday night and Sunday I'm usually feeling wiped out and I've not seen Holly all week. It's a pretty full-on life, but what do you do? I love my work and there are sacrifices."
"The first year I was here I was auditioning all the time and got no work," O'Loughlin says.
"I had no money and a piece of s--- car and in the end I had to hock things like my stereo to get by. I was just doing anything to scrape by, working on a building site for $15 an hour.
"There were times I was thinking, 'What am I doing, this is crazy'. I was scared because I had no money and no ticket home.
"That is the time when everyone else packs up and leaves. But I remembered everything my grandfather taught me about the work ethic before he died. He was brought up out in the bush and his advice was 'put your head down and keep working, son, and you'll get what's coming to you'. You just push through.
"This is the first time I've been paid (in the US) and, mate, it's nice not having to worry about making the rent.
"I did a Warner Bros film and it actually cost me 10 grand to do it. You might scratch your head and say how can that be, but trust me.
"You go from doing independent films where you're getting paid very little or it's costing you to do work to get your career going. Then, overnight, you start getting paid if you keep pushing through. You accumulate 10 to 20 years of debt and if you stick at this and are lucky, you can start paying it off.
"I've got to tell you, man, it's (success) not always about having great talent. Great talent does not always equate to success.
"I do not think I'm a great talent. I think I'm a medium talent, but I think I understand the business and enjoy the business. It's a right-place-at-the-right-time kind of business, but it's also about perseverance."
You can read the entire article here ~