Moonlight's B.C. episode (#1x06) will air this Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 in Australia. In advance of that, Australian magazine TV Week has published an interview with Alex O'Loughlin and Holly Valance. It is a brief article but the reporter, Jenny Cooney Carrillo, asks great questions. I saw the interview mentioned on TV Week's website, but they did not publish it online. :( So, I emailed my friend Alida. She ran out to buy the magazine & sent scans to me. Thank you, Alida!!! :)
You probably know, aside from being Alex's beautiful girlfriend in real life, they also chatted with Holly because she plays the lovely & lethal Lola in B.C. I like the "bad" girls. As I wrote at the time this episode aired here, I hope we haven't seen the last of Dolores Maxford Whitaker!
Holly reveals that she originally tested to be one of the main female characters ~ Beth Turner or Coraline. That would have been very interesting! I think she could have handled either part easily.
There is a tiny spoiler given away by Alex in this question and answer session. Bad boy! Just wanted to mention that for our Aussie readers who have not had the pleasure of seeing this episode yet. :)
Love Bites ~ Blood sucking & fangs are par for the course in Alex O'Loughlin and Holly Valance's relationship
Question : What is it like being famous in Hollywood?
Alex O'Loughlin : It's a little bit scary actually. On the Warner Bros lot where we shoot the show, we have these VIP tours on golf carts and a few fans have gone crazy seeing me outside the sound stage. I did a charity event last weekend and 40 women flew in just to meet Mick St John!
Question : How did they react?
Alex O'Loughlin : There was a lot of yelling and shaking and I've never experienced that before. In Australia, occasionally someone would pat me on the bum and say, "Good work in such and such," but people here seem to be overwhelmed by the show and the character. It's weird, it's really great that people love the show because we work really hard.
The reporter must have interviewed Alex right after his public appearance at the Toys for Tots event at Pole Position, a few weeks ago. I do know that several super Moonlight fans traveled all the way from Chicago to Corona, California to see him. Poor guy was startled by all the swooning! ha!
Question : How did you wind up working with Holly?
Alex O'Loughlin : The truth is I had nothing to do with her getting the role. I got a call as we were approaching the episode and the producers said, "Just to let you know, Holly will be playing Lola." So I called Holly because I didn't even know she was reading for the role and said, "Honey, guess what?" and she said, "Yeah, I know!"
Question : Why did she keep it from you?
Alex O'Loughlin : Holly is a woman of great integrity and she's very special. I can't believe how mature she is for her age (Alex is 31 years old & Holly is 25) and she just felt that I didn't need the distraction. She also felt it was very important that if she was going to get a job that had any sort of association with me, she needed to do it completely of her own accord - and she did.
Question : How was it working with Holly - especially as your characters have a fight scene?
Alex O'Loughlin : I was wondering if it would be weird, but it was totally comfortable. And the great thing is they've killed her character off ambiguously, so you never know - she may come back!
Question : How was it playing a 500 year old Vampire?
Holly Valance : I had a lot of extra hair and fangs and milky contact lenses, so it was cool but also quite frightening. It was unlike anything I'd ever done acting-wise.
Question : How did you get the role?
Holly Valance : I'd tested for the two leads on the show when they were originally casting, so the producers knew me and put me on hold for the role. I decided not to say anything and see what Alex would say. When he called and said, "I've got good news, don't freak out." I just said, "That's great, babe. I found out four days ago!"
Question : What was it like working together?
Holly Valance : I was nervous for the first 15 minutes, but once we got into it, I switched from being Holly to becoming Lola and just had fun.
Question : Tell us more about the fight!
Holly Valance : The crew were saying, "You guys are going to kill each other! You're really going for it, aren't you?" We were both trying to outdo each other.
Can you imagine how fun it would be to hang out with Holly & Alex? They sound happy with each other. I like that :) Click on the images above to see a large, readable version of the interview... and to check out the great photos of Mick St John, Lola and Beth Turner.
Moonlight can be seen every Wednesday night at 9:30 PM on Channel Nine in OZ.