Monday, May 5, 2008

11 Questions ~ AOL interviews Alex O'Loughlin & Jason Dohring

AOL Television has a great interview with Jason Dohring & Alex O'Loughlin. They discuss how hard it is not knowing if Moonlight will be picked up for a second season. Our boys have more glowing things to say about the Moonlight Blood Drive. Alex gives us some insight into the emotional & amazing scene of Josef re-turning (as Josef would say ~ ha!) Mick. When you read his comments about the "blood," you may think twice before drinking it. And.... wait until you read what Alex says about Mick & Beth's relationship. ;>

I like the strength in Alex's statement regarding Moonlight's behind the scenes drama ~ "We changed show runners again, and we survived again. It's a testament to the show and [to] how much of an entity unto itself it is. We're knocking it out of the park. We've got full great scripts and a whole second season pitched, so it's good."

They do talk a bit about future episodes, but it's only mildly spoilery.

11 Questions with Alex O'Loughlin & Jason Dohring

When devoted fans get a chance to interview two vampires, be sure to bring earplugs. 'Moonlight' hasn't been renewed for a second season yet, but stars Alex O'Loughlin and Jason Dohring got a thunderous welcome at NY Comic Con. After a Q&A with the rowdy crowd, they talked to AOL TV's Kelly Woo about the show's future, a bloody fan campaign and vampire therapy.

1. Has it been difficult to wait for word on the show's renewal?

Alex O'Loughlin : It's really hard, but that's my life, you know? You may or may not get fired. You kind of get used to it. I think that they will [renew]. I have to think that they'll pick us up, otherwise I'll just give up.

Jason Dohring : We were always on the bubble for ['Veronica Mars']. I'm a pro at being worried.

2. What's your reaction to fans donating blood to save the show?

Alex O'Loughlin : They came to me and [said], "We can make it happen if you can come on board." I was like, "Hell yeah! Absolutely!" So we shot a couple of [PSAs] on set. I'm really excited and really honored to be a part of it.

Jason Dohring : I heard that 4,000 people already signed up for it. If I can man up, I'll make it 4,001. Talk about a useful gift. It's not like signing a poster -- it's like, "Here, you want some life?"

3. At NY Comic Con, a clip revealed Josef turns Mick back into a vampire. What happens?

Alex O'Loughlin : Josef turns Mick back because Beth is in danger. As the result of that decision, he realizes that being a vampire isn't so bad.

Jason Dohring : It's a very emotional scene. We've hired a 30-piece orchestra to do the music. I was stirred up for an hour or two after I saw it and I'm not really that kind of person.

4. Was it weird to shoot such an intimate scene?

Alex O'Loughlin : It was intense. You've got to get over weird, when you shoot a show like this. As an actor, you have to get over yourself ... so you don't judge the characters you play or the scenarios you find yourself in. I'm forever finding my mouth on men's necks or wrists, and yes, it is bizarre, but I am used to it.

5. What else can we expect from the rest of the season?

Jason Dohring : In Episode 16, the vampires are all going to meet, from different walks of life -- a vampire conference. We all get together and talk about how we're going to deal with this and in what way each of us can deal with it through our position on the social spectrum.

6. Where is Mick and Beth's relationship going?

Alex O'Loughlin : They are ready to get it on. They've been dating long enough to get it on. It's about time, I think.

7. When is Josef going to kick some butt?

Jason Dohring : Next episode. We go off and kick some a** together. It's like 'Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid,' where we break through doors. There are some stunts in this one that are just awesome. There's this one thing that is 'Matrix'-inspired where there are two wires up to the top where my character and another guy meet up and cross together and come down. It's like really bada**.

8. Will we ever see Josef's 'Sleeping Beauty,' Sarah, again?

Jason Dohring : In Episode 16, you'll see a memorial being built for her and then there's possibly more love interest stuff that comes out with Josef. And [he and Mick] share emotional troubles so I guess it's like 'Oprah' but with 'Moonlight.' Vampire therapy.

9. What would you like the show to explore in the second season?

Alex O'Loughlin : I would really like to explore the blood lines and the royalty, the mythology of where [the vampires] actually come from. It's really fascinating and we have a lot more of that coming.

10. There have been so many behind-the-scenes changes. Is the show finally on steady ground?

Alex O'Loughlin : We changed show runners again, and we survived again. It's a testament to the show and [to] how much of an entity unto itself it is. We're knocking it out of the park. We've got full great scripts and a whole second season pitched, so it's good.

11. What does the blood taste like? And do you ever just do a shot of it?

Alex O'Loughlin : It tastes like a gauva and pomegranate. If you drink too much, you get a really bad stomachache and it makes you fart. A farty vampire. It's an interesting set.

Photos ~ Alex O'Loughlin & Jason Dohring at the NY Comic Con 2008 ~ answering questions and signing autographs for fans


kookiegirl said...

Oh Alex cracks me up w/his 'farts' comments...'A farty vampire', that's quite a concept. But is he one of those 'sbd' types!! ;o). The notion of Mick/Beth will finally 'Get it's music to my ears...but at the same time sounds like a finale 2 me and hope that's not going to be the case.

Lyn said...

You know... I thought that too (about the hookup, not the farts) but then I thought about it some more. We hear a lot about how a Mick/Beth hookup would end the show, but it doesn't have to. How many great love stories (and TV plot arcs) have included an unrequited, then requited, then unrequited again partnership? So it can be done, in a way it is possible that a hook-up then a parting of some kind (even if not an actual "break-up") could add even more sexual tension to the relationship. Imagine Mick/Beth with one night behind them, still in love and still battling new (or even newER) impediments to being together.

Truth be told, in this day and age, the "we can't" scenario may get a little forced, so perhaps it would be better to handle it that way?

cobby said...

Also, the "hooking up" I have said since the beginning, "if they get together the show would be over", and Alex said the same thing during his acceptance speech for PCA, but since then I've changed my mind and I think he's being coerced into changing his too. Since I'm not a writer and I can't expand my story mind, getting together isn't the end. Look at the situation now...THE SECRET...Beth says, "keeping his secret is priority number 1, so yes the story lines can be endless even as a coupling couple.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everybody about the whole "hooking up" concept. Yes, the sexual tension is interesting and wonderfully frustrating for a while, but after a season or so it does seem a bit forced, and then there's the writers always trying to balance it out with occasional affection to keep viewers from growing tired of the situation. Not only that, but they're both adults (although Mick is a lot older than her) with enough experience sexually that it's kind of unrealistic for them not to, especially with how much they love each other and how willing they are all of a sudden to work out a relationship. To be as close as they've been getting in the past two episodes and refuse not to take it to a higher physical level doesn't make much sense. So, I'm definitely excited about potential "getting it on" in the season finale. I just hope they give us a smokin' scene along with it.

anna van z said...

Sorry to sound ignorant, but what is a show runner? Thanks...

Lyn said...

If they do give us a scene to go with the hookup, I wonder how we will all manage? I can hear the series of resounding THUDS now as we all hit the floor. :o)

kookiegirl said...

anna v.z. if I'm not mistaken - and Kandye, correct me if I'm wrong...a show runner is like a generic term for the person responsible for a program's content. They may be credited as writers or producers, but is the person ultimately "in charge."

Exp. David E. Kelley, Steven Bochco, and Dick Wolf.