It’s all one big happy fam­ily on set of Hawaii-Five-0

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When Alex O’Lough­lin first rolled up his sleeves as Hawaii Five-O’s hand­some crime­fighter, Steve McGar­rett, he wasn’t sure the se­ries would make it to this year’s sea­son six.

For a start, co-star Scott Caan made no se­cret he wanted off the is­land (it’s hard to get good Ital­ian food in Honolulu, ap­par­ently), openly strug­gling with the cul­ture change.

But fast for­ward to 2016 and a baby boom which hit the US drama se­ries — in­clud­ing a son born to O’Lough­lin and a daugh­ter for Caan — has helped make the show one happy fam­ily again.

While it’s been all ac­tion for the Five-0 team since 2010, O’Lough­lin jokes it was all ac­tion be­hind the scenes for a while there, too.

“We’re all fam­ily men now. We had noth­ing else to do so we said, ‘let’s breed.’ The time has come to sow the Five-0 seed,” he tells Switched On, be­tween takes on the Oahu set.

Fac­tor­ing in more fam­ily time means Caan now films five less episodes each sea­son than O’Lough­lin, fly­ing home to Los An­ge­les, part­ner Kacy Byxbee and their one-year-old, Josie.

“Fun­nily enough,” O’Lough­lin says, “Scott wants to be here more than any­one but that comes down to his sched­ule. He’s got his fam­ily now, he gets to go home to see his lady and his lit­tle bubba ...”

Any break the Can­berraborn ac­tor gets he spends with wife Malia, his teenage son Saxon (from an ear­lier re­la­tion­ship), her son Spike (with surfer Luke Egan) and the cou­ple’s son, Lion, 3.

The phys­i­cally-de­mand­ing role takes a toll on the star, 39. “The other cast rush off and are ea­ger to do (movies) but I just want to hang out with my kids, with my dog and my wife. By the time I get to the end of each sea­son, I’m pretty run down.”

But McGar­rett fansans should pre­pare for pulses to o race when it comes to his s love life this year.

And not be­fore time,ime, says O’Lough­lin.

Still, the path to love ove won’t run smooth, O’Lough­lin hints: “I I just think (ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Peter Lenkov’s) kov’s) got th­ese bets go­ing about how long he can tor­ture McGar­rett with th­ese women, so we’ll see.””

We’re all fam­ily men

now. We had noth­ing else to do so we said, ‘let’s breed’.

ALEX O’LOUGH­LIN ON LIFE IN HAWA I I

HAWAII FIVE-0, CHANNELNEL 10, WED­NES­DAY, 10.30PM

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