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