Before ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ Alex O’Loughlin had a tough time holding a longtime role on television, thanks to his short-lived dramas ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Three Rivers.’ Well, despite his success as Steve McGarrett on the CBS hit drama, O’Loughlin is looking forward to pursuing other projects after ‘Five-0.’
For four seasons, O’Loughlin has been pleasing fans in the CBS reboot as rough and tough McGarrett who goes at all lengths to put criminals behind bars, but it seems the actor is missing out on other roles thanks to the heavy TV workload and filming schedule.
On Thursday evening at the Australians in Films award dinner the 38-year-old Aussie actor revealed, "Like I read Doug Liman's script, 'Everest,' which he's about to start directing — it's amazing and it's invigorating. But it's also heartbreaking at the same time because it feels so far away from me at the moment.
“I've never played one character for this long. And it's network TV, too, so it comes with its own set of challenges from the artist's perspective. But I'm very lucky. My kids will get to go to good schools, we all eat organic food, and I live in Hawaii."
As most know, ‘Five-0’ is a reboot of the ‘70s hit of the same name starring the one and only Jack Lord. According to O'Loughlin, the show and cast had to work through issues to keep going. "I mean, we've had cast troubles. I got really hurt and had to go and sort myself out in the second season. We've had injuries, we've had all sorts of things. It just keeps going," O’Loughlin added. "We can't seem to kill it. So I guess it's going to stick around for a while."
It might sound like O’Loughlin is ready to kick McGarrett to the curb, but he’s signed on for two more seasons. So will he sign up for more seasons, if the series keeps getting renewed?
"At the moment I can't imagine working any longer than tomorrow. Because there's just so much work," he said. “But we'll see, we'll see. I want to do other things sooner rather than later."
‘Hawaii Five-0’ airs Fridays at 9/8c on CBS.