Hawaii Five-O stars dish on the future, fatigue, and family
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Locked and loaded, CBS has pulled the trigger on another season of Hawaii Five-O.
Leading man Alex O'Loughlin couldn't be happier to keep playing Steve McGarrett. "I love my job. Look at where I live, you know" he said when Hawaii News Now visited the stars recently on location at Kualoa Ranch.
It's Daniel Dae Kim's favorite place on Oahu. "Anytime I have a chance to shoot here, I love it" he explained.
He didn't mind racing the rain to shoot scenes that day. "This is nothing" says Kim. "I did 6 years on Lost. This is nothing."
Hawaii Five-O has a grueling 24 show season schedule, and physical 12 hour days.
It's part of the territory for Kim. He told us, "This is now my 9th year in a row on television and I would say I'm learning stamina in a way that I haven't before."
For Alex O'Loughlin, it's a balancing act, juggling the demands of the job with the demands of being a new dad.
He put it this way, "As soon as I go home, I forget about the business."
Don't believe it? Well check out our Q & A with the self deprecating leading man.
Tannya: "You don't believe your own hype?"
Alex: "I don't even know what my own hype is."
Tannya: "You have such an incredible fan base, you're a sex symbol. Does that go out the door? Does your family ground you?"
Alex: "Hell yeah! I walk in the door and I get handed a baby, which is what I want, but essentially within in 17 minutes, I'm pretty much guaranteed to be covered in urine, feces, or both. If that doesn't ground you, what will?"
For all the show's success, O'Loughlin still can't stand to watch his work.
"Is it sometimes cheesy? Yes. Do I get frustrated? Yes. But do I make it good? I don't know. I try" explains the man behind McGarrett.
With the green light for season four, we asked how long the show can go.
O'Loughlin predicts a long run, saying "I signed on for 7. I've done 3 so that's at least another 4. I mean, I can't see us going anywhere, can you?"
The show is setting up a new home. Hawaii Five-O is moving from the old Advertiser building into the Diamond Head Studio, where the original series used to film.
Here's a scoop. Next week's episode is Alex's favorite because it delves into his past as Navy Seal.
Of course, we'll let you know if we hear any word of another Sunset on the Beach premiere for Season 4.
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