Actor Alex O’Loughlin is changing his tune on a potential ninth season of Hawaii Five-O. The actor says that two years ago he would’ve said, “No f***ing way,” to the idea. He’s getting older, he has a wife and two sons he wants to spend more time with and the physical demands of the series have been taking a toll on him. He already has a serious back injury that he does weekly physical therapy to help with. And if you’ve seen the show, you know that the character is constantly throwing himself around in the most physical ways. But things have changed a bit, and the now 41-year-old O’Loughlin is telling TVLine that if CBS wants to do another season and they’re being reasonable, he would be reasonable as well.
O’Loughlin has moved behind the camera for the first time, making his directorial debut on an upcoming episode and was asked about his return with his contract coming to an end this spring.
To be honest with you, mate, if you had asked me [about re-signing] two years ago, my answer would have been, like, ‘No f’–king way.’ I want a quality of life, and I want to be with my family. I’ve been able to put Humpty together again.
I am still very tired at the end of the season, and after almost 200 episodes of television. But I can sort of quietly and sensibly sit back and go, ‘There’s a version where if CBS can make a deal and be reasonable, then I’m prepared to be reasonable, too.’
While the actor says his family still comes first, he admits that his Hawaii Five-O family is a consideration as well.
It’s a great show and a lot of people love it, but more importantly, we keep so many people employed in Hawaii who might otherwise be stacking boxes at a grocery mart. It’s hard to get work out here and this feeds a lot of families, so it’s a really good thing. It’s really, really important.
I’m sure there are [actors] that don’t let that affect them, it’s not part of their negotiation, but it is something I think about. I come from a working-class family and the people I work with mean a lot to me. They’re really our ohana, so… if we can make it all work, they are some of the reasons why it would be great.
Hawaii Five-O normally airs Fridays on CBS but is on a brief hiatus with eight episodes left in the season.