Monday, May 3, 2010

At My Age

 By Pam

I've been a supporter of Alex O'Loughlin's career since Moonlight first aired back in September 2007.  So, that's two years, seven months or 31 months. 

First, I Googled Alex O'Loughlin, then I You Tubed him. Next I went to Amazon and scarfed up Oyster Farmer and The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant. No, wait....I think I ordered Feed first. Anyway, I was determined to watch this man act in everything I could find. The more I watched the more I wanted to see. Maybe I just wanted to see him move and hear him speak. There was this certain grace about him. I couldn't go a day without watching Oyster Farmer.

UH OH! Could it be I was becoming addicted?  At my age?
the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.

By the time November rolled around, I needed more. The three videos weren't enough. OMG! Was this normal? I'd never felt this way about anything. Were there other people like me? How could I find out?  Oh yeah, the internet. Eureka! I found and joined a Moonlight fan site. Guess what?  There were lots of other people like me. Even worse off then me! After having a hard time coming up with a screen name (who would I want my alter ego to be?) I jumped right in and began to find comfort with my comrades. They told me more about Alex.  They showed me pictures of Alex as Mick St. John. They called them screencaps. I couldn't go a day without spending an inordinate amount of time at my new home.

UH OH! Could it be I was now becoming obsessed? At my age?

1. the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
2. the idea, image, desire, feeling, etc., itself.
3. the state of being obsessed.
4. the act of obsessing.

Almost three years, I still spend an inordinate amount of time with my online comrades and I still find Alex draws me in every time. I am happy to say, though, that I am neither addicted nor obsessed.

I'm my age.



  2. Cindy (Gracie SR)Friday, March 04, 2011

    It is good to know that I am not the only one, at my age. I too am "obdicted" (love the word). It is more than just his physical attributes, which are many. As you mentioned, his graceful movements and his voice and speech are very appealing. But his animated gestures, body language, and facial expressions, both in his acting and his personal interviews, are what have really made me study everything he does and I have used some of these characteristics in some of my roles. His emotions aren't just reflected in his body or face, but are also reflected in his eyes. You believe them. I find myself comparing other actors to him and most fall short it seems. I am impressed in his interviews how intelligent he is,by his character work and his work ethic. It would be a dream come true to just sit and talk to the man about acting. Well if I didn't already know, this overly exuberant comment would be enough to convice me of my obdiction.
    Thank you for your blog. I enjoy reading your very well articulated observations and information.

  3. I wonder how many times I've seen on a Alex fansite/pages, specifically on facebook (and there are many of these pages) somebody saying: "I've never posted anything for/about an actor before". I've also seen many a time that some fans says that Alex inspired them to do something creative. I for one, do not "follow" other actors, so I don't know if this "obdictive" behaviour is something common with many other actors as well. Would be interesting to see a study done on the subject one day....