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Alex O'Loughlin on The Back-Up Plan

Published April 21, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of CBS Films
Jennifer Lopez has had the dreamiest costars in Hollywood, from Matthew McConaughey and George Clooney to Marc Anthony and the snake from Anaconda. In The Back-Up Plan, Alex O’Loughlin had to hold his own as the leading man.

Alex O'Loughlin on The Back-Up Plan


“I did get kind of fit for the film,” O’Loughlin said. “Todd Black, our producer, offered me a trainer. I was like, ‘No, I’m okay.’ He was like, ‘Take the trainer.’ I was like, ‘All right. I don’t know what you’re saying.’ But I took the trainer. I met this guy, Jeff Blair who is still with me. He was like, ‘You can’t eat anything but this. You’ve got to do what I say.’ So, along with doing the film I did this kind of disciplined workout regimen.”

O’Loughlin also maintained a sense of humor about his commitment to fitness in the romantic comedy genre. “Because every cheese farmer is ripped and buff and I wanted to be true to character. But it took a lot of hard work to get there. You can rest assured in the fact that it’s all gone now.”

Lopez plays a woman who follows her backup plan to have kids, turning to a sperm bank. Then she meets Stan (O’Loughlin) who gets involved with her even though she’s already pregnant.


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“Jennifer’s the queen of romantic comedies. I mean, she’s so comfortable and successful in this genre. We all know her films, you know her romantic comedies before The Back-Up Plan. I was sort of trained in drama. I went to theater school. I started on the stage. Comedy is absolutely an essential part of what we do as actors but I think in the grand scheme of things, comedy was born from tragedy. First there was tragedy and then there was comedies. I studied a bit of it at school. When it comes to cameras rolling and getting that timing right, the only way to do it and do it well is to throw yourself into it, which is what Jennifer does incredibly.”

Stan is not just “the guy” in Zoe (Lopez)’s story. He’s a juicy part, with his own needs and wants and sacrifices. “He’s a great well-rounded character and it just made perfect sense. I’ve never done anything like this. I’ve played more villains than anything else. I love playing villains because I can just be evil and do whatever I want. They’re like, ‘That’s genius.’ And it’s not really. I’m just being silly. So, this was the beginning of a new stretch that I’m really interested in, in my own career.”

As a father himself, getting to portray some of the real struggles a man could go through was also fulfilling. “I have a 12-year-old. I was there when he was born. He’s the center of my universe and always has been. I’ll never forget the day he was born. I mean I kept it together. I was pretty good I think. I was supportive. But really, that scene in the water birth when Stan comes in and goes, ‘Oh my god.’ I mean that’s what was happening inside of me. I think really that’s what happens inside every man when he witnesses childbirth. It’s just like, ‘Please don’t faint. Dear lord, what’s happening?’ So, that was pretty funny. That was just an expression of my inner self when I actually was there.”

The Back-Up Plan opens to theaters on April 23rd.

For the trailers and more movie info, go to the The Back-Up Plan Movie Page.


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