'Moonlight' gets steamy(ier); I get star Alex O'Loughlin to pose for this hot photo!

Alexoloughlin_lHave you ever met a star that someone close to you just loves? And if so, did you find yourself asking that celebrity to do something for him or her?

Here’s why I’m asking: In honor of Moonlight returning with the first of four new episodes on April 25 (CBS, 9 p.m. ET/PT), I suggested that I do one of my PopWatch Duels with Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Mick, and Jason Dohring, who plays Josef. (Look for it later this week.) When my colleague Michael Slezak found out that O’Loughlin and Dohring would be in town April 20 for New York Comic Con, he decided that I would be doing interviews for that Duel in person. (Apparently, When you have an opportunity to be in the same room with Alex O’Loughlin, you take it is the second rule of journalism. Right after, When you have a picture of a water-skiing squirrel, you run it. That one I read in Time Out New York once, and I vehemently concur.) So, yesterday, at the end of my chat with O’Loughlin, I asked him to pose for a photo — with a sign that I made for the occasion. (He, by the way, did so willingly. And told me to tell Slezak he said, "Hi.")

Your turn: How have you whored yourself out for a friend or loved one? (Please keep it clean.)

After the jump, some serious and STEAMY Moonlight spoilers.

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Here’s what I learned at Comic Con yesterday:

Ladies (and Slezak) really do love Alex O’Loughlin… O’Loughlin and Dohring participated in a panel to promote the show’s return. When the moderator asked them to name their favorite episodes, O’Loughlin said he had "favorite scenes." Cue the suggestions from women in the crowd: "The shower scene! THE SHOWER SCENE!" (You know the one, with Shannyn Sossamon, who plays his ex Coraline with Sophia Myles, who plays Beth.) When it came time for the official audience participation, 25 fans queued at a mike to ask a question — only one of them was male.

But they do not like Coraline. The panel began with a 12-minute clip reel. O’Loughlin and Dohring noted that the loudest applause was for Beth staking/stabbing Coraline — and that it was "such a shame" that Sossamon couldn’t make it that day.

I am, apparently, actually a gay man. When we last left Mick,he’d become human, albeit temporarily. In the April 25 episode, Bethis in danger — again — and Mick realizes he can’t save her withouthis vampire power. He demands that Josef turn him back. The short clip shown, of Josef drinking from Mick’s neck? Kinda hot, y’all. "It wasn’t our intention to make the scene hot," O’Loughlin said, when I asked him about it after the panel. (Because you know that I did.) But it is to the show’s advantage if we, the viewers, find it hot, right? "Sure, absolutely. What my intention is as an actor — as is Jason’s, it’s safe to say — is to make the scene true. In any dramatic scene you play on a show, you can’t play ‘hotness,’ you can’t play ‘humor.’ You’ve just got to go for the truth of the scene. And we did, and I think it kinda worked." According to Dohring, it hellaworked. "Dude, when you see the scene, I swear to god, I was emotional for an hour or two afterward. I’m not f—in’ jokin’," he told me. "Usually, it doesn’t hit me like that, or it’s five or ten minutes. It’s very f—in’ moving, because we got a 30-piece orchestra for that scene and our director, David Barrett, kept telling these guys, ‘Play like you’re never gonna play again,’ and these guys were, like, going crazy. That clip didn’t do it justice. You’ll see some f—in’ amazing stuff." (Like them ending up on a table? But again, Dohring stresses that it wasn’t their intention to make the scene "hot.") "The thing is, the dude’s human, which is what he’s wanted. It’s the thing he’s always bitchin’ to me about: ‘I want to be human.’ And then he f—in’ can’t. It’s like, here, I have to take from you the one thing that you want. That’s f—ed up." (Or, what I call good television. And, of course, hot.)

Mick and Beth may finally get it on. "I think that they are going to do that," O’Loughlin said, when an audience member asked if the pair will "seal the deal." Now whether he meant sometime during Season 1’s final four episodes, or just eventually, he didn’t say. I can tell you that one of the clips from an upcoming episode included a passionate kiss. Beth tells Mick that she’s not the thing keeping them apart, and neither is his vampirism. It’s him — he’s afraid of getting hurt. She starts to walk away, and he grabs her. (You can hear the squeals, right?)

•  The future of the show is still up in the air. There’s been no pick up, but the rabid fan support (Moonlight Blood Drive!) gives O’Loughlin hope that there will be. He told me he’s turned down film roles that would conflict with work on Moonlight‘s hypothetical second season. Dohring said they’re filming the final episode of Season 1 now, and it includes a cliffhanger. "You see vampires from a bunch of different circles, all walks of life, meeting together to deal with a threat that comes on all of us…" What can you do, besides open a vein, if you want a Season 2? Tune in now, Dohring says. "I think the better we do [in the ratings] with these first two episodes, the better the chance we have." And, hey, if you haven’t heard, this Friday’s episode is gonna be hot. (Let’s take bets on whether PopWatch reader Elizabeth’s DVR gets tricked into recording it.)

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  • Snarf

    1. Yum
    2. Mandi you lucky scamp!
    3. Josef drinking from Mick? HAWT.
    Ahem. Now that that’s out of the way
    I don’t think I’ve ever whored myself out unless it was for something I wanted – which dosen’t really count does it?

  • EP Sato

    In 1991 I got 9th row tickets for Lollapalooza from a buddy who’s uncle was in Ministry. Maybe 20 minutes into the first band, I saw the drummer for Soundgarden take a seat right behind me. My best friend Laura was a die hard Soundgarden fan so I got her his autograph and took a photo with dude. I must have chatted up dude for like a half hour without knowing much at all about his band or of his music genre. Laura was in cloud 9 when I brought back the autograph and photo, so it was worth it.

  • kats

    “When you have an opportunity to be in the same room with Alex O’Loughlin, you take it is the second rule of journalism.”
    The second rule of journalism should be that when you have the opportunity to be in a room with Jason Dohring you take it! I can’t begin to describe how jealous I am of you Mandi! Just so you know Jason, I will definitely be watching!

  • alm034

    One year for her birthday all my little sister wanted was the Spice Girls CD. I swallowed by music taste, walked into a record store, and bought it for her. (I also bought a Rage Against the Machine album, just to even things out.)

  • Kandyegirl

    Hey Mandi ~
    What a witty & informative article! Thanks for confirming how gracious & charming Alex and Jason are, especially for those fortunate enough to meet them in person. Lucky girl :)
    Also greatly appreciate you mentioning the super cool Moonlight Blood Drive, and including a link to my little fan blog!
    Moonlight’s wonderful cast will next appear at the Paley Center in LA ~ Tuesday, April 22nd. The blood drive will be in full swing outside the event. See the stars, donate blood & save lives! It doesn’t get any better than that.
    We’ve almost made it through the LONG drought! Moonlight’s new episodes begin airing this Friday, April 25th.
    As for your question, I can’t think of any time I’ve “whored” myself for a friend. Hmmmm… or maybe I just live in denial :)
    XO ~
    My Moonlight Fan Blog


  • maryp

    First.. I am sooooo jealous!
    Second.. I’m pretty sure that the “shower scene” that the fans were screaming about was NOT the one with Coraline.. it was the one from “B.C.” with Beth.. hawt hawt hawt!!!
    As for my whoring myself out.. I had to actually hire a girl to do the deed. I was sitting in LAX waiting for my flight. Some young guys .. that looked like all of my son’s friends sat in next to me. The kid next to me was playing PSP ignoring me. Someone came up and asked him for his autograph. I asked him who he was. He gave me a snotty reply.. he implied that if I had to ask ..I didn’t need to know. He got up and moved. I managed to find out they were one of my daughter’s favorite bands.. “All American Rejects”. But.. I had pissed them off.. so I took out $5 and paid a teen girl to go get their autographs for herself and my daughter. It’s now framed with a photo of them hanging in her room.. even though I still think they were snotty young men.

  • Carrie

    I’ve never whored myself for a friend but my brother and a friend whored themselves for me. My brother waited in line for me at the local mall when I was in school (he worked there) to get Michael Damien’s autograph for me. Of course he flat lied and said I was too sick to go so he didn’t lose any man points but still… how cool is my brother? And someone I used to know worked for a wrestling magazine back in the day and got a picture of Dean Malenko, my most favorite wrestler EVER, holding up a sign saying hi to me. I still have it sitting on my mantle seven years later.

  • dwight

    Man, looking at that pic, I’m wishing my name was Slezak right about now. Yum.

  • Chris G

    I met Victoria Jackson after one of her stand up shows and my friend who couldn’t be there was miffed. so i called her up on my cell and asked Victoria to talk to her and she did! Years later i saw her jogging through the Hollywood Hills in LA and i made eye contact with her… i wonder if she remembered me.

  • Joey Jo Jo

    I worked on a show and Mickey Rooney was a guest. My friend wanted to meet him and I warned her, “You’ll be sorry,” since I’d worked with him on another show before and he’d been rude to everyone. Sure enough, 10 seconds into introducing her, he started in with his old man crazy talk. She looked at me, rolled her eyes, and walked away while he was still foaming at the mouth.

  • Raven_Moon

    I am so excited about “Moonlight” returning!!! I hope there will be a second season.

  • Anonymous

    The shower scene we love was the one with Beth, not Coraline!!!

  • Jordan

    Why do the good shows never get picked up immediatly?? GRRRRRR

  • wombatau

    We’ve started a CBS Boycott until Moonlight is returned.


    Drop by and vote in!

  • livinonthedge

    I was devastated when Moonlight was cancelled. I was reading over on http://www.moonlightline.com about all the plans that the fans have to try to save the show. Let’s hope they work. Join in, and check it out for yourself.

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