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Alex O'Loughlin did most of his own stunts as a vampire in the single 2007/2008 season of "Moonlight" on CBS.
Alex O'Loughlin did most of his own stunts as a vampire in the single 2007/2008 season of "Moonlight" on CBS. / Mario Perez, CBS

Alex O'Loughlin, 34, the star of TV's new hit show Hawaii Five-0, already has made a home for himself on the island state. It reminds him of his home country, Australia.

"The beaches are more like Australian beaches than on the mainland, and people are very laid-back and cool and relaxed," says O'Loughlin, who has a teenage son, Saxon, back home.

He spills on some of his favorite things:

Cooking. He cooks for company, and "people politely eat my food." But when he's alone, "I eat out more, just because it's easy and you can do it pretty inexpensively."

Surfing. He has learned how; the trick is when. "It's dark when I leave and when I get home. I dream about the next wave I catch."

Working out. That is something he has to find time for, because his shirt's off a good bit during every episode as super-cop Steve McGarrett. He works out in his trailer, "where no one is. You feel like a bit of a [jerk] doing push-ups and pull-ups in front of everyone."

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