“Why do people say congratulations when you have a child?” jokes new dad, Alex O’Loughlin. “It’s awful I mean, you don’t sleep, you’re covered in vomit and poop all the time.” While the Hawaii Five-0 star is cool and collected as Steve McGarrett on the show, in real-life he’s feeling the fatigue courtesy of the new addition to the family – Lion.
No doubt the name “Lion O’Loughlin’s” got ring to it, and the proud papa fills us in on the inspiration behind his and mama Malia Jones’ unique choice. “My first son’s name is Saxon, I kind of like to give my children names where they can’t just go on welfare comfortably, you know?” says the actor. “The welfare people will be like, Lion O’Loughlin? You gotta run a country or something. At least run a television network station.”
That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Alex questions his own train of thought, explaining how four weeks with a newborn can affect one’s mind. “I hope I’m articulating what I’m thinking,” he says. The star claims he changed Lion’s “first 60 diapers. In the hospital, I was the diaper man!”
But Alex wouldn’t ever trade his “daddy duties.” After-all, they’re nothing compared to “mommy duties”: “If men had to have babies, there would be zero population on this planet… We can’t take that kind of pain!”
Watch Alex talk more about his baby boy and why he’s comfortable cozying up to Hawaii Five-O co-star Scott Caan in the video below!