Alex O'Loughlin and Michelle Borth in a scene from the TV series Hawaii Five-O.
Alex O'Loughlin and Michelle Borth in a scene from the TV series Hawaii Five-O. Network Ten / Neil Jacobs

Five-O's sexy love interest

MICHELLE Borth has one of the most enviable jobs in television right now.

Not only does she get to live in beautiful Waikiki, she gets to play the girlfriend of Aussie hunk Alex O'Loughlin on Hawaii Five-O.

"According to Twitter, I am the luckiest girl in the world," she said.

"I completely agree. Alex is amazing and wonderful and gorgeous. He's all of those things and I get to spend to my days working with him."

It's hard to believe The Combat Hospital actor was hesitant about relocating to Hawaii to take up a more regular position on the show.

"I liked my life in LA. My friends and family were there," she said. "I wasn't too keen on picking up and moving again. I had just done it from Toronto. But now that I'm here it's just gorgeous."

Borth has essentially been promoted to a regular cast member.

Her character Catherine, who was away at sea for long periods of time as a member of the Navy in the first two series, joins the Five-O team.

"I've been working for a really long time and I've never been on a successful show, so I was excited to become a bigger part of it," she said.

"It was a side gig for me. I got to go to Hawaii now and then and that's what I thought this would always be."

The move back to dry land brings Catherine's relationship with team leader Steve McGarrett into the spotlight for the first time.

"We've never seen McGarrett deal with his romantic relationship, so it brings whole new dynamic to the show," Borth said.

"They've been in a long distance relationship so it has always been a honeymoon when they get together. But when you're working with them in a high pressure environment things are going to get complicated.

"It's not going to be a storybook love for that long."

Catherine fits into theFive-O fold quiet well, says Borth.

"It's almost like you would never know they weren't all friends for a long time," she said.

"It's an organic thing. If anything, in my opinion, Danno is a fan of it. He teases McGarrett a lot about labelling what their relationship is,

"My character also develops a closer relationship with Danno because of his daughter."


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