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Alex O'Loughlin on the Aussie takeover in H'wood

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For a long while it has been the Brits, but it seems Australian actors are the new black in Hollywood.

Alex O'Loughlin, who was born in Canberra, thinks they are taking over tinseltown. He stars alongside Jennifer Lopez in The Back-Up Plan.

"You can't turn around without hearing an Aussie accent now," said the 33-year-old. "I used to feel special and people would go "Ahhh you're Australian". Now they're like "Oh. You're Australian"".

O'Loughlin first found fame in the States in US TV shows The Shield and Moonlight. Besides Avatar's Sam Worthington, who has featured in some of the biggest blockbusters of the past year, other stars from down under making waves in the US include True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, Miley Cyrus' new beau Liam Hemsworth and Emilie de Ravin, who was last seen in the movie Remember Me alongside Robert Pattinson.

O'Loughlin explained why he believes more talented Aussies are flocking across the pond: "It's a boutique industry. There's a little bit of stage, there's a bit of film and TV. But there isn't the money or the industry that's in the States. So we go there as do a lot of people from the UK to work," he said.

O'Loughlin is one of the few to make a name for himself without the help of Australian soaps Home And Away or Neighbours. "They wouldn't have me," he said. "But they might now!"