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Daniel Dae Kim on his Hawaii Five-0 family

August 18th, 2012 by

Ricky Lo interviews the ground-breaking Hawaii Five-0 star, Daniel Dae Kim,  and asks the all important question, who would you save, your cousin or your wife?

From The Philippine Star (updated August 19, 2012)

SINGAPORE — The eyes of Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim (or simply DDK) disappear into mere slits when reminded that he’s considered one of the Sexiest Men Alive (documented by People magazine in 2005) and ranked No. 81 on Buddy TV’s list of Sexiest Men of 2011.

Asked during an exclusive Conversation in a suite at Singapore Hilton how he felt about it, DDK said that it’s really no big deal being tagged sexy but he admitted that it’s good especially for Asian actors.

“You see,” he explained in a friendly, down-to-earth manner, “even if my friends tease me about it, on a social level I think it’s important for an Asian guy to be described as sexy. In American movies, Asian men are not really portrayed as sexy, so being considered sexy is good not only for me but for all Asians.”

DDK’s natural sexiness is showcased in his role as Detective Chin Ho in Hawaii Five-O which airs its Season 2 marathon from Tuesday (Aug. 21) to Thursday (Aug. 23), 9:05 p.m. exclusively on AXN (may be followed on Twitter). He stars with fellow “mucho macho” men Scott Caan (son of James Caan) and Alex O’Loughlin (the Australian hunk who was last seen on the big screen as Jennifer Lopez’s lover in The Back-up Plan), and Grace Park (yes, that’s her name, synonymous to a place in Caloocan City, also Korean-American). DDK plays Detective Chin Ho, played by Kam Fong in the original series.

While doing the series, DDK, who turned 44 last Aug. 4, lives with his wife Mia and their sons aged 10 and 15 in Honolulu. Doing TV is a welcome breather for the theater-trained actor who is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program in 1996. His credits include hit TV shows (CSI, NYPD Blues and Seinfeld among them) and films (Spider-Man 2 as a scientist and Crash, the 2005 Oscar Best Picture).

Hawaii has become a second home to you. What do you find fascinating about it?

“I have children and Hawaii is a great place to raise an Asian family in. It’s the one place in America where Asians are in the majority and they speak English. We can be Asians and at the same time be Americans. So for that reason, Hawaii is a nice place. And it’s also nice because of its small-town mentality. I spend most of my adult life in New York and Los Angeles, and to raise children in those two cities can be very challenging. It’s always nice for parents to feel that their children are raised in a good, safe place.”

How has the Hawaii Five-O experience been so far?

“So far, it’s been really interesting. It’s good and bad and fun and boring sometimes because of the waiting (for the take), but as a whole it’s been a good experience and I’m happy that I’m doing the show.”

Talk about the good part.

“Yes, absolutely! It’s been nice to kind of take on a role as Chin Ho that’s different from my role as Jin (the loving but traditional husband) in Lost and one on which I get to speak English. You know, I’m happy to do things that I’ve never done before, like ride a motorcycle and shoot a shotgun.”

How’s your working relationship with Scott, Grace and Alex (who was recently injured during an accident on the set)?

“Yes, Alex was injured and it took some time before he got back to the show. As far as our working relationship is concerned, it has never been better. We have become some kind of family…yes, family is the right word because among siblings in a family, you love and you fight and then you love again. That’s very family.”

Is it all action on the set and no light moments?

“We do have some light moments. There’s heavy action and drama on camera, so you have to lighten the mood off camera by joking around and just relaxing and having a good time.”

Playing Chin Ho is very physical; it requires you to run and chase after bad guys. Have you, knock on wood, sustained any injuries on the set?

“Sure! In the first season, Scott hurt his knee while shooting a scene where he was running. He had a surgery on his knee. And, as I’ve said, Alex hurt his shoulder. It’s a very physically demanding show. So far, knock on wood, I’ve been okay.”

The original Hawaii Five-O was iconic, legendary. How do you guys make your performance different from that of the original actors without losing the old Hawaii Five-O flavor?

“That’s a good question. What I did was watch a number of episodes from the old series just so I could have a good resource material and that way I could try and make Chin Ho my own after that. But I always try to be respectful of and to honor the original show, and then try and modernize my character to something that speaks to me as an actor.”

Have you met Kam Fong?

“He’s not around anymore. But his son actually plays a recurring character on the show.”

Aside from being both Asian, how are you like Kam Fong in temperament and attitude? I suppose you’ve read and heard a lot about him.

“I don’t know very much about him except that he’s very well-liked around the island, the memory of him is well-respected, and I think that goes the same for the actors of the original series like Jack Lord (Who’s honored with a bust in front of a big mall in Honolulu. — RFL). All of them are considered icons in Hawaii. So we have some big footsteps to follow.”

You were born in Pusan, South Korea, and grew up in New York. How much of you is still Asian?

“Another good question. My wife Mia is also Asian, our kids are Korean, and we eat predominantly Korean food at home because she’s a very good cook. Yes, I love kimchi! My parents are still very close. We follow many Korean customs in the house.”

How much of the original Hawaii Five-O have you watched?

“Maybe three or four episodes as, as I’ve said, part of my preparation for the show. Throughout, I watched the very first episode and I watched something in the middle of Season 1, and I watched something in Season 2 and then I watched something late in the series because I wanted to see how it evolved.”

The intro music is iconic, too.

“Yes, I sing it and it keeps on replaying in the head!”

What traits of Chin Ho do you identify with?

“I think he’s very loyal.”

Are you?

‘Yes, I think so. I think he values his family like I do mine and I think he’s often put in a situation where he has to make a difficult choice. In the finale of Season 2, he’s faced with the choice to save either his cousin or his wife. He ended up trying to save his wife.”

Put in that situation in real life, what would you do?

“Between my wife and my cousin? I would do the same…save my wife! Hahahaha!”

You look so fit. Did you have to prepare physically for the show?

“It wasn’t a physical preparation but I wanted to learn what it was like to be a policeman in Honolulu. So I rode around with Honolulu cops for four days, stayed with them in the station, went out on the patrol car with them and got to know them a little bit just so I would be believable in playing the role.”

 Is it hard to maintain your kind of body?

“I eat a lot of local fruit. Diet-wise, Hawaii is a good place to stay healthy because there’s a lot of fresh fish, vegetables grown right on the island and there’s so many places to run in and lots of sea to swim in. You can play golf and tennis.”

Any no-no’s?

“A local favorite is Spam but I try to avoid it. (It’s only in Hawaii where McDonald’s serves breakfast of Spam and egg with rice. — RFL) I’m not sure if it’s good for you.”

Was becoming an actor your only ambition?

“Actually, I was thinking of becoming a lawyer. I think ‘lawyering’ is theatrical in some way. I was a Political Science major and I was ready to go to law school. It wasn’t until I was in second year college that I took an acting class. That changed my life completely.”

Any dream role?

“I think I would like to play Henry V on stage. Why him? Because of his qualities and leadership that are admirable which I want to try and explore.”

In one of Hawaii Five-O’s episodes last year, the Philippines was prominently mentioned. Any chance for the series to be shot in the Philippines?

“Wow, that would be interesting! You know, our show deals with a lot of international kind of businesses, so I guess it’s possible. We’re still trying to figure out how to shoot in other parts of Hawaii, but if it opens up, yes, the Philippines would be a natural place to go.”

Have you worked with any Filipino?

“One of my best friends is Filipino. He’s a stage actor in New York. His name is Joe de la Fuente. He and I have been friends for many, many years; and he’s actually the person responsible for getting me to drama school at NYU because he was there first.”

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Hawaii Five-0′s Hiro lives for “Revenge”

August 15th, 2012 by

Great news for fans of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa comes to us via Keck’s Exclusive.  Even though Hiro Noshimuri was killed during last season’s Hawaii Five-0, the actor has now been cast in a recurring role on ABC’s “Revenge.”  Cary became known to fans in Honolulu and on twitter, as a great guy who emanated positive vibes wherever he went.  Unfortunately his character fell victim to Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) in Season 2 of the CBS show.  Hiro’s mantle on Five-0 is now being carried by his son Adam, played by Ian Anthony Dale.  We wish Cary the absolute best of luck in his new role.

From TV Guide

When ABC’s Revenge returns this fall for a second season of devilish fun, there will be yet another twist involving Emily’s mysterious revenge master, Satoshi Takeda — he’ll have a new face!

Due to the unavailability of the character’s original portrayer,Hiroyuki Sanada, the part will now be played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. According to producer Melissa Loy, Sanada’s jam-packed film schedule (including a role in the Hugh Jackman-led movie Wolverine) necessitated the change. “Geographically, with our schedule being what it is, it was getting a little bit challenging,” Loy explains. “We would have had to fly him in and out of Australia [where Wolverine was filming], but [still] wouldn’t have had him on the days we necessarily needed him. We tried to figure out a bunch of different scenarios, but ultimately it was too difficult.”

Tagawa, who has appeared on Heroes and Hawaii Five-0, will debut in the Sept. 30 season premiere and is “fantastic,” says Loy, who adds that the 10-year age difference between Takeda #1 (age 51) and Takeda #2 (age 61) was of no concern. “We didn’t want to try to trick our audience,” she says. “We wanted to bring somebody in who brought something fresh, different and new to the character.” Something the men have in common: both were born in Tokyo and boast an impressive list of Japanese film credits.

Loy says Takeda will stick around as long as “Emily has revenge-school stories.” And there are many new tales to be told this season — particularly in flashbacks showing Takeda working with both Emily and another vengeance-seeking pupil named Aiden.

Check out Officer 808′s exclusive Season 1 interview with Mr. Tagawa HERE.

CBS Video – Looking back at Hawaii Five-0 Season 2

August 15th, 2012 by

Are you ready for a third season in paradise with the hottest cast on television?  To whet your appetite, CBS has updated their look back at Season 2 with a very exciting recap.  Again I ask, are you ready for Season 3?  I can’t hear you!


Grace Park in "Ua Hopu"



Hawaii Five-0′s third season debuts on Monday, September 24, 2012.

24 episodes for Hawaii Five-0 Season 3

August 14th, 2012 by



Fans of Hawaii Five-0 have been asking how many episodes CBS would order for Season 3, but up until now we’ve only had official notice of a preliminary request for twenty-two.  Well, word just came via executive producer Peter Lenkov, that the network is going for the full twenty-four segments of the show starring Alex O’Loughlin.  In addition to that welcomed announcement, Lenkov teased viewers with a promise of some big news to come.  Peter, if you whisper it in my ear, I promise not to tell anyone!

Hawaii Five-0 calendar: Late August edition

August 12th, 2012 by

The month of August will be wrapping up with some of the season’s strongest episodes, so if you haven’t already done so, you might want to set that DVR.

Monday, August 13:  “Kūpale” (Defender) This episode provides a bit of Hawaiian history, the return of Al Harrington, and an appearance by Apolo Ohno as a low level loser. Scantily clad men run around brandishing spears, but sadly, none of the near-naked individuals are members of our Five-0 team.


Monday, August 20:  ”Lekio”  (Radio) Although some may remember this episode as the one in which Dennis Miller is blown into little bits of shark chum, it’s real worth is in James Caan’s performance as Tony Archer.  I’m pretty sure that most Hawaii Five-0 fans fell in love with the grizzled ex-detective when he managed to insinuate himself smack dab into the middle of the Steve-Danno bromance.  I don’t know about you, but I sure hope that Peter Lenkov brings the senior Caan back for Season 3.


Monday, August 27:  ”Ha’alele” (Abandoned)  This was an odd episode for many Hawaii Five-0 fans since it was filmed while Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) was in recovery, and the team leader’s absence was quite noticeable.  Nonetheless, it was an outstanding chapter showing the ability and range of Masi Oka (Heroes,) as his character reveals his tragic past and hunts a serial killer.  If you missed this one the first time around, don’t make that mistake  again.

Hot new Hawaii Five-0 photos!

August 10th, 2012 by

Surf’s up! Hot new pics featuring the most gorgeous cast on television.   A huge thank you to Hawaii-Five-0-Fans!

Episode 302, “Kanalua.”       Photos: Norman Shapiro/CBS

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Ving Rhames to battle Danno? Oh no!

August 9th, 2012 by

I’ve long been a believer that we don’t have enough Ving Rhames in our lives, so I was pretty darned thrilled to see this tweet come through from CBS on Thursday.

 Mr. Rhames has played many a tough guy over the years, including Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction,” and Luther Stickell in the Mission Impossible franchise.  I do however, wish he was going to be on the side of Hawaii Five-0, and I’m a little concerned about this “bloody” battle.  Maybe this is when Danno is finally going to bust out his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills (Scott Caan has a purple belt) to the surprise of the rest of the team.

Trivia question: Who gave him the nickname, “Ving”?

Ving Rhames - "Mission Impossible"

The Pulp Fiction actor will play Billy, a man from Danno’s past, in flashbacks to the Fivo-0 member’s time as a cop in New Jersey. As the two square off, viewers will see what Danny is really made of. And according to CBS’ official Twitter feed, the battle — which may or may not carry over into present-day Hawaii — is “going to get bloody.” –  TV Line

A rocky return for Mrs. McGarrett (mild spoiler)

August 7th, 2012 by

As many of us suspected, Steve McGarrett is going to be hesitant to take everything his returning mother says, at face value. But it appears there may be even more obstacles for Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti) to overcome when she surfaces in Season 3 of Hawaii Five-0.

From TV Guide

Got any more details about McGarrett’s mom on Hawaii Five-0? — Janine
ADAM: As you may have guessed, Steve is going to be mighty skeptical about his mother’s motives, given that he’s lived years believing she was dead. Unfortunately for Mama McGarrett, she’s going to have to win over Steve’s entire team if she wants to repair the relationship. “Catherine and Danny and the team — they’re going to be wary of her,” executive producer Peter Lenkov tells us. “You want to believe that her intentions are good, but at the end of the day, there’s going to be a lot of gray and a lot of questions about what she is up to. This team is very open with each other, and she keeps a lot of secrets.”

First look at Steve McGarrett’s mother (Spoilers)

August 5th, 2012 by

I’m just going to say that having read the article below, I’m already nervous to see what’s ahead for Steve McGarrett in Season 3 of Hawaii Five-0.

From Keck’s Exclusives at TV Guide.

Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth and Christine Lahti

Hawaii Five-0

CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 left us hanging last May with the shocking revelation that Steve McGarrett’s presumed-dead mother, Doris, is very much alive. “She faked her own death to protect her family,” explains Chicago Hope vet Christine Lahti, who debuts as Mama McG in the September 24 season premiere. “Now she’s come back and Steve [Alex O'Loughlin] is shell-shocked. She hasn’t seen Steve since he was 15 and wants his forgiveness.”
Lahti will appear in at least four episodes, which will reveal where she’s been all this time and if she’s to be trusted. Steve’s spitfire kid sis Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) will also return for a reunion, but I wouldn’t start planning a Mother’s Day picnic on the beach just yet. According to executive producer Peter Lenkov, “Wo Fat wants Doris dead, and a man like that is hard to keep behind bars.”

Hawaiian Five-0 fans welcome Michelle Borth

August 5th, 2012 by

Last year Hawaii Five-0 fans had a chance to meet the new cast members at the show’s season premiere at Sunset On the Beach in Honolulu.  Since CBS has not announced that there will be a similar event for Season 3, local fans took matters into their own hands and invited the newest addition to a “tweet-up.”  Michelle Borth has previously guest-starred as fan favorite Catherine Rollins, Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) go-to Navy contact, and occasional lover.  This new season sees her addition as a series regular.  Fan groups H50hana and TeamH50, linked up with blogger Wendie Burbridge and put together an intimate event at Big City Diner.   Besides the attendance of Ms. Borth, the high point of the evening may have been the depiction of the famous McGarrett-Catherine bed scene, custom made by Ninja/Hopper Cakes.

We hope you enjoy the photos, and don’t forget to check back for Officer 808’s upcoming blog on the event!

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