It was like prom night, circa 1992
I knew it was going to be a big night, so I had to be ready. I drove down to Celebrity Tuxedos, and picked out the nicest double breasted one, making sure I got the $49 Weekday Rental Special. Then stopped by Longs Drugs to pick up the nicest plumeria corsage that $1.99 can buy. Popped in my mixtape with Glenn Medeiros (“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”) in the player to get in the mood, and made the drive over to Big City Diner. It was a big night, because I was going to meet Hawaii Five-0 star Michelle Borth.
Well, me and fifty other fans.
The talented and gorgeous Michelle Borth generously spent time at a fan organized tweetup at Big City Diner in Pearlridge last Thursday. Amy Bakari of @TeamH50 and @LisaLisa98 of @H50Hana rallied up local fans to meet and greet Michelle Borth, whose credits include “Tell Me You Love Me”, “Combat Hospital”, and currently “Hawaii Five-0″.
Michelle arrived early in the evening, with local Hawaii Five-0 publicist Erika Kauffman and was immediately greeted with warm aloha from the fans. She spent a few minutes with everyone there, taking photos and talking to the fans. @LisaLisa98 presented Michelle with a cake that she made, depicting the memorable bedroom scene from season one- which Michelle loved. I suppose that could have very well been a “Tell Me You Love Me Cake (rated Pg-13)” but since this was a Hawaii Five-0 party, I’m pretty sure that was Cat and Steve depicted in the bed.
The gracious Dennis Chun also stopped by to meet and greet fans as well (more on Dennis in an upcoming post).
After meeting everyone present, Michelle took a seat and fielded questions from the fans for a very informal “talk story” session. Over the next few days, I’ll be transcribing the conversation, so enjoy!
The most challenging role…if any of you have seen it before, was way back in 2007, a show called “Tell Me You Love Me”. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you’re going to get a shock when you look it up. It dealt with stuff of a… graphic nature. As an actress and as a young one and a green one, it was difficult to overcome. But I’m so grateful because it was one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had on the set, and the most creative and liberating one. My hardest role was one of my favorite ones, and that was playing Jaime on “Tell Me You Love Me”.
Do you deliberately mess love scenes up so that you can do it over again with Alex?
[Laughs] Unfortunately, no. We’re so time crunched shooting in a day. Alex and I [had to] make things not so serious, because we had just met each other, and we were half naked…it was awkward! When you first meet someone, it’s like “Hi, I’m Michelle”, “Hi, I’m Alex” …and then “Let’s make out”. It’s really like that! It’s no secret, we meet and then we had to make out. He ate a tuna fish sandwich, and I smoked a cigarette, because I hate tuna and he hates the smell of smoke. So it was an awesome combination when we then made out, ’cause it had made everything funny and very light and we could do it over and over again, and it wasn’t weird, or awkward, at all! I’m sorry it’s always weird and awkward, but we have a lot of fun doing it. We genuinely do have that connection that people see that Alex and I we really do work like that , we get along really well, we have a kindred spirit. I’m grateful for that, and I think it shows when we work together.
So that’s your favorite scene then?
Oh God, yes! Coming up we have a lot more, but I really haven’t done that much. I think I’ve only done six episodes. The scenes where I work with Alex are my favorite because he’s a really funny Australian man, and it’s much more fun than the scenes where I’m by myself. That racy one? That was probably the most fun ’cause they let us ad-lib…the scene where the phone is vibrating? That was all ad-lib. It was a little more sexual than I thought it was going to be. But it’s all fun cause we work on the fly.
Tell us about shooting that scene on the beach, with the sunset. (@WendieJoy)
Oh by the way, that scene on the beach started at 4 AM. It was not sunset, it was sunrise, it was freezing. Oh my God it was so early, we had to get it right when the sun’s touching the ocean, the steaks had to be on the grill, and everything had to be just right. And every plane that was flying to Hawaii was flying into the island at that moment. It was one of those things where it was “rush, rush, rush, hurry up, shoot!” because you have a window of only ten minutes to get it all in. It looks super romantic and glamorous when you see it, but it wasn’t at the time…it wasn’t as romantic as you think.
Can you guys tell when we shoot a sunset and it’s not a sunset? [The fans chimed in that they could] Interesting…
That’s good to know. I’m gonna tell them that! It’s not worth the 4 AM call!
Thankfully the way that the show aligned for me, I was shooting another show called “Combat Hospital” where I played a major in the Canadian army, so I had a one on one crash course about being in the military. And what we also do on Five-0 is have military experts. We have a couple of ex-Navy SEALS on set. We try, but we’ve been told there are certain things that are not so accurate, but we do make a valiant effort in trying. So to answer your question, we just have a conversation with someone who actually was a navy SEAL, about certain protocols and procedures about how you would speak to someone higher, or lower…everything from how you would wear your uniform properly to how I would wear my hair, because it’s really specific.
I think both you and Alex pull it off very well. (@NeilYamamoto)
Thank you very much, we do want to pay homage and respect. It means a lot to us when we get it right, and when we do get it wrong, tell us, because I want to be as respectful as possible and I do want to get it right.
[I have to pause right here to let you know that my inner voice man-squeed when she said that.]
Well, she has the background of intelligence, so when it comes to digging up information, or getting some undercover scoop other than means that McGarrett can use, that’s where I come into play, ’cause I have all the fancy ways of getting information. So I can help him out with my spy intelligence.
So, basically she’s good at google searches? (Officer 808)
I can google really well! She does bring a certain spy intelligence that he doesn’t have access to. I think also you’re going to see a physical side of her. You’ve never really seen her in combat or in action, there’s going to be another badass side of her that you’re going to see. So you’ll see she’s tough in action. You’re going to see a side of her you haven’t seen yet, that is kind of comparable to a female McGarrett, which is why you can kind of see why they’re together, that they’re similar.
Are we going to see their back story, about how they got together, this season…? (@WendieJoy)
See Michelle’s answer in tomorrow’s post!