Five-O What’s New for Season 2

In a world exclusive prior to season two, Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, Alex O’Loughlin and Grace Park talk with MidWeek about themselves and the show. The first episode, says O’Loughlin, is ‘really good’

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little. I always want everything to look good and be done as well as it can. We just hired a stunt guy who’s a championship martial artist. My repertoire for martial arts is like zero (laughs). People are like you’re Asian, don’t you know?

Did you have a favorite episode last season?

I really liked the first episode back after the pilot. It was fun doing a kick-ass fight sequence two girls fighting, ending up in the pool, no bikinis in sight or bubbles or carwash. It’s just a full on fight. I was scared when I read the script, I was like I don’t know how to do this. It feels good to accomplish something that you’re scared of.

How is the new dynamic with Lauren German in the show?

I haven’t actually met her yet, but I really like the way they write for her.

What can we look forward to with Kono’s character?

The end of Season 1 is dramatically going to change what happens with Kono. She’s not back on the force. We’ll see maybe a glimpse of how Chin’s scandal haunted her. I think you’re going to see both of them struggling to try to make it OK.

What about Hawaii stands out for you?

I met a bunch of really cool people. Of course you can say the aloha spirit and the landscape that goes without saying but what touched me more were the specific friendships. This island’s a lot of fun during the day and at night. There’s all sorts of things you can do, that was unexpected.



The consummate gentleman and veteran Hawaii actor never fails to stun with his God-chiseled visage. He has an eclectic wish list of people he’d like to work with: Steven Soderbergh. Alejandro Inarritu, Michel Gondry, Luc Besson, Ridley Scott. But for now he goes one-on-one with MidWeek.

What’s your secret to juggling your personal and public lives?

I don’t know if there’s a secret as much as just valuing and appreciating the work that comes with living in paradise. I try and live as normal a life as possible. I have a family here and I want my kids (two boys) to grow up in a normal environment.

Is it a challenge being an ethnic actor in Hollywood?

There’s no question about it. To this day I face barriers on a regular basis, as do all Asian-American actors, but it’s what I love to do so thankfully the work has come along with the desire.

Do you ever find yourself singing the “Five-0” theme song in the shower?

All the time! We were actually just shooting in a location that has empty oil cans and I found myself going up to an oil can going (breaks into a vigorous drum beat of the theme song).

What do you do for fun?

I like to play tennis.

My entire family plays tennis and I’m starting to play golf a little more actively. I’m not as comfortable in the water as I am on land, so I want to try to change that.

Did you know you wanted to be an actor even as kid?

When I was younger I wanted to be a lawyer, a politician for a little while and an architect. I never thought about being an actor. It was never really within the realm of possibility because my parents were professionals, so they encouraged me to go that direction and acting was not that direction (laughs).

Anything you can tell us about the growth of your character?

We all know that the heart of drama is conflict, so I don’t anticipate that things are going to go so smoothly all year.


When: Saturday, Sept. 10 (the premiere airs on CBS Sept. 19)
Schedule: 4:45 p.m. Pre-program entertainment
5:30 p.m. Tribute to host culture
5:45 p.m. Cast arrives
6 p.m. Red carpet with 30 members of foreign press
7 p.m. Mayor’s program with a cultural tribute, kahu blessing, introductions to the mayor and select dignitaries, introductions to CBS executives and the cast will take to the stage
8 p.m. Premiere of the first episode of Hawaii Five-0, Season 2

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