Hawaii Five-0′s Grace Park is about to be honored by the Robert Chinn Foundation on May 31, 2014 in Seattle. The Asian Hall of Fame celebrates those of Asian Pacific descent whose achievements contribute to the American experience.
The Vancouver native shot to fame in 2003 when she played two leading roles on Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica (a reboot of the short lived 1970′s series). She earned a spot in the Top 100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History with her performance in the season 1 cliffhanger. Grace also earned a nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in Television at the AZN Asian Excellence Awards.
Here’s what she had to say on what it means to be honored in the 2014 Asian Hall of Fame
“It is both an honour and surprise to be inducted in to the 2014 Asian Hall of Fame. Since I work and live under the pretense that no one sees it, and I remain totally anonymous, I suppose I will have to reconsider that if I allow myself to accept this honour. Until recently I was not aware of the Asian Hall of Fame, so not only will I explore what it means, but I will surely be telling my family that I finally made it, and never have to get a real job after all.”
Grace on why the Asian Hall of Fame is important for Asian Pacific Americans –
“The Asian Hall of Fame is important because there are many outstanding achievements and endeavours by Asian Pacific Americans, and the Asian Hall of Fame highlights these successes and the people along with them. It helps us to recognize our unique place in this world, many of us straddling two cultures, and the adaptations and tools we learned and often take for granted as a result. It is the amalgam of cultures and these experiences, plus inspiration and striving, that forge our story, and ultimately the American story.”
“As a process, we explore where we came from, how we express ourselves in, and move through this world, and who we are as individuals. It allows us to further question what it means about us as a collective, and what we want to do with that influence, using it as an opportunity to experience, impact, and connect.”
Of Korean heritage, the Canadian native comments on the way that her heritage has had an impact on her life and achievements.
“It is hard to know how my Korean heritage has impacted my life and achievements without thinking about my parents. To be honest I don’t know where the heritage ends and my parents begin. To me my parents represent Korea. A Korea trapped in the 1970’s,but Korea nonetheless. The tireless work ethic, community mindedness, striving ambition, restrained expression, and societal hierarchy and pressures, are not unique just to the Korean heritage. They did however, shape me.”
“There is a liberty that exists with the ability to float between two cultural worlds. It allows one to be more aware of oneself, as apart from society, as well as feeling one can choose which rules to play by. Perhaps this influenced me to strive for what I wanted, and even if I were to obtain it, I always had the other society’s perspective to bring it into balance.”
Grace joins fellow Hawaii Five-0 alum Apolo Ono who was inducted in 2007.
Hey guys, been a while since anything has been updated, there hasnt been much news lately and have been trying to work on some new stuff for the site that is taking time and been working on my other sites as well so they all have been taking up my time but I am working on updating the site with a new layout something more simple hopefully.
But the news wise, TNT network has created a page for the Hawaii FIve-0 which will be starting their re-runs on TNT network on August 8th, With interviews with Grace Park and Scott Caan which can be read below and or at the tnt site via tnt H5-0
Grace Park Interview: partial – rest can be read at the site
Q: What attracted to you to the character of Kono?
GP: To be honest, I was not necessarily attracted to Kono, and Daniel had said, ‘Oh this character is so great,’ you know, he set it up like it was this awesome character and I read it as she is a black belt in Jujutsu, ex-pro surfer, speaks four languages, and she is in a bikini and, you know… And, oh yeah, in a bikini. I was like, oh my God like cliche like overachieving female–is that the only way I’ve got to be? Do I have to be good at like nine things to be able to roll with the boys when it’s like–it’s like how often have we seen this kind of overachieving pretty girl or whatever with this kind of loser dude? And that’s part of the comedy yeah, I get that.
But there was a huge drama in Korea, I forget the name right now, but it was like humongously popular and what I loved about it was, there was a super pretty girl and a really handsome guy, and there was like kind of the cute normal girl and the normal dude–they were kind of adorable their own way, but if they were standing in line they wouldn’t be the first ones your eyes would go to. But the super good looking ones ended up being kind of funny and they were sort of made fun of a little bit–not to put them down–they weren’t perfect and they weren’t like the cheerleader and the football player, they weren’t like, you know, the A stars who we all have to kind of gaze up at and try to emulate. They were like–they would do things and kind of fall flat on their faces at times. But at the same they were friends, you know, so they ended up being normal real people that also get embarrassed and also just go out on a limb and do stuff and then more and more your heart went towards like the regular girl and guy. I feel like why don’t we have more stories like this? They’re not like super quirky and weird or bizarre or like outcasts–not so extreme. I find a lot of stories have to be so extreme like can’t we just have simple, normal people and have them be interesting? So I feel like its a reflection of us, as people, like as fully fleshed out human beings and not like pushed into some strange freaky corner so that’s how you are allowed to appear on television.
And I thought that Kono was a major overachiever and I have created back story for her so that all makes sense–which high school she went to… A couple of people were like, ‘You should know what high school she went to.’ I’m like, ‘High school? How I’m going to know that? I barely know my way to set.’ So I heard a couple of names and found out and then I’m like of course she went to Punahou that’s where Michelle Yeoh went, that’s were Obama went. No wonder she is an overachiever, that makes all the sense in the world. Finding out stuff like that–that was fun to make that–make sense for her. And sometimes the overachievers are the ones who are really ambitious and are going to be the go-getters and they are going to be in that situation. That’s fine. Well like I just want to–that’s why in a way I have liked that she’s not always doing that stuff all the time. Of course I do want things to do. So it’s not like I just want to have her at the computer all the time. But yeah it’s been a good balance in a way of doing a lot and other times just kind of being part of the team.
Scott Caan interview: partial – rest can be read at the site
Q: How do you prepare yourself to play the role of Danny Williams?
SC: Well, the good news is that this role comes easy to me. I feel that there’s a lot of me in the part, so I feel like for the most part with this role I just kind of memorize my lines and hit my marks and have fun, you know… You know the only way to do a show like this is to figure out a way to have fun. Alex O’Loughlin has a really tough job, a really tough job, because his role is not the most fun role to do, and he has to come back and do it everyday. Me, there’s a lot of scenes where I just show up and have fun.
Q: What has been the most rewarding thing about taking on this role?
SC: Well, I’ve been in the business for a long time and I haven’t really gotten the roles that I want to get. I played in Ocean’s Eleven, I was the tenth guy in that movie. You know, Casey [Affleck] for example he went on and got some good parts and got offered good movies, and I didn’t. You know, I wasted a lot–I didn’t waste time, but I went off and made my own movies and I spent a lot of my own money on movies and I wanted to be John Cassavetes. I didn’t want to be Tom Cruise, you know, and so you pay the price. And for whatever reason my brand didn’t get me to a point where I could do exactly what I wanted to do. And there are things that I really want to do and I have to take opportunities like this. This is a wave, you know, and you really have to take those moments in life when you say no to them you look back and go, ‘God I wonder where I would be if I did do that.’ Because look, ultimately, I’m in my thirties and the things that I want to do are ahead of me.
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Choice TV Show: Action
“NCIS: Los Angeles”
Choice TV Actor: Action
Scott Caan, “Hawaii Five-0”
LL Cool J, “NCIS: Los Angeles”
Jonny Lee Miller, “Elementary”
Jesse Spencer, “Chicago Fire”
Shane West, “Nikita”
Choice TV Actress: Action
Lyndsy Fonseca, “Nikita”
Lucy Liu, “Elementary”
Grace Park, “Hawaii Five-0”
Maggie Q, “Nikita”
Monica Raymund, “Chicago Fire”
Halfway through its third season on CBS, Hawaii Five-0 has been going places it hasn’t gone before. The police procedural let Twitter users select the ending of a recent episode, paid homage to a classic episode from the original series, and has been shaking up the Five-0 team’s relationship with Governor Denning.
EW checked in with series star Grace Park (the alter-ego of Kono Kalakaua) when she made a brief trip to Los Angeles during some time off from the Hawaii set. Read on for what Park had to say about some recent episodes, what the fan reaction has been like in Hawaii, and who she’d like to see Kono team up with.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hawaii Five-0 recently had an episode where viewers got to pick the killer. What did you first think when you heard the show was going to do that?
GRACE PARK: I thought two things simultaneously: that it was very current and a real savvy way to get the audience participation in, and at the same time, I thought “Oh, here we go.” I guess I’m a bit of a snob in that I feel that it’s like that baseball movie with Kevin Costner, Field of Dreams – “build it and they will come.” That’s how I feel – make it and they will come. I know there’ll be people that will say, “No, but it’s not commercially viable. It won’t work.” But I just come from that school, maybe because I did a lot of cable. I feel like it’s just – stay true to the story, screw all the focus groups and know what you want to create and create it and just have that integrity.
The one criticism I heard was that the “choose your own adventure” thing was a little gimmicky. But that’s not what the whole episode was about.
Yeah, it was a small piece at the end to kind of have some fun with, and it’s not like all of a sudden every episode’s going to do that. But it was clever.
Another recent episode was a re-creation of the classic “Hookman” episode from the original Hawaii Five-0 series. Had you seen that original episode?
No, I had not. But I heard there were certain things we were doing shot-for-shot what it was. Certain backdrops and who it cut to.
How was it to work with Peter Weller, who directed and guest-starred in that episode?
He was great. He was very strong and knew what he wanted, and he was quite a personality. And it was trippy to see he’d be on the ground in wet pavement with blood on, and then he’d be up in the next shot doing his thing, directing. He was very energetic. I originally was a little worried about having a director who was also starring in it. It was the first [time that had been done on] the show. It’s a bit of a monster of a show, so to have a first-time director on our show do that, I was a little worried. But he’s such a pro. It was smooth and everybody loved him.
Fans of the original series seemed to really enjoy seeing that Hookman episode re-imagined for the reboot.
Yeah, in Hawaii especially. They’re really steeped in that Hawaii Five-0 culture because it’s surrounded them so much, and a lot of people would recognize Hawaii from Hawaii Five-0, and from my time being there, it seems really important to them. [Before I started working on the show] I didn’t realize the impact of that one TV show on the islands.
Do fans who walk up to you on the street in Hawaii have different reactions than fans you meet elsewhere?
I do think so. When we had our season premiere, they had a proclamation for a Hawaii Five-0 Day and a Hawaii Five-0 Month. I literally have a proclamation framed given to me by the government of the state of Hawaii. I was a little shocked. And we often have politicians come to visit set. I was like, “What? Don’t you guys have a state to run? What are you guys doing here? This is just a piddly TV show. You have important stuff to do.” I’ve never had that on any of the other shows I’ve been on. It’s definitely different with the fans. There’s definitely more openness whether it’s admiration, whether it’s just excitement – it just seems like they’re not trying to keep their cool too much. I’m not used to that. I’m not used to people calling me by my character name and thinking they know me.
Even Battlestar Galactica fans didn’t act like that?
No, they’re very aware. Very smart and very aware that it was a TV show. I am not a robot. I’m not multiple robots! I mean, in some ways, I am, but for all intents and purposes – I think people were very aware. It seemed that they recognized that they were really rabid fans, so they didn’t want to come off like that. But I’d be like, “No, let’s talk about it! What is it about the show?” Because it would be about something else. They wouldn’t be enamored over me. It would be about the show and the social commentary and the twists and cliffhanger endings – fun stuff to talk about. I don’t do very well when people just come glaze-eyed and just want to kind of rub my back, and I don’t know who they are and they want to call me Kono. “No. Let’s separate the two worlds.”
Summer Glau guest-starred in last week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0. What was it like to work with her?
She was really cool. We were joking that her name was Summer G. Lau and she was actually of Asian heritage – that’s what Daniel [Dae Kim] kept saying. I didn’t know that her ancestry actually is Irish and German. But yeah, she just brought it. There were so many takes where the camera wasn’t even on her, and she just gave it every single time.
What are you most proud of in all your work on Hawaii Five-0?
I’d say the storyline that I was most satisfied with was the beginning of season 2 when Kono appears to go rogue. It was a delight because for five episodes, the only time I showed up was to do character stuff. That was kind of a dream for me. That’s how I feel, as an actor, like I’m built more not to do procedural exposition. But I realize this is just a different beast.
On the other side – the leaps and bounds I’ve been able to do in exposition because I’m terrible at that usually. It’s not fun and it’s not easy, so I’ve gotten a lot better at it. In the beginning Alex [O’Loughlin] did a lot, and then really quickly I got a bunch of it. And then Alex and Scott [Caan] didn’t do very much of that at all, and then one episode was flipped where he was like Kono in a way and downloading everyone at the table, and he kept stumbling and tripping, and he finally looked at me and said, “You make this look easy.” And I was like, “Yo, bro, I’ve been doing this for two and a half years.”
What would you say is the key to making that exposition, the “here’s the case” part interesting?
Honestly, I don’t try to make it interesting. I feel like you’re just relaying facts. On this show, it’s more important to do it smoothly and to get the information across, and yet if you connect with the other people at all and not just come out cardboard, then it’s great. It’s just information. She’s not excited about it. She’s not tormented over it.
It’s just the job for her.
Yeah, she’s gotta sound smart.
Is there anything you’d like to see happen on the show that hasn’t yet?
I always like when the two women on the show connect. It took a while for there to be something with Lori Weston and Kono. It would be nice to not have to wait so long to do that with Kono and Catherine Rollins. It’s not a buddy girl show, but I think they could easily do something like that.
I bet fans would love to see Kono and Cath get together for some action scenes.
I would love for us to. I think it’s long overdue. I could see us buddying up and kicking somebody’s butt together, but I haven’t read it so far. Maybe next season.
The next episode of Hawaii Five-0, “Pa’ani,” airs on CBS tonight at 10 p.m.
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The Hawaii Five-0 task force had a reunion of sorts in last week’s season premiere, but the team won’t be the same now that there’s a new boss, Lt. Gov. Denning (Richard T. Jones), in charge.
“He’s a little tougher than the old one, so we need to be more careful with him,” Scott Caan, who plays Danny “Danno” Williams, tells TVGuide.com. On Monday’s episode (10/9c, CBS) Denning demonstrates that he’s not about to let Five-0 slide with their lawless methods. He assigns Homeland Security profiler Lori Weston (Lauren German) to join the team to keep them in check.
The new Five-0 team doesn’t have time for welcome parties or hazing rituals, however, when they get called to investigate the kidnapping of a teenage paddleboard champion.
Meanwhile, one of their own isn’t aware that they have a new member. “Kono is not even around them. She doesn’t even know that there’s another person. She doesn’t know anything,” Grace Park says about her character, Kono Kalakaua, who lost her badge after being suspected of stealing money from HPD’s evidence locker. “She suspects that she doesn’t belong with the team, and they’re all just trying to make her feel better. But eventually you have to go take care of your own business. That’s what she embarks on. When Lori comes in, Kono is already out of the picture.
Hawaii Five-0: Can the team be put back together?
“Kono has been dealing psychologically with the same situation that her cousin Chin Ho’s been [in], being scandalized,” she continues. “It’s almost worse, like a double hit in the same extended family. It’s extra embarrassing. Just before they can celebrate his clean record or his being brought back, it’s kind of sullied again.”
Making life more difficult for her is Internal Affairs Capt. Vince Fryer (Tom Sizemore), who is continuing his interrogation of Kono. “Fryer’s hot on her tail. He’s onto her, the whole investigation. He doesn’t believe her. He doesn’t trust her. So he’s really out to sniff out what he thinks is suspect. She’s got a lot to cover up and try to prove at the same time. I think the character dynamic is interesting alone.” Her pal McGarrett also has some problems when he runs into Fryer. “There’s tension between the two characters,” O’Loughlin confirms.
And even though Five-0 isn’t Fryer’s biggest fan, the same couldn’t be said about the cast’s opinion of Sizemore. Not only does Caan call him a “genius actor,” but O’Loughlin promises, “He brings a whole new energy and a whole new level of danger and a whole new level of excitement to the show.”
SOURCE: tv guide
Season 2 FILMING HAS OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF YESTERDAY STARTING WITH A HAWAII TRADITION FOLLOWED BY FILMING.
Here are news recordings during the blessing.
Teen Choice Nominations are out and looks like H50 and two of the stars got nominated for awards!!
Teen Choice 2011 nominations
Choice TV Show: Action
NCIS: Los Angeles
Choice TV Actor: Action
Jeffrey Donovan: Burn Notice
Daniel Dae Kim: Hawaii Five-O
Zachary Levi: Chuck
LL Cool J: NCIS: Los Angeles
Shane West: Nikita
Choice TV Actress: Action
Lyndsy Fonseca: Nikita
Linda Hunt: NCIS: Los Angeles
Grace Park: Hawaii Five-O
Maggie Q: Nikita
Yvonne Strahovski: Chuck
The H50 cast (Alex,Grace,Daniel and Scott) are gracing the emmy magazine which hits the stands June 7 for their June 2011 issue.