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Daniel Dae Kim abou lots of things

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 · Posted in ,

Yes, that's right, h talks about being shirtless or not, about how it is to be part of a smaller family, like H50 after a big family which was in Lost.

He's telling us some secrets about the other actors: Grace Park, Scott Caan and Alex O'loughlin.

I love these interviews because actors share a part of their life with the fans and that's important to me.

I'm always looking forward to see how  the actor is outside the set, in real life. Daniel Dae Kim is amazing. It must be fun to be around him.

Tweeted by Daniel Dae Kim

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 · Posted in , ,

Onscreen enemies, but offscreen . So proud of these boys and for giving them a chance to shine.

Chin Ho gets a makeover - or, as a crew member put it, "On you it's a DOn't RAG."

Lapidus!!! Welcome to , Jeff Fahey!

My favorite fan letter of the latest bunch (Yes, I do read them). She's "a huge fun!" :)

The Godfather of the Asian American Sci-Fi All Stars- The one, the only....

Hi folks, my last tweet was not a joke or a scam. Here's a pic of me doing my part. Hope you'll join me.

At the show with my boys. Big ups Santa Barbara!  

Say aloha to perfect role

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 · Posted in ,

Viewers would be hard-pressed to find a TV series with more high-octane action than Hawaii Five-O. Now into its third season, the reboot of the classic police procedural that starred Jack Lord and ran from 1968-1980 features car chases, stunts and explosions of the calibre usually reserved for Hollywood blockbusters.
It's a fact not lost on Daniel Dae Kim, the South Korean-born star who plays Det-Lt Chin Ho Kelly, part of Steve McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) Five-O task force.
"It is hard work, we have movie-scale stunts on a TV schedule and budget so it requires a great deal of creativity and ingenuity and attention to detail," Kim says during a break in filming.
"Generally crime procedurals aren't acknowledged come awards time but there isn't a show on television that has stunts on a grander scale or on a more regular basis that we do.
"If there is any award or any way that our show should be recognised, it should be for the stunt work."
Kim, who was raised in Pennsylvania and New York, is one of the most popular and high-profile Asian American actors on US television.
His credits include CSI, Angel and 24 but Kim is probably best known for playing Jin in all six seasons of J.J. Abrams' Lost.
Kim is surprised to hear there are few Asian faces on Australian television other than news presenters.
"We should change that, shouldn't we? I am not going to say it was easy because it most certainly wasn't," Kim explains of breaking into acting. "At the same time it is not easy for any actor regardless of colour or race.
"This is a difficult business and it takes a lot of perseverance and you have to develop a kind of tough skin and be able to handle rejection. I do feel being Asian American has added a few more hurdles to that journey."
Kim is particularly proud that Hawaii Five-O employs more Asian actors than any other series on US TV and is ethnically authentic by employing many Asian Pacific Islanders.
"I actually moved my family out here when Lost started, wow, that was nine years ago now," he reflects.
"I felt at the time even if Lost had been cancelled in the first six months, I could at least give my young family a Hawaiian vacation. Little did I know that would turn out to be a nine-year-long vacation."
Kim, who lives there with his wife and sons now aged 10 and 16, says there is a difference to how things work in Hawaii.
"I think the saying island time really does mean something different. There's a different style of driving, a different style of dressing for work, a different approach to life.
"It is definitely a far cry from places like New York City where I spent a lot of my career."
Kim loves that Hawaii Five-O is not the typical crime procedural and allows the audience to become invested in the characters by exploring their personal lives.
Kelly's world was rocked at the end of season two when he was forced by crooked cop Frank Delano to choose who would live, his wife Malia (Reiko Aylesworth) or his cousin Kono (Grace Park).
He chose Malia but she died of her injuries; little surprise then that when given the chance, Kelly got revenge by shooting Delano dead rather than arresting him at the end of the season three premiere.
The impact of Kelly's unexpected "bad cop" moment will likely be felt later this season.
"I think that is true, whether it is supported in the writing or not it is something I as an actor will keep in my head at all times," Kim says.
"I look forward to exploring it further and I am hoping we do get an episode or two down the line where the ramifications of this big decision he had to make come to the fore."
He says the best thing about playing Chin Ho Kelly is he is a fully realised character who is integral to a very popular TV show and he is Asian.
"He is not stereotypical, you sense his emotions and his feelings.
"He gets quality lines that are fun to play. That to me is my favourite thing."
Hawaii Five-O airs today at 9.30pm on Ten.

Skype Sesh with "Hawaii Five-0" Star Daniel Dae Kim

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 · Posted in , ,

We bring the breezy shores of Hawaii to the YH Studio -- sorta! Thanks to the miracle of technology, we're able to chat face-to-face with "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim from his home on the paradise island, where he chats with us about Season 3 of his hit CBS show, and he also tells us the top places everyone should see when they come visit Hawaii! He also reveals whether he gets recognized on the street more for "H50" or "Lost"! Hosted by R.J. Williams (@rjwilliams).

Daniel Dae Kim (or simply DDK)

Saturday, August 18, 2012 · Posted in ,

Showing off a copy of The Philippine STAR that featured him and his Hawaii Five-O
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.”
Hawaii Five-O co-stars (from left) Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan and Grace Park. With your Conversationalist during the interview at the Singapore Hilton.
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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