Grace Park in Hawaii Five-O. Photo by Mario Perez/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Issue: Fall 2010
Radical Reboot: Grace Park
For fanboys at San Diego’s annual Comic-Con, at least one good thing came with the end of Battlestar Galactica: Grace Park can resurface on a reboot of another classic television series, but this time donning not a spacesuit but a bikini. When footage of the new Hawaii Five-O, accompanied by the iconic theme music, was unveiled at the pop culture extravaganza in late July, the volume of whoops and hollers shot up in Room 6BCF of the San Diego Convention Center as the scene of Park emerging from the ocean lit up the screen.
Park captivated viewers as the multifaceted Sharon “Boomer” Valerii on the critically acclaimed sci-fi saga Battlestar. Now for the second time Park is not only remaking an old show but is also upgrading a character, Kono Kalakaua, from male to the fairer sex. “I’m creating a niche for myself,” Park joked to a Comic-Con crowd of several hundred.
What is not a joke is that half of the crime-fighting team on the new Five-O, premiering this fall on CBS, is Asian — Daniel Dae Kim (who’s coming off a much-loved series himself, Lost) breathes new life into the part of Chin Ho Kelly. And while Kono and Chin Ho were relegated to secondary status to McGarrett and Danno in the original, there will be more prominent roles for Park and Kim, said Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writers behind the last Star Trek feature, who are executive producing and penning scripts for Five-O.
In fact, Park is ready to duke it out with the boys. “Oh, [Kono] can hold her own with the gentlemen,” she said. No doubt in fanboys’ minds, there’s nothing finer than a vision of Park punching out bad guys in a two-piece. — Jimmy Lee