“That’s a really good question,” he tells Zap2it when we ask him about it on the “Five-0” set. “For all the stars to have aligned for me to stay in Hawaii the way I have, I feel very lucky. Fortunate is a better word.”
Transitioning from one Oahu-filmed show to another has allowed him to keep himself and his family in one place, although it has made for some odd moments as “Hawaii Five-0” films in some of the same spots where he spent several years playing Jin on “Lost.”
“We actually shot the other day on the beach where I shot five years of ‘Lost,'” Kim says. “That was a little bit surreal to kind of go back to familiar territory, but with different surroundings.”
In the reboot of “Hawaii Five-0,” Kim plays Chin Ho Kelly, a former Honolulu police detective who was driven off the force but finds a way back in the game when McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) offers him a job on his team. In the video below, he talks a little bit more about Chin Ho’s background and gives his thoughts on why you should watch. (The name he mentions midway through is that of the studio publicist standing nearby while we conducted our interview.)
“Hawaii Five-0” premieres at 10 p.m. ET Monday (Sept. 20) on CBS.
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