But why? Kono — a soon-to-graduate police cadet who gets to step up to the big leagues when she joins the Five-0 team — is a tough, smart, beautiful woman and former pro surfer who’s more than good in a fight. Turns out, though, that Park was worried Kono might be a little too perfect.
“It’s funny — when [co-star Daniel Dae Kim] was telling me about the script, he was like, ‘Oh, she kicks a**, she’s a great character,'” Park tells Zap2it. “When I heard she could do all these things and she’s supposed to be in a bikini and stuff, I just rolled my eyes. … I just wanted something different than that.”
Fortunately for her, Kono has turned out to be more than the average butt-kicking heroine. “I think she’s lovely, and she’s a real person … she’s three-dimensional,” she says. “She has a history and hopes and dreams and failures.”
Park talks more about Kono’s abilities and imperfections — and her desire to learn to surf so she can do some of her own water scenes — in the video below.
“Hawaii Five-0” premieres at 10 p.m. ET Monday on CBS.
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