Hawaii Five-0 – Interview with Grace Park

Entertainment Weekly had the opportunity to interview Hawai Five-0's star Grace Park (you may also know her for her role as Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii on Battlestar Galactica) on her proudest moments of the series, the key to delivering exposition, and working with Summer Glau.

Grace Park, Complex, June 1, 2008

Here's Grace Park's anecdote on working with Summer Glau on H50 episode 3.16 Kekoa:
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

Source: EW


Here's what the owner of Summer Glau's official website (now defunct) had to say about her ethnicity on December 2006
"I can safely say that I asked Summer about her views on the ethnic dispute and she smiled a secretive smile and said she enjoyed that people don't know and can't tell so we don't comment on it either way at her official website. And I have also met one of the other Glau girls and Summer's mom too. They are all gorgeous and gracious and that's more than enough information for me. 
Andy "
18 Feb 2013
Total comments: 5
  Message #1 | Alex | 19 Feb 2013, 18:32 GMT [Entry]

Summer brought it every time says Grace Park. This is interesting for two reasons. First, as with any accomplished and professional actor, Summer is fully supportive of everyone else. She wants them to do the best they can do so that the whole story gets told. Summer works very hard and never allows herself to "hold back."

The second reason I find this interesting is that Summer has said in several interviews that she always wanted to give more to Thomas Dekker, Lena Headey, and the other actors in TSCC but that to be true to who Cameron was, she had to stay in character as a cyborg.

This meant that her face was often expressionless with little or no apparent emotional response. I can only imagine, given how Summer was so responsive on H50, that maintaining Cameron's stoicism had to be a test of her ability as an actress, a test that we all know she passed with full marks.

  Message #2 | chrisdvanne_ | 20 Feb 2013, 00:55 GMT [Entry]

All this is to connect to your previous comment about Summer's professionalism; every person she worked with praises her sweeteness and that makes me happy.
But i must say that i'm even more happy when other actors/showrunners praise her professionalism on set, just like Grace Park in this article.

  Message #3 | Metal | 25 Feb 2013, 06:47 GMT [Entry]

With Summer's talent and devotion we are sure to read or hear more comments like that from higher and higher actors & actresses which really makes me feel great about Summer. smile
Only thing missing for this to happen are less retarded execs etc.

  Message #4 | Metal | 08 Mar 2013, 02:41 GMT [Entry]

From a true Cylon to a true Terminator. smile

  Message #5 | KevinInEngland | 22 Apr 2013, 10:43 GMT [Entry]

HAWAII FIVE-0  Finally, it has been aired in the UK.
The episode starts with some guy doing some kind of gyrating strip routine in front of a load of women.  So far I'd call it 'America-five-0'. Perhaps that will change.
The 4 girls are in a car going somewhere when they are rammed. our first Hawaiian is seen.  He is shot dead, so that counts him out = 0 Hawaiians?
Then the music starts and we see the cast: an oriental guy and a Japanese guy.  Still no Hawaiians?
6 guest stars, none of them Hawaiian.  I might be wrong and I don't mind if anybody corrects me.
We heard the Hawaiian word 'aloha' spoken.  The first clue as to what country they are in.
The scene is set. a pretty girl gets out of a swimming pool. It is a big house & garden owned by... wait for it... an american on the sea front, once populated by wild creatures.
Summer's relative is kamerkona.  I assume he is of Hawaiian origin, or part thereof?  (haha, since when would Summer Glau be related to him?  She has wide eyes, his are obscured).  He gets a gun out.  So it would seem that Hawaii is awash wish guns just like America? Or is this purely for our entertainment and the citizens of Hawaii don't have any guns like Europe?
Summer/Maggie cross-legged on the settee, good touch.
In this episode, is Summer supposed to be a citizen of Hawaii? If so, we find that someone else also carries a gun in Hawaii (the man who originally attacked her father).
The investigators go to some guys house, he turns up and one of them hits him with a gnome - is he of Hawaiian origin cross-pollination? (not the gnome, the guy).
I don't watch Hawaii Five-0, so I don't know who the older guy chatting up the older woman in the restaurant is.  No doubt relevant somewhere along the line.  You know.... he stalked her in a supermarket. (I had an impending vision of summer pushing a trolley with a crooked wheel but phew, it never happened).
Ah, the woman is the detective's mother.  Those 2 detective guys really think they are cool!!!
In the medical centre, the medical guy is easily recognisable from the series Heroes.
Is it true that there are not any fat, ugly, horrendous women walking the beaches of Hawaii in skimpy beach wear?
What about men?
Are we supposed to believe that the Hawaiian detectives had not heard of Lua martial arts and that it was so secret that even they knew nothing about it despite Hawaii having a long long long history?
I took this opportunity to look at the martial arts guys, and as far as I can see, they don't have nice big eyes like Summer.
The first camcorder video we saw of 2 guys fighting in a swimming pool was laughable. They weren't even punching or chopping each other. More like naughty boy slapping, if that.  It was so funny, I laughed my head off.
The detective with the tattoos pretended he was typing.  I feel that even typing should be made authentic.  It's pretty obvious he wasn't, as he went diddle diddle diddle diddle diddle diddle left right left right left right with his index and middle fingers. He never even gave it any thought as to what he should be pressing.  Obtaining information usually involves pressing certain keys for certain responses.  "Come back Penelope from Criminal Minds, all is forgiven".
I see the baddies used a stun gun on Summer to disable her chip lol.
The next time we see Summer, she is tied to a chair wearing jeans and terminator boots.
Am I expected to believe that that many guys have girlfriends by the poolside who relish in seeing other women fight to the death?
I'm sorry to have to say this but there is not a moron in the world that would go after an armed police officer with a knife. Can anybody explain why the bad martial arts guy did that?
Hero Chinanam carries Summer to a waiting vehicle.
She wakes up in hospital and her loving uncle comes to see her.  He said 'sister'. is she his sister, not his niece?
Would I watch it again? No, probably not.
Would I watch Hawaii five-0 again? No, definitely not.
The entire series should be renamed 'Hawaii occupied by Americans and other people Five-0'.

Summer was fine - a nice place to act and have a holiday at the same time!!

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