'Lost' no more, 'Hawaii Five-0' actor finds another hit - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

MONDAY, October 25, 2010

'Lost' no more, 'Hawaii Five-0' actor finds another hit

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The new CBS show "Hawaii Five-0" is a big hit with the fans, and one of the main actors was in San Diego this weekend to accept an award a the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Daniel Dae Kim, who played the character Jin on "Lost", sat down with News 8's Marcella Lee to talk about how life has changed for him.

He was catapulted to fame seven years ago for his role in "Lost".

"It's just impossible to find an aspect of my life that hasn't changed," Kim said.

Humbled by his successes, this father of two was in San Diego last weekend to accept the Influential Asian-American Artist Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and he stopped by the News 8 studios to talk about his back-to-back roles in hit television shows.

"'Lost' was such an incredible opportunity that I couldn't hope to have another that measured up to it, and so i tried not to. It's like comparing children, you don't really want to do it," he said.

"I'm just really grateful that an opportunity like 'Hawaii Five-0' came up because it's very rare for an actor, regardless of color or race to be on two successful television shows, and I'm very aware of that, and I knock wood everyday."

Kim was born in South Korea and moved to the United States with his family when he was two years old. As an actor, he has broken barriers and changed perceptions of the Asian-American man, but despite his success, he says he continues to face challenges with the demand for the leading Asian males almost non-existent.

"It's not something they outright ever say, as much as you just notice it when you're watching television or when you're watching the news. You take a look at how little representation there is out there and that says enough," Kim said.

It makes the fact that Kim was the very first actor cast for "Hawaii Five-0" that much more impressive. And since he secured the role as Chin-Ho Kelly while "Lost" was still shooting, he and his wife of 17 years knew they'd be able to stay settled in Hawaii with their sons, aged 14 and 8.

"And that's a big question, when you have to uproot a family, children, schools, all that kind of stuff. So, it was nice to know," he said.

Kim is enjoying this first season of "Hawaii Five-0" and says the chemistry and camaraderie between the actors on-screen is genuine.

"What's been nice about this season is that our lives together off-screen paralleled our lives on-screen, which is to say that we all met, got to know one another, learned how to work together, and we're continuing that," Kim said.

"Hawaii Five-0" airs on CBS 8 on Mondays at 10 p.m.

More than 150 films from 20 countries are playing during the San Diego Asian Film Festival at Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas through Thursday.

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