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Daniel Dae Kim Joins 'Hawaii Five-O' Reboot

Daniel Dae Kim Joins 'Hawaii Five-O' Reboot

Lost star Daniel Dae Kim suits up for the latest issue of DaMan magazine, as captured by celeb photographer Mitchell McCormack.

The 41-year-old actor says that despite his achievements, he has certainly not been immune to the limitations that Hollywood writers and executives seem to place on the roles available to Asian actors, a topic he tackles head-on. “I take a little bit of pride in that I don’t feel like I’ve taken any roles that I regret in terms of cultural representation,” he shares. “I’ve never done the stereotypicalAsian nerd or anything like that. But that’s not to say that there isn’t that kind of dynamic in Hollywood. There is definitely a categorization of Asian males, in particular. What I mean to say is though the roles might not be overtly offensive, they are definitely secondary and exist only to serve another character. For instance, a lot of roles that I have played have been in support of the leads and I was there to deliver exposition. They’re not stereotypical roles but they are representative of a ceiling that a lot of us face.”

According to THR, Daniel Dae is staying in Hawaii after Lost wraps up this season. He snagged himself a lead role on CBS’ remake of the classic cop series Hawaii Five-O.

Daniel Dae will play Detective Chin Ho Kelly while Moonlight actor Alex O’Loughlin is in talks to star as Detective Steve McGarrett.

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  • ed

    Speak Asian brother! What he means to say Hollywood is full of racist joos who want to put the Asian brother down!

  • teenie

    He’s absolutely right.

  • Pry

    He’s absolutely right.
    And he is absolutely SEXY!

  • rocky


    LOVE IT!!! YOU ARE RIGHT!!!!! Glad he’s going to get something else after Lost. Love Him! HE’S HOT, HOT, HOT!!

  • rocky


  • Coolcatty

    I agree with him about the stereotypical ‘sidekick’ roles for non-white peoples. They are rarely the lead. But, his ‘Lost’ character could’ve been another stereotype, and yet they changed him for the better.

  • limoen

    okay, this is a stupid question, but i’ve been wondering everytime i see him on the tele…:

    as an asian myself i’ve never seen a fellow asian with this curly natural hair. i mean the asians from korea/china/japan. it just strikes me as odd.

    does this naturally means he is mixed, or are there other asians (koreans) with this natural curly hair?


    Excuse me have you ever seen HAWAII 50 ..CHIN IS IN HIS 50′S AND
    IS 200 POUNDS..Who is playing Danno and Steve Garrett….Are they
    going to ruin this movie by bringing in young people..

  • G

    The best way to break a ceiling is to give Asians material that is compelling and memorable. Do we want to watch white people act like they came off the set of The Young and the Restless? No. Really compelling material makes us sit up and pay attention, white or non-white.

  • Jim

    Problem with Hollywood they like to make Asians act like stereotypes and refuse to convey Asian Americans like normal people. I don’t speak with an accent, I date white girls, I watch football and I suck at math!

    This guy is the biggest sell out Asian ever! Aaron Yoo!

  • pop86

    Hollywood have such a limiting idea of what middle-class people are (most movies and TV shows are about the middle-class). The middle-class have ethically diverse for while but studios still are holding on to an old concept of Asians, Latinos and African-Americans that does not apply. I don’t expect white writers/directors to tell non-white stories but they could let minority writers/directors tell their own stories

  • Jim

    I don’t care what Hollywood writes about, but if you can write about an Asian like a normal f**king person, then don’t write about me at all! I’d rather watch a movie with no minorities than watch some racist cr@p like Crank 1&2.

  • Jim


    What do you expect, all these so-called writers are a bunch of racist joos from NYC usually.

  • shoegal421

    @limoen-yes, there are asian people with natually curly hair. my family is full of them!

  • nursedatingsite

    I love lost

  • LuckyL

    I find him so adorable

  • LuckyL

    limoen @ 02/08/2010 at 12:39 pm
    I encourage you to attend a university–a large one–and expand your life experiences. I’m not putting you down, but please don’t lock yourself into the Western lens. This is what Daniel Dae Kim up there is talking about. People are not limited in looks, character, personality, integrity, etc. to their one ethnic brother or sister on television with such and such look and such and such talk.

  • LuckyL

    I guess you’ve never heard of the infamous Asian straightening hair treatments. And no, I’m not Asian.

  • LuckyL

    I thought he was pretty sexy too in his storyline on Lost. It was like the only episodes I cared to watch and they were back stories.

  • LuckyL

    He really has marvelous bone structure.

  • reba

    I agree with him totally.

    That being said, his character on LOST and the relationship between him and ‘Sun’ on the show are my absolute favorites:) I LOVE them!


    Daniel is one hot MF!!!!

  • Marieme

    He’s so adorable and massively talented! Daniel was pushed to the sidelines last season in Lost. I hated that. I hope this season he gets to rock it out. Jin and Sun deserve better.

  • limoen


    Dear LuckyL, not to put yóu down, but my question on his hair is not an attack or judgement on his loveliness. Just a general wonderment. And no, obviously from you comment you’re not asian, but i am. And there are just very few northeastern asians with this natural curly hair. That said is obviously from own experience, since i’m asian myself and so are the friends and family around me (duh). And i do attend an university. For a while now and a very diverse and international one, to add, thank you very much.(what the hell?! ..expand my life experiences.. you mean i should get myself more acquainted with the asian culture (?!) as an asian..are you high?)
    Please get of your high horse and think before you type the next time and make assumptions about people you obviously know nothing about.

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  • Wyvern

    All I have to say is om-nom-nom-nom-nom! I just want to eat him up! He’s so gorgeous! My boyfriend will just have to get used to me drooling while I watch the new Hawaii Five-O!

  • Wyvern

    Oh, and can someone please tell me why they have a Kotex contest ad at the end of his article? It really detracts from my glassy-eyed slobbering! LOL!