‘Hawaii Five-0’ Actors Grace Park And Daniel Dae Kim Stand Up For Equal Pay
It’s refreshing to see these two wonderful and talented actors fighting for something they deserve.
The hit CBS show, Hawaii Five-0, has recently been under fire following the departure of two crucial members of the cast, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. The two had been portraying Detective Chin Ho Kelly and Officer Kono Kalakaua since the rebooted show first premiered in 2010.
The actors decided to depart the show before production for the eighth season began due to salary disagreements with CBS Television Studios. According to Variety Magazine, Park and Kim weren’t being paid the same amount as their white costars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Kim and Park were reportedly being paid 10-15 percent lower than what their colleagues had been receiving. What made it even worse was that O’Loughlin and Caan were also getting a portion of the show’s earnings.
This incident has shed light on an issue often faced by the Asian American community, especially after Kim posted on Facebook stating “how the path to equality is rarely easy.” Many took to social media to commend the actors for exiting the show with such grace. Fellow Asian American actress Constance Wu tweeted “here’s to @danieldaekim & Grace Park standing up for equality. Know ur worth, ur value… & don’t be afraid to stand up for it.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Asian American actors in Hollywood have been undermined, and it certainly won’t be the last. But Kim and Park definitely deserve respect and praise for standing up for what they believe in!