At first it was a rumor, and now it sadly appears to be a fact.
Both Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, TV series co-workers and ‘cousins’ on the show, Chin-Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua respectively, are leaving Hawaii Five-0 in a salary dispute.
The Huffington Post reports, “Both Kim and Park reportedly sought pay equal to castmates Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan before their departures were announced. Kim confirmed on Facebook that he left after contract negotiations stalled. “The path to equality is rarely easy,” he said.”
CBS, Five-O’s network, states:
“Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of Hawaii Five-0 for seven seasons. We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases. While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future.”
Now, industry sources are saying that “Kim had been offered $5,000 less than the $200,000-per-episode” earned by O’Loughlin and Caan, though other sources dispute those figures.
The Huffington Post says that the “pay debacle has refocused the spotlight on career prospects for Asian actors in Hollywood.”
As fans of the show at our house, my husband and I have discussed the fact that both Park and Kim were ‘supporting’ actors, when the main focus and ‘stars’ are O’Loughlin and Caan.
It’s curious to us that they, in secondary roles, would expect the same salary as the ‘stars.’