Daniel Dae Kim Takes Hollywood’s Variety Problem Into His Own Hands

Daniel Dae Kim Takes Hollywood’s Variety Problem Into His Own Hands


It’s simply about 11:20 p.m. in Bulgaria, where the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot is being filmed, and Daniel Dae Kim is on the phone explaining his impossible, yet in some way possible, schedule.

“I have a 6 a.m. call time for work tomorrow. I have an excellent two hours of calls and e-mails to take in the past bed tonight,” Kim stated. “My life is hectic. This is the hectic that I asked for. I wouldn’t trade it since I seem like the work I’m doing is worthwhile. It’s very personal to me. I’m enjoying it. I ‘d rather be this busy than feeling frustrated that I’m not doing enough.”

Not doing enough might be the least of the actor-producer’s worries at the moment. His hustle-or-bust ethic has actually propelled him through more than 100 episodes each of ABC’s “Lost” and CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0.” It’s brought, against the odds, < a href= http://kore.am/abc-picks-up-daniel-dae-kims-the-good-doctor-remake/ > a remake of the Korean drama” The Excellent Physician”to American network television, with his name connected as executive manufacturer through his business 3AD. And it continues– 3AD has extra tasks in the works, consisting of another K-drama remake and a new first-look offer with ITV Studios America.

In 2017, headings about pay equity ran for days following Kim and co-star Grace Park’s exits from “Hawaii Five-0” after their seven-season runs as Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua. The emerging discussion was that of a wage distinction in between Asian American and white actors, a lot more so after Kim wrote on Facebook calling for “a course to equality.”

But Kim hadn’t posted that declaration to speak on just race. It’s important, he concurred, that his exit from the show activated such concentrated discussion about individuals of color in Hollywood, but by “equality” he meant in all elements– gender, sexual preference, religion. “When I said exactly what I did about equality, I indicated it in every sense of the word,” Kim said. “Obviously, race is a part of that, however it speaks to exactly what a hot-button problem race relations are in America that it ended up being the sole takeaway in the discussion.”

Kim’s the very first to comprehend why that is. Through the some two-plus years he’s been doing this, he’s seen firsthand Asian American mis- and under-representation in media. It’s why he formed such a strong connection to Chin Ho. “Chin Ho was a representation of exactly what I believed an Asian American might be in regards to the method I approached his character. Over 7 seasons, you were able to see a completely understood, three-dimensional character. It implied a lot to me that he was able to have a love, he was involved in action, he was included with very individual friendships, he was a great colleague, he was faithful and exemplary,” Kim stated.

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(Courtesy photo/Harold Julian) By placing himself as a manufacturer, Kim’s taking the primary steps to becoming what he calls a part of the solution. Sebastian Lee, among the executive manufacturers of “The Excellent Physician,” worked carefully with Kim to bring the show on the air. Whereas Lee describes series designer David Shore as the dad of the show, he says Kim is the mother who ensures everybody on set feels warm and invited. “Even for each single additional, he talks with him and tells them, ‘You are starting here, however with passion you can make your dreams come true,'” Lee said. “He’s always encouraging all the stars. Whenever I see him doing that, I actually respect him as an individual, as a star and as a fellow producer.”

Indicating Bruce Lee, George Takei and Pat Morita as pioneers whose work has allowed him to stand where he is today, Kim stated he wants to do the same for the generations that come after him. “Instead of continuously pleading networks and manufacturers for Asian American functions, I just decided it was time to create them for myself, and not just for me specifically, but for Asian Americans, and anybody else, who have actually been traditionally underrepresented in the media,” Kim stated. “I think that those who are lucky adequate to be in a position to assist, should. That’s eventually how we make development.”

Right now, creating those chances for striving skills who advise Kim of his own days as a struggling star is quite a truth. After he wraps up shooting “Hellboy,” where he plays Major Ben Daimio, the work does not stop. Is it as they say, “Sleep when you’re dead”? “I need my sleep, do not get me incorrect,” Kim said, chuckling. “When I can find it.”

This story appears in Kore Asian Media’s 2018 Yearly Problem. Order your free copy now at koreasianmedia.com/subscribe.