Daniel Dae Kim reveals his pay inequality in Hawaii Five-0 ‘changed my relationships’ with co-stars

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Nearly four years after leaving his hit CBS series Hawaii Five-0 after seven seasons, Daniel Dae tells Kim about his salary inequality with fellow stars.

The 52-year-old Korean actor sought equal pay for him and co-star Grace Park after learning that they were being paid significantly less than their white male co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.

Kim opened with Vulture about the inequality in an extensive interview, which revealed that it changed his relationships with fellow stars.

Inequality: Almost four years after leaving his hit CBS series Hawaii Five-0 after seven seasons, Daniel Dae tells Kim about his salary inequality with co-stars

Inequality: Almost four years after leaving his hit CBS series Hawaii Five-0 after seven seasons, Daniel Dae tells Kim about his salary inequality with co-stars

Equal Pay: The 52-year-old Korean actor sought equal pay for him and co-star Grace Park, after learning that they were paid significantly less than their white male co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan

Equal Pay: The 52-year-old Korean actor sought equal pay for him and co-star Grace Park, after learning that they were paid significantly less than their white male co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan

Equal Pay: The 52-year-old Korean actor sought equal pay for him and co-star Grace Park, after learning that they were paid significantly less than their white male co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan

After the dispute went public in 2017, CBS said they tried “ very hard ” to keep both Kim and Park and offered “ significant salary increases ” for both, though they both eventually left the series.

“I think any time you have an ensemble of actors, everyone’s goals are unique and individual,” Kim said.

‘So it’s hard for me to collectively say if they were allies in this … I do know that the way things got twisted in the end changed my relationship with them,’ he added.

Tried: After the dispute went public in 2017, CBS said they `` tried very hard to keep both Kim and Park, and offered 'significant salary increases' for both, although they both eventually left the series

Tried: After the dispute went public in 2017, CBS said they `` tried very hard to keep both Kim and Park, and offered 'significant salary increases' for both, although they both eventually left the series

Tried: After the dispute went public in 2017, CBS said they “ tried very hard to keep both Kim and Park, and offered ‘significant salary increases’ for both, although they both eventually left the series

But when asked to add more about how his relationships were changing, Kim just said, ‘I’ve talked about it more than ever before, so …’

The show would eventually go on for three more seasons, closing its series after season 10 in 2020.

Kim came out of the hit ABC series Lost when he joined Hawaii Five-0, revealing that he took a pretty significant pay cut to participate in the CBS show.

Changed: But when asked to add more about how his relationships were changing, Kim just said, 'I've talked about it more than ever before, so ...'

Changed: But when asked to add more about how his relationships were changing, Kim just said, 'I've talked about it more than ever before, so ...'

Changed: But when asked to add more about how his relationships were changing, Kim just said, ‘I’ve talked about it more than ever before, so …’

Three more seasons: The show would eventually run for three more seasons, closing after season 10 in 2020

Three more seasons: The show would eventually run for three more seasons, closing after season 10 in 2020

Three more seasons: The show would eventually run for three more seasons, closing after season 10 in 2020

“ One thing that has never been really well reported is the amount of pay cut I took to do Hawaii Five-O from Lost, ” Kim said.

While he didn’t get into specific numbers, he added the pay cut, “ was drastic and never made up. ”

Before leaving Hawaii Five-0, he asked CBS to make all four cast members – O’Loughlin, Caan, Park and himself, ‘equal’, which would have got him ‘back to where I was with Lost’.

Pay cut: 'One thing that has never really been properly reported is the amount of the pay cut I took to do Hawaii Five-O from Lost,' Kim said

Pay cut: 'One thing that has never really been properly reported is the amount of the pay cut I took to do Hawaii Five-O from Lost,' Kim said

Pay cut: ‘One thing that has never really been properly reported is the amount of the pay cut I took to do Hawaii Five-O from Lost,’ Kim said

‘I didn’t think that was an unreasonable position to take. It was very clear and simple, ‘Kim revealed.

“ I was very transparent about it from the start with my castmates, with my showrunner, with the studio, ” said Ki.

“It got a lot more dramatic because of the way it didn’t come together,” he added.

Not unreasonable: 'I didn't think that was an unreasonable position to take.  It was very clear and simple, 'Kim revealed

Not unreasonable: 'I didn't think that was an unreasonable position to take.  It was very clear and simple, 'Kim revealed

Not unreasonable: ‘I didn’t think that was an unreasonable position to take. It was very clear and simple, ‘Kim revealed

He also revealed in the same interview that he was originally going to be murdered after just one season on Lost.

‘As far as I understand, I was supposed to be killed in season one. I wasn’t a very likeable character so it would have been easy for me to be killed without the show missing a beat, ‘Kim said.

He added that one of the show’s writers, Monica Macer, who is African American and Korean American, “ lobbied for me, ” adding that they are still friends to this day.

I also like to think they didn’t think I was so awful that I didn’t deserve to be on the show. As an Asian actor you just want to get hired. It’s all about working within the system to try to change it when you have the chance. The character grew into a place that I don’t think you would eventually call him a stereotype, ‘he added.

Killed off: He also revealed in the same interview that he was originally going to be killed after just one season on Lost

Killed off: He also revealed in the same interview that he was originally going to be killed after just one season on Lost

Killed off: He also revealed in the same interview that he was originally going to be killed after just one season on Lost

Simple: 'As far as I understand, I was supposed to be killed in the first season.  I wasn't a very likeable character so it would have been easy for me to be killed without the show missing a beat, '' said Kim

Simple: 'As far as I understand, I was supposed to be killed in season one.  I wasn't a very likeable character so it would have been easy for me to be killed without the show missing a beat, 'said Kim

Simple: ‘As far as I understand, I was supposed to be killed in the first season. I wasn’t a very likeable character so it would have been easy for me to be killed without the show missing a beat, ” said Kim