Hawaii Five-0 launches open casting call

Rachel Sutton
Rachel Sutton
Martin Koga and Lynne Halevi
Martin Koga and Lynne Halevi
Georje Skinner
Georje Skinner

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Calling all extras, on Saturday, thousands of people are expected to audition for their 15 seconds of fame, on Hawaii Five-0. The new CBS drama is holding an open casting call.

This is an unprecedented time in Hawaii's film world. Five-0's open casting call marks the eighth one this year. Local actors and actresses say they've never seen the spotlight shine this bright.

CBS' new version of Hawaii Five-0 is the latest to open up the red carpet to the public, and keeping it authentic is top priority for producers. That means local folks have the casting call advantage.

"Otherwise the show is, we'd call it, I don't know, California Five-0, and it wouldn't be Hawaii 5-0," said Casting Director, Rachel Sutton.

Sutton says the scripts are written to fit a variety of characters, from hot bikini girls and surfers, to tourists.

"You don't have to have any experience doing this kind of stuff. You can never have been on a television set in your life so this is a great time to try out," said Sutton.

It's the latest in a recent string of try-outs on the islands, and that's keeping local actors busy.

"The busiest we've seen it, and please studios, keep it coming!" said Martin Koga and Lynne Halevi.

This year alone, Kogan and Halevi, both members of the Screen Actors Guild, have landed background parts in the Hawaii Five-0 pilot, Descendants and Battleship.

"I play the wife of a naval officer and he plays an old salt," said Halevi.

"Must've been something about me that said old," said Kogan.

Why the Hollywood boost?

Georje Skinner of the Hawaii Film Office says Act 88 plays a role.

"It offers a 15% rebate on qualified spending on Oahu, and 20% on our neighbor islands," said Skinner.

The rebate took effect in 2007. That year, Hawaii's production expenditures shot up to $229 million. This year, it's at $347 million.

Skinner says that's the highest ever recorded in the Hawaii Film Office's 30-year history.

The Five-0 casting call is at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

It's Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., adults only, 18 and up, no keiki for now, all ethnicities are welcome, and smile - you will be photographed.

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