HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - We're half-way through the television season, and Hawaii Five-0's found a comfortable home in the top 20 averaging more than 12-and-a-half million viewers a week.
Hard to believe Monday was already episode 16.
The four stars rarely do interviews together but Teri Okita landed a sit-down with the castmates and found out how life has changed for them.
When you're part of such a popular show, lots of things change most notably, privacy.
I asked the cast why we don't see them around town on the party circuit much.
Daniel Dae Kim, who plays "Chin Ho Kelly:" "Really?"
Alex O'Loughlin, who plays "Steve McGarrett:" "Well, that wouldn't be true for Grace."
Grace Park, who plays "Kono Kalakaua:" "I used to go out and then, I think it just gets weird when you can just sense that a lot of people just stop moving and they're just looking at you, and the cameras come out, and you're like, 'How is this natural?' Why would I do anything?"
In this era of cellphone cameras, twitter, and Facebook, being the star of a hit show can have its drawbacks. Loss of anonymity comes with the territory.
Alex: "You deal with that because it goes hand-in-hand with what you do for a job. But it's, you can't sort of bitch and moan about it."
Grace: "You talkin' to me? I know you're talking to me!"
Alex: "If you've got boundaries, right, with people and you know how to deal with people in your life anyway, then it doesn't become that much of a problem. I mean, I'm not that famous, so I don't really get it."
Grace: "No, you're not. Alex: You sort of learn by experience."
Alex: "This is awesome. Yeah, over to Grace. Yeah, over to the peanut gallery."
Another reason for keeping things low-key: their private time is precious. Cast and crew work no fewer than 12, but often 16 hours a day.
Alex: "Monday, it'll start. You get out of bed, sort of 4:45, 5 a.m, you go to work. You sort of get rushed through the works, and then, you start the day of trying to deliver 10 pages of dialogue and whatever action, whatever stunts, whatever else is required for the day. with a half-an-hour lunch break, and that can be anywhere between 12-13 to sort of 15-16 hours.
With an average 12-and-a-half million viewers each week, the secret to their success, they think, is the character development and the serialized aspect of it.
Daniel: "There's a reason for viewers to come back the following episode to find out, as opposed to solving one case, one episode, and then, not having to come back for a week or two and still feeling that you can catch up."
Keep it here each Monday in February after the show airs. we've got special reports all month along. in the coming weeks, you'll hear what the castmembers' guilty pleasures are and they'll reveal secrets about one another.
Teri Okita, Hawaii News Now.