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By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Yes, the wait is over!

Season two of Hawaii Five-0 premieres tonight! After months of waiting, we FINALLY find out what happens with our fearsome foursome Five-0 team. We're also going to see some new faces and some guest stars who are now regulars on the show.

Lauren German had just come off a tough TV pilot season - auditioning for 10 different shows when she got the call to fly to Hawaii to test for the role of Officer Lori Weston. "They did my hair and make-up, and I went to the stage where they shoot Five-0, and I did all the scenes with Alex," German recalls. "And they did that with three girls, and then, they pick."

The rest is history, and the 32 year old actress moved to Hawaii three months ago. She's a new addition to the cast and goes toe-to-toe with Steve McGarrett. Ladies, whether that turns into romantic chemistry is yet to be seen, but German gets cheeky talking about co-star, Alex O'Loughlin.

"Can't stand him!" she jokes. "I cannot stand that man! On top of not being a friendly person … so unattractive!" she smiles.

Terry O'Quinn also joins the show as Lieutenant Commander Joe White. He's back on set with his old "Lost" castmate, Daniel Dae Kim. Kim says he's happy to have O'Quinn around. "He's a professional. He comes prepared. He's a really great presence on the set."

You'll see more guest stars this season, some with recurring roles, including William Baldwin, Tom Sizemore, and Richard T. Jones as the new governor.

And then, there's Masi Oka – an eccentric, fun-loving actor to chat with. He's not only an actor - he has a background in digital special effects, too, so he works on both sides of the camera. Oka graduated from Brown University with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and he has an inquisitive mind. Sometimes, it's unclear in the interview who's the interviewer and who's the interviewee. Over the course of five minutes, he asks me:

"If you live here in Hawaii, where would vacation be?"

"Like would it be the mainland?"

"Would it be another country?"

"So, what's your favorite food in Hawaii?"

"Do you enjoy your job?" I respond, "I do." Masi: "You do?" Teri: "Do you?" Masi: "I enjoy my job, as well." And then, you hear the PR person say, "Masi, she's supposed to be interviewing you!"

Oka's guest role as Doctor Max Bergman becomes a regular one, and the former "Heroes" star is already feeling at home here in the islands.

"People don't ask you where you're from when you're walking around. 'Cause, like if you're on the mainland, people say, ‘Oh, where are you from?' Here, they just assume you're a local everywhere," says Oka.

Last season, marquee names like Sean Combs and Nick Lachey guest starred. Expect more this year because, producers say, Hawaii's shores aren't exactly a hard sell.

Watch Hawaii Five-0 Mondays at 9:00 pm on KGMB.

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