The actress is breaking her silence on her highly publicized Hawaii Five-0 exit. Grace Park left the TV show last year in June. Before that, she played Kono Kalakaua for no less than seven seasons!
Reports at the time claimed she as well as Daniel Dae Kim both left the CBS action drama because of the unfair pay.
But now, Park confessed that the salary dispute was not the sole reason she chose to leave Hawaii Five-0.
In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, the star revealed that ‘There were multiple factors that affected the non-renewal of my contract. I am grateful for the lessons learned, but I just chose what was best for my integrity.’
Grace went on to say that ‘I know people are always trying their best, and everyone is coming from their own backgrounds. Throughout the series, I kept trying to see the best in everyone. Would I do it all over again? I would not be so quick to say yes…. I am still figuring out stuff. Sometimes people are really good at burying stuff, and I think I am like that.’
Following her and Kim’s departures from the show being announced, Kim took to Facebook to post a statement in which she mentioned that the ‘path to equality is never easy.’
‘By now many of you have heard the news, and I am sad to say it’s true. I won’t be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when the production starts next week. Though I made myself available to return, CBS and I were not able to agree on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice to not continue,’ she added at the time.
But why did the star keep silent until now?
Apparently, ‘the whole situation was just a bit too charged for me.’
Grace now stars in the upcoming drama A Million Little Things, and she praised the new production for their team mentality both on set and off.
‘They’re going through a lot of steps to make sure we have the ensemble vibe. We have the same trailers, receive the same treatment. We do not necessarily have the same wages, because people came from all different places [in their careers], but maybe we will be at parity in a few years. If everyone is bringing their A-game and being a team, those are the things that are more important.’
She continued: ‘I’m good leaving the boys’ club, and I’m hopeful for the future. I look at this time as something I went through…. You cannot always get back what you lost, but if you made it through, right now’s the best time to watch the old structures fall.’