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Two stars — from 'Lost,' 'South Pacific' — on 'Hawaii Five-0'

October 7th, 2013

A former “Lost” star returns to the islands in this week’s ”Hawaii  Five-0” episode, themed “Ka 'oia'i'o ma loko (The Truth Within),” airing at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Mainland) on CBS.

Jorge_Garcia_by_Gage_Skidmore_2Jorge Garcia, who was Hurley on the ABC series, guests as Jerry Ortega, a conspiracy theorist  helping  the “Five-0” team on a murder case linked to a centuries-old Hawaiian secret society. Garcia’s character will collaborate with Chin Ho Kelly, played by Daniel Dae Kim, which means it will be a reunion for two “Lost” souls.

And one of the close-kept secrets of the segment is that a former Broadway star from Hawaii, who was a Tony Awards nominee, will appear as Mrs. Ortega, mother of Garcia’s character. Loretta Ables Sayre, a singer-actress by trade, will join the growing list of mothers on the series (think Doris McGarrett, played by Christine Lahti, Melanie Griffith coming in to play Danno Williams’ Scott Caan’s mother).  Ables Sayre was a little awkward in admitting to playing a mama in a show becoming quite crowded with kinfolk of the “Five-0” team. Like: Carol Burnett guesting  later this season as McGarrett’s aunt, in a Thanksgiving show, and McG’s dad John (William Sadler) already introduced and killed off and still recurring when needed.


But Ables Sayre is a veteran portraying notable mothers in such previous endeavors as “You Somebody,” a Diamond Head Theatre musical by Lee Cataluna and Keola Beamer, where she twice played  Pua Lusa, a mom eager to see  her name in a newspaper column, and “South Pacific,” the Broadway musical revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, where she recreated the enterprising Bloody Mary character (and earned a Best Supporting Actress — Musical Tony nomination), the Tonkinese mother trying to marry off daughter Liat. She also recreated that role this past summer at The Muny in St. Louis.

Since Grace Park, who plays Kono Kalakaua, still is anchored in Vancouver, after giving birth to a son recently, she is not yet traveling back here for episode filming, so her colleagues have been in Vancouver’s  Chinatown for some recent shooting.

FYI, Garcia could be a recurring character (ditto, his mother), since consultation is his game and the “Five-0” colleagues are currently one short of crimefighters with Park’s temporary residency in Canada.


3 Responses to “Two stars — from 'Lost,' 'South Pacific' — on 'Hawaii Five-0'”

  1. theDman:

    I'll be the first to say that Jorge Garcia liked his stint in Hawaii when he did Lost and he would be a good choice as a recurring character.

    I think that's important for the show, that is, don't just chase after random name talent or beautiful people, find actors that like Hawaii to begin with. The recent "drama" on, and off the H50 set were created by people that did not like it here. That only stands to reason, I mean, if you don't like your surroundings, you start to get edgy because you've most likely isolated yourself.

    In fact, Lost is another good example, because the actors that did manage to earn a bad rep around the island, were exactly the ones who did not like it here to begin with.

  2. Terrysagirl:

    Oh, was there an official announcement about Grace? I must have missed that.

  3. AniMatsuri:

    I still think Maggie Q would be a great replacement for Grace Park. Maybe she could be the older sister who's returning from a tour in the service looking for work.

    Jorge had no problems getting involved with the community when he was here with Lost. I have no doubts it will happen again if his stints get longer on the show.

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