Greg Grunberg’s been itching to get on Hawaii Five-O for a while now. ”I’ve been a fan of that show from way back when I was a kid. I knew the new show was going to be huge hit and I wanted to be on it any way I could,” he says. It didn’t hurt that his Heroes co-star Masi Oka (hanging out here in Grunberg’s trailer) plays Dr. Max Bergman on the show. But Grunberg is also friends with a couple of the show’s executive producers and after months of looking for the right role and timing, they finally got him in to play customs agent Jeff Morrison, who’s helping the team investigate the death of one of his agents. Grunberg and Oka have a few scenes together and he says they filmed a small homage to Heroes that fans who are paying close attention should be able to spot. He’s not sure if it made the final cut but he is sure that if asked, he’d gladly come back to reprise his role. ”I didn’t know what to expect but those guys are just awesome. I just had such a good time with them.”
”She is amazing to work with,” Grunberg says of Lauren German (Officer Lori Weston). ”We had a lot of great scenes together.”
”This was funny. I’d just come off of this movie Mega Spider, where the entire budget was about the size of their craft services budget on Hawaii Five-0,” jokes Grunberg, here with German, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan (left to right). ”And I get to Hawaii and it’s just such a huge operation. They’ve got cooperation from the military that’s there. Helicopters flying in on cue. A huge crew. And these guys are such pros. It was just the bouncing from the small-film world to the big-time TV show. It just was so much fun. And they kept giving me crap about the fact that no one wears a suit in Hawaii, unless you’re an ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agent or some sort of government official.”
”This is sort of Agent Weiss meets Hawaii Five-0. I’ve got that tough-guy stance.”
”It was just funny finding a bunch of hero stuff.” That’s what the props that the main actors often carry (and that are shown in close-ups) are called.