At Thursday's diversity-themed cocktail reception for Emmy nominees hosted by SAG-AFTRA and the TV academy, we chatted with Daniel Dae Kim ("Hawaii Five-0") about the 10-year anniversary of "Lost" winning the top Best Drama Series prize for ABC back in 2005. Watch our fun interview below.
Winning the Emmy was "a bit surreal," Kim tells Gold Derby editor Matt Noble on the red carpet. "It was our first year. We had been working in Hawaii in our little bubble, not knowing the effect that it was having on the mainland and around the world."
"Being invited to the Emmys was a big deal, let alone winning," he adds. "That wasn't something that we'd ever considered. We were just happy to be there." When "Lost" won in 2005, it beat heavyweights "24," "Deadwood," "Six Feet Under" and "The West Wing." To this day, it remains the only sci-fi/fantasy show to ever claim the Best Drama Series trophy.
Kim admits, "I probably wouldn't be here tonight without 'Lost.' It was really the start of the next phase of my career and it was a launching pad to 'Hawaii Five-0' and the other jobs I've had. I'll always be greatful to all the guys who gave me a chance."
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Photo: Daniel Dae Kim. Credit: Rob Latour/Variety/REX