The action-packed eighth season of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” premiered Sept. 29 and what added to the excitement was the presence of two Indian-origin actors in it.
While India-West had earlier reported that Indo-Canadian actress Meaghan Rath had been cast in a series regular role on the police procedural drama, viewers were delighted to see Indian American actor Kunal Sharma on the show.
During the premiere of the show, which was called “‘A’ole e ‘olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia,” which translates to “Fire Will Never Say That It Has Had Enough,” Rath was introduced as a new character named Tani Rey, hand-picked by McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan). In the episode, the team finds themselves in the hot seat when hacker Aaron Wright masterminds the jailbreak of arsonist Jason Duclair. In a literal baptism by fire, Rey joins the task force and proves that she’ll be an asset during the hot pursuit of Duclair.
Sharma was introduced as Rath’s brother, Koa Rey, who loves chilling at home and playing video games, and that causes some sort of friction between the siblings.
Rath, whose mother’s family hails from Goa, India, and father’s family is part British and Austrian, is best known to television audiences for her starring roles in the Syfy series, “Being Human,” and Fox’s comedy series, “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” and for recurring roles in ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” and Fox’s “New Girl.”
Sharma, born in Andover, Massachusetts, has appeared on shows like “Arrested Development,” “Pretty Little Liars” and Fox’s “Prison Break.” He also starred in the Indian American production, “Miss India America.”