- Michelle Borth feels right at home with the boys in Hawaii Five-0
- Suria FM's entertaining truck
- 988 hosts Chinese music awards show
Posted: 26 May 2013 04:21 PM PDT
Michelle Borth feels right at home starring alongside the male-driven cast of Hawaii Five-0.
ACTRESS Michelle Borth has very few female friends.
The gorgeous brunette revealed during a phone interview from Hawaii to Star2 that she has always gotten along better with men, owing to the fact that she grew up with two brothers. So when her recurring role in the remake of the 1960s police procedural drama, Hawaii Five-0, was promoted to a regular on season three, Borth was more than ready for a tussle with the boys (namely Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Masi Oka).
"There are a lot of dirty jokes," the 34-year-old actress says of the atmosphere on set, before adding playfully, "which I love."
She shares that the testosterone-charged environment ("We have a crew of over 100 Hawaiian men on set that walk around with no shirts on") is a respite from the usual drama that ensues in a female-led or even mixed-sex cast.
"Being on other sets in Los Angeles, there can be a lot of cattiness with actors. There's none of that here," she says.
Borth joins the elite crime-fighting task force, Five-0, as Lieutenant Catherine Rollins in her capacity as a US Navy Lieutenant. Those familiar with the original Hawaii Five-0 may notice that her addition to the cast is a rather unorthodox move for the show, as all the major roles were played by men back then.
But in this remake, Borth is one of two females to be part of the main cast. The burly detective Kono Kalakanua, previously portrayed by Gilbert "Zulu" Kauhi, is now a sultry surfer and sniper played by Grace Park. Borth is happy to see this increase in female presence on the show.
"There are more and more stronger female parts that are being developed, as there are more writers and directors who are women. I think it's important to show strong women on TV and in film to set an example for young girls watching that you can be tough and smart at the same time," she shares.
And tough and smart is just the way to describe Borth's character. Besides using her position as an intelligence officer with the US Navy to feed information to the team, Rollins always puts up a tough fight to take down the bad guys. Borth, who also starred as Major Rebecca Gordon on Combat Hospital, is proud to say she does most of her own stunts.
"I do all the stunt work. But just because I can do them doesn't mean that it looks that great. So, I have a stunt double. The editors usually use the stunts that look better on-screen and mix them up. But from what I've been seeing, I can tell that around 85% is me," she reveals, adding that she underwent intense martial arts and firearms training before shooting began.
It's a good thing the actress picked up some moves on the show as she'll be needing it to protect herself from the envious female fans of Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (O'Loughlin). Yes, Borth's character also happens to be the hunky leading man's love interest. The two were in an on-again-off-again long distance relationship in the first two seasons, but with Rollins stationed on the island for good now, perhaps they will finally go steady.
"I enjoy playing my character a lot because it serves as a vehicle for a storyline for McGarrett. With her around, you get a different vibe from McGarrett who's usually the tough guy. You see smiles on his face that you didn't see before; you see him vulnerable, laughing and giddy," she says.
However, Borth opines that with Rollins coming on board full-time, their relationship might be at risk of going sour.
"Long distance relationships are always like a honeymoon. You don't see that person for months at a time and then you see them in one weekend, it's a honeymoon. That's kind of what season one and two were about. In my opinion, with Rollins moving in, it's only going to make things difficult. To have to put up with each other all the time while working in a high-pressure situation makes things complicated.
"But you never know, hopefully it ends with them walking down the aisle," she adds.
■ Hawaii Five-0 airs every Monday at 10pm on AXN (Astro Ch 701/HD Ch 721).
Posted: 27 May 2013 08:52 AM PDT
FOR one month only, Suria FM will unleash to the streets its first ever Suria FM Truck.
Spotting the faces of its celebrated DJs – Halim Othman, Adibah Noor, Reza Mohamed, Seri, Linda Onn, Bob Ringgo & DJ Lin – on its exterior, the truck will roam the Klang Valley until June 9 and even promises to illuminate itself at night, staying true to Suria's tagline, "Menceriakan Duniamu".
Come rain or shine, the Suria FM Truck, boasting as the first of its kind for any Malaysian radio station, will broadcast the channel live, entertaining passers-by along its routes.
So, why are they doing this? To use an industry jargon, this is a brand engagement exercise.
"The Suria FM Truck is a continuous effort to promote Suria FM to everyone.
"It exposes Suria FM as well as the announcers to the public. Then, Suria FM will be on top of their mind," shared the channel's programme manager Adiwati Zainuddin.
■ Suria FM is a subsidiary of Star Radio Group
Posted: 27 May 2013 08:53 AM PDT
988 plays host to an awards show promoting the development of Chinese music.
THE Star Radio Group's Chinese radio station 988 is set to host the 13th Global Chinese Music Awards (GCMA) on October 5 at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.
GCMA was established in 2000 with seven of Asia's radio stations taking turns to host the awards show. The seven radio stations are (from China) Beijing Music Radio, Shanghai Dong Gan 101, and Music FM Radio Guang Dong; (Taiwan) Taipei Pop Radio; (Hong Kong) RTHK; (Singapore) YES 933 as well as (Malaysia) 988.
The main objective of GCMA is to promote the development of Chinese music and acknowledge the outstanding contributors in the music industry.
"Play. Music. Hard. is the theme for the 13th Global Chinese Music Awards. The theme represents our acknowledgement to the artistes' perseverance, on their will in standing strong against obstacles in pursuit of creating good music. It is not easy working in the music industry," said deputy group chief broadcasting officer of Star Radio Group Kudsia Kahar.
"Artistes face the lack of financial support, public recognition, the shift to the age of digital commerce, piracy, etc. By hosting this award, we are doing our bit to show our support to the musicians out there."
Ticket are affordably priced at RM50, RM100, RM150, RM200, RM250 and RM300 and will be available July onwards. There will be discounts for early birds, students, and senior citizens.
■ Download the 988 app or stream online at 988.com.my. 988 is a subsidiary of Star Radio Group.
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