Daniel Day Kim is best known for his roles in Hawaii Five-0 and Lost. Throughout his career, he has been pushing for diversity in Hollywood as well as speaking out against discrimination. 

In fact, Kim decided to be a part of Hawaii Five-0 for his sons: Zander and Jackson Kim. 

During an interview with Vulture, the actor shared he starred in Hawaii Five-0 because he didn’t want his sons to feel alienated growing up as he did. 

At that time, one of my sons was in elementary school, one was about to enter high school, and I really wanted them to grow up with a continuity of experience. 

Daniel Day Kim with his sons Zander and Jackson.

Daniel Day Kim with his sons Zander and Jackson in Montreux, Switzerland, in November 2017. (Photo: Instagram)

"I also appreciated what Hawaii had to offer to an Asian American family," he added, recalling how he felt very much like the Other for most of his upbringing while growing up in a steel town. 

In the same interview, Kim also clarified that his family, his wife and his sons, was his priority. 

Daniel Dae Kim and Wife Mia Kim's Family 

Kim has been married to his wife, Mia Haeyoung Rhee, for over 27 years. The two tied the knot on June 12, 1993, and welcomed two children into their family.

Daniel Day Kim with his wife Mia Kim.

Daniel Day Kim with his wife Mia Kim. (Photo: Instagram)

Kim and his wife gave birth to their first son, Zander Kim, in July 1996. He is currently an editorial assistant at Black Dog & Leventhal, a publisher of illustrated books for readers of all ages. 

As per his official website, he usually works on non-fiction topics such as basketball, dogs, and Schitt's Creek. 

Zander graduated from Brown University and he was also the co-creator and staff writer at Ex-Bullpen, a baseball blog, until 2018.

Kim and his wife also have another son, Jackson Kim, who was born in January 2002. Jackson is currently attending New York University and is a fashion model signed with Wilhelmina Models.

Why Daniel Dae Kim Left ‘Hawaii Five-0’ 

Kim left Hawaii Five-0 after seven seasons in 2017. The reason for him leaving the show, which was one of his major works, was being unable to gain pay parity with fellow original cast members Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.

Kim wasn’t the only one trying to renegotiate a pay parity among the cast members.

Grace Park, who played the role of Kono Kalakaua in the series, also sought equal pay. Ultimately, both of them left the show at the end of season 7 after their requests weren’t fulfilled.

In the aforementioned interview with Vulture, Kim had gotten candid about his time in Hawaii Five-0. He described the difference between his pay and that of Alex and Caan to be “significant.”

Kim also shared that he had taken a huge pay cut. "One thing that has never been properly reported is the amount of pay cut I took to do 'Hawaii Five-0' from 'Lost.' It was drastic, and it was never made up," he explained.

The actor further added that the goal at the negotiating table was to make all the castmates into the ensemble he had thought they were when he got into the show. He also asked for his pay to be raised back to where it was when he was starring in Lost.