For the bulk of Grace Park’s career, she has spent it mainly on the small screen. In the rare case, Park has ventured into feature films, but very rare, as she has found great success on numerous television shows. She came to prominence as Lt. Sharon “Boomer” Valerii on the TV series Battlestar Galactica, but she may be better known for her character in an even longer running TV series.
This is the Grace Park you know and the Grace Park she has become.
EARLY GRACE PARK
Grace Park’s career began 20 years ago and while her first role was in a feature film, a bit part in Romeo Must Die, she immediately moved on to the small screen. She began her small-screen career on Secret Agent Man then grabbed herself a recurring role on the Lorenzo Lamas-led series The Immortal. Park then found herself, for the next few years, bouncing from series to series, appearing in The Outer Limits, Dead Last, and Dark Angel. She even appeared on an episode of Stargate SG-1.
In 2001, while she was jumping from series to series, Grace Park also landed a starring role in the TV series Edgemont with Kristin Kreuk. The series ran for five seasons and Park was seen in 69 of the series’ 70 episodes. The series also ran until 2005, which means Grace Park was very busy when she was first introduced to the Battlestar Galactica franchise.
Grace Park first played Lt. Sharon Valerii on the 2003 TV mini-series Battlestar Galactica. It was a 2-episode series that was aimed at rebooting the original series, which ran for two seasons in 1978-79. Thankfully it took and in 2004, the Battlestar Galactica reboot was in full force.
The series starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Tricia Helfer along with Park. When Battlestar Galactica ended its run, Park didn’t end her association with the franchise. In fact, before the series ended, Park was part of the 10-webisode series Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy where she didn’t play “Boomer”, but a character called Number Eight. She did, though, reprise her role as Lt. Valerii in the movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan.
GRACE PARK AFTER BSG
Grace Park didn’t waste any time jumping into another series as Battlestar was coming to an end. She had a recurring role in the series The Border and was also seen in the show Human Target. But it was her experience and the fact that she could handle a long-running series that got Grace Park her longest gig.
Grace Park must like reboots. After spending time with the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Grace Park then found herself in the role of Kono Kalakaua as part of the cast in the reboot of Hawaii Five-O. The series also starred Alex O’Laughlin and Scott Caan. Park, along with actor Daniel Dae Kim, was a huge part of the series for seven seasons when they were both abruptly written off the show.
For the longest time, Grace Park didn’t speak about her exit from the Hawaii Five-O, but she eventually gave in and explained her side of the departure. She told Entertainment Weekly, “There were a number of factors spanning the show that affected the non-renewal of my contract. I’m grateful for the lessons learned, but I chose what was best for my integrity.” She even went on to detail certain specifics. “CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue.”
Grace Park doesn’t offer much more information other than that, though she did speak about Five-O’s showrunner Peter M. Lenkov and his tweet that suggested Park left the show to spend time with her family. “The whole situation was just a bit too charged for me,” she told Deadline. “I let him know, ‘That wasn’t cool that you made a statement on my behalf.’ … I know he did it to be helpful, and I care about Peter as a person, but I didn’t leave for that reason.”
GRACE PARK NOW
While Grace Park ended her run with Hawaii Five-O in 2017, her decision has not seemed to affect her career. She went on to star in two feature films, Adventures in Public School and Freaks, and then she found her next big gig, again on a TV series.
Grace Park is now part of the ensemble A Million Little Things, playing Katherine Kim, lawyer and mother juggling career and family, trying to piece back together her broken marriage. Thankfully for Grace, the series was renewed for a third season.