'Hawaii Five-0': Joan Collins Talks Playing Danny's Former Mother-in-Law
The aloha state by way of…the French Riviera?
Dame Joan Collins took a circuitous route to land her March 8 guest spot on Hawaii Five-0, says executive producer Peter Lenkov. “We met years ago in Monte Carlo at a TV festival,” he recalls. “I promised I’d bring her to Hawaii.”
The fall finale left fans wondering what's going to happen next.
When the script called for an actress to play glamorous romance novelist Amanda Savage — who has unfinished business with her former son-in-law, Det. Danny Williams (Scott Caan) — Lenkov kept his word and gave the Dynasty veteran a call.
Collins (above, with Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett) fills us in on the rest.
Were you familiar with Hawaii Five-0 before this part came along?
Joan Collins: Yes, I’ve seen the show and I love it. I’m bored to tears with [hospital-drama] operations and people leaning over a cadaver, and too much shooting and sexual content and bad language. I consider Hawaii Five-0 a pretty wholesome show.
What’s the one thing a role has to have for you to say yes?
It has to be interesting and something I feel I can inhabit. I loved doing American Horror Story: Apocalypse since I played two characters! And I made a great friend in Kathy Bates.
Tell us about Amanda. Does she get along with Danny?
No, they don’t like each other. [Laughs] But she likes Steve McGarrett. [According to Lenkov, “She sees McGarrett as a potential fifth husband. Or is it sixth?”] The boys take me shopping, and we all end up bantering. I’m pretty good at banter.
Plus, it's also the series' 200th episode.
Your character comes to town on a book tour. Since you’ve written both fiction and nonfiction, and your late sister, Jackie, was a prolific novelist, did that provide some inspiration?
Yes, we have a scene where I’m at a book signing with Amanda’s fans applauding and saying, “We loved your last book, and we can’t wait to read this one!” It was a little bit like it has been when I’ve been writing books.
And now you’re touring England with Joan Collins Unscripted, your one-woman show. Why is this the right time for that?
It’s not the right time, believe me! I was supposed to do it in September, but I was doing American Horror Story, so I had to postpone. I shall be dashing back to a warmer climate as soon as possible!
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