'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.”
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.
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!
Hawaii Five-0, Fridays, 9/8c, CBS