Daniel Dae Kim is a big fan of The Good Doctor, and not just because he’s an executive producer.
The 49-year-old actor appeared with showrunner David Shore, star Freddie Highmore and the cast of The Good Doctor during the series’ panel at PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he opened up about making diversity a big priority for the show.
“It’s important to have not only diversity in front of the camera, but behind it. I couldn’t be prouder of the team that I’m working with, because I know that’s important across the board,” Kim said, as the cast noted the show’s representation of race and gender in addition to featuring a doctor on the autism spectrum. “The most important thing is that we make an entertaining show, and we’re doing it with a diverse group of people.”
This isn’t the first time Kim has spoken out about diversity. The actor left Hawaii Five-0 along with Grace Park last July, over salary disputes with CBS. Kim and Park had been seeking salary equality with Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. CBS’ final offer to Kim and Park was reportedly 10 to 15 percent lower than the salaries of O’Loughlin and Caan.
“As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho,” Kim said in a statement at the time. “The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am.”
Kim has definitely found success on the producing side. He helped bring The Good Doctor to life, purchasing the rights to the South Korean version after watching it in 2013. The American adaptation was renewed for a second season earlier this month, with Kim revealing that he’d like to get even more involved with the series in front of the camera in season two.
“I would love to, at some point,” Kim teased. “I’m such a fan of the writing. I’m also such a fan of these actors. As satisfied as I’ve been watching behind the monitors, there’s a part of me as an actor that really wants to play with talented people.”
“So if there’s the right storyline,” he continued, “I wouldn’t be surprised if I make an appearance sometime.”
The season finale of The Good Doctor airs Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.