Kimball Cho is a former member of the CBI team, along with Teresa Lisbon, Patrick Jane, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt. Although he is normally a very. CBS THE MENTALIST stars Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain How do you see Kimball Cho's relationship with Patrick Jane. Sources suggest that Kimball Cho may also find a love interest this time. to explore the potential for a relationship between Jane and Lisbon.
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The five of us walked into the room together and we just liked each other, and I think that translates. Because this character is much more by-the-book than the other characters, did you feel like you needed to do more research once you were cast, to make sure you really understood this guy?
Yeah, I did more research into the police procedure. I worked out with SWAT guys and ex- and active military guys, and consulted with them and read books.
You just do what you do. We had to take care of a few storylines and some character things, in the first 10 episodes of this season. We needed to take care of a lot of those aspects of the show before we move into some of the supporting characters. That parceling out of information is what keeps it a little bit fresh. It is what it is, in episodic television. Last season, me and Simon would have some cool scenes together in each episode, which I thought was great.
There is that idea that Jane and Cho are perfectly matched, in terms of the way they each go about getting the job done. Jane uses his antics and wild shenanigans and thinks outside the box, in his approach to solving these crimes.
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Cho is very well within that box, but is not afraid to go outside the box, in order to get the job done. I think there is a mutual respect between the two. But, we parcel out the smiles for Cho. Is it difficult to be so deadpan? Does that ever lead to a lot of cracking up on set? Not a lot, partly because of the subject matter we deal with.
As soon as we started to develop that characterization of Cho, that certainly did contribute a bit more. Yes, he is this straight and narrow, by-the-book guy, but because of that past and knowing that he came from the other side of it, it informed me, in terms of who this guy is.
He does want to get the job done, by any means necessary, outside of breaking the law. The ends do justify the means, as long as no laws are completely being broken.
Each situation is dealt with, on a case by case basis. The most fun thing has really been the process that we go through to make a television show, every week and every day. The challenges of the repetition of that is tough.
But, as grueling as hour days might sound, I love it. That, to me, is a lot of fun. We have a lot of fun in the acting portions of our day, but a lot of it is waiting.
We hurry up and wait. I enjoy collaborating and talking with Bruno [Heller]. We work out problems on the fly. We work out problems before we even get to set. What did you mean by this situation? It is challenging to not coast and to elevate each script that we get. We get a script every week and a half. But, there is always something in the script.
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How has this ensemble been to work with and develop these characters alongside? These guys are great. I really love that. Are you the type of actor who likes to try to find work during hiatus, or do you prefer to take a break and recharge for the next season?
I think it all depends on the project. On the flipside, after nine and a half or 10 months of work, you just want to take a breather. There is maybe a week or two of recharging the batteries a little bit, but then the search goes on for that elusive fun, creative project. Ultimately, I enjoy the more dramatic side of the business. If a horror film came up, that would be cool.
I have a good time and I can find the fun in whatever the genre. Within weeks of getting out of the gang, Cho enlisted in the U. At most times, Cho seems to be the calmest and most clearheaded of the agents, but is shown to have a loose temper if someone he cares for is threatened. Due to his former gang affiliations and military background he is street savvy and also highly proficient in and has an extensive knowledge of firearms. He is good friends with Rigsby and his deadpan sense of humor and calm demeanor both complements and contrasts Rigsby's happy-go-lucky nature.
His loyalty to Lisbon is shown in this episode, as he offers to let her call the shots, but she refuses. In one episode, he shows some belief in the supernatural when a witch apparently casts a spell on him. In season 3 episode " Bloodsport ", Cho is forced into an uncomfortable position when he finds out Special Agent Wayne Rigsbywhile lying to a parole officer to give his father an alibi, has named him as a person that could corroborate the alibi.
Cho is angered and states that in his nearly a decade of service in law enforcement, he has never lied to a fellow officer.
Though unhappy about it, when LaRoche questions him, he sides with Rigsby and lies. He eventually forgives Rigsby. The pickpocket steals Cho's car, and is later caught and held at CBI headquarters until foster care can take him. Cho ends up helping the kid prove his father, who had been arrested for robbing a store, is innocent.
At the end of the episode, father and son are reunited, and Cho laughs as Rigsby reacts to having had his wallet stolen. Early in season 4, Cho injures his back when he is hit by a car while chasing a suspect. This leaves him with constant and severe pain which he overcomes with the use of painkillers, of which he takes more and more as the pain remains.
He falls asleep on the job and it almost costs Rigsby his life. He is later seen flushing the pills down the toilet. He is happy to see Jane again when Jane returns to the US.
Personal relationships[ edit ] In the season 2 episode "Blood In, Blood Out", Cho is shown as having a girlfriend, Elise Chaye portrayed by Sandrine Holtwho says he is talking even less than he normally does because he is worrying about somethingimplying that he is a reserved man even when in a relationship.
He evidently cared deeply for Elise, because after masked men threatened the pair of them and hit her, he became determined to find who they were.