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Hawaii Five-0 Casts Emmy Winner Christine Lahti as McGarrett's Mother

Mom’s the word for Emmy and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti, who has landed the recurring role of Steve McGarrett’s heretofore believed dead mother on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.

“The mysterious character of Doris McGarrett is a pivotal one to the mythology of our show,” showrunner Peter Lenkov says of the casting, “and we are thrilled to have a seasoned and beloved actress such as Christine to portray her. She’s a wonderful addition to the H50 family and the fans will certainly enjoy what we have in store for her. Let’s just say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

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Lahti will make her Five-0 debut in the Season 3 premiere, which as previously reported will allow viewers to witness the most unexpected reunion between Steve and the mysterious “Shelburne” aka Mom, which was teased at the very close of last May’s finale. “[Next season] really picks up a second later,” Lenkov has said.

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Lahti’s Emmy came via her run on Chicago Hope, where over five years she earned a total of four nods. Her other TV credits include (yet are not limited to!) Jack & Bobby, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Her film roles, meanwhile, include Swing Shift (which netted her an Oscar nom), Whose Life Is It Anyway? and Lieberman in Love, which she also directed and earned her an Academy Award in the Best Live Action Short category.

Are you looking forward to McGarrett meeting up with his momma?