Magnum P.I. Stars Are Literally Living Out Their Dreams

At Comic-Con 2018, series stars Perdita Weeks and Zachary Knighton teased a bit about the upcoming series.
Posted on Jul 20, 2018 | 04:50pm

Living in Hawaii and being involved in a fun action series is tough work, but somebody has to do it!

Enter Perdita Weeks and Zachary Knighton. Weeks plays Juliet Higgins on the all-new Magnum P.I.; she's a former MI:6 agent who now looks after the fabulous beachside estate where Thomas Magnum also lives (and she's got to look after him, too!).

Knighton, meanwhile, steps into the role of Orville "Rick" Wright, a former Marine door-gunner-turned-impresario of Oahu’s coolest nightclub and the most connected man on the island.

The two were visiting San Diego Comic-Con 2018 when we caught up with them to chat about the exciting new series, which premieres on Monday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

WATCH: Zachary Knighton And Perdita Weeks Talk About Living The Dream On Magnum P.I. 

Buckle up for big action AND big laughs on Magnum P.I.
Weeks knew exactly what drew her to play Juliet Higgins on Magnum. "It's a great, fun role! There's a lot of stunts and driving fast cars. She's a kickass female!"

Knighton knew, too, but especially appreciated a different opportunity with a character he's always loved. "When I was a kid I was a huge fan of the original Magnum ... Rick was my favorite, he was the guy that made me laugh on the show. I get to live in both worlds, the comedy [and] the drama world. And also get to live in Hawaii!"

Epic stunts on Magnum P.I. mean getting in shape—and getting some help!
Weeks thought it would have been fun to do one particular stunt flying backward through glass, and had praise for her stuntwoman who pulled it off in a single take.

"Our big action now is going into the machine that scans your face to then put it on somebody else's body," joked Knighton. "I'll do anything they ask me to do," he continued, before teasing some more stunts coming up.

As for getting ready to participate in their own stunts, they said there are some advantages to filming in Hawaii. "You're just outside all the time," pointed out Weeks.

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The tropical dreams continue on Magnum P.I.
Growing up watching the original Magnum in freezing cold Washington, D.C., Knighton used to "imagine this fantasy world that existed somewhere out there." Now he's living that reality! Along with the lush, tropical locale, expect a lot of homage throwbacks including cars, choppers, and dogs.

In the video above, Weeks reveals more about the iconic Dobermans, including their real names—and which one is a bigger diva!

The Magnum P.I. team has felt the Aloha Spirit in Hawaii.
Both Knighton and Weeks said they've really felt welcomed as they work in their new tropical home state! "I'd heard so much about the Aloha Spirit and the people of Hawaii, but I guess I'm surprised how true it is," Knighton emphasized.

Watch the series premiere of Magnum P.I. on Monday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.