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She was born on 7 November 1973 – the middle child of three girls. She lives in South Korea with the love of her life – her 14-year-old dog, Tobi. At the age of 10, Kim immigrated to the United States with her family – hence becoming a member of the 1.5 generation (a term referring to Korean Americans born in South Korea but brought up in the U.S.). She joined the middle school drama club in the 7th grade to get over her shyness and performed in the musical My Fair Lady. She attended the prestigious High School of Performing Arts in New York and received her BFA in acting from Boston University.
Kim moved to New York City to pursue her acting, where she attended and earned her diploma at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. From there, she studied drama at the London Academy of Performing Arts and later earned her acting degree at Boston University.
Over the next several
years, this accomplished actress starred in five additional films. In
July 2003, Kim signed a three-year contract with William Morris. Kim can
currently be seen as the character Sun Kwon in the television series Lost
(2004). She auditioned for the role of Kate and the producers were so
impressed with her, that they created the role of Sun. In May 2006, Maxim
named Kim #98 on its annual Hot 100 List. In October 2006 she was featured
on the cover of Stuff, as well as a spread inside the magazine. Kim was
the Goodwill Ambassador for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, representing
Korea. She is a trained fighter. Her combat skills are Unarmed, Quarter
Staff, Broad Sword and Tae Kwon Do. She is a trained dancer in the disciplines
of ballet, jazz, Afro-Caribbean and Peking Opera. She also published a
Japanese photobook called "XOXO". Her nickname in
Korea is Yeo Chun Sa, or "The Warrior Woman."
Rejected "Geisha" Role
"Personally, I don't think it is wrong for a Korean actress to play a Japanese character in a film, or vice versa. I just didn't like the character of the geisha that I was offered. If the role had been appealing, I would have given more thought to the request. And when I received the offer, I had already decided to accept the role in `Georgia Heat.'" (Yunjin’s quote on The Chosun Ilbo)
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executive producer Damon Lindelof says Kim's crossover appeal reflects
the level of her acting talent. "Quite simply, acting talent
is acting talent," he tells me. "The U.S. is traditionally slower
to respond to Asian actors as `stars,' but the fact that Yunjin simply
is one is pretty much undeniable. At the end of the day, the fact that
she is Korean is secondary to the fact that she is so facile with portraying
human characters that audiences anywhere can respond to."
Another executive producer on "Lost," Carlton
Cuse, has produced other projects with and/or starring Asian Americans
such as the above-listed “Lost” (Daniel
Dae Kim/Yunjin Kim), “Black Sash” (starring Russell Wong),
Law” (w/Sammo Hung and Kelly Hu) and “Nash Bridges”
(Kelly Hu, Kelvin Han Lee, Tzi Ma).
Another executive producer on "Lost," Carlton Cuse, has produced other projects with and/or starring Asian Americans such as the above-listed “Lost” (Daniel Dae Kim/Yunjin Kim), “Black Sash” (starring Russell Wong), “Martial Law” (w/Sammo Hung and Kelly Hu) and “Nash Bridges” (Kelly Hu, Kelvin Han Lee, Tzi Ma).