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Overview (2)

Born in Seoul, South Korea
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in the ABC drama series Mistresses.

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 1973. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1980. They lived in Staten Island, New York. She joined the middle school drama club in the 7th grade and performed in the musical My Fair Lady.

Kim attended high school at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, a public high school located in Manhattan. From there, she went on to study drama at the London Academy of Performing Arts and later earned her BFA degree in drama at Boston University. Kim has remarked that in her zeal to become Americanized quickly, she studied acting, academics and pronunciation with equal intensity. She is also a trained dancer and martial arts fighter.

After graduation, Kim devoted herself full-time to acting. She garnered several minor parts on MTV, in soap opera-style dramas on ABC, and on the off-Broadway stage. In 1997, she starred in Splendid Holiday, a Korean TV drama shot on location in New York. Kim decided to return to Korea. She was cast in the TV drama Wedding Dress and was also invited to act in Lee Kwangmo's feature Spring in My Hometown, although she ended up not taking this role. Her breakthrough debut came in the 1999 film Shiri, South Korea's first blockbuster film. Shiri became the highest-grossing film in Korean history at the time. In November 2000, she continued her association with Kang Je-gyu in The Legend of Gingko.

After acting in a Japanese film and a feature set in Los Angeles, Kim appeared in the sci-fi feature Yesterday. Then in 2002, Kim took the lead role in Ardor, the feature film debut of documentarist Byun Young-ju. The film was invited to screen in a non-competitive section at the 2003 Berlin film festival.

In 2004, Kim started appearing in the U.S. television series Lost, which ran for six seasons.

In May 2006, Maxim named Kim number 98 on its annual Hot 100 List. In October 2006 she was featured on the cover of Stuff, as well as an inside spread.

In 2013, she had a leading role in the ABC drama series Mistresses.

In 2018, Kim returned to Korean television by headlining the series Ms. Ma, Nemesis.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Spouse (1)

Jeong-Hyeok Park (28 March 2010 - present)

Trivia (24)

Although born in Korea, she was raised mostly in New York City.
Already a bankable star in Asia, she is crossing over the Pacific and gaining American fans in the hit TV show Lost (2004).
She shares the very popular Korean last name "Kim" (more than one fifth of the population) with her Lost (2004) co-star and on-screen husband, Daniel Dae Kim. They are neither related nor married.
A trained dancer: Ballet, Jazz, Afro-Caribbean and Peking Opera Dance.
She is also a trained fighter. Her combat skills are Unarmed, Quarter Staff, Broad Sword and Tae Kwon Do.
Published a Japanese photobook called "XOXO".
Trained at Boston University (BFA Acting), British American Drama Academy, High School of Performing Arts (N.Y.).
Spokesperson for Kanebo, a Japanese cosmetics company.
Recently bought a house in Hawaii
Speaks fluent Korean and English.
Goodwill Ambassador for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, representing Korea.
Does not drink any alcohol because she suffers from a common genetic disorder known as alcohol flush reaction, which is often referred to as "Asian red" [Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) - March 2006].
She has been called "The Korean Julia Roberts."
Originally auditioned for the part of "Kate" on Lost (2004), but the producers didn't believe she was right for the part. Instead, they created the character of "Sun" for her.
She has been appointed to the publicity committee of the American Red Cross. She appears in a poster promoting the donation campaign 'GIVE 100, NEW YORK'. The poster will be shown at the public place such as the bus stops in New York.
Made #98 on Maxim's "hot 100" list of 2006
Was the February 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.
Narrated the award-winning documentary Behind Forgotten Eyes (2007).
Was asked to audition for a role of Chiyo/Sayuri in Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), but refused to do that.
In 2006, she was listed as #98 in the prestigious Maxim Hot 100.
She was stuck on the Island with Evangeline Lilly and several others in the ABC drama LOST.
She became a star throughout her native country of South Korea for a role in the widely successful film Shiri.
She married entrepreneur Jeong Hyeok Park in 2010.
Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress best known for her role as Sun on the hit television series LOST. She also starred in the ABC series Mistresses.

Personal Quotes (3)

On her character on Swiri (1999): "I was playing a La Femme Nikita (1997)-type role - a North Korean spy who falls in love with her enemy. From then on, I played every cool girl with a gun. My nickname in Korean is "Woman Warrior".
"I watched an auction on Ebay for my photo. It went all the way up to $15!" (In Style/Sept/2006)
On her first acting break: "After graduating [from Boston University], I was cast in a Korean miniseries that took off. It was crazy! I became recognizable overnight." (In Style/Sept/2006)

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