Grace Park

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Grace Park

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3/6/1979, Los Angeles, California, USA

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The actress Grace Park was born on March 6, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. Her family moved to Vancouver in Canada when she was 22 months old. Grace considers herself to be a Canadian, while also recognizing her Korean heritage. Before she began acting, she used to work…more

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  • Trivia

    • Grace played the role of Lt. Sandra Telfair in the PC video game Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.

    • Grace was the co-host (along with Daniel Dae Kim from Lost) of the 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards, held at UCLA's Royce Hall on May 16, 2007. (The show airs on the AZN network on May 28, 2007.)

    • Grace has been described by Leah Cairns (Racetrack on Battlestar Galactica) as "delightful." Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) characterized Grace as introspective.

    • Grace will appear in the 2008 Korean-language movie "West 32nd" as Lila Lee. The movie will follow the story of a Korean attorney who becomes involved in the criminal underworld of Korean gangsters in New York City.

    • In a October 2006 video feature on Sci Fi.com, Grace said she told her parents that she didn't want to marry a Korean man. However, she eventually did marry a man of Korean heritage.

    • In order to keep the various copies of her Cylon character on Battlestar Galactica straight, Grace and the cast have taken to calling the copy that was involved with Chief Tyrol "Boomer." The copy that was involved with Helo on Caprica is called Sharon. The other copies are referred to as "Eight," since the Sharon Valerii model is known as Number Eight.

    • Grace was included on Maxim's Hot 100 list for 2006. She was number 93 on the list.

    • None of the cast members of Battlestar Galactica had been told about the plans for the spinoff show Caprica. Grace learned about the spinoff from her manager, who read about it in Variety.

    • Grace co-stars with Dominic Zamprogna in both Battlestar Galactica (2003) and Edgemont.

    • Grace's favorite holiday destination is the Maldives.

    • Grace's favorite movies are Fight Club and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    • Grace loves film, fashion and arts. She also enjoys travelling, snowboarding and surfing.

    • Grace and her husband spent their honeymoon in India.

    • Grace's character in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Proving Ground," Lt. Satterfield, shoots Daniel Jackson and later tries to save him from an explosion, although events don't transpire the way Satterfield thinks they do.

    • In January 2004, when an interviewer asked what her dream character would be, Grace said, "Oh that would be action. I think maybe before I was thinking along the lines of a James Bond girl."

    • Grace is known as the Raptor expert on the set of "Battlestar Galactica." She can name all the command and control, surveillance and weapons systems of the ship off the top of her head.

    • Grace's character on Battlestar Galactica, Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, is supposed to have been orphaned at the age of 1 or 2.

    • Grace used to work out by doing the Grouse Grind, Vancouver's most famous hike. It is referred to as "Mother Nature's Stairmaster," a 1.8 mile hike straight up the face of Grouse Mountain.

    • Grace's acting teachers include Michèle Lonsdale Smith and Barbara Deutsch, who provided "business coaching" before the screen test for the Starbuck role.

    • Grace was one of four finalists in the auditions for the role of Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica.

    • After one of the final auditions for the Starbuck role, Katee Sackhoff told her mother she was going to get the part. She added, " 'But there was this girl that I tested against that if they don't cast her as Boomer, they're crazy.' So that's what ended up happening. And I was really happy when I found out that they did cast [Grace Park] as Boomer. I think it worked out for the best."

    • In a Battlestar Galactica episode from Season 1, "Flesh and Bone," Grace's character Sharon caresses the Cylon Raider that Chief Tyrol has been working on. She hums a tune to the Raider.

      Her singing was unscripted, according to Grace. She hummed a Korean lullaby as she ran her hand across the Raider.

    • Grace would like to be involved in any future project that tells the story of the Japanese occupation of Korea (between 1910 and 1945), particularly the stories of the thousands of women forced into sexual slavery as "comfort women" for the Japanese army.

    • Grace told an interviewer that she would love to work with Wong Kar Wai or Ang Lee, two award-winning movie directors.

    • Like many actors, Grace started out on television doing commercials.

    • Grace met Herb Jefferson, Jr., at the Comic-Con International 2004, the annual comic book, science fiction and gaming convention held in San Diego. Jefferson played the Boomer character on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series.

    • Because of her major in psychology, Grace tends to psychoanalyze the characters she plays.

    • Of the two copies of the Boomer character she plays on Battlestar Galactica, Grace finds the one on Caprica to be more fun to play. "She gets to do all the action."

    • Grace's film debut came in Romeo Must Die (2000). She played an unnamed Asian dancer.

    • Grace says that the cast of Battlestar Galactica enjoys working together. They "goof off like crazy."

    • Though Grace posed for provocative photos in Maxim Magazine, she told her father that she wouldn't pose for nude photos.

    • Grace's husband is a real estate developer, who had been interested in becoming a director while in college.

    • Grace's husband was born in Korea and came to Canada when he was eight years old.

    • Grace dated her future husband for three years before getting married.

    • Grace did a screen test for an ABC show, "Silicon Follies." Her father saw the contract and how much she would be getting paid for each episode. He became much more accepting of Grace's career choice after that.

    • Grace studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, during one summer in college.

    • Grace grew up speaking Korean and English at home.

    • Grace graduated from Magee Secondary school in 1992.

    • After college, Grace only planned to try acting for a year.

    • Grace was featured in a pictorial in the March 2005 issue of Maxim.

    • Grace got married in Mexico in 2004.

    • At first, her parents weren't pleased with her decision to go into acting. They wanted Grace to find a different job or go back to school. Her father said "How long are you going to do this for?" Grace replied, "You know what, I'm going to make a movie one day and make like 25 million dollars." Her father laughed at the comment. Grace was motivated to succeed in her acting career after that.

    • The reaction Grace received from longtime Battlestar Galactica fans about Boomer being a woman was not as negative as the reception Katee Sackhoff received for playing a female Starbuck.

    • Grace attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

    • Grace's favorite Korean food is kimchee, with mashed potatoes. She likes combining the two because potatoes are bland. (Kimchee is a very spicy, fermented cabbage dish often thought of as the national food of Korea.)

    • Grace speaks English and Korean. She knows some French and Cantonese. She has also studied Spanish.

    • Grace worked as a model before becoming an actor.

    • Grace originally auditioned for the Battlestar Galactica role of "Dualla" and then "Starbuck" before getting the role of Sharon "Boomer" Valerii.

    • Grace was born in Los Angeles, but her family moved to Canada when she was 22 months old.

    • Grace currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    • Grace has a degree in Psychology.

    • Grace once danced for twenty straight hours.

    • The Stargate SG-1 episode "Proving Ground," which featured Grace as a member of a rookie SG team, was originally intended as a possible spin-off.

    • Grace attended a "boot camp" with other cast members prior to filming the Battlestar Galactica mini-series to learn about military life.

    • Edward James Olmos told Grace, "You've got the hardest role on the show." He was referring to the fact that Grace plays two different versions of Sharon "Boomer" Valerii on "Battlestar Galactica."

    • Grace had never seen the original Battlestar Galactica series with the male Boomer before winning the new Boomer role. In fact, she never saw any episodes of the original series until the boot camp that the cast attended prior to the filming of the 2003 miniseries.

  • Quotes

    • Grace Park: (speaking about "Six Degrees of Separation") I had to do this one sex scene for Battlestar that wasn't a bedroom scene. It was outside in a forest under a lightning-and-thunder shower. I was like, "So you want some crazy forest sex? OK, I gotcha." In the end, they had to totally edit it down and take out all my moaning.

    • Grace Park: No matter how much more developed we get technologically, whether we develop new philosophies or we get further along, faith into religion, it just seems that it keeps coming back to this. It's like a constant struggle of good and evil and actually playing itself out physically and emotionally and mentally among people, races, cultures. But it's a metaphor for so many things. Whatever you want to see or whatever you're struggling with in life, you can see there, whether it be politics or terrorism or war, hope, faith, struggle, love. It's all in there. Or if you just want plain action and neck-snapping plot twists, you've got that too.

      (at the May 2006 NBC Universal Summer Press Day, speaking about the popularity of Battlestar Galactica)

    • Grace Park: Sometimes I feel like I'm a reluctant actor, I don't know why. Acting, when you're in the groove and it's going well, you feel more alive than what you do in most days. When things are all aligned it thrills you, and when you see so many people climb to their stardom, I guess that's alright too.

      But it's not even like that for me. I didn't want the attention. I wasn't doing it to be famous. I don't wish for people to see me in a glamorous way, or I didn't do it to make a lot of money or anything like that.

    • (When asked what she would most want her character Sharon Valerii to do)
      Grace Park: Hmm. That she would destroy everybody and everything. She would just obliterate the universe. She's always struggling between bad and good, and she's tired of it. I'd just have her go kamikaze.

    • (Speaking about the funniest thing that has happened on the set of Battlestar Galactica)
      Grace Park: A lot of really weird things happened. I think one of the funniest things that I can remember that after the rape scene, even though it sounds pretty morbid, but we'd done it so many times... Lt. Thorne always had to pull down my pants. I was wearing something underneath, but still, when we were done, I said now that we're done here turn around and drop your pants. And I was joking, but he said sure and he turned around and dropped his pants. So I saw his butt too. I thought that was pretty funny. Then we shook hands and we said thanks.

    • Grace Park: No I'm not gonna tell you what's happening in the next ten episodes. Can't make me talk! (from "Sci Fi Inside: Battlestar Galactica" special, Jan. 2, 2006, as she pulls the hood of her sweatshirt over her face and covers it completely)

    • Grace Park: Taking acting classes, you go deep inside and you're crying and you hate life, but after a while it's not that bad. Sometimes I feel that calmness in that state, and then so I realize that everyone feels pressure to "be a certain way" to hold on [to] their values, but I think it's because everyone's really scared. So if you get to that place where they're scared and live through it and be brave, because you can't have courage without fear, I think that's a kind of statement for humanity. It doesn't matter how you do your hair, or if we look like Playboy Playmates, or the other extreme. It's really good to show people you can go through your weakness and succeed.

      I think that's what I like about Battlestar Galactica: everyone is the most scared they've ever been, and yet somehow they manage to make it through.

    • Grace Park: [The destruction of Caprica] felt so 9/11 -- the hopelessness of it. I remember back then watching the towers fall over and over, and I remember how odd it was that a non-organic object [was] exploding and how painful it was. And then there I was watching this and I'm crying, and I had to remind myself this time there weren't really people dying. But it really took me back there.

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