Jacqueline Kim

Jacqueline Kim


3/31/1965, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Jacqueline Joan Kim



Also Known As

Jacqui Kim
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Jacqueline Joan Kim was born on March 31, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan. She was raised in Detroit by her Korean parents with her two older sisters. Her parents immigrated before she was born. She is the first generation of her family to be born in America. Jacqueline later…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jacqueline wrote, produced and directed the 2006 film short Present, which showed at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festivals.

    • Jacqueline helped to write Charlotte Sometimes, the 2002 film she starred in.

    • Jacqueline won the 2004 Garland and LA Drama Critic's Circle award for Best Female Lead Performance for her work in the play Passion, an East West Players production.

    • In 2003, Jacqueline became the first Asian American actress to be nominated for a Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female in the film Charlotte Sometimes.

  • Quotes

    • Jacqueline: I'm certainly interested in what is considered non-traditional. I think every Asian-American actress wishes Hollywood would "move on" from the image that they had before. It's not that Hollywood isn't budging now, even now there's a lot of care in how Asian people are portrayed. Asian people just want to be portrayed as human beings. Actors do too, yet actors want to just do anything. But we're pegged very soon. It's a very product-oriented business.

    • Jacqueline: I will do the theatre forever. It's my home, and where I learned everything I do. It's where I will always return.

    • Jacqueline: In an Asian-American family it is common to be exposed to the arts when you are very young. We all played classical music on the piano or violin since we were four or five. That bridged into musical theatre and singing, and before I knew it I was in the theatre. But in an Asian family, being an actor is like being an underwater basket weaver. It's not a possibility; it's not something you think about. So I had to fight for it.

    • Jacqueline: I grew up in Detroit, where we were one of three Korean American families, so I mean, white boys were just... who you date.

    • Jacqueline: It's really rare when you're Asian American to be able to do a story about a family.

    • Jacqueline: The whole other side of making something is seeing who really sees it and what it is they're seeing.