Yunjin Kim

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Yunjin Kim

Born

11/7/1973, Seoul, South Korea

Birth Name

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Yoon-jin Kim
  • Yunjin Kim from Mistresses
  • Yunjin Kim as Sun on Lost.
  • Yunjin Kim as Sun of Lost.
  • Yunjin Kim appears as Sun in the final s...
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Biography

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Touted as the "Korean Julia Roberts", Yunjin Kim is already an distinguished actress in her homeland of Korea and throughout Asia, especially for her work in the film Shiri. She was born in Seoul and lived in Korea until she was ten when her family emigrated to the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Yunjin is not in any way related to Lost co-star Daniel Dae Kim.

    • Yunjin claims that her ears are not pierced.

    • Yunjin doesn't like wearing jewellery.

    • Yunjin loves bright colors.

    • Yunjin claims that she loves acting so much that it makes her feel alive and cannot imagine her life without it.

    • According to Yunjin, the best thing about Lost are the frequent flashbacks.

    • Even though Yunjin can speak fluent Korean, she has a translator to help her on Lost.

    • Honors:

      - She was the Goodwill Ambassador for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, representing Korea.
      - She made it at #98 on Maxim's "Hot 100" list of 2006.
      - She made it at #98 on Maxim's "Hot 100" list of 2007.
      - Yunjin was among the twenty-four actors and actresses named TV Guide's Sexiest Stars on TV in 2008.

    • Yunjin is right-handed.

    • Yunjin has always had a thing for British men. Among her British actor crushes, past and present, are Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, and Daniel Craig.

    • In 2005, Yunjin and Lost co-star Daniel Dae Kim's wife, Mia, took golf lessons in Hawaii.

    • In 2007, Yunjin narrated for Anthony Gilmore's Behind Forgotten Eyes, a documentary on the plight of Korean women during World War II. The film won Best Picture (Award for Films of Conflict and Resolution) in the Hamptons International Film Festival.

    • Yunjin said that during the first season of Lost, she and the cast would discuss the theories of the show. However, by the second season, they gave it up because everything they would come up with was wrong.

    • Yunjin's favorite character on Lost is John Locke.

    • She performed in the SG Wananbe music video Timeless.

    • Theatrical Credits:
      Fa Mu Lan in The Woman Warrior at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre
      The Museum Lecturer in Waterfall/Reflections at La Mama E.T.C.
      Jing-Mei Woo in The Joy Luck Club at the Long Wharf Theatre
      Huoy in The Survivor at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville
      Diana in Junk Bonds at the Capital Repertory Company
      Sylph in The Forest Song at La Mama E.T.C.
      Anya in The Cherry Orchard at NATCO
      Ophelia in Hamlet at NADA

    • Yunjin has appeared in TV commercials for BooKook Company, Kanebo Cosmetic Company and Neutrogena- Deep Cleanser soap.

    • She is 5'7" (1.70 m).

    • Yunjin's nickname in Korea is "Woman Warrior".

    • She has been appointed to the publicity committee of the American Red Cross. She promotes several donation campaigns in New York and has done a print advertisement for the cause in 2006.

    • She cannot drink any alcohol because she suffers from a common genetic disorder known as alcohol flush reaction, which is often referred to as "Asian red".

    • Awards and Nominations:
      1999 - Grand Bell Award for Best New Actress for Shiri (won)
      2002 - Blue Dragon Award for Best Actress for Milae (won)
      2006 - shared SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in Lost (won)
      2008 - Asian Film Award for Best Actress for Seven Days (nominated)

    • Yunjin was on the cover page of TV Guide (USA) dated August 28, 2005, Volume 53, Issue 35. She was also on the cover of the Stuff magazine (USA) dated October 2006, Issue 83. Yunjin was the February 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.

    • She originally auditioned for the part of Kate on Lost, but the producers didn't believe she was right for the part. Instead they created the character of Sun for her.

    • She is a spokesperson for Kanebo, a Japanese cosmetics company.

    • She published a Japanese photobook called XOXO.

    • Yunjin has said that in her quest to become Americanized quickly, she studied acting, academics and pronunciation with equal intensity. She can speak English and Korean very fluently.

    • In 2003, Yunjin signed a contract with the William Morris talent agency, which also represents Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, Jackie Chan, and Reese Witherspoon.

    • After Shiri she starred in five additional Korean films, further cementing her popularity.

    • In 1996, she returned to her home country for a role in the Korean TV show A Gorgeous Vacation. She had two other TV roles in Foreboding and the mini-series Wedding Dress.

    • Yunjin decided to get over her shyness by taking drama classes in the seventh grade. Her first acting role was in a musical production of My Fair Lady.

    • Shiri, Yunin Kim's first feature film, beat Titanic to become the highest-selling movie in South Korean history. South Korea is the only country to have produced its own movie which beat Titanic's record in the local box office.

    • She initially disapproved of Daniel Dae Kim's character in Lost Jin because "Korean men are not like that anymore. That was back in the 50's."

    • She is a trained fighter. Her combat skills are Unarmed, Quarter Staff, Broad Sword and Tae Kwon Do. She is also trained for horseback riding.

    • Yunjin is a trained dancer, specializing in Ballet, Peking Opera Dance, Jazz dancing, and Afro-Caribbean dances.

  • Quotes

    • Yunjin: (On her favorite moment on "Lost") It was a flashback of, umm, Sun and Jin, and how they actually met, in the beginning. I remember, Steven Williams, our producer, directed that episode, and... in the very last moment, where, Jin just gets fired, and then he's walking, and he's sad, and then he's... he bumps into Sun. And there's a moment between Jin and Sun, where they're just looking at each other. And, I just... I really like that moment.

    • Yunjin: Well, luckily in Korea, there are no paparazzi. Your personal life is really your personal. I mean, of course, people know who you are, so if you walk around, you're not as free as... you know, someone who's not a celebrity. People like coming up to see you, but you're safe, in a way. So, I've never had problems... walking around, doing my own little things... Running errands out in Korea, because, sure they'll say hi, sometimes they want to take pictures. Sometimes they make a huge fuss... sometimes they make very little. It varies. But, umm... So I have to say, it's a lot more... I guess, celebrity-friendly in Korea than in America.

    • Yunjin: (On her favorite character on "Lost") I have to say Locke. He's a weird one. The fact that he was crippled and the fact that now he now can walk, he has such a traumatic past life with his father, with his loved one. He seems to have such an interesting essence that's very different from any other character that I've ever seen on television so I'd have to say it's Terry's character.

    • Yunjin: I completely lack the enzyme that breaks down alcohol, so basically one drink sends me running to the bathroom. I don't know what it feels like to be tipsy.

    • Yunjin: People are very cautious about coming up to you, like you must be very busy or you must have tons of guys surrounding you. I would really like to make it official that it's not true! Please! God, do I have to make the first move? Maybe.

    • Yunjin: (on her first acting role in "My Fair Lady") I was cast as only an extra, but that day, I stood on the stage and sang loudly in my own voice... When singing and acting on stage, I didn't feel the least bit awkward. I felt so at home under the lights... Something about being on stage just felt right.

    • Yunjin: I write out my English lines in Korean, phonetically. And I memorize it in Korean, versus English. It's just easier to memorize.

    • Yunjin: (about "Lost") As soon as I read the script, I knew that it was either going to be the best show or the worst ever. Like, "You're on that weird show! On the island, a Fantasy Island type of thing." It was either going to be really good, or really bad.

    • Yunjin: (about "Lost") You don't know how many phone calls I made to each producer, trying to find out who the baby's father is! I still don't know. That's how kept [secret] all that information is. All that information is really kept from the actors, and I think it's a good thing. Because I'm a terrible liar, and it would show in my face right away.

    • Yunjin: (about the flashbacks on "Lost") I think flashbacks are important. I mean, each episode - that's what I love about watching Lost is every episode, you have your new favorite character. We take turns and that's where we get to look a little different, show different sides to that character. It's like peeling an onion. So I find flashbacks really useful, really crucial to the show. I hope that doesn't ever go away.

    • Yunjin: We were at this photo shoot one time and I lifted up my skirt and Evie was like, "Yunjin, what are you doing? That's not you!" She just didn't expect me to do that.

    • Yunjin: You have to treat Hollywood like it's your boyfriend – he's there all the time.

    • Yunjin: I come into the airport now and there's always like 20 people waiting with photographs for me to sign.

    • Yunjin: (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.

    • Yunjin: I watched an auction on eBay for my photo. It went all the way up to $15!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Best actress from Lost...

    10
    Yunjin Kim is by far the best actress on Lost, people like Evangeline Lilly abd Elizabeth Mitchell a lot on the show but I think Yunjin is the better actress. I have not really seen her in anything else apart from Lost so this whole opinoin on her acting comes from her playing Sun on the show. Sun has been through a lot on the show her attitude, behavour and relationships with other characters have changed and you can really see that Yunjin is a deverse actress she does a fantastic job on the show. Her scenes with Daniel Dae Kim are great.moreless
  • I love her !

    10
    Yunjin Kim is the best actress on Lost in my oponion. She's strong and confident and she knows when to act soft. Her development on the show is remarkable. From being the weak non-English speaking,controlled by her husband woman on the show to the weak woman with a broken heart and to finally the Sun we know now. The Sun who approached Widmore and almost killed Ben. The Sun that is willing to do anything for her husband. She really is an awesome actress. Sweet and lovable and really talented and she is gorgeous. I love her !! Sun is my favorite on the show. Hopefully after Lost she will get her own show. She does have potential :Dmoreless
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