Yunjin Kim is a Korean American
film and theatre actress, best known outside South Korea for
her role as Sun Kwon on ABC television series Lost.
Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of ten, Kim
immigrated to the United States with her family. They lived
in Staten Island, New York, one of New York City's five
boroughs. 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 drama degree at Boston University.
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 1996, a
Korean TV show filming in Manhattan called and persuaded her
to return to her country of origin, to appear in the Korean
TV drama A Gorgeous Vacation. This was followed by two other
roles in Foreboding and the miniseries Wedding Dress. Then
in 1997 she was offered a script for her debut film, Shiri
Over the next several years, she starred in five additional
films. In July 2003, Kim signed a three-year contract with
William Morris, an American agency representing Hollywood
stars such as Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Kevin Spacey, Sarah
Michelle Gellar, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, and Reese
Kim can currently be seen as the character Sun Kwon in the
television series Lost (2004).
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 appeared in Maxim again in March 2007, where she was
described as "the Korean Julia Roberts" in her native Asia.
Although born in Korea, she was raised mostly in New York
Already a bankable star in Asia, she is crossing over the
Pacific and gaining American fans in the hit TV show "Lost"
Although she shares the name of Kim 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
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 - March
She has been called "The Korean Julia Roberts."
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 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.
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