Yunjin Kim

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Yunjin Kim
Kim Yoon-Jin.jpg
Born Kim Yun-jin
(1973-11-07) November 7, 1973 (age 41)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jeong Hyeok Park (2010–present)
Korean name
Hangul 김윤진
Revised Romanization Gim Yunjin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yunjin

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973) is an American[1][2] film and theater actress born in South Korea. Although she is best known in the English-speaking world for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, Kim has also appeared in numerous film and TV projects in South Korea and she speaks Korean.

She currently stars as Dr. Karen Kim in the ABC drama series Mistresses.

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of ten, Kim immigrated to the United States with her family.[3] 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.[4]


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.[citation needed] 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 KangJeGyu 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.

In May 2006, Maxim named Kim number 98 on its annual Hot 100 List.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Kim married her former manager Jeong Hyeok Park in March 2010 on the island of Oahu, after shooting her final scenes for Lost.[7]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Shiri Lee Myung-hyun / Lee Bang-hee
2000 The Legend of Gingko Yeon
2001 Rush! Seo-yeong
2002 Iron Palm Ji-ni
2002 Yesterday Kim Hisu / No Hisu
2002 Ardor Mi-heun
2005 Diary of June Seo Yun-hee
2007 Mother
2008 Seven Days Yoo Ji-yeon
2010 Harmony Jeong-hye
2011 Heartbeat Chae Yeon-hee
2012 The Neighbor Kyung-hee
2014 Ode to My Father Young-ja


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Splendid Holiday (화려한 휴가)
1997 Foreboding (예감) Jang Se-young 16 episodes
1998 Wedding Dress drama (1997) (웨딩 드레스) Gina 22 episodes
1999 In Search of Love (유정) Jang Hee-ju 56 episodes
2004–2010 Lost Sun-Hwa Kwon 88 episodes
2013–present Mistresses Karen Kim

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Lost: Via Domus Sun-Hwa Kwon
2012 Sleeping Dogs Tiffany Kim


  1. ^ William Keck (January 15, 2006). "Actress Kim gets 'Lost' in generous gifts, jewels". USA Today. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jae-Ha Kim (April 13, 2005). "Asian stars are rising – Latest TV breakthroughs look like the real deal". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on April 9, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ Todd Gilchrist (August 29, 2006). "Interview: Yunjin Kim". IGN Entertainment, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Yunjin Kim Pictures, Blog, Interviews, News, Trivia, Yunjin Kim Biography". 1973-11-07. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
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  6. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich Lost's Yunjin Kim Finds Role on ABC's Mistresses, TV Line, March 16, 2012
  7. ^ "Lost's Yunjin Kim gets married in Hawaii". CNN. March 30, 2010. 

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