Yunjin Kim

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Yunjin Kim
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Born Kim Yun-jin
(1973-11-07) November 7, 1973 (age 43)
Seoul, Seoul Capital Area, South Korea
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jeong Park (m. 2010)
Korean name
Hangul 김윤진
Revised Romanization Gim Yunjin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yunjin

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973) is a South Korean-born American[1][2][3] film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in the ABC drama series Mistresses.

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 1973. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1980.[4][5] 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.[6]


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, which ran for six seasons.

In May 2006, Maxim named Kim number 98 on its annual Hot 100 List.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]



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 (웨딩 드레스) Gina 22 episodes
1999 Love in 3 Colors (유정) Jang Hee-ju 56 episodes
2004–2010 Lost Sun-Hwa Kwon Main role, 88 episodes
2013–2016 Mistresses Karen Kim Main role, 51 episodes

Video games[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1999 36th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Shiri Won
1999 19th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Shiri Won
2002 23rd Blue Dragon Awards Best Actress Milae Won
2006 Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding Television Actress Lost Won
2006 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Lost Won
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Seven Days Won
2008 29th Blue Dragon Awards Best Actress Seven Days Nominated
2009 35th Saturn Awards Best Supporting Television Actress Lost Nominated
2015 52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Ode to My Father Nominated


  1. ^ "Actress Kim in Lost as Sun". 
  2. ^ William Keck (January 15, 2006). "Actress Kim gets 'Lost' in generous gifts, jewels". USA Today. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "소개 (Introduction of Kim's early life)". 
  5. ^ Todd Gilchrist (August 29, 2006). "Interview: Yunjin Kim". IGN Entertainment, Inc. 
  6. ^ "Yunjin Kim Pictures, Blog, Interviews, News, Trivia, Yunjin Kim Biography". 1973-11-07. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
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  8. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich Lost's Yunjin Kim Finds Role on ABC's Mistresses, TV Line, March 16, 2012
  9. ^ "Lost's Yunjin Kim gets married in Hawaii". CNN. March 30, 2010. 

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