Yunjin Kim talks about her career

Yunjin Kim who plays Sun on Lost was recently interviewed by The Honolulu Advertiser. In the interview, Yunjin talks about how she became an actress and answers some questions about Lost.

We’ve already seen one major character from “Lost” written off this season, with the departure of Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje. As a cast member, is it still shocking when someone gets written out?

We’d known about that for some time, so we were more mentally prepared. With Cynthia (Watros) and Michelle (Rodrigues), last season it was more of a shock. I was on the set when Cynthia found out. It was most dramatic when we lost our first character (Ian Somerhalder), and then Maggie (Grace). Not having Harold (Perrineau) and Malcolm (David Kelley) around has been hard too, since they were there from the beginning. It’s not a good feeling, but what are you going to do? It’s the nature of the show.

The prevailing assumption is that we’re not going to find out the identity of Sun’s baby-daddy until the end of the season. True?

The hard-core fans seem to know more than we do. I really don’t know, and I’m dying to find out. I’d love to find out for sure.

Besides discussing the events on the island, Yunjin talked about her career and how she became part of the Lost ensemble:

What was it like coming back to the U.S. after having achieved so much success in Korea?

It was hard. It meant I had to audition again. People didn’t know my work. But I wanted to pursue it. I wanted to come back and see if I could hack it.

ABC was very generous in bringing me over with a holding deal. I knew I wasn’t up for “Kate” because they had a specific image of her, but they wanted to see interesting actors, so they created “Sun” and “Jin.” It was the same for Jorge (Garcia). They wanted someone in their 50s (for the part of “Hurley”), but they just fell in love with Jorge.

That’s the best part of our executive producers — they want interesting actors and they have the sense to have ethnically different characters. Having two Asian actors on a show and to have them speak in another language for half the show — that’s never been done before.

I feel we’re making new, groundbreaking television. “Lost” is opening doors for a lot of different options. Now you have a show like “Heroes” with a Japanese actor who only speaks Japanese. It’s not only all Caucasian 20-year-olds.

It was interesting to find out more about Yunjin’s background and her feelings regarding the “death” of the other Lost characters.

I can’t see Yunjin playing Kate, but I’m really happy that the Lost writers created Sun for her instead. The relationship between Sun and Jin is a very dramatic storyline which Lost wouldn’t be the same without.

The rest of the interview can be read in The Honolulu Advertiser, but beware, there is a pretty big spoiler in one of Yunjin’s answers.

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3 Responses to Yunjin Kim talks about her career

  1. theOtherdave says:

    It just occurred to me that there seems to be a “revolving door” of characters on Lost. If I think about it, this fortunately AND unfortunately makes sense in that Lost retains a sense of freshness by introducing new characters but also loses viewer and established character connections. I think that this last thought could be why WE viewers get so frustrated with the show because we develop a liking to certain characters and when they are killed off we get angry.
    Just thinking out loud.
    Any thoughts?

  2. Andreas says:

    A good character is someone we can relate to in one way or another. If we watch the show long enough, that character will soon feel like one of our friends, and loosing a friend is never fun. That’s the way I see it.

  3. carebare says:

    that’s also the “reality” of the island. trying to survive with basically no modern comforts or technologies has gotta be difficult and one would expect some casualties in real life. that’s not talking about the others of course, as they seem to have everything figured out… but the losties or anyone in a similar situation would be in a lot of danger. i would think they’re just trying to make it more realistic even though we all miss the characters we’ve “lost” (hehehe)

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