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Checking in with Yunjin Kim
By George Dickie Zap2it

Often a big thrill for a young actor is getting cast on a TV show or movie with someone they've watched since they were little.

For Yunjin Kim of ABC's "Mistresses," which returns for its third season Thursday, June 18, that someone was Matthew Fox when both were on ABC's 2004-2010 supernatural thriller "Lost."

"When we first started, I mean just the actors that got on board," the Korean-born, New York-raised 41-year-old says from the show's set in Vancouver, British Columbia. "I was a huge fan of ‘Party of Five' and Matthew Fox, and it was like ‘oh my gosh!' He was my big crush when I was little, and that was exciting to actually get to work with him.

"And (on) ‘Mistresses,' (the since-departed) Alyssa Milano. I used to watch her all the time when I was growing up, and actually being on the same show was like ‘Wow, I can't believe it!' I pretty much watched every episode of ‘Who's the Boss'; I loved that show. ... Alyssa was the cutest thing and just seeing her so many years afterward and actually being in the same show, that was cool."

By the time Kim had gotten cast in "Lost," she had already made a name for herself in South Korea. The graduate of New York's High School for the Performing Arts and Boston University had already starred in one of that country's largest-grossing films, "Swiri" (1999), by the time she signed a holding deal with ABC in 2003.

Now with one successful U.S. series under her belt and another in progress, Kim is looking forward to more adventures with her character, psychiatrist Karen, on the soapy nighttime drama. At the end of last season, blood tests confirmed Karen was HIV-negative but another issue was found. And while the actress demurs on exactly what that is, she does allow that this season will give Karen a darker storyline.

"I feel like Karen is sort of the darker side and she's the mistress of the show and she becomes a mistress again this season, but in a very different circumstance. So I'm excited to find out the reaction from the viewers when we actually air on June 18, how people are going to take it and whether people are going to like it," she says with a laugh.

Name: Yunjin Kim

Birth date: Nov. 7, 1973

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Residence: Seoul and Los Angeles

Movie credits: "Swiri" (1999), "The Legend of Gingko" (2000), "Rush!" (2001), "Mr. Iron Palm" (2002), "Yeseuteodei" (2002), "Ardor" (2002), "Diary of June" (2005), "Seven Days" (2007), "Harmony" (2010), "Heartbeat" (2010), "The Neighbors" (2012), "Ode to My Father" (2014)

TV credits: "Beautiful Vacation" (1996), "Weding Deureseu" (1998), "With Love" (1998), "Lost" (2004-10), "Lost: Missing Pieces" (2007), "Two Sisters" (2008), "Mistresses" (2013-present) Yunjin Kim


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