» Kim Yun-jin
Date of birth : Nov 07, 1973
Profession : Actress,
Kim Yoon-jin (b. November 7, 1973) grew up in New York City, attending the New York School of Performing Arts as a high school student and later studying acting at Boston University. In order to master Shakespeare, she also spent time at a special acting academy at Oxford University. Kim has remarked that in her zeal to become Americanized quickly, she studied acting, academics and pronunciation with equal intensity.
In 1997, after being cast in numerous Broadway productions and finding minor roles on ABC and MTV, she starred in Splendid Holiday, a Korean TV drama being shot on location in New York. In part due to this experience, Kim decided to return to Korea. She was quickly 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. Her breakthrough debut came in the 1999 film Shiri, making her an instant star throughout the country. In November 2000 she continued her association with KangJeGyu Film in the big-budget The Legend of Gingko.
After acting in a Japanese film and a low-profile feature set in Los Angeles, Kim appeared in the big-budget sci-fi feature Yesterday, which ended up bombing spectacularly at the box office. Then in 2002, Kim took the lead role in Ardor, the feature film debut of acclaimed documentarist Byun Young-ju (Habitual Sadness). The film was invited to screen in a non-competitive section at the 2003 Berlin film festival, and Kim's acting earned widespread praise.
After a couple quiet years, in 2004 Kim started appearing in the popular U.S. television series Lost, which introduced her to audiences in the US. Shortly thereafter, she also received an offer to appear opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the Hollywood film Georgia Heat, about a woman who falls in love with an American and moves to the US. At the same time, Kim has agreed to star in the upcoming Korean production Bystanders, a thriller in which she appears together with popular singer/actor Eric.