Kim Yunjin started her acting career in the short Korean movie Splendid Holiday (1996), which was shot in New York, and the Korean drama series Foreboding.
From that point forward, she tried venturing out into the entertainment world in South Korea, and soon enough, her career as an actress took off.
After showing up in the drama series Wedding Dress Drama (1997), she made her first breakthrough in the movie Shiri (1999).
Her performance was praised and she won the Excellent Bell Award and the Korean Association of Film Critics Award’ for it.
She began taking leading roles with the movie Yesterday in 2002, which was closely followed by another feature in the movie Ardor.
One day, the people behind the American TV series Lost: Via Domus were searching for a South Korean female actress to feature in the series, and Yun Jin got the job.
It ended up being a life-changing decision for her as the TV series became a significant worldwide hit. The massive progress of the series gave her the opportunity to turn into a worldwide actress.
- Real Name: Kim Yun Jin (김윤진)
- Stage Name: Kim Yun Jin (김윤진)
- Also Known as: Kim Yun Jin / Kim Yunjin / Kim Yoon Jin
- Nickname: Yun Jin (윤진)
- Birthday: November 7, 1973
- Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Nationality: South Korean-American
- Height: 170 cm (5’6”)
- Weight:55 kg (121 lbs)
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- Religion: Christian
- Profession: Actress
- Education: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, British American Drama Academy, College of Fine Arts, Boston University
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- Husband: Park Jeong Hyeok (2010 – )
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- Yun Jin was born in Korea and moved to the U.S. at the age of ten years old. She then experienced childhood on New York City’s Staten Island.
- She cannot wear pierced hoops since she was born with a parted in her left ear cartilage.
- Yun Jin worked as a Korean Goodwill Ambassador for soccer’s 2002 World Cup.
- She is familiar with Korean and English.
- Yun Jin initially tried out for the role of Kate in the movie Lost: Via Domus (2007). The role of Sun Hwa Kwon was made after she met with the movie’s makers.
- She is gifted in various kinds of dance (artful dance, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean) and martial arts (quarterstaff, large blade, and Tae Kwon Do).
- Yun Jin said living in Hawaii during the filming of the movie Lost: Via Domus (2007) was magical, however, she once called a safety officer to assist her with getting a flying cockroach out of her condominium.
- In 2010, she wedded her former manager, Park Jeong Hyeok, in Hawaii not long after recording a portion of her last scenes for the movie Lost: Via Domus (2007).
- She admits that she has no sense of direction.
- Yun Jin likes watching K-Drama.
- Her ideal type is Onew from the boy group SHINee.
- Her net worth is around $4 million.
- Dog Days (2022), as Jeong Ah
- Confession (2022), as Yang Shin Ae
- Pawn (2020), as Kang Myung Ja
- House of the Disappeared (2017), as Mi Hee
- Ode To My Father (2014), as Oh Young Ja
- Sleeping Dogs (2012), as Tiffany Kim
- The Neighbor (2012), as Song Kyung Hee
- Heartbeat (2011), as Chae Yeon Hui
- Harmony (2010), as Hong Jung Hye
- Seven Days (2008), as Yoo Ji Yun
- Lost: Via Domus (2007), as Sun Hwa Kwon
- Garden Balsam (2007), as the main character
- Mother (2007), as a supporting character
- Diary of June (2005), as Seo Yun Hee
- Ardor (2002), as Mi Heun
- Yesterday (2002), as Kim Hi Su
- Iron Palm (2002), as Ji Ni
- Rush! (2001), as Seo Young
- The Legend of Gingko (2000), as Yun
- Shiri (1999), as Lee Myung Hyun
- Splendid Holiday (화려한 휴가) (1996), as a supporting character
- Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area (Netflix | 2022), as Sun Woo Jin
- Ms. Ma, Nemesis (SBS | 2018), as Ma Ji Won
- Mistresses (ABC | 2013), as Karen Kim
- Lost (ABC | 2004), as Sun Hwa Kwon
- Love in 3 Colors (유정) (KBS | 1999), as Jang Hee Ju
- Wedding Dress Drama (웨딩 드레스) (KBS2 | 1997), as Gina
- Foreboding (예감) (MBC | 1997), as Jang Se Young
- Movie Room Season 2 (JTBC | 2019), as a guest
- Let’s Eat Dinner Together (JTBC | 2016), as a guest
- Knee-Drop Guru (MBC | 2007), as a guest
- 2017 Korean Film Shining Star Awards – Star Award – House of the Disappeared
- 2015 8th Seoul Senior Citizen Movie Awards – Movie in Couple Award – Ode to My Father
- 2008 5th Max Movie Awards – Best Actress – Seven Days
- 2008 45th Grand Bell Awards – Best Actress – Seven Days
- 2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Dresser Award – Kim Yunjin
- 2006 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Lost
- 2006 Asian Excellence Awards – Outstanding Television Actress – Lost
- 2002 7th Women Viewers Film Awards – Best Actress – Milae
- 2002 5th Director’s Cut Awards – Best Actress – Milae
- 2002 23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Leading Actress – Milae
- 1999 22nd Golden Cinematography Awards – Best New Actress – Shiri
- 1999 19th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards – Best New Actress – Shiri
- 1999 36th Grand Bell Awards – Best New Actress – Shiri
- 2018 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Daily and Weekend Drama) – Ms. Ma, Nemesis
- 2017 1st The Seoul Awards – Best Actress – House of the Disappeared
- 2015 52nd Grand Bell Awards – Best Actress – Ode to My Father
- 2010 31st Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Leading Actress – Harmony
- 2010 47th Grand Bell Awards – Best Actress – Harmony
- 2009 35th Saturn Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Lost
- 2008 7th Korean Film Awards – Best Actress – Seven Days
- 2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Leading Actress – Seven Days
- 2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress (Film) – Seven Days
- 2008 2nd Asian Film Awards – Best Actress – Seven Days
- 2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress (Film) – Milae
- 2003 2nd Korean Film Awards – Best Actress – Milae
- 2003 40th Grand Bell Awards – Best Actress – Milae
- 2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Supporting Actress – The Legend of Gingko
- 1999 20th Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best New Actress – Shiri
- 1999 35th Baeksang Arts Awards – Best New Actress (Film) – Shiri
Kim Yunjin is a notable actress not only in South Korea but also in America. Though, she generally favored her South Korean roles more than the American ones.