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Kim surfaces as sex symbol on 'Lost'

By Ann Oldenburg


Daniel Dae Kim is chuckling. After chatting for a half-hour on the phone from Hawaii, he mentions that fans might be interested to know that tonight on Lost, "there's a pretty long scene in which I'm shirtless."

Then he adds, "Oh, man, I think I'm red."

Ever since an episode in November featured a shirtless Kim, 37, revealing rippling abs, his profile has jumped. He's a sex symbol, and even rarer, an Asian sex symbol. "Let's face it: Asian men aren't necessarily considered sexy in America, and severe underrepresentation in the media has a lot to do with that," says Phil Yu, creator of angryasianman.com, which tracks all things Asian. "It's not that Asian men aren't or can't be sexy. You just normally don't get to see it.

"That's why it's so refreshing to see a regular Asian guy like Daniel Dae Kim portrayed and perceived as likable and attractive, just like anybody else on television." Wednesday on Lost (ABC, 9 ET/PT), the story focuses on Kim, who plays Jin-Soo Kwon, and his wife, Sun, played by Yunjin Kim (no relation). Viewers will learn more about "the secrets that damaged the foundation of their marriage," he says.

Kim praises the complexity of his character but says fans didn't always see it that way. "When I started, I got a lot of letters for my portrayal of an Asian man. They were concerned the character might be stereotypical and that he was one-dimensional." But as his character has softened, "the mail has been really positive. I think it was the fact you got to see a lot of different colors. He wasn't just this overbearing, domineering husband."

Adding to the mystique is that Jin speaks only Korean. Kim had to brush up on his Korean to play him. Although his family moved from South Korea to Pennsylvania when he was a toddler and he spoke Korean exclusively at home until he was 6, he began to forget it as he went through school. The show has tutored him.

Kim says the cast has banded together. "As the show got successful, it became this whirlwind. I think all of us got caught up in it." Now, "we're familiar with Hawaii, our characters, each other. We've become more of a family."

He recently bought a house in Hawaii and says his wife and their two sons, ages 9 and 4, love to be outdoors. The good weather helps him keep in shape for those shirtless shots, but he doesn't do a certain number of sit-ups each day.

Instead, "I try and do something active

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Doc Jensen's 'Lost' Diary, Part 2

by Jeff Jensen Source

In interviews with our resident expert, Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) and Harold Perrineau (Michael) talk about the season finale and do a little theorizing of their own

EDITOR'S NOTE: In between observing the filming of scenes for Lost's final episodes of season 2, Doc Jensen got a chance to sit down with several members of the cast and talk with them about their experiences on the show. Today, we present Doc J's revealing chats with Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) and Harold Perrineau (Michael).

Jin certainly has had an eventful year on Lost. After surviving the ordeal on the raft and a proverbial death march through the jungle with those angry, tragedy-scarred Tailies, Jin was reunited with his wife, Sun (Yunjin Kim), and worked on rebuilding their rocky marriage. Apparently, their healing process included putting a bun in the oven. This despite the fact that, in Kim's words, ''Jin's boys can't swim.'' The Jin/Sun journey remains one of Lost's most radical yet grounding storylines: American TV viewers have never seen love, Korean-style, played out in prime time, and yet the couple's poignant struggle is universal. My conversation with the cordial and candid Kim (previous credits: 24, Angel) was conducted in his trailer, shortly before he was due on set to shoot a scene for the season finale involving Sun, Sayid (Naveen Andrews), and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick).

DOC JENSEN: So... do you have a theory as to what's going on in Lost?

DANIEL DAE KIM: I originally thought it was purgatory until it was said pretty explicitly by [executive producers] Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse that it wasn't. But the one I'm holding onto is [that] we are in a kind of ant farm, and we are being watched as an experiment, as a microcosm of human society. What's your theory?

Uh... I have quite a few. Too many, actually. But one thought I've had lately is that the show could do Lost theorists a favor by establishing a historical context for the island. In fact, I recently posted something I call The History Theory of 'Lost'. The details of the theory could be ridiculously wrong, but its main point is that there is no unified field theory for Lost. Meaning, the Others have nothing to do with the Dharma Initiative, which has nothing to do with the Monster, etc. Instead, what we have on Lost are different elements from different eras of the island colliding and affecting each other. Does that make sense?

I think that's dead-on

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'Lost' actor Daniel Dae Kim accused of DUI

October 25, 2007

Source: Dave Dondoneau of the Honolulu Advertiser


Daniel Dae Kim, who stars as Jin-Soo Kwon on ABC's hit TV series "Lost," was arrested early this morning on suspicion of drunken driving.

Details of his DUI arrest haven't been released yet, but police said he was arrested around 3 a.m. He was booked at the Honolulu Police station downtown, posted bail and was released at 5:05 a.m.

See video of his release

Kim didn't say anything as he left the station. He was escorted by two police officers to a silver SUV that was waiting for him just outside the police station's receiving area.

Wearing a polo shirt, khaki shorts and his hair grown out, Kim kept his head down as he brushed past media, stepping into the front passenger's side of the SUV, which quickly whisked him away.

Other "Lost" members have had legal problems here.

Former cast members Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on Dec. 1, 2005, when police spotted their vehicles weaving along Pali Highway.

Both pleaded guilty, and both were gone from the show by season's end.

On Sept. 2, 2006, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Mr. Eko") was arrested and accused of disobeying a police officer and driving without a license.

The charges were later dropped when Akinnuoye-Agbaje provided proof that he possessed a license. His character was killed off by a smoke monster in the first half of that season.

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Daniel Dae Kim Issues An Apology

Source- EOnline

Daniel Dae Kim has issued an apology following his arrest for suspicion of drunken driving yesterday morning. The statement is as follows:

I am deeply ashamed and embarrassed by my actions of Thursday morning. It saddens me to know that I jeopardized the welfare of the kind people of Hawaii, a community that I love and call my home.

It is my intention to cooperate fully with the police and I am grateful to them for their sensitivity throughout this matter.

To my friends, family, colleagues and fans, thank you for your kind words of support. To those I have disappointed I can only ask that you accept my heartfelt apologies. I am truly, truly sorry.

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Feeling Lost? Here's Our Guide to Jin-Soo Kwon

by Jack Rodgers

Friday, January 25, 2008


Daniel Dae Kim as Lost's Jin-Soo Kwon

Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles

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