Cast Trivia - Daniel Dae Kim
- He was born in South Korea, but moved to the US at age two, where he was raised in Easton, Pennsylvania. He went to Bryr Mawr College and NYU.
- His original Korean name is Dae-Hyun Kim.
- He was a trained tap dancer as a teen, and also played a variety of sports.
- He was his high school’s newspaper editor and student body president.
- When he had trouble getting well-playing acting roles for many years, he seriously considered a career in investment banking.
- Unlike Yunjin Kim, he isn’t fluent in Korean, and never acted in the language before Lost. Yunjin helped him a lot (especially in the first few seasons) to improve his language and accent.
- He has said that playing Jin is a relief, because he is finally playing someone of his own heritage (Korean), having been cast as characters of almost every other Asian nationality.
- His favorite ever Lost episode is season one’s In Translation, because it helped him better understand Jin as an actor, and made fans sympathize with - instead of utterly hate - his character.
- He was the only Asian man to be included on People magazine’s list of the sexiest men alive in 2005. He also made the 2007 list.
- He was the victim of a practical joke on Australian national television. He was led to believe that “have all your poo in one sock” is a popular Australian saying, and asked the hosts of the The Morning Show what it meant. They told him it must have been a prank.
- In March 2009, he became co-owner of a Hawaiian burger joint called The Counter.
- He’s joked that he decided to accept a role in Hawaii Five-O (new CBS show premiering September 20th), because “the island isn’t done with me yet.”
(on “letting go” of Jin) “I have to be honest, I’m still in the process. I really have grown very fond of him. It’s always weird to me when actors talk about their characters in the third person, but in this case, I’ve lived with this character for six years so he’s become a part of me. So it’s going to be like a favorite suit that I won’t be wearing again and that’s a little bit sad.”
"I had my share of people who came up to me when season two started airing who were like, ‘I hated you.’ And I was like, ‘Well, hello to you too!’”
"One of my favorite scenes was when Sawyer and Jin were sitting in the Dharma van, cracking open a beer. He was telling Jin all the phrases he needed to know to get along with his wife. Things like, ‘You don’t look fat in those pants.’ I just remember that it was such a nice change of pace from the scenes that Jin normally played, and the fact that it was with Josh, who is a good friend now. We got to sit there and drink real beer. It was supposed to be prop beer, but it was the end of the day, and we just thought it was a fun scene. It was easy going, so why not have a few?"
“Once I finished [reading] the [finale], I actually had to put it down and just stop what I was doing for a few minutes, because it resonated so deeply within me. In many ways it was really satisfying.”
"Yunjin is one of the most professional actors I’ve ever worked with. She’s always on time and ready, no overly dramatic behavior. In the same way our characters have grown, we’ve grown. Any time you work with someone for as long as we have, a certain shorthand develops. We know what to expect when we step on the set with each other."