LOST actress Kim Yun-jin has found success in her homeland after a 19 year career outside of Korea.
Kim returned to her home turf to take the lead role
in SBS series “Ms. Ma, Goddess of Revenge.” The story is loosely based
on the fictional character of Miss Marple from Agatha Christie’s crime
novels and short stories. When LOST finished its sixth season in 2010, Kim was able to secure
a spot in the US entertainment scene by starring in another US hit
In the SBS mystery-thriller series, which
premiered Oct. 6, Kim plays a mother seeking revenge for her daughter’s
death. After being locked up in a mental institution for killing her
daughter, she digs into the mystery to clear her name.
Saturday-Sunday drama, at its halfway point, is in second place with an
viewership rating of 6.9 percent, trailing behind MBC’s “Hide and Seek,”
which has been raking in an average viewership share of 12 percent.
Korean viewership tends to increase as the show progresses and usually
climaxes in the final episodes.
Kim has taken part in local films while pursuing her career in the US,
the SBS series is her first return to the local TV scene in almost two decades. At
a press event held for promotions of the show, she said it was hard to
find time to star in local TV productions as Korean production schedules
are much tighter.
“I normally worked four days a week in the
US, but since shooting (this series), I have not been able to find the
time to do laundry,” she said.
“I have never imagined shooting
20 scenes a day, but everything goes so quickly. I was very worried when
I first saw the shooting schedule, but things happened smoothly
according to the timetable and I found it truly amazing.”
network and streaming platforms have been licensing Korean dramas.
Netflix created its own Korean mystery variety show, "Busted," which was
renewed for a second season. With the success of the film "Crazy Rich
Asians," more Asian actors will be cast in more diverse roles. But it also nice to know that some actors can go home to find success.