Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an actor, writer, and producer. I was born in South Korea and immigrated to Canada when I was young. My parents wanted me to hold on to my culture and language so they made me speak only Korean at home so I owe it to them that I am bilingual. I am also a dog mom to a very sassy corgi named Maple (@mapleloaf for all you corgi lovers), and I’m a lover of movie theatre popcorn.
Your parents were actors. How did that influence you to become an actress yourself?
I’ve grown up watching their work and listening to their onset stories. I’ve always been a fan of them and ever since I was a kid I always wanted to be like them and perform. I remember creating skits, dance routines, recreating scenes from movies and putting on a show every weekend for my family. They’ve always been incredibly supportive and encouraging and when I chose to go down this path, they thought it was an obvious choice. I think they would have been more surprised if I wanted to be something else other than an actor. They’re still incredibly involved and watch everything I’m in and coach me hahaha sometimes I even run lines with them. It’s great to have parents who are so understanding.
You received a BFA from the Acting Conservatory and were the recipient of the Performing Arts Award and Award in Acting from York University. How did your time there prepare you for your eventual career?
For me, it was important to have solid training as my foundation so I pursued theatre school. I loved that York was able to provide me with the training I received. I learned various styles of theatre from Shakespeare to theatre of the absurd, and Brechtian to Stanislavski, and with that, I really got a chance to learn various styles of theatre and it was an opportunity to see what worked well for me and what didn’t. I focused on acting, movement and voice training and I was lucky to train under notable professors.
What did you learn from your first role in FX’s “Man Seeking Woman”?
I was nervous to be on set that very first day. Luckily I was in a scene with many talented actors including Jay Baruchel who were extremely welcoming and kind and made the set more of a relaxed and chill environment. We had a lot of laughs and did a lot of improv. I learned how to play that day, just to give and receive and be generous as an actor. An important lesson on the first day.
You co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in the short film “Meeting Mommy”. What was it like to take those behind the scenes responsibilities on and are you looking to do more of that in the future?
Of course. It was extremely fulfilling to go behind the camera and create and produce work that resonated with a lot of audiences. I learned a lot by wearing many hats and juggling responsibilities. It had its challenging moments but with that, you gain the experiences to take on with you to your next project.
What can you tell us about your role as Debra in “Queen of the Morning Calm”?
Debra is a hard-working young mother who wants to break free from a lifestyle she feels suffocated in. She escapes from a toxic cycle of poverty and abuse while learning to become more independent as a woman and goes on a healing journey of self-love while trying to be a more nurturing mother in the process.
You play Vicky in “Second Jen.” What can audiences expect from the third season of the show?
I can’t speak for the whole show because I don’t want to give too much of it away, but I will say I had a great time playing Vicky for this season. She is such a colourful and bubbly character and is a handful of glitter – that’s the best way I can describe her. She comes in and she will leave a lasting impression. Some might say she’s too much, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Keep working on your craft and create stuff constantly. There are plenty of other artists around who are also looking to create and collaborate. Getting together to write, shoot a short, produce some work, make a cover, whatever it is, is all very rewarding while feeding your creative soul and it will help you improve your craft further.
What’s your life like off-set?
I try to stay productive and keep myself busy. I can’t stay in one place or at a desk for too long. During the day I will either be outside doing something active like going on long hikes with my dog or at the gym, try new recipes, or go to the movies (I prefer theatres than streaming). I’m a night owl so my creative juices flow past midnight where I spend that time writing and reading and working on my creative projects.
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