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Key Lost Character Wasn’t Part Of JJ Abrams’ Original Plan, Star Reveals

Despite becoming a major character in the popular series, Lost character Sun-Hwa Kwon wasn’t originally part of co-creator J.J. Abrams’ plan.

Lost star Yunjin Kim reveals her character wasn’t originally part of the show’s plan. Along with Kim, Lost starred a wide ensemble of actors, including Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O’Quinn, Jorge Garcia, Naveen Andrews, Dominic Monaghan, and Daniel Dae Kim. Lost was co-created by J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, and Damon Lindelof. It ran for six seasons from 2004-2010, and was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows on television at the time of its release.

Kim plays Sun-Hwa Kwon, spouse of Kim’s Jin-Soo Kwon. Sun initially fades into the background in Lost, only appearing in scenes where she is speaking Korean with her husband. Later, it is revealed that she can in fact speak English, and has been faking knowing only Korean. Sun became a critical point in the series, as she and Jin went through emotional rollercoasters, having a baby together amidst the chaos of all of the other adventures within Lost. She remained a key character in the series throughout, until her tragic but beautiful drowning death alongside Jin in season 6 episode 14, “The Candidate.”

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Shockingly, Sun-Hwa Kwon was not always in Abrams’ plan for Lost. In a recent interview with GQ, Kim discusses how, when she auditioned with Abrams and his team for Lost, she was initially told that she was “not right for this role.” Instead of that being the end for Kim’s audition, however, she was called back an hour later, with the team saying that they wanted to write a role specifically for her. Check out the full statement from Kim below:

This is what’s so cool about J.J. Abrams. He was like, ‘You’re not right for this role.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, thank you very much!’ He was like, ‘Wait, sit down, let me get back to you!’ I was like, ‘Okay.’ And I was like, I rushed to the airport, and that’s when I got the call. They literally called like an hour later and said, ‘We love her, we want to write her a role, we don’t know exactly what, but can we hold her?’ So, and then, literally like within a couple of hours, they created the character Sun. And they asked if I would be comfortable speaking Korean on the show, and I was like, ‘Sure! But I am going to eventually speak in English, right?’

Given the centrality of Sun to the final script of the show, it is stunning to imagine the cast of Lost characters without her. Of course, Lost develops many relationships and subplots for all its leads, but Sun was arguably one of the show’s most dynamic. In flashback, Sun and Jin’s marriage is revealed to be a fraught one, as Jin becomes angry with Sun when the couple cannot conceive. Shortly after they do finally conceive on the island, Sun believes that Jin has died in an explosion. This creates fascinating character arcs for both Sun and her husband, who both become central to the series.


Since Lost, Kim has remained a successful actor. She has mostly performed in Korean-language film and television, acting in works like the new Money Heist: Korea spinoff. Fulfilling her goal of acting in English, however, Kim has had some key English-speaking roles, including playing a lead role in the ABC show Mistresses. Lost continues to be her most well-known American role, even though Sun was not part of the show’s original plan.

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Source: GQ

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