Jacqueline Kim

Jacqueline Joan Kim (born March 31, 1965)[1] is an American writer, actress, filmmaker and composer. She was nominated for a FIND Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Charlotte Sometimes.

Jacqueline Kim
Jacqueline Joan Kim

(1965-03-31) March 31, 1965 (age 56)

Early lifeEdit

Kim was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Korean parents,[2] as the youngest of three girls.[3] She was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,[1] and started in theatre at age 14, "at a little theatre down the street called 'Willow Way'."[2] She graduated from Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School. She then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.[4]


After graduating from drama school, Kim began acting on stages in Chicago, The Shakespeare Theatre (DC) and eventually landed in Minneapolis. Highlights throughout four seasons at the Guthrie Theater include such roles as Nina in The Seagull, the title role in Electra and Phocion/Princess in The Triumph of Love. At the end of 1993, she moved to Los Angeles and began her film career, landing major roles in two films, Star Trek Generations and Barry Levinson's Disclosure. These roles were followed by work opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Volcano. In 1999, she played Yon Greene, a Bangkok attorney and lawyer for Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale, in Brokedown Palace. In 2001, she shared the title role in the film The Operator, written and directed by Jon Dichter, co-starring Michael Laurence and Stephen Tobolowsky. Her breakout film and performance was in Eric Byler's Charlotte Sometimes, which film critic Roger Ebert championed and brought to his Overlooked Film Festival. This role was recognized by two FIND Independent Spirit Award nominations for Kim's work as Charlotte and for the film (the John Cassavetes Award).

Kim is also known for her work in the two part epic "The Debt, Part I and II" for the Xena: Warrior Princess television series as Xena's spiritual mentor, Lao Ma. She won the 2004 LA Drama Critics' Circle award for best female lead performance in East West Players' production of Passion.[3] Her roots are in musical theatre.[citation needed] In 2011, she released her first EP, This I Heard (song & melodies, part I).

In 2015, Kim finished production on the film Advantageous. She co-wrote, produced and composed the feature with its director, Jennifer Phang, while starring opposite Jennifer Ehle, James Urbaniak and Ken Jeong.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Mighty Ducks Jane
1993 Trauma Alice
1994 Disclosure Cindy Chang
Star Trek Generations Ensign Demora Sulu
White Mile Michelle Stefanoff Television
1995 Courthouse Amy Chen Television
6 episodes
1997 Volcano Jaye Calder
Xena: Warrior Princess Lao Ma Television
Episodes: "The Debt, Part I" and "The Debt, Part II"
1999 Brokedown Palace Yon Greene
2000 The Operator The Operator
ER Linda Reed Television
Episode: "The Greatest of Gifts"
2001 The Hollywood Sign Paula Carver
The West Wing Lt. Emily Lowenbrau Television
Episode: "Bad Moon Rising"
2002 Charlotte Sometimes Charlotte/Darcy Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best Supporting Female[5]
In Search of Cezanne Martha Beck Credited as co-writer
2005 Red Doors Samantha Wong
2006 Present Writer, director and producer
Threshold Rachel Television
Episodes: "Outbreak" and "Vigilante"
2015 Advantageous Gwen Writer and producer


  1. ^ a b "Jacqueline Kim Biography ((?)-)". www.filmreference.com.
  2. ^ a b Bret Ryan Rudnick. "An interview with Jacqueline Kim". Whoosh!, issue 17, February 1998. Retrieved 2007-01-16.
  3. ^ a b Ada Tseng. "Journeying with Red Doors: An interview with Jacqueline Kim Archived 2007-02-24 at the Wayback Machine". 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2007-01-16.
  4. ^ "Red Doors Cast Bios Archived 2006-12-07 at the Wayback Machine". Retrieved 2007-01-16.
  5. ^ Spirit Award listings Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-01-25.

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