The actor played Jin-Soo Kwon on Lost, which ran from 2004 to 2010 on ABC

By Dory Jackson
May 07, 2021 02:15 PM
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Lost star Daniel Dae Kim has startled his fair share of fans at airports over the years.

During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday, Kim was asked whether fellow passengers have ever been nervous to see him on a plane after the show. The ABC drama, which ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2010, followed a group of people who end up on a mysterious island along the South Pacific Ocean after surviving a plane crash.

"Yes, there were a couple of times. I remember when we were going back from Hawaii to L.A. for a press event. All of us were actually heading onto the plane. We didn't even think about how successful the show had been," Kim told host Jimmy Kimmel. "So we were all filing onto the plane, the entire cast, and people started looking at us and then started looking down nervously because if we were all on the plane, they were in trouble because we survived."

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Kim, 52, played Jin-Soo Kwon on the hit show. His many costars included Matthew Fox (Jack Shephard), Evangeline Lilly (Kate Austen), Jorge Garcia (Hugo "Hurley" Reyes), Josh Holloway (James "Sawyer" Ford), Yunjin Kim (Sun-Hwa Kwon), Terry O'Quinn (John Locke) and Naveen Andrews (Sayid Jarrah).

Kim recently opened up to Vulture about how the cast was "constantly" worried about their future with the series. 

"There were maybe one or two of us that really had job security, and every other one of us was paging through the scripts as soon as we got them to see whether we survived," he told the publication in April. "From what I understand, it was planned for me to be killed off in season one."

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"I was not a very sympathetic character, so it would have been easy for me to get killed off without the show missing a beat. Through a lucky confluence of events, I was able to stay on and last the whole six seasons," he added.

Kim went on to star in Hawaii Five-0 and a number of movies, including the Divergent film series. He told Kimmel on Thursday that his parents, with whom he immigrated to America from Korea at a young age, didn't always envision him pursuing a career as an actor. 

"They actually wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer. I've played both now on TV, so that's something," he said. "My dad didn't want me to be an actor, but now he's come completely around. Now, he likes to even give me career advice — it's good. I'll get an offer sometimes and instead of being like, 'Oh, I'm so happy for you,' he'll be like, 'So how much do they pay? Where does it shoot?' All this insider information."