“Sometimes I feel like I'm a reluctant actor, I don't know why. Acting, when you're in the groove and it's going well, you feel more alive than what you do in most days. When things are all aligned it thrills you and when you see so many people climb to their stardom, I guess that's alright too. But it's not even like that for me. I didn't want the attention. I wasn't doing it to be famous. I don't wish for people to see me in a glamorous way or I didn't do it to make a lot of money or anything like that.” Grace Park
Canadian actress Grace Park is probably most popular in America for portraying Sharon Valerii on the critical acclaimed television series “Battlestar Galactica” (Sci Fi Channel, 2004-2009). She also played the role in the successful 2003 TV miniseries of the name, which became the show's pilot. She then appeared in two TV movie adaptations, “Razor” (2007) and “The Plan” (2009) and in 10 webisodes titled “The Face of the Enemy” (2008). Commenting about the series, she said, “Whatever you want to see or whatever you're struggling with in life you can see there, whether it be politics or terrorism or war, hope, faith, struggle, love, it's all in there. Or if you just want plain action and neck-snapping plot twists, you've got that, too.”
Park made her TV series debut in the Canadian teen soap “Edgemont” in 2001 and since gaining her massive breakthrough with “Battlestar Galactica,” has landed a regular role on “The Cleaner” (A&E, 2008-2009) and recurring roles on “Jake 2.0” (2003-2004) and CBC's “The Border” (2008-2010). She has also guest starred in the shows “The Dead Zone,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Human Target.” Park's film credits include “Romeo Must Die” (2000), “West 32nd” (2007) and “Run Rabbit Run” (2008).
Park ranked No. 81 on the Maxim magazine list of “Hot 100 of 2005” and No. 93 on the Maxim Magazine “Hot 100” list of 2006.
University of British Columbia
Childhood and Family:
Born on March 14, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, Grace Park moved to Canada with her family when she was 22 months old. She was raised in Vancouver and grew up speaking English and Korean at home. She also speaks some Cantonese and French. Grace graduated from Magee Secondary school in 1992 and later got a degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. During a summer in college, she studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
In 2004, Grace married her boyfriend of three years, Phil Kim, in Mexico. They headed to India for their honeymoon. Grace's husband, a real estate developer, was born in Korea and moved to Canada when he was 8 years old. The couple currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Grace is a fan of extreme sports and traveling. She also enjoys surfing, snowboarding, film, the arts and fashion. Her favorite films are “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Fight Club.”
Grace Park was a model before she began acting. In 1997, she landed an unaccredited part in an episode of the Canadian series “The Outer Limits” called “Bits of Love” and would return to the show four year later to play Satchko in the episode “Time to Time” (2001). Starting out doing commercials on television, Park resurfaced in 2000 when she played Louann in the episode “Uncle S.A.M.” of the UPN science fiction series “Secret Agent Man,” which starred Costas Mandylor and Dina Meyer. She then landed the recurring role of Mikiko in the Canadian short lived series “The Immortal” (5 episodes). The same year, she made her big screen debut as an Asian dancer in “Romeo Must Die,” a martial arts film starring Jet Li that was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. The film was a box office success in North America with a domestic total of nearly $56 million, well above its budget of $25 million. Its worldwide box office gross is over $191 million.
In 2001, Park won a role on the teen drama series “Edgemont,” which revolves around teenagers in Edgemont, a fictional suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. The show premiered on January 4, 2001, on CBC Television and ran until July 2005. It was a moderate success in Canada and was broadcasted in the U.S. through the Fox Family Channel. Park starred as Shannon in the series. Other cast members included Kristin Kreuk, Dominic Zamprogna, Craig Woodbridge, Sarah Lind and Vanessa King.
During her stint on the show, Park also appeared as a bartender in the pilot of “Dead Last,” Lieutenant Satterfield in the “Stargate SG-1” episode “Proving Ground” (2001) and in the “Dark Angel” episode “Designate This” (all 2001). In 2002, she made her TV film debut in “L.A. Law: The Movie,” which reunited most of the original cast of the 1986-1994 television drama “L.A. Law.” Park next acted in the 8 minute length comedy film “Fluffy” (2003), played Cynthia Wong in the Canadian TV movie “Jinnah: On Crime - White Knight, Black Widow” (2003), had the recurring role of Fran Yoshida in the short lived UPN series “Jake 2.0” (4 episodes, 2003-2004) and was featured as a Taiwanese woman in the TV miniseries “Human Cargo” (2004). She also portrayed guest roles in episodes of “Andromeda” and “The Dead Zone” (both 2004).
It was in 2003 that Park received her breakout role of Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharon “Boomer” Valerii on the three hour miniseries “Battlestar Galactica,” which was based on the 1978 science fiction TV series of the same name. Written and produced by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Michael Rymer, the show was first broadcasted in the U.S. on the Sci Fi Channel beginning December 8, 2003. The successful miniseries would serve as a pilot for the subsequent television series, with Park continuing her role. The “Battlestar Galactica” series, which ran from October 18, 2004, to March 24, 2009, won rave reviews from critics and earned three Emmy Awards and numerous additional nominations.
Park reprised her role of Lieutenant Sharon Valerii for the 2007 TV movie version “Battlestar Galactica: Razor.” The same year, she also revisited the big screen to play Lila Lee in the Michael Kang directed crime drama “West 32nd,” which also starred John Cho, Jun-Seong Kim, Jane Kim and Jeong Jun-ho. It was followed by the supporting role of Hannah Moon in the dramatic movie “Run Rabbit Run” (2008), which was written and directed by Kate Twa. In July 2008, she also landed a regular role on the A&E series “The Cleaner,” playing Akani Cuesta. She was on the show until September 2009, when it was officially canceled. Costars of the series included Benjamin Bratt, Brett DelBuono, Liliana Mumy, Esteban Powell, Amy Price-Francis and Kevin Michael Richardson. Still in 2008, Park portrayed the recurring role of Special Agent Liz Carver on the Canadian (CBC) drama series “The Border,” which also aired in many other countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France and South Korea. She appeared in 12 episodes from 2008 to 2010. In late 2008, the actress recreated her “Battlestar Galactica” role for a ten part series of webisodes called “Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy” and a TV film version titled “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan” (2009). The same year, she made a guest appearance on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Recently playing Eva Khan in the Fox series “Human Target” episode “Corner Man” (2010), Park will play Kona Kalakua in the remake series “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS, 2010).