Interview with Patti Kim
(photos via Promotion People)
1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
"Thank you. Hi. My name is Patti Kim, my pronouns are she/her and among other things, I'm a Calgary, AB born actress that has called Vancouver, BC home for over 13 years. I love dogs, massages, food and general silliness."
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
"I started acting in 2003 and my first professional gig was a made for CBS TV movie called "Family Sins" starring Kirstie Alley that was shot the same year in Calgary, AB.
I still vividly remember driving to the shooting location and being completely petrified because I had no idea what I was doing. I remember feeling nauseous and running my handful of lines for what felt like thousands of times while I was waiting for my scenes to be shot. I had no idea what to expect. Luckily, I was able to figure it out.
At the time of that first booking, I worked at a pediatrician's clinic as well as a family practice as a clinic office assistant."
3. Did you study acting before getting into the industry?
"Yes. I didn't grow up as a kid that had been immersed in theatre or performing all their life, so when I decided to explore acting I knew I needed training in order to better understand the industry as well as to start to develop and hone my craft.
I enrolled in the Mount Royal College (now University) Theatre Arts - Performing program, followed up by various studio programs, workshops and courses...and I haven't looked back since. I think it's important to study on an ongoing basis to keep my skills fresh and to maintain an active connection to other creative people."
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be and why?
"Hm. That's a tough question because it's so hard to narrow it down to one person. I've been fortunate in my career thus far, in that I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented, dedicated and creative women in their field such as Veena Sud, Nicole Kassel, Randa Haines, Raelle Tucker, Jenny Klein and Cynthia Pusheck to name a few.
I hope that I am able to continue to collaborate with powerhouse filmmakers such as these women in order to bring more balanced, inclusive voices to screen. I would love to work with Regina King; I am so happy that she's finally getting the recognition for the fine actor that she is and she's only getting better. I feel like I could learn a lot from her."
5. What does a normal day in my life look like?
"It really depends on the day, but on an average weekday I wake up at 6 a.m. to get ready to go to work at my job as an Occupational Injury Claims Co-ordinator. I'm typically out the door by 7 a.m. and in the office by 7:30 a.m. working with a team on workplace injuries for my company. When I receive an audition request, there is the added dynamic of having to juggle my schedule, ensure my work responsibilities are taken care of, and that I create the space to prepare for the audition."
6. Where is your favourite place to be and why?
"I've been to Maui, Hawaii twice and it is such a magical, nourishing place to spend time. I'm totally in love with the people, the pace, the geography and the overall vibe of the island. That is definitely my happy place. "
7. If you could, what would be the one advice
you would want to give to your younger self?
"I would grab her hands, pull her close, look her dead in the eyes and emphasize that no matter what; no matter what she looks like, what's she doing, how many things she has or how bad the mistake is...she is intrinsically worthy, valued and loved."
8. What is one of the best advice that you've got?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
"As someone who currently deals with workplace injuries at her "other job" and is aware of some of the devastating outcomes of a workplace incident, I believe that safety is of the utmost importance.
Based on that, a piece of memorable acting-related advice I received was from Mark Moses when I was working on "The Killing" and it was in relation to stunt work. As an actor, sometimes stunts or more physicality is required in a scene so you may need to work with the Stunt Coordinator to choreograph the movements that they designed. As we know, stunt work can be very dangerous and even fatal so Mark instilled the importance of ensuring that I am comfortable with the stunt as designed and intended so when they're explaining it to me, to always ask them to "show me" before attempting the stunt myself. It's such simple advice but I've never forgotten it. "
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
"I'm proud that I had the gumption (and perhaps blind faith) to pack up everything I owned in my little car and move to Vancouver to pursue acting.
Since I moved here in the summer of 2008, I have created a lovely life for myself that includes a supportive circle of friends, a fulfilling, joyful lifestyle and the space to pursue acting.
Second to that, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) in 2018 for the world premiere gala of the first feature film I worked on called "The Lie". I'm a sucker for "firsts" as far as accomplishments go and being able to attend a TIFF gala premiere for the first time as an actor attached to a project was a dream come true. Hopefully, the first of many."
10. If you could book any role in the next years to come,
what would that dream role be?
"It would be a role in an ensemble sports musical on Broadway."
11. Is there anything you can disclose about
your role in the new season of The Expanse?
"Definitely. My character is Carol Chiwewe; the leader and unofficial speaker of a settlement of Belters on Ilus, one of the planets beyond the newly opened Ring Gates.
Various groups land on the planet with ulterior motives while a greater power threatens them all and Carol is involved in decisions that could affect them all depending on what she chooses. Season four correlates with book four in the novel series written by James. S. A. Corey, and was released on December 13, 2019 worldwide on Amazon Prime Video to excited fans and positive reviews."
12. What is the best part about life on set?
"The opportunity to be on set generally is pretty fun because it means I've been booked and I get to flex my creative muscles. So when I'm able to step foot on set, I'm already winning.
Specifically, I love being on set because I get to be a part of something bigger than me and collaborate in someone's creative vision. I think it's special to share time with people who are all committed to telling a story and performing their specific task in order to achieve that goal. I love being a part of the team on a film set and interacting with the other actors and crew members. I also thrive on the fact that no two days are ever the same and stepping up to the challenge of creating under new circumstances every day."
13. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
"I don't dwell on it, but I do remember the comments made by the people who were uncomfortable with or reflected their fears about me pursuing acting. Having those interactions with people has made me exponentially more grateful for the people in my life who are able to share their positivity and encouragement despite maybe having their reservations about my choices.
I appreciate all the people on both sides of the fence because whether they supported me or not, they all fed into my motivation and ambitions to continue to work towards my goals. I will always remember and have a soft spot for the people who are and who have been on "Team PK". All of my accomplishments are not only for me but for them too. Always.
Thank you for taking the time to reach out and for getting to know me a little better."
Patti Kim is an actress best known for her work on projects like: The Expanse, Sacred Lies, Between Earth and Sky, Climax, SK, Aftermath, Motive, Arrow, Intruders, The Killing, Hunt for the I-5 Killer, Bob & Andrew, Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story etc.
Follow Patti Kim on twitter: @iamthepk :)
Watch Patti Kim as Carol Chiewewe in the Amazon Prime Video sci-fi series The Expanse's fourth season.