Catherine Haena Kim was born in Queens, New York. She is a proud daughter of immigrant parents who left their office jobs in Korea to sell umbrellas in Time Square to give Kim and her brother the American dream. After graduating from the University of Virginia with honors, Kim’s first job was being a VJ for the Korean American channel, MTV K, hosting the “Top Ten K Kountdown.” A propensity to always “say yes before no” has led to interesting adventures like becoming Miss Virginia United States as a college senior.
Kim nabbed her first big screen credit in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past opposite Matthew McConaughey with her first ever film audition. After wrapping, she moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and began her career in television and film. Kim began guest-starring on such series as “90210” and “Sullivan & Son” before landing the recurring role of Anna Choi in the ABC series “Mistresses.”
Since her breakout role in “Mistresses,” she went on to recur on “Hawaii Five-0,” “Major Crimes” and most recently joined the cast of Freeform’s “Good Trouble” as Ada – Nicolette Baptiste and Beau Mirchoff’s love interest. Prior, she was tackling fake bad guys as Special Agent Emily Ryder on CBS’ “FBI” and also played Kate on HBO’s “Ballers” opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Rob Corrdry and Russell Brand.
You can catch her next in the films, A Hard Problem and A Christmas Family Reunion.
In her spare time, Kim loves to travel, hike, and search for the best pizza in Los Angeles. She also cannot stop watching the Korean drama “Crash Landing on You” with her mom.