The days of viewing Asian actors and actresses as second fettle extras has since passed. There is a rise in Asian-American actors and actresses who are demand top billing and expressing their capacity and talent in a manner that is worthy of note. One actor who is consistently advancing his status and elevating his worth in Hollywood is Korean-American Keong Sim. Sim gained a great deal of notoriety for his role in Olympus Has Fallen and the TNT medical drama, Monday Mornings, and he has recently been cast in the Law & Order anthology, True Crime. Although fans are definitely aware of the increased status that Sim enjoys among the Hollywood elite, there are definitely things that many of you are not aware of.
We decided to share five facts that are certain to make you more acquainted with Keong Sim.
1. He Has Excelled in Television
While most people will probably associate Keong Sim with Olympus Has Fallen, because of the sharp impact of films, he has actually experienced his greatest amount of success in television, appearing on show like Hope & Faith, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Starved (FX), Glee, Forgotten, and Southland, just for starters. He has experienced cinema success outside of Olympus Has Fallen, having a role in The Last Airbender in 2010. His new role on Law & Order: True Crime will definitely boost his television resume.
2. He is Actually Funny
While his roles rarely allow for him to display his comedic gift and skill, Keong is a fan of comedy. He even functions as a comedy mentor for the organization Laughter for Change. Based on what has been revealed about the role he will be playing on True Crime, it is not likely he will get to use his wittiness and comedic flare on that series, but it would definitely be nice to see him have an opportunity to explore comedy at a more in-depth level.
3. He Has a Background in Theater
A native of Chicago, Keong made the journey to New York to take in and partake of its rich culture in theater, performing in plays on and off-Broadway. He has also performed on stage in a number of different cities and countries including the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, England, Cuba, Canada, and the Czech Republic. So, to say that Keong is a well-rounded actor would be an understatement.
4. Stepping Outside of Acting to Make a Difference
According to sources close to the actor, he has used the improv techniques that he developed as a stage performer to provide valuable insight during training seminars for large corporations. It is amazing how he has been able to take what he has learned academically and experientially as an actor to help enhance the performance of others.
5. He Is Immensely Passionate About How He Lives His Life
With most successful actors and actresses, it is easy to look at them when their working and see the passion they have for what they do, but with Keong, it goes much deeper than just his work ethic when he takes on a role. He lives his entire life with a passion that is bent towards delivering excellence in everything that he does. You can see it in the manner in which he engages the simplest of tasks and it is definitely evident in the manner in which he engages fellow humans.