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Yunjin Kim doesn't fear Grim Reaper on 'Mistresses' as she did on 'Lost'

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TORONTO - Unlike her days dodging a Smoke Monster and exploring underground hatches on the mysterious island of "Lost," actress Yunjin Kim feels a sense of security about the fate of her character on the summer soap "Mistresses."

Hence when she learned that Karen would be held at gunpoint in the cliffhanger season 1 finale, she was confident she would be back for season 2, which debuts Monday at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

"She survived," Kim said with a laugh in a telephone interview. "'Mistresses,' it's not like 'Lost,' where I don't think the main characters really need to worry about being killed off the show.

"I was feeling a little confident that it wasn't my blood on that white couch that splattered."

Such information should not be considered a spoiler. After all, Karen is seen in the season 2 promos, and the description for the first episode mentions her overcoming setbacks.

For those who haven't seen the ABC series, it centres around four girlfriends. The other three are played by Alyssa Milano, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan.

Karen is a psychiatrist with a messy romantic life. At the start of season 1, she was reeling from the death of a wealthy patient with whom she'd had an affair. Then she became involved with his son — a move that led to her being held at gunpoint by the son's mother (Penelope Ann Miller).

Kim said season 2 picks up about six months after the last one ended and sees a single Karen trying to pick up the pieces of her life, getting into "crazy situations" and being a lot more "colourful."

"It's just been so much fun," she said. "Last year felt heavier, all of my storylines, for obvious reasons, but just very serious. But this season there's a lot more comedy to Karen overall, just a lot more layers.

"It's good, it's so juicy — it's so juicy," she added, her giddiness palpable over the line from Los Angeles. "I'm very excited about this season and my character, especially this season."

She grew even more excited as she further emphasized her point.

"We open up all these different doors with my character this season. If you think that she had issues last season, oh ho ho!" she said with a howl. "Wait until you get to this season. Woo!"

Born in South Korea and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., Kim has become a star throughout Asia as well as the U.S., where her breakout role was plane crash survivor Sun on "Lost."

With "Mistresses," she's relished being on a set filled with strong women and feelings of sisterhood with the creators and cast.

"Our show is about these four women, obviously, and having K.J. Steinberg and Rina Mimoun — who are women who are the writers and executive producers of the show, the showrunners — and we have a lot of female writers, it's very female-driven," said Kim.

"I'd never worked on a show that was so female-driven before, so I'm loving it. I'm loving going to work. And we gossip, we talk. Sometimes we can't just do the work because we're laughing so hard, especially between me and Jes Macallan. Whenever we're doing a scene just the two of us, we can't stop laughing, so we have to laugh it out and the crew are like, 'Oh, there they go again!'"

Kim also likes that the focal point of the show is the support system among the four main characters.

"Yeah, we go off on our jobs, on our love lives, we do our separate things, but it's really about getting together with these friends and talking through these hard times or giving suggestions, always with open arms with these girls," she said.

"I think that's what makes the show interesting — the friendship between these women."

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