Catherine Haena [pronounced like ‘henna’] Kim has quickly become known in the entertainment industry for her exotic look, infectious personality, and undeniable talent.
Most recently, Catherine has been seen on CBS’ “Hawaii 5-0” playing “Nani Kalakaua,” the fun, loving mom of Kono (played by Grace Park) in flashbacks. Catherine was asked to stay on and play Kono’s present-day mom as well, requiring 4 hours of hair/makeup for the transformation! In the 5 seasons of the hit show, no one has spoken as much Hawaiian as Catherine’s character.
Catherine was also seen this summer playing fashionista turned murderer, “Mia Nichols,” on ABC Family’s new hit, “Stitchers.”
Most would recognize Catherine for her starring role as “Anna Choi” on ABC’s hit summer series “Mistresses.” Based on the successful UK television series of the same name, “Mistresses” is a provocative drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery. Introduced at the top of Season 2, Catherine’s character Anna instantly became a fan favorite. After a failed suicide attempt, Anna finds herself surprisingly influencing her psychiatrist (played by Yunjin Kim) as much as she helps Anna find her way. Season Two of the series premiered June 2, 2014.
Born in Queens, New York, Catherine is the first generation of her family to be born in the United States. Her Korean grandparents helped raise her and her younger brother, Joe, while her parents worked in nearby Manhattan. They were always more like second parents to her.
After landing the coveted role of “Miranda” in her 6th grade performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” Catherine was officially bitten by the acting bug. Even in college at the University of Virginia while attempting to study Business and French, Catherine found herself sneaking into the drama department where she discovered student and independent films. There was no turning back. She spent her summers doing Summer Stock Theater and studying at the conservatories of the Michael Howard Studios and the William Esper Studios in New York.
During Catherine’s senior year of college, a friend submitted her for the Miss Virginia United States pageant, which she went on to win. She also landed a VJ job for MTV K, the Korean-American MTV channel. In 2009, Catherine traveled to Los Angeles to test for the lead in a feature film, and she never left. She went on to book back to back guest-star roles on hit television series, including: “Gossip Girl,” “90210,” and “Sullivan & Son,” and she made her feature film debut in “GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST” alongside Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner for New Line Cinema.
During her down time, Catherine can be found outdoors, running on the beach, and hiking; she has also recently taken up golf. This adventure seeker loves traveling and skydiving, but also just relaxing with friends. She also works with various charities that work to empower young women.
Catherine currently lives in the Santa Monica area, with a beach cruiser at the ready.