If Katherine Heigl played the character of Izzie Stevens in six seasons of the cult series “Grey’s Anatomy”, a role that helped put the actress in orbit, it is another actress who very nearly played the character. .
If you’re a fan of the (very, very) long-running Grey’s Anatomy series, you won’t be offended by going over the history of the character of Izzie Stevens, the resident of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital until she was fired shortly after merging with Mercy West Medical Center. A character embodied by Katherine Heigl over six seasons, who helped her a lot to put her career in orbit and had also allowed her to win in 2007 a Emmy Awards.
On the other hand, perhaps you are unaware that another actress was solidly in the ranks to embody this role in her place! In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actress Kim Yoon-jin confesses that she had auditioned for the role. She who will be revealed in that of Sun Kwon, on the series Lost.
Leading a successful career in South Korea at the time, she wanted to pursue it in the United States, and signed an agreement with the ABC channel which stipulated, in exchange for opportunities, that she could only audition for series. chain. “They actually paid me to come to LA, hang around and audition for their different shows. It was a pretty cool deal.”
And she adds: “Lost was one of my first auditions, but my first casting was for Grey’s Anatomy. And I didn’t audition for Sandra Oh’s character., but it was for Izzie’s. And I was even called back [pour un autre essai].”
Why did this not materialize? If his preference was towards Grey’s Anatomy, she was convinced by JJ Abrams to play in Lost. “My character was written after my audition. Sun became Sun after the casting. They said to me, ‘You are very talented, but you are not the right one for the role of Kate. […] And a few hours later, my agents called me and they were super excited. They said to me, “They’re going to write a role just for you”. And I had a 40 minute phone conversation with JJ Abrams after that.”