07-09 Happy birthday to Linda Park, Born: July 9, 1978.
Actress Linda Park portrayed communications officer Ensign Hoshi Sato on Star Trek: Enterprise. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she moved with her parents to San Jose, California when she was one year old.
Park had her first stage appearance when she was a child as Princess Rhyme in the show The Phantom Tollbooth in the community theater. By her high school years, she was already a professional actress, with her first paid performance being in Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia. She studied for four years at Boston University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and continued her involvement in the theater.
After graduation, she spent some time in New York, and later went to Hollywood. There she applied for roles in Rush Hour 2 and Jurassic Park III (both released in 2001), ultimately winning a supporting role in the latter film – the first time she set foot on a big Hollywood set.
Park subsequently made a guest appearance on the television series Popular at the same time her future Enterprise castmate Anthony Montgomery was working on the show, and the two appeared in the same episode. Shortly thereafter, Park received a phone call inviting her to read for the part of Hoshi Sato on Enterprise.
At the first reading for the role of Hoshi Sato, Park faced many Asian actresses who also wanted the role, but she was called back to read again. The producers then decided to hold a screen test and eventually gave her the part. She went on to play the role throughout all four seasons, from 2001 until its cancellation in 2005.
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