Kim’s Con­ve­nience star on love & life

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee chats mar­riage and more with his wife Anna

Richmond Hill Post - - Life -

Canada’s favourite Korean fam­ily is back for season two of Kim’s

Con­ve­nience, start­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on CBC. In an­tic­i­pa­tion, we chat­ted with Mr. Kim him­self, oth­er­wise known as ac­tor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, and his real life wife, Anna, about how they met and fell in love.

How they met

Anna: We met through a mu­tual friend/cou­ple. Paul was out at a bar with a friend who was be­ing a downer. I was out with friends from col­lege. Paul called the mu­tual friends to see what they were do­ing for the evening. Mean­while I al­most didn’t join them at the bar, but ended up go­ing any­ways.

We met, made each other laugh, ex­changed num­bers, and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

The first date

Anna: Our first of­fi­cial date took us all over the city of Toronto. We went out for din­ner at a restau­rant called the Hot Tomato, then to a bar called the Liv­ing Well and fi­nally to a mar­tini and cigar lounge called Ha­vana Blues.

There was lots of walk­ing, talk­ing and laugh­ing. We were get­ting to know each other. I re­mem­ber a waiter knocked over a planter at the restau­rant. We also stopped off at a record store, and Paul bought the new Tom Waits CD ( Mule Vari­a­tions).

The courtship

Anna: Paul in­tro­duced me to widescreen movies, video games (Golden Eye) and sci-fi. There were lots of fun times watch­ing movies and play­ing games on my tiny TV, in my Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket base­ment apart­ment.

The pro­posal

Paul: The pro­posal was on Dec. 31, 1999, mere hours be­fore Y2K was about to hit! Per­haps not as ro­man­tic as I had planned as Anna was sick as a dog.

The wed­ding

Paul: We were mar­ried in Toronto on Aug. 25, 2001, and had our honey­moon in Or­lando, Florida.

The kids

Paul: We have two boys, Noah, age 13, and Miles, age seven.

Bal­anc­ing work and mar­riage

Anna: We sup­port each other un­con­di­tion­ally. We have been lucky to find ca­reers that we love and man­aged to find time and space to pur­sue those ca­reers. I’m a sign lan­guage in­ter­preter for the deaf and hard of hear­ing, and Paul was an awe­some stay-at- home dad to our two boys.

Now that he is busier, I am able to be at home more often and fit my schedule to the fam­ily’s needs.


Paul: Anna puts up with a lot of my child­hood ob­ses­sions. I’ve got­ten into replica prop build­ing lately, try­ing to re­live some of my child­hood by build­ing a pro­ton pack from Ghost­busters and lots of Star Wars cos­tumes.

I’m also an avid col­lec­tor of movies. We both love the Toronto Blue Jays and en­joy watch­ing the games to­gether — as well as the Leafs. Anna en­joys watch­ing the Leafs games more now since the team is im­proved and I’ve stopped yelling at the TV!

The home

Paul: We have lived in East York for the past 13 years.

Se­crets of suc­cess

Paul: Mu­tual re­spect, un­con­di­tional love and sup­port, hon­esty and clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion are our se­crets of suc­cess.

The dream re­tire­ment

Paul: Lots of laughs and lots of ad­ven­tures.

L-R: Paul, Miles, Anna and Noah root­ing for the home team

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