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The second Avengers film Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released in theaters worldwide. The film, once again, stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). It has already made $187.7 million dollars from 4,276 theaters in North America, $168 million dollars from 88 territories for a foreign total of $439 million dollars, and a worldwide total of $627 million dollars.
The extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Claudia Kim can be seen in the beginning of the trailer.
The plot of the film written by Marvel Worldwide Inc. reveals that the Avengers will be taking on the enemy Ultron. “When Tony Stark tries to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.”
The cast includes new characters Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision and Dr. Helen Cho. Dr. Helen Cho is a South Korean scientist that is world-renowned for her work in genetics. Genetics is the study of genes, their functions, and their effects. She has worked with Bruce Banner (Hulk) in the past, and shares a laboratory with him at the Avengers tower. From her research she has created a machine called the Cradle. The Cradle is used for artificial tissue generation, and repairs Hawkeye’s damaged tissue when he is hurt in battle. Using the Scepter’s mind-controlling abilities, Cho is made to create the perfect synthetic humanoid body for Ultron. Ultron reveals to Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver of the power contained inside the Chitauri Scepter is one of the Infinity Stones. Ultron would integrate the Infinity Stone in the synthetic body and adopt god-like powers.
Dr. Helen Cho is played by South Korean actress Kim Soo-hyun also known as Claudia Kim. In 2005, she won a modelling contest and was offered to start acting.
“I kind of got into entertainment not by my will. I hadn’t expected it, actually. It was a fun challenge for me to go through, and I got an offer to become an actress right away from modeling. So I kind of needed time to think if this is what I really want to do for life. The entertainment industry is not always easy. I really needed to decide I can do this, and I will do this for the rest of my life. That took me three years. I’m an international studies major. I’ve been a reporter. I was always interested in media, but I just didn’t know specifically what. I took time to look back on myself and discover who I am, what my calling is and I came to that conclusion that this didn’t happen by coincidence. There’s a reason behind this.” reminisces Kim.
Since then she has gone on to star in Korean television shows such as Queen of the Game, The Fugitive: Plan B, Romance Town, Brain, Standby, 7th Grade Civil Servant, and the Netflix series, Marco Polo.
When asked about the audition process for Avengers, she reveals that it was very secretive and not much information was given.
“It was not an openly known audition; I was on the list of actors chosen by Disney or Marvel. I directly received the script as one individual. The given information did not include content about the character, so I became well-acquainted with the script through deductive reasoning. After video taping myself with no [information], I sent it to America. The rumor is that female actresses tried out for it, but everything took place so secretively and there was even security at the audition location to prevent us from running into one another, so it’s a mystery to me, as well, which actresses auditioned for the part.”
With little information to go on it was her love of the television show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” that solidified her decision to be a part of the film. Joss Whedon created and produced the iconic television series and directed the first Avengers film, The Avengers.
“As a young kid, I was a huge fan of Joss Whedon, who was the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” admits Kim. “When I went into the casting session, I was so hopeful and honored. I was so beyond thrilled when I found out that I was cast to work alongside Joss Whedon and the incredible cast of the film.”
Kim does speak Korean in the film and recalls a funny story about her first scene.
“In my first scene in the movie I speak in Korean. But no one in the staff of ‘Avengers 2’ knew Korean, so if I made an NG (Not Good), I had to report on myself no matter what. It was always a little embarrassing,” she says through laughter. “In the script, it only said, ‘Dr. Cho speaks in Korean.’ No one wrote the Korean lines and there was no one to help me on set. Depending on the atmosphere, I would personally insert lines in the Korean language. I was more nervous about those parts than my English lines. I worried that I might say something wrong.”
Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released she will be moving forward with filming the next season of Marco Polo.
Claudia Kim portrays Khutulun a niece of Kublai Khan for the Netflix series Marco Polo.
“We are getting ready to shoot the Season 2 of Marco Polo,” confirms Kim. “To get ready to play the Khutulun character, I’ve been physically getting my body fit and ready. I’m so excited and am anticipating to shoot the next season.”
If you’d like to follow Claudia on social media her Twitter handle is @ClaudiaSKim, official Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/claudia.shkim, and her Instagram account is https://instagram.com/claudiashkim/.