Move over, Baby Yoda, Appa has landed in the Star Wars universe.
Kim’s Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has moved from his role behind the counter to a galaxy far, far away — specifically, the galaxy of The Mandalorian.
The Disney Plus show premiered the second episode of its second season on Friday, with Lee playing fighter pilot Carson Teva.
Lee has worked as an actor — both on stage and screen — for decades, most recently earning two consecutive Canadian Screen Awards for his portrayal of family patriarch Appa on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.
Outside his work as an actor Lee is an avid cosplayer, known for the intricate costumes and props he creates for characters from Star Wars and Ghostbusters films.
Lee’s appearance on the Star Wars series led to a flurry of responses from fans and co-workers. Fellow Kim’s Convenience actors Simu Liu and Andrew Phung both tweeted their congratulations. READ MORE
HOW KIM’S CONVENIENCE STAR PAUL SUN-HYUNG LEE ARRIVED IN THE MANDALORIAN
If you haven’t seen episode 2 of season 2 of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (or, as some of us knew it up until recently, “The Baby Yoda show,”) I’m going to warn you that there’s a spoiler ahead — but only one, and it’ll likely have you grinning from ear-to-ear.
Okay, so you know Appa from the award-winning Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience? The loveable patriarch of a Korean-Canadian family who runs a convenience store in Toronto’s Moss Park whilst learning and teaching important life lessons to his children and customers?
In actual life, Appa is an actor named Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who you may recognize from dozens of films and television shows dating all the way back to 1989. READ MORE