Even though Isobel “Izzie” Stevens was fired from Seattle Grace Hospital in the fifth season of Grey’s Anatomy, she remains one of the most beloved characters in the series. Despite her questionable decisions (just to name one, cutting Denny’s LVAD wire), fans had a tough time adjusting to a show where Izzie wasn’t a part of it.
Portrayed by Katherine Heigl, Izzie made her on-screen debut with the original five surgical interns, which included Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), George O’Malley (T.R Knight) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). Though devoted fans probably can't picture anyone else playing the surgical oncologist, there was another actress who almost snagged the role instead of Heigl.
Before joining the cast of ABC’s hit drama Lost, Yunjin Kim could have been sporting a set of hospital scrubs instead of fighting for survival on a mysterious island.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kim revealed that she originally auditioned for the role of Izzie. At the time, she was transitioning her acting career from Korea to America. A secured deal with ABC allowed her to audition for some roles in the network’s show lineup.