Burnaby actor's lead role in Kim's Convenience a rarity in mainstream TV

Burnaby’s Andrea Bang has been feeling so lucky lately, she says she can’t even bring herself to think about it.

She’s one of the lead characters in the new sitcom Kim’s Convenience, premiering tonight on CBC Television.

She was an actor only for a couple of years before landing the plum gig.

And, she gets to “pretty much” play herself on TV, a Korean immigrant’s daughter — a cherished role Bang says she never saw on mainstream television growing up.

“The excitement is too overwhelming,” she said with a laugh. “If I actually let it affect me, I would just be like, oh my goodness, I’m just going to stay in my room forever.”

The show follows a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in Toronto. Bang plays Janet, the defiant, Canadian-born daughter in a largely traditional family.

When she first read the part, she says she couldn’t believe how…

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