Whether you know her from her iconic role as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy or for her character Eve Polastri in Kill Eve, most people agree that Sandra Oh is one of the best Canadian actresses. She’s been in the entertainment industry since the late 80s and has really made a name for herself. These 7 facts about Sandra Oh will show you that she is so much more than meets the eye.
She’s from a small town in Ontario
Oh was born on July 20, 1971 in Nepean, Ontario, a suburb of the capital Ottawa.
She grew up studying theater and ballet
According to TV Guide, Oh became interested in acting when she was 10 years old and before that she studied ballet for fourteen years from just 4 years old.
She practices Buddhism
In an interview Oh had with Vulture, she told them that she “practices Vipassana, a Buddhist form of meditation that is interpreted as ‘seeing deeply.'” They also said she acts “from a place where you’re completely grounded within yourself” and very much in touch with his mind and body.
She is multilingual
According to IMDb, Oh can be fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Korean.
She went to college in Quebec
Oh decided to venture a bit far from home for her college experience and attended the National Theater School of Canada, located in Montreal, Quebec. This was much to her parents’ dismay, as she told Ellen DeGeneres that she was the only person in her family without a master’s degree.
She originally auditioned for Miranda Bailey in Grey’s Anatomy
In an interview published by the Paley Center for Media, Oh said, “I first auditioned for the role of Miranda Bailey and thank God I didn’t get that part, can you imagine not to have ?”
She then continued, “And I saw the role of Cristina Yang and I wanted to do that role and even though Shonda, Peter and Betsy wanted me to play the role of Bailey, I said, ‘no, I want to come for the role of Cristina'”.
She made history at the Emmys and Golden Globes
According to IMDb, Oh made history at the 2018 Emmy Awards when she was the first Asian actress to be nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in Kill Eve. This year, Oh again made history at the Golden Globes when she won “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series” in the drama category for the same show.
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