10 Things You Didn’t Know About Grey’s Anatomy Star Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh’s full name is Sandra Miju Oh — her middle name is very fitting as it means “pretty pearl” in Korean. Sandra is most widely recognized for her time on the popular Shonda Rhimes series Grey’s Anatomy as the cutthroat, cold and focused surgeon otherwise known as Christina Yang. Back in 2014, fans were devastated to learn that Sandra Oh would be leaving Grey’s after 10 consecutive seasons on the show. She played such a big role and was great at it! Her role as Christina Yang earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actor’s Guild awards and five Emmy nominations. In addition to playing the beloved bestie of Meredith Grey, Sandra has been in the films The Princess Diaries, Under the Tuscan Sun, Last Night, Sideways and held a supporting role in the HBO series, Arli$$. Despite her huge success, this Canadian actress prefers to stay out of the limelight, but we can’t help it, we want to know more! Here’s 10 things you might not have known about Sandra Oh:
10. Auditioning for Grey’s Anatomy
Sandra Oh originally auditioned for the role of Bailey because that was what her manager suggested she try for, but once she learned about the character of Christina Yang, she asked if she could read her part and of course, that’s the role she got! She wanted to play the antagonist. In an interview she said, “At that time I was practicing asking for what I wanted in my life,” she joked. “I saw the part of Christina and I wanted to do that part, and so, even though Shonda and Peter and Betsy wanted me to come in for the part of Bailey, I said ‘no I want to come in on Christina.’…What I like the best about Christina is I think the thing that could possibly make her a great surgeon is a hindrance for her in her personal life. I think her ability to be focused and to not be emotionally engaged might give her an edge on the difficulties to be a surgeon, but when it comes to connecting with people which is again, both layers of our show, partially medical and mostly emotionally and character driven, it lends itself to an interesting blend of opposites which is something I really like playing about her.”
9. Her Parents Emigrated to Canada
Her parents are immigrants who emigrated to Canada from South Korea in the early ’60s when they were in their twenties. Her father is Joon-Soo (John) and her mother Young-Nan both came to Canada to study, economics and biochemistry. She grew up with her siblings in Ottawa.