Sandra Oh is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Let’ see some amazing facts and trivia about her.
1.Her full name is Sandra Miju Oh.
2. She was born July 20, 1971.
3. Sandra Oh was born on July 20, 1971, in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, to middle-class Korean immigrant parents Oh Junsu (John) and Oh Young-nam, who had moved to Canada in the early 1960s.
4. Her father is a businessman and her mother a biochemist.
5. Sandra Oh has a brother, Ray, and a sister, Grace. She grew up in a devout Christian household, living on Camwood Crescent in Nepean, where she began acting and ballet at an early age.
6. Growing up, Oh was one of the few youths of Asian descent in Nepean.
7. At the age of 10, she played The Wizard of Woe in a class musical, The Canada Goose.
8. This interest led her to take drama classes, act in school plays, and join the drama club where she took part in the Canadian Improv Games and Skit Row High, a comedy group.
9. Against her parents’ advice, she rejected a four-year journalism scholarship to Carleton University to study drama at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, paying her own way.
10. She told her parents that she would try acting for a few years, and if that failed, return to school.
11. Reflecting on forgoing university, Oh said: “I’m the only person in my family who doesn’t have a master’s in something.”
12. Soon after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1993, she starred in a London, Ontario stage production of David Mamet’s Oleanna.
13. Around the same time, she won roles in biographical TV films of two significant female Chinese-Canadians: as Vancouver author Evelyn Lau in The Diary of Evelyn Lau (Oh won the role over more than 1,000 others who auditioned); and as Adrienne Clarkson in a CBC biopic of Clarkson’s life.
14. Sandra Oh came to prominence in Canada for her lead performance in the Canadian film Double Happiness (1996), playing Jade Li, a twenty-something Chinese Canadian woman negotiating her wishes and those of her parents. The film received critical acclaim, with Roger Ebert praising Oh’s “warm performance.”
15. Janet Maslin of The New York Times also praised her performance, saying: “Ms. Oh’s performance makes Jade a smart, spiky heroine you won’t soon forget.”
16. Sandra Oh won the Genie Award for Best Actress for the role.
17. In 2005, Oh appeared in several films, including David Slade’s controversial thriller Hard Candy, and the independent anthology drama 3 Needles (2005), opposite Chloë Sevigny and Olympia Dukakis, in which she plays a Catholic nun in an AIDS-stricken African village.
18. The same year, Oh was cast on the hit ABC medical series Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Cristina Yang.
19. Sandra Oh’s long-running role on the show earned her both a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series and a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
20. In July 2009, she received her fifth consecutive Emmy nomination for her work on the series
21. In August 2013, Oh announced that the program’s tenth season would be her final season
22. In October 2014, Oh announced that she would be teaming up with Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming to collaborate on an animated feature film titled Window Horses.
23. She also appeared in a supporting role in the comedy film Tammy (2014), playing the wife of Kathy Bates.
24. In 2015, she starred on the Refinery29 comedy web series Shitty Boyfriends. Oh began filming an upcoming comedy film, Catfight (2016), in New York City in December 2015.
25. Oh was in a relationship with filmmaker Alexander Payne for five years. They married on January 1, 2003, separated in early 2005, and divorced in late 2006.
26. On July 8, 2013, Sandra Oh received the key to the City of Ottawa, Ontario, from Mayor Jim Watson