We know more than we ever did before about how hard it can be for women trying to make it in Hollywood.
But Sandra Oh says she was prepared for anything the industry threw her way — sort of by accident. She had to face her toughest critics long ago — her parents — who absolutely did not want her to become an actor.
“It was very, very, very difficult to rebel against them coming from a very typical, strict Asian immigrant upbringing,” she says. “But when I defied them, there was a certain amount that could not hurt me because I had already upset the most important people to me. And when I achieved a certain amount of success and acceptance, they came around. They came around.”
Turns out Oh was pretty good at being an actor. In 2006 she won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the hard-charging Dr. Cristina Yang on the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy. For fans of smart, nuanced female characters, it’s a big deal that Sandra Oh is back on TV, a few years after leaving Grey’s.
Her new series is also female-driven — and a bit subversive, too. It’s a thriller, from the writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who made a name for herself with the show Fleabag. This new series, on BBC America, is called Killing Eve.
Oh stars as Eve, an American living in London. She works for MI5, Britain’s security service — that sounds super sexy and interesting, but her job isn’t those things. She longs for something more meaningful.
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