Sandra Oh: 8 Things You Didn't Know About The Emmy-Nominated Actress
The 'Grey's Anatomy' alum received a nod for her role as Eve Polastri in BBC's 'Killing Eve.'
If you don't know Sandra Oh, allow me to formally introduce you to the veteran actress and Grey's Anatomy alum with a few Sandra Oh facts. Fans were thrilled at the announcement of Oh's Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series. In fact, many are betting her role in the first season of BBC's Killing Eve will finally win her the overdue award she's deserved for years. This would be particularly monumental for the Asian community, considering Oh, who is Korean, would be the first Asian actress to win the category. The actress has been open about her struggles with racism and the hurdles of stereotypes in Hollywood, making this nomination and potential win all the more inspiring.
So while we await her acceptance speech on Monday evening's show, let's get acquainted with the leading lady.
1. She Has Been Nominated For An Emmy 5 Times
No wonder fans are gunning for a win this round. Though she is currently in the running for a lead actress award, she has been nominated five times for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She has, however, won a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award, and two SAG Awards.
2. She's Canadian
Oh's parents are Korean immigrants while the actress herself grew up in Ottawa, Canada. She spoke in a former interview about the big differences between acting in Canada versus Hollywood, "In Canada, someone like me can be a star, a leading lady. In the U.S., much more difficult. They always want to keep you in the supporting roles."
3. She Speaks Four Languages Fluently
That's right, as if her acting resume wasn't impressive enough, Oh is fluent in English, Korean, French, and Spanish. Tell us what this multi-hyphenate can't do, please.
4. She Was Married To A Famous Director
For three short years, Oh was married to her Sideways director, Alexander Payne. In case the name doesn't ring a bell, he was also the director to other critically acclaimed films like The Descendants and Nebraska. After being together for a total of five years, they officially went their separate ways in 2006.
5. She Does Not Have Children
If you're wondering whether Oh has children, the answer is no. In fact, she spoke with Entertainment Weekly about her admiration for her childfree Grey's Anatomy character, "I feel like Cristina — who does not represent a classic or traditional female character that we see on television — is really essential to the movement of where we are as women. A woman isn’t only defined by her career and a woman is not only defined by her role as a mother and a wife either." She has, however, played a pregnant woman three times on screen.
6. She's A Fashion Icon
Just take one scan through her past outfits and you'll see there's nothing she can't pull off. In fact, 12 years later, and I haven't stopped loving this Vera Wang gown she wore to the 2006 Emmy Awards.
7. She Once Won The Lottery
It was for $5,000 in the early '90s, she told Marie Claire. She was flat broke at the time and said she saw it as a sign to not give up on her dreams, despite her financial status and initial struggle to land gigs.
8. She Runs Her Own Social Media Accounts — And They're Worth Following
Oh's Instagram account spans from casual selfies with friends to glamorous red carpet occasions. It's easy to see why she's attracted over two million followers. She also shares her latest news and insights with her one million Twitter fans. So if you want to see more of the groundbreaking actress — as you should — give her a follow.
Show: 5:00 PDT (NBC)
Host: Michael Che and Colin Jost
The 70th annual Emmy Awards will be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the festivities. Actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced this year's nominations on July 12. Game of Thrones, which will air its final season in 2019, is up for 22 Emmys, while Sandra Oh has broken barriers as the first Asian-American female to receive a nod for Lead Actress.