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Sandra Oh: The Lady Who Cleansed TV Off Racial Constraints

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Sandra Oh has been a part of such brazenly entertaining shows that you do not immediately realize how amazing she is. The 47-year-old Canadian Actress is remembered by her household name Christiana Yang from The Grey’s Anatomy. With Several Golden Globes and Screen Actor Guild Awards already at her disposal, Sandra Oh has carved a distinguished niche for herself. The six-time Emmy nominee recently made history as being the first actress of Asian descent to get nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She won the Emmy nod for her spectacular portrayal in BBC’s murder mystery Killing Eve.

Cat and mouse crime thrillers typically see male faces. And if not, then at least a male face. Even if the woman gets some space- it would be that of a victim or an investigator who would be completely outshone by the menacing vicious boss. Killing Eve is just as energetic of a crime saga, but this time is woman vs. woman. Eve Polastri (Oh) and the deadly fatale Villanelle (Jodie Comer) are equally powerful.  For a character that is wrapped under the skin of a naïve comic dame, Sandra Oh bats off formidable strength at the right moments. She is no villain who would come across as a vulnerable victim in the heat of things. She is power, she is glory, she is jeopardy, she is intimidation; she is Sandra Oh.

Even if Claire Foy had not grabbed the Emmy she did not deserve, Oh would still remain on the waiting list for the award. As this time it was supposed to be Keri Russell’s parting prize. But an Emmy nomination for a show’s first season is no short of amazing. In fact, the show was not able to occupy a place in its own category, but it was Oh who brought it honor. Starring in a show independent of genre conventions, offering no precedence for wild extremes, being desperately sensuous and grotesquely bloody at the same time, Oh simply congruences herself with perfection.  If not today, she will surely be a capable horse to bet on for the future Emmy races.

Sandra Oh furthers her revision of ideas of breaking stereotypes. She did not walk to the red carpet with some temporary love interest; in fact, she brought the people to her special day who had always fueled her pursuit for excellence. Sandra Oh brought her mom and dad. They made a very cute trio on the red carpet. Mrs. Oh was proud of her famous daughter, she said, “I’m so proud of her,” before giving Sandra a kiss on the cheek. “That happened on film!” said a flattered Oh in response. She had also brought them with her to the Emmys exactly a decade ago, in 2008. This reflects the true compassion and genuine respect she holds for the people who come along to support her. Her morality is for sure unquestionable.

Oh’s past ventures are just as golden as Killing Eve. She was majorly a supporting actress, and in whatever shoes she was placed in she turned it spectacular performances. She was the cerebral vice-principal in The Princess Diaries, a lachrymose adult actress on an episode of Six Feet Under, a despised love interest to Thomas Haden Church in Sideways. Before, in 2005, she became a prime-time sensation as the true best friend and buoyant Cristina Yang on Shonda Rhimes’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Sandra Oh is a genius, a real actor and an inspiring human. Some wise words from this charming lady would likely do no harm. ‘There’s like a dark needle or a nail that lives at the back of all of our heads, and that’s your fear. That’s like, ‘It is true. There’s nothing there.’

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