Closing the chapter. Since surprising followers along with her exit in 2014, Sandra Oh has toyed with the concept of constructing a triumphant return to Gray’s Anatomy — however she’s fortunately moved out of her consolation zone.
Oh’s portrayal of Dr. Cristina Yang on the ABC medical drama immediately gained her essential acclaim, profitable the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Greatest Supporting Actress in a Sequence and the 2006 Display screen Actors Guild Award for Excellent Efficiency by a Feminine Actor in a Drama Sequence. She remained within the position for 10 seasons, confirming her departure in August 2013.
“Creatively, I actually really feel like I gave it my all, and I really feel able to let her go,” she advised The Hollywood Reporter on the time. “It’s such an attention-grabbing factor to play a personality for therefore lengthy and to really get the sense that she desires to be let go as nicely. [Cristina] desires to be let go, and I’m able to let her go.”
Cristina was written out after the present’s tenth season, leaving Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) and extra beloved characters behind for a brand new job in Switzerland. After studying that Oh could be saying goodbye, creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes needed to provide her character the right ending.
“Top-of-the-line days of my life as a author occurred the day Sandra Oh walked in my door to audition and ceaselessly modified the course of Gray’s Anatomy along with her sensible, nuanced portrayal of Cristina Yang,” Rhimes advised THR in August 2013. “Over the previous 10 seasons, I’ve been made higher by Sandra’s belief, religion and friendship, and I can’t quantify how grateful I’m for her collaboration on a personality we each love so deeply. … When Sandra walks out of my door, Gray’s Anatomy will as soon as once more be ceaselessly modified.”
As a complete, Gray’s Anatomy is way from over. The collection was renewed for an 18th season in Could 2021 after a number of fan-favorite alums — together with Patrick Dempsey and Chyler Leigh — made cameos throughout season 17. Although she’s grateful for all of the recollections she made along with her former costars over time, Oh doesn’t see herself placing on her physician’s coat once more.
“It’s very uncommon, I’d say, to have the ability to see in such a means the affect of a personality,” she advised The Los Angeles Instances’ “Asian Sufficient” podcast in Could 2021. “In some methods, you do your work as a bubble and also you let it go. I left that present, my God, seven years in the past, virtually. So in my thoughts, it’s gone. However for lots of people, it’s nonetheless very a lot alive. And whereas I perceive and I adore it, I’ve moved on.”
Following her nine-year run on Gray’s Anatomy, the actress dabbled in reside theater and nabbed a supporting position in 2014’s Tammy. She returned to tv for season 3 of American Crime in 2017 and has starred on Killing Eve since its 2018 premiere. The position earned her the 2018 SAG Award for Excellent Efficiency by a Feminine Actor in a Drama Sequence and the 2019 Golden Globe for Greatest Actress – Tv Sequence Drama.
“I feel it’s very totally different than Cristina. There’s sure [similar] points, for certain, like each of these characters are decided,” she advised Leisure Weekly in March 2018 of her work on the 2 collection. “However what they need and the circumstances, and the type and the style, it’s like apples and oranges.”
Scroll all the way down to see extra of what Oh has mentioned about life after Gray’s Anatomy — and about probably returning to the present: