‘Killing Eve’ star Sandra Oh may be first Asian Emmys Best Actress

On July 12, 2018, Sandra Oh, 46, received one of the best news in her life. She was nominated for best actress in the drama series category at the 2018 Emmy Awards for her role in “Killing Eve,” a drama series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge based on Luke Jennings’ “Codename Villanelle.”

If Oh wins, she will be the first Asian actress to receive the Best Actress award at the Emmys. To make this history, she has to beat her fellow Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” English actress Claire Foy of “The Crown” and American actresses Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Keri Russell of “The Americans” and Evan Rachel Wood of “Westworld.”

Oh was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to Korean parents Joon Soo Oh and Young Nam Oh. Before starring in “Killing Eve,” Sandra was known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang in “Grey’s Anatomy,” for which she received five consecutive Emmy nominations as a supporting actress from 2005 to 2009.

In 2014, Sandra left “Grey’s Anatomy.” Recently, she joined “Killing Eve,” which premiered on BBC America on April 8, 2018.

In “Killing Eve,” Sandra plays a desk-bound Security Service officer named Eve Polastri who is mutually obsessed with a talented psychopathic assassin named Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Recently, Sandra told CP 24 loves the style of her new show.

“I love the genre of thriller,” Sandra told the publication. “I love playing a character that is able to express an entire range and an entire rainbow of not only emotions but depth in characteristics and qualities.”

Sandra received the news that she had received her sixth Emmy nomination while she was with her friend, Taiwanese-American actress Michelle Krusiec, who was auditioning for “Wild Goose Dreams.” The “Killing Eve” star previously starred in the Hansol Jung play.

Krusiec was as ecstatic as Sandra upon realizing that the latter just made history as the first actress of Asian descent nominated for best actress in the drama series category at the Emmy Awards. The Canadian-Korean actress took to Twitter to share a photo of herself and her fellow Asian actor.

“I really hold that, maybe not so much as a forefront of what moves me through my work, but I know it,” Sandra told Vulture. “So I am exceptionally honored that I am able to hold this moment, not only for myself, but what it may mean for our community, and I can’t speak for the community. I don’t know how that makes you feel, but I saw it in Michelle’s face.”

The 70th Emmy Awards will air live on NBC on September 17, 2018. Meanwhile, here is Sandra talking about “Killing Eve” with Jimmy Kimmel:

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