Sandra Oh was born in Nepean, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 20, 1971 to Korean immigrants Oh Junsu, a businessman, and Jeon Young Nam, a biochemist. The following are 13 interesting things about the Canadian-Korean actor, who currently plays Eve Polastri in “Killing Eve.”
- She was elected student council president while in Sir Robert Borden High School in Nepean.
- She chose to study drama at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec, Canada over a four-year journalism scholarship to Carleton University in Ottawa.
- She speaks French, which she learned while studying at the National Theatre School of Canada.
- In 1989, she played Gwen in the Canadian series “Denim Blues,” which marked her first TV series role.
- In 1989, she starred in “The Journey Home,” which was her first short film.
- In 1994, she played Jade Li in “Double Happiness,” which marked her first full-length film role.
- She was uncredited in the 2003 film “Owning Mahowny,” in which she played a craps player.
- From 2005 to 2014, she appeared in 220 episode of the ABC medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy,” in which she played Dr. Cristina Yang.
- She is the first actor of Asian descent to earn a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
- She is the first actor of Asian descent to win two awards at the Golden Globe Awards.
- She and Alexander Payne married in 2003, separated in 2005 and divorced in 2006.
- She was given the key to Ottawa in 2013.
- She practices Buddist meditation Vipassanā.
Here is an interview with the “Killing Eve” star: