Sandra Oh on TV Acting and Fighting For Her Character

Sandra Oh
LOS ANGELES - JAN 6: Sandra Oh at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards - Press Room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA (Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins /

Actress Sandra Oh discussed her experiences on Grey’s Anatomy and the importance for her to fight for her character.

For 10 years, Sandra Oh played Dr. Christina Yang on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. Over time, she understood her character and what Dr. Yang would do in every situation. IN a recent interview with Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ series, Sandra explained she would have to fight for her character and even go “toe to toe” with the writers including Shonda Rhimes.

IN an interview with Kerry Washington, Sandra said, “What I was able to get from Grey’s is to have the responsibility and the relationship with the writer to be able to direct where she’s going. If something kind of came up which was like, ‘That is completely wrong,’ I would go toe to toe with Shonda and a lot of the writers, which has been challenging.”

She added, “But just the friction itself, a lot of times a third thing would come out, and it would not be in my sight of consciousness at all; it would take that pushing against someone equally as strong. I started to learn how to trust that.”

One time in particular was when her character married Prestorn Burke (Isiah Washington) on the show. She said, “When we did Grey’s, for at least the first 10 seasons, we would not talk about race. We would not go into race, and that was purposeful. And whatever, it was the right thing to do when it was.”

She wanted to do a story on the mothers-in-law, who were Asian and Black. She added, “Come on, there is a lot of story that we can do here!” Unfortunately, the writers wouldn’t develop a storyline around it.

Sandra is proud of her self after filming 10 seasons with 22 to 24 episodes each. She finished, “I feel like, when I look back because it’s been six years now since I left Grey’s, I feel like one of my biggest successes, for me, as I don’t feel I gave up.”

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