Facetime with San­dra Oh

Variety - - Contents - In­ter­view by DE­BRA BIRNBAUM Pho­to­graph by JUSTIN COIT

San­dra Oh spent a decade in scrubs as the fierce, bril­liant sur­geon Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC’S long-run­ning “Grey’s Anatomy.” Now her turn as the equally com­plex spy Eve Po­las­tri in BBC’S “Killing Eve,” from “Fleabag” cre­ator Phoebe Waller-bridge, is earn­ing her raves along with awards buzz. “It’s great to be back work­ing, great to be fully in,” Oh says.

Waller-bridge writes so well for women. How rare is that?

Rare and not rare. As you know, there are so many won­der­ful writ­ers. It’s very dif­fi­cult to get a show on the air, and I’ve been re­ally lucky. I’ve worked with a lot of great writ­ers. There are many re­ally good writ­ers who can write char­ac­ter, who can write plot, but what is re­ally rare is find­ing a unique voice. And Phoebe has a unique voice.

How did you find your way into this char­ac­ter?

This is just the work that I’m in­ter­ested in. What is my own dark­ness? What is Eve’s dark­ness? What are the things that Eve is not ac­cept­ing within her­self that some­how Vil­lanelle [Jodie Comer] is or brings out in her? I’ve found that for a wo­man who is in her mid-life to be in­fused with all this en­ergy is fas­ci­nat­ing.

This project is so fe­male-led, be­hind and in front of the camera.

Af­ter a 30-year ca­reer, I felt like I spent the past six months be­ing able to work at my fullest ca­pac­ity. All my main col­lab­o­ra­tors were women. I’m on a show about women. I felt that was re­mark­able. So if we’re try­ing to move the nee­dle in a way where there’s a more fem­i­nine point of view, a sys­tem where more women are in power, where the peo­ple who you see on the screen are pri­mar­ily women, I felt like I spent the past six months mak­ing it. I feel re­ally good about that. It has al­ways been a part of my world de­sire to in­crease diver­sity in every kind of way. And I hope to ex­pand that. But it takes a long time to get power, and prob­a­bly my first ex­pe­ri­ence of re­ally be­ing able to ex­er­cise that was with this.

What You Didn’t Know About San­dra Oh

AGE: 46 BIRTH­PLACE: Ne­pean, On­tario, Canada FA­VORITE POD­CASTS: “The Daily,” “Hid­den Brain,” “Freako­nomics,” “In­vis­i­bilia” STRESS-RE­LIEV­ING TECH­NIQUES: Med­i­ta­tion, cooking

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