Sandra Oh

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Sandra Oh (born July 20, 1971) is a Golden Globe-winning Canadian actress. She is best known for playing Dr. Cristina Yang in the television series Grey's Anatomy and her roles in feature films, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Sideways. In 2005, Oh made People magazine's list of the 50 Most Beautiful People.


  • On a Canadian set, everybody is equal. You get paid the same. You live together in barracks. You have a communal kitchen. You buy and cook your own food.
  • Becoming an actor? If it's not a calling, don't do it. It's too hard.
  • I think all women should learn how to's a really healthy, extremely challenging thing to do.
  • In many Asian households, to not go on to higher education, that's like a big no-no. I know my parents' discouragement was for my own protection, and I'm really close to them now, but they didn't understand that there is value in this. That's because they didn't know.
  • I think the roles in television are better for women right now. At this point, I don't want to continue doing the same things I've been doing in film because it's very limited.
  • But what I have big problems with is when people put those limits on me...there always has to be a quantifier or qualifier when it comes to me
    • Interview with BUST magazine

When asked if she's proud to be Canadian:

  • More now than I ever have been. As this country was reelecting the current Administration, the Canadian government [is on its way to] legalizing gay marriage and decriminalizing pot. Those are small things on the big scale of what is going on in the world, but they're things where Canadians are far ahead.
    • Interview with People magazine

On her Grey’s Anatomy character, Cristina:

  • The relationship between Cristina and Burke has really grown. It’s nice to see a woman who can’t commit and who is emotionally stunted, because there’s a lot of us who are.

About Sandra Oh

  • ...also, let's mention that Sandra Oh who goes out and does a striptease in front of the boy that she loves but doesn't think will accept her...there's a little tear that comes down while she's upside down on the pole and that's a very effective piece of acting.
    • Roger Ebert while reviewing Dancing at the Blue Iguana on Ebert & Roeper

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