For Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy has changed the game.
The actress had been working for over a decade – her credits included a TV movie based on the ’80s crime show Cagney and Lacey and some episodes of the series produced by Ryan Murphy Popular – but it was her role as Dr Cristina Yang that made Oh a household name. From the premiere of the show in March 2005, in a favorable time slot after Desperate housewives, Grey’s has been a success. Behind-the-scenes controversies, like that of former co-star Isaiah Washington use of a homophobic insult about another of her co-stars, TR Knight, and, later, Katherine Heigl’s public complaints about “equipment“, meant that the show was very lively.
“To be perfectly honest, it was traumatic. It was traumatic,” Oh said in an interview for the next episode of Sunday today with Willie Geist. “And the reason I say it’s under the circumstances you need to do your job is with a lot of privacy. So when you lose your anonymity, you have to develop skills to always try to be real. I went from not being able to go out, like hiding in restaurants, to being able to then manage attention, manage expectations, while not losing my sense of myself. “
When Geist asked how Oh got through a rough patch, she was frank.
“Well, I have a good therapist,” she said. “I am not joking.”
Oh, who left the show in 2014, pointed out that she was serious about her response.
“It’s very, very important,” Oh said. “You just have to work to find your way to keep your feet on the ground. And a lot of times it’s by saying no.”
Still, not all the attention is what prompted her to leave the mainstay of Shonda Rhimes after 10 seasons. She then described it as a “deeply creative decision”.
Oh went on to star in the acclaimed AMC / BBC America drama series Kill Eve and, more recently, on Neflix The chair.