Why Sandra Oh wanted to play Cristina Yang


When the long-standing medical drama Grey’s Anatomy started in 2005, the show’s first group of interns was the show’s most integrated. The show began to explore the surgical world and reality through the experiences of Meredith, Christina, Izzie, George and Alex. In that group of five, Sandra Oh played Christina Yang, an ambitious intern who aspired to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. Looking back on her career now, the Emmy-winning actress revealed why she was drawn to the character of Yang on the show in a recent interview with Vanity Show

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Sandra Oh attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Because Cristina Yang is the antagonist of the protagonist of Meredith Gray

At the beginning, the drama had Meredith Gray, the main character of the series, as the central role in the plot. Cristina has become Meredith’s closest friend and, over the seasons, her “person”. They were similar in some ways but different from each other in many ways and this became a driving force in their friendship. Oh said it was this difference between Cristina and Meredith that drew her to the role.


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