Sandra Oh

Mostly Credited As: Sandra Oh
Birth Name: Sandra Miju Oh
Date Of Birth: July 20, 1971 (Age 44)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: Nepean, Ontario
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh can do no wrong. From the small screen to the silver screen, Oh pulls off all types of roles. It’s no surprise that the talented actress started acting at a young age, 10 years old to be exact, where she starred in plays. In high school, she also dabbled in improv by becoming a member of the National Champion Canadian Improv Team at the Canadian Improv Games. She was quite artistically talented at a young age, and even began studying ballet at age 4, which lasted for 14 years. Oh took her theater work seriously, and studied at the National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, in 1993. At first, Oh didn’t hit it big in the United States, but rather made a name for herself in her homeland of Canada. She started out in Canadian TV-movies like ‘The Diary of Evelyn Lau’ and ‘Double Happiness,’ which earned her a Genie Award (equal to an Academy Award) in 1994. Oh first became a familiar face in the U.S. in 1996, when she starred as Rita Wu, a sports agent’s sassy assistant, on ‘Arli$$.’ She continued acting in Hollywood and in Canada, but it wasn’t until 2004 that she and her career entered the U.S. acting spotlight. What did it for her? It was the 2004 Academy Award nominated film ‘Sideways,’ which was directed and written by her then husband, Alexander Payne. It didn’t take long for Oh to find the next role that would really put her on the acting map. In 2005, Oh scored a role that truly made her famous and beloved by TV fans. She booked the gig of the extremely intelligent, yet sarcastic, Dr. Cristina Yang on the ABC hit drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ Oh’s career soared. Her medical role has earned her several Primetime Emmy nominations; a 2005 SAG Award; and a 2006 Golden Globe statue. Oh isn’t just noticed for these few roles, but she’s also made a name for herself on other TV shows and movies, including ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Judging Amy,’ ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘Under the Tuscan Sun,’ where she starred alongside former ‘Grey’s’ actress Kate Walsh (the two played lesbian partners). Oh currently dates musician Andrew Featherston.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Grey's Anatomy (2005)As: Dr. Cristina Yang (S01-S10)
Arli$$ (1996)As: Rita Wu
Tales of the City (US) (1994)As: Bambi Kanetaka (Further Tales of the City)
Denim Blues (1989)As: Gwen
Episode Cast Credits 

Chelsea Lately (2007) 
  Sandra Oh, Ben Gleib, Loni Love, Moshe Kasher 08x75: (May/13/2014) As Herself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Sandra Oh, "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, Boy George 12x131: (May/01/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Sandra Oh, the first "Dancing with the Stars" castoff, Foals 06x132: (Sep/24/2008) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Sandra Oh, "Dancing with the Stars" castoff Albert Reed, Mark Ronson 05x136: (Oct/02/2007) As Herself 
  Sandra Oh, Jewel 04x116: (Aug/01/2006) As Herself 

Betas (2013) 
  Steppin' Out 01x09: (Jan/03/2014) As Sharron, [Special Guest Stars]

American Dad! (2005) 
  Spelling Bee My Baby 08x14: (Mar/24/2013) Voiced  Mrs. Hirano 
  Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls 06x03: (Nov/07/2010) Voiced  Mrs. Hirano 
  May the Best Stan Win 05x12: (Feb/14/2010) Voiced  Mrs. Hirano 
  Weiner of Our Discontent 04x18: (May/03/2009) Voiced  Mrs. Hirano 

AMERICA In Primetime (2011) 
  Independent Woman 01x01: (Oct/30/2011) As Herself 

Robot Chicken (2005) 
  Cannot Be Erased, So Sorry 04x17: (Sep/06/2009) Voiced  Various Characters 

The Daytime Emmy Awards (1974) 
  The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 36x01: (Aug/30/2009) As Herself (Presenter) 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Chris Rock, Sandra Oh, Amy Winehouse 14x109: (Mar/12/2007) As Herself 

American Dragon: Jake Long (2005) 
  Haley Gone Wild 02x13: (Sep/30/2006) Voiced  Sun Park 
  Family Business 02x07: (Aug/05/2006) Voiced  Sun Park 
  Half-Baked 02x02: (Jun/24/2006) Voiced  Sun Park 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Sandra Oh, Josh Blue 04x14: (Sep/21/2006) As Herself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Sandra Oh, Gordon Ramsay, Chris Isaak 13x137: (Jun/16/2006) As Herself 

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) 
  12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 12x01: (Jan/29/2006) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (for 'Grey's Anatomy') 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 63x01: (Jan/16/2006) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'Grey's Anatomy') 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Chris Rock, Trisha Yearwood, Sandra Oh 14x03: (Sep/21/2005) As Herself 
  Paul Newman, Sandra Oh, Breaking Benjamin 13x129: (Apr/08/2005) As Herself 
  Steve Irwin, Sandra Oh, Joss Stone 13x99: (Feb/18/2005) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Judging Amy (1999) 
  Surprised by Gravity 03x09: (Nov/27/2001) As Shelley Tran 
  Between the Wanting and the Getting 02x19: (May/01/2001) As Shelly Tran 
  8 1/2 Narrow 02x12: (Feb/06/2001) As Shelly Tran 

The Proud Family (2001) 
  EZ Jackster 01x05: (Oct/05/2001) Voiced  Marsha Mitsubishi 
  Strike 01x02: (Sep/21/2001) Voiced  Marsha Mitsubishi 

Six Feet Under (2001) 
  An Open Book 01x05: (Jul/01/2001) As Porn Starlet 

Popular (1999) 
  Under Siege 01x03: (Oct/07/1999) As Humanities Teacher 
  Mo' Menace, Mo' Problems (2) 01x02: (Sep/30/1999) As Humanities Teacher 

Arli$$ (1996) 
  Crossing the Line 01x08: (Sep/25/1996) As Rita Wu 

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993) 
  The First Temple 04x02: (Feb/07/1996) As Mai Chi 

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (1995) 
  Badlands 01x04: (Oct/19/1995) As Ming Li 

If Not for You (1995) 
  The Kiss 01x03: (Oct/02/1995) As Unknown 
  Taking a Shower with My Two True Loves 01x02: (Sep/25/1995) As Unknown 

Degrassi High (1989) 
  School's Out! (Jan/05/1992) As Waitress 
Featured Songs

Grey's Anatomy Songs:
The Becoming + Like a Virgin
+ Like A Virgin (with Chyler Leigh) 

She began her career as a ballet dancer and eventually studied drama at the National Theatre School in Montreal.

Oh's parents put her in ballet at the age of 4 in hopes of correcting her natural pigeon-toed gait. She took lessons on the flute as well. She focused primary on acting because in her words, she "was not good enough to be a professional dancer."

She speaks fluent Korean, English, French, and Spanish.

She won two Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, in 1994 for "Double Happiness" and in 1998 for "Last Night."

Sandra has studied ballet for 14 years.

Sandra was named in the #9 position on ex-fashion designer, Mr Blackwell's, 47th annual report of the worst-dressed women of 2006.

Sandra Oh Quotes
"I did not start acting until I was 10. I started dancing when I was four, though. My parents were not the ones who brought me to acting. I brought myself, and when I found it, I could never go back. I was very fortunate because although I loved to dance ballet with all my heart, I knew I was not good enough to be a professional dancer. I knew I loved performing. Still nothing beats being on stage for me; I prefer the stage."

"[on the differences between acting in Canada and in Hollywood]: Huge, huge difference, both good and bad. First of all in Canada, someone like me can be a star, a leading lady. In the U.S., much more difficult. They always want to keep you in the supporting roles. It is also debatable if there is even a star system in Canada, or an indigenous film industry. Canada is still at the mercy of the U.S. film industry. In Canada, it is very difficult to make a living as an actor...In the U.S., there is more drive towards a certain kind of broad reaching success, and with that comes much more stress and sacrifice. In Canada, even if you are very successful, you can lead a very normal and healthy life. Maybe not much glamour or wealth or world reaching success, but quite normal."