Sandra Oh Talks About Asian Representation In Media And Her New Projects With 'All Women' Led Teams

Sandra Oh Talks About Asian Representation In Media And Her New Projects With 'All Women' Led Teams

The actress has had a great start to the new year with a line-up of outstanding projects.

Sandra Oh is already having a great start to 2022.

The Disney-Pixar movie, Turning Red, with Oh voicing the character Ming Lee, Mei's overprotective and strict mother, premiered in England on February 21. The final season of the hit thriller series, Killing Eve, where Oh plays the titular character premiered on 27 February. She was also at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards where she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role in the Netflix series, The Chair. If all this was not enough, she also has an upcoming horror film Umma set to release on March 18.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 01: Sandra Oh attends the world premiere of Disney and Pixar's Turning Red at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 01, 2022, to celebrate the launch on Disney+ on March 11th. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

In an interview with Variety, the 50-year-old actress shared her excitement for her upcoming film projects as well as the growing influence of South Korean media, in particular, that of Squid Game, around the world. "I really appreciate that Asian audiences and the journalists who’ve spoken about [the movie], there’s so much understanding,” she said, noting, "if you come from an immigrant background or an Asian background — but it’s not limited to that — or have a parent who loves you or who has been, as I like to say, ‘hyper-vigilant’ — there’s a place for that." She added that the film hopefully opens discussions about the expectations and pressure parents have from their children. 


Praising the representation not only in the film but also at the SAG awards she said, "Being at the SAG Awards, I couldn’t believe how many Korean people were there. Being at this game for a long time, that wasn’t the case for a long time. So to be able to still be here while it’s happening and witnessing [it], is extremely satisfying." She even went up to the cast of the Netflix hit show, Squid Game, to congratulate them on their outstanding win at the awards with actor Lee Jung-Jae winning outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for and Jung Ho-Yeon winning outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series.



Oh went on to explain, "Being recognized by your peers, such as the SAG Awards are, is very important to a global acceptance of actors. Those of us who are actors, it’s a big family. It’s a tribe."

Speaking about her various projects she says that the highlight of taking them on is that she gets to work with mostly "all women" teams. She stated: "Which is how I like working now — all women helming, all women writing. It’s great for me. It’s who I’ve worked with the majority of my career, and I really enjoy continuing doing so."


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