Sandra Oh, who is popular for her role as Dr. Christina Yang, was and still remains one of the most iconic stars of “Grey’s Anatomy,” whom fans still miss and love to this day. From her incredible and captivating relationship with Meredith Grey to her strong and competitive nature that attracted her boss, Dr. Burke, and her overall capabilities as one of the best Cardiothoracic surgeons Grey Sloan Memorial had ever had after Burke.
Oh left an indelible mark in the lives of her friends and viewers in general, that it felt like a huge loss when the producers of the series decided to write her character off. However, she went on to do more amazing things, one of which was a main role in the blockbuster series, “Killing Eve.”
Ever since she left GA, there have been speculations and discussions raised on social media, however, the actress simply said she wanted to play another character, and she felt it was time to move on.
Recently, she opened up on one of the many reasons why she left the series, and one cannot really blame her for making such a decision. Many actors in the past, walked her path, and could not bring themselves to step away, thereby soaking themselves more into unbearable situations.
Keep reading below for more information.
Sandra Oh Says She Was Traumatized
The Canadian actress opened up on the next episode of Sunday Today With Willie Geist, that being on the show may have made her a lot more popular, but it was also a traumatic experience that she had to go through for years.
“To be perfectly honest, it was traumatic. It was traumatic,” she exclaimed. She went on to say that at a point, the need for privacy, was no longer an option because her face was virtually plastered on millions of screens around the world. She said that staying real with this kind of attention desired some sorts of skills.
“I went from not being able to go out, like hiding in a restaurant, to then being able to manage attention, manage expectation, while not losing the sense of self,” she noted.
Oh was a supporting character next to Meredith Grey, but she also had a personal storyline throughout the series, that sometimes affected how people saw the show, so it’s not a stretch to call her one of the few stars that brought the show to life. For this reason, it is not difficult to understand how exhausting her life was off-screen.
How Did She Handle This Pressure?
When fans, especially in their millions become fixated on a movie, series, or even an actor that they love, there are a number of expectations dished out on social media platforms— many of them as unrealistic as they sound.
The stars of GA were not only loved offline, they were sometimes hated on and trashed for things they did in some episodes that did not sit right with fans. Although Oh did not record any form of hate to the publication, she still noted that her life was almost turning inside out while she was on the show. So what or who got her through all this?
When Geist asked the actress what saw her through this difficult period, she immediately credited her therapist anonymously. “Well, I have a good therapist. I’m not joking,” she fessed.
She then went on to mention one of the key things she learned over the years that has helped her stay grounded and sane. She noted saying; “It’s very important. You just have to work at finding your way to stay grounded. And a lot of time that’s by saying no.”
What Did Sandra O Leave ‘Grey’s Anatomy?
Despite her candid discussions about the show almost suffocating her in real-life situations, this was not the primary reason why the actress decided to quit her run on the show. it may have contributed to or influenced the decision, but it was not the main reason why she left.
Although she did not go into specifics, Oh mentioned to Geist that her decision to leave GA at the time, “was a deeply creative decision.”
Of course, there was background noise that the star had problems with Shonda Rimes, but that has virtually been said about many of the cast that left the show. On Katherine Heigl’s part though, there were reports that she had several complaints about the materials used on the show. But all these are just conjectures.
The fact is Oh left the show, and once told an interviewer at an event that she was happy with where she was, and did not intend to change it.
About Sandra Oh’s New Netflix Series
Netflix subscribers may be the happiest they have ever been since the year began after it was revealed that Sandra Oh’s new series titled “The Chair,” would start streaming on the app on August 20.
The 2021 television comedy-drama series stars Oh in all her glory as Professor Ji-Yoon, the first woman who was hired to head a failing English department at Pembroke University, known for it’s tanking admissions request.
Despite being surrounded by old and young professors, some of which were dealing with life in every harsh form possible, this professor was determined to bring the department and University as a whole back to its former glory.
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The Netflix series also features incredible actors like David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bernie Caulfield, and Daniel Gray Longino.