Sandra Oh is a Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Her parents were middle-class, Korean immigrants. Her father, Junsu, was a businessman and her mother, Young-nam, was a biochemist. They moved to Canada in the early 1960s. She began her performance career from a tender age. Her attending the National Theatre School of Canada can be said to have helped shape her career early. At 19, Sandra Oh had her step forward role in the television biopic The Diary of Evelyn Lau (1993). Her performance gained the 1994 Cannes FIPA d’Or for Best Actress as well as a Gemini nomination. Sandra is best known for her prominent role as Dr. Cristina Yang on the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy.
Sandra was raised Christian but now is more spiritual. Her family is very religious and her parents are extremely devoted Christians. Growing up, she went to two different churches, English and Korean. She moved away from the church and her religion, when she moved to L.A., but she still has a deep connection to her past. She doesn’t necessarily go to church any longer, but she still considers herself to be spiritual, but rather than praying she meditates.
Since she is Canadian she isn’t all that involved in American politics. She has however received the Key to the City of Ottawa from the Mayor in 2013.
After work on Mondays and Tuesdays, she and her cast go out for drinks. She enjoys having friends over and cooking. Her ideal date involves watching movies and getting drinks after.
She is currently single. She used to be married to Alexander Payne, a writer and director. They got married on January 1, 2003. They were together for five years before they got married. Their first film together was the 2004 Oscar-winning Sideways. They separated in the beginning of 2005, and divorced later in 2006.
Something interesting about Sandra Oh is that she is the only person in her family without a college education. She turned down an academic school against her parents’ wishes and paid her own way through the National Theatre School of Canada. In an interview with Marie Claire, Sandra is reported to have said that her sister is a lawyer, and her brother is finishing his Ph.D. in medical genetics.