Sandra Oh Says She Will Not Return to 'Grey's Anatomy'

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Sandra Oh Says She Will Not Return to 'Grey's Anatomy'

There's no question that Sandra Oh is an icon. The actress not only plays the Eve in Killing Eve, but also executive produces the series. She was the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Oh was only the third actress of Asian descent to host Saturday Night Live. And, who could forget her scene-stealing moments in The Princess Diaries. (Did someone say, "The Queen is coming"?)

This week, Oh noted that she will not be revisiting one of her most famous parts—Christina Yang on the hit medical drama, Grey's Anatomy. When asked by the Los Angeles Times’s "Asian Enough" podcast whether she'd consider returning to the show, which is currently airing its seventeenth season, Oh said simply, “No.” “I love it, though, and this is also why I really appreciate the show … that I still get asked this,” she added.

Photo credit: Randy Holmes - Getty Images
Photo credit: Randy Holmes - Getty Images

Christina Yang is one of the few characters on the show who was not killed off, prompting suspicion about Yang's return. Also, who wouldn't want another chance at seeing Yang call Meredith Grey her "person"? Oh acknowledged the desire for her character's reemergence, but dispelled all rumors about that possibility.

“It’s very rare, I would say, to be able to see in such a way the impact of a character,” Oh said. “In some ways, you do your work as a bubble and you let it go. I left that show, my God, seven years ago almost. So in my mind, it’s gone. But for a lot of people, it’s still very much alive. And while I understand and I love it, I have moved on”

Oh is also pivoting to characters and shows that are more representative of the Asian American experience—namely, Eve Polastri on Killing Eve and those on her upcoming Netflix dramedy series, The Chair. She would love for her avid Grey's fans to follow her there.

“So please come with me to Killing Eve and on to The Chair and on to the other projects,” Oh said. “Come see the characters that I’m playing that are much more deeply integrated in…the Asian American experience.”

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