Sandra Oh has revealed that there were times when she was in Grey’s Anatomy that she rejected the writers and Shonda Rhimes.
the Killing Eva The star played Dr. Cristina Yang for 10 seasons of the medical drama ABC and spoke to Kerry Washington as part of VarietyIn the series Actors on Actors, he explained that he often had discussions with the writing team about his character.
“What I could get from Grey’s it is having the responsibility and the relationship with the writer to be able to direct where it is going, “he said.
“If something like ‘That is completely wrong’ came up, I would go face to face with Shonda and a lot of the writers, which has been a challenge. But I think ultimately for the whole product and our relationship, if you’re fighting for the show, if you’re fighting for your character, people can say that. “
An example came in the third season, when Cristina married Dr. Preston Burke.
“Most of the programs that I’ve done have not been specific to Asia on purpose,” he said. “When we did it Grey’s, for at least the first 10 seasons we would not talk about race.
“We weren’t going to the race, and that had a purpose. And, whatever, it was the right thing to do when it was.”
“In Season 3, Burke and Cristina were getting married and there were the two mothers, the Asian mother and the black mother, and I said, ‘Come on, there are so many stories we can do here!’ But they didn’t want to touch it, for whatever reason.
“Now my interest is much more in bringing that story.”
Oh continued: “There would be scenes where I would just go, I don’t know, ten rounds and I know it was difficult. And I really respect all the writers who came with me.
“When it felt like a dead end, [Shonda and I] We would both be digging enormously in our heels. But just because of the friction itself, a third thing would often come out, and it wouldn’t be in plain sight of my consciousness at all. It would take that push against someone equally strong.
“I started learning to trust that.”
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Oh was recently announced for Netflix original animated movie On the moon, which has its roots in East Asian culture.
Speaking at a virtual conference, the star said that in addition to being part of a movie with an Asian cast, one aspect that appealed to her was the fact that the story was “very culturally specific.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs on Thursdays on ABC in the US. Heaven’s Witness in the UK with selected episodes also available on NOW TV.
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