How Grey's Anatomy Helped Sandra Oh Land Killing Eve

Sandra Oh Killing Eve
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After ten seasons on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, original cast member Sandra Oh left her popular role as Dr. Cristina Yang in Season 10. This year, Oh took on the title role of Eve Polastri, the MI5 officer determined to bring down a brutal assassin in the BBC America crime drama, Killing Eve. Lead actress Sandra Oh opened up about on how her stint on Grey's Anatomy helped her decide to take on her starring role in Killing Eve, saying:

I think it takes a while to eventually get to a point in your career where you can actually make a choice and after a decade of my life on a show, I had enough economic power to be able to say no.

Thank you money! It is one of the assets actors have following a long run on a popular series and actors like Sandra Oh know how to leverage it wisely. In her interview with THR, Oh also credits the role and Killing Eve's showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge with helping her accept the role of the resilient Eve. It sort of goes without saying, but Oh clearly made the right call to star in the crime drama.

Killing Eve has been one of 2018's most buzzed-about series, and there is a strong chance, that buzz may translate into awards. The nominations for the 2018 Primetime Emmys will be announced on July 12, and there is a lot of reason to hope Sandra Oh's name will be among those read. It would be her sixth Emmy nomination. The actress was nominated five consecutive times for her work on Grey's Anatomy from 2005 to 2009. Reflecting on the four years in between Grey's Anatomy and Killing Eve, Oh says:

Those four years were like active waiting. I was not not working really in here [motions to gut] to be able to figure out what the right thing is and what it is to say no and what it is to say yes. It's like falling in love. Now, what I realize is I have a bit more awareness, a little more consciousness, I want this out of a relationship and I'm just going to wait until they show up because I feel like they'll show up.

Sandra Oh knew what she wanted, and now she has gotten it. Among those to praise her turn in the series is CinemaBlend's Nick Venable, who described Oh as "superb" in the series. It is massive praise for an actress, who consistently impressed during her run on Grey's Anatomy. The suspense of patients' fates on the medical drama is akin to Eve's efforts to stop the deadly reign of Villanelle.

BBC America's Killing Eve just completed its first season on Sunday and what a season it has been. The success of the series has been inarguable, having hit it big with critics and viewers alike, even setting a demo ratings record. Ahead of Season 1's premiere, Killing Eve was already renewed for a second season. It was an early indication that the network was pretty confident about the pending success of the crime drama and they were right to be.

For what else to watch now that the first season of Killing Eve has concluded, you can check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres. For when your other TV favorites are set to bid farewell, check out our guide to television's season finales. If you are done perusing both of those and still need more info on what's on the horizon, check out the 2018 network TV rundown to find out which shows have been cancelled and renewed.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.