Two years ago, Sandra Oh made history. Born in Canada to Korean immigrant parents, the “Killing Eve” actress became the first woman of Asian descent to earn an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama series in 2018. For Oh, who spoke with The Envelope last month during a video call with other actors from acclaimed television projects, her ethnicity largely hadn’t come into play in previous roles.
“I think you’re seeing representation moving into the central field. And the nuance is just the complicated texture of a fully fleshed character,” says Oh
“As my authorship of my own work has grown,” says Oh, “I’ve been trying to infuse more pieces of my character’s ethnicity and cultural background. Like at the very top of Season 3 in ‘Killing Eve,’ you see Eve in New Malden [outside central London], which is actually the largest gathering of Koreans outside of Korea. I wanted it to be set in a place where Eve could try to disappear for a while. It was just a small bit of the show, but I wanted to bring the flavor of that because we carry our culture, we carry our history. And typically, white Hollywood does not write it. Does not write our culture, does not write the depth of our culture.