Sandra Oh has “moved” and will not be returning in “Grey’s Anatomy”

During her tenure as Dr Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Sandra Oh was the first to say one of the show’s most iconic lines: “You are my person”.

Cristina’s person – Dr Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) – spent much of the long-running medical drama’s 17th season in critical condition from COVID-19. The oblivious Meredith has shared time with a number of fan-favorite characters from “Grey’s” past on the beach of her dreams, including late husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey), late roommate George (TR Knight) and the late sister Lexie (Chyler Leigh).

This series of beloved guest stars – and the long wait for a Season 18 renewal, announced by ABC on Monday, has sparked much speculation about Oh’s possible return to the series for a much-anticipated Meredith-Cristina reunion. .

But Oh put those hopes aside in the first season of The Times’ Asian Enough podcast.

“No,” Oh replied when asked if she had considered returning to “Grey’s”. “I love it, though, and that’s also why I really enjoy the show… I’m always asked that.”

Oh, who has since starred in the famous “Killing Eve”, was a cast of “Grey’s” for its first 10 seasons. The actor shared that she came to appreciate Cristina especially since she was far from the series, but she had moved on.

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

“So please come with me for ‘Killing Eve’ and for [the upcoming Netflix series] “The Chair” and other projects, ”Oh continued. “Come see the characters I play who are much more deeply embedded in… the Asian American experience.”

Although Oh praised “Grey’s” for being progressive for its time, she noted that the series deliberately avoided talking about race, despite the potential to incorporate the subject into the story, as it was not “the series style “.

“Once… I wanted to make this really good joke with Sara Ramirez,” Oh remembers. “Cristina was ambitious and was just trying to move forward, wasn’t she?” So she was just trying to shoot the kind, you know, the POC [person of color] card with Dr. Torres. But now was not the time. It just wasn’t the time, and it wasn’t the part of the show. So, it wasn’t something I was really focusing on. (Most recently, the series featured an episode against protests against police brutality and featured a discussion of racial inequalities in COVID-19 care.)

Oh had a few thoughts on what Cristina would do during the pandemic, other than checking Meredith’s condition from overseas. She believes that in addition to COVID-19 himself, Cristina would try to address systemic health care issues that became even more apparent during the pandemic than they were before.

“Cristina, as I imagine all healthcare workers, [would be] badly on the front line trying to solve the big problems, ”Oh says. “This pandemic [has made] the differences in wealth … even more obvious and problematic, therefore [she] Probably [is] tackle systematic problems, not just day to day.

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