Sandra Oh Finally Played a Character With a Korean Name
Throughout her decades-long career, Canadian-American actress Sandra Oh has constructed a vita of trailblazing performances that have helped to build her status as a household name in cinema and television. In The Chair, Oh portrays foul-mouthed English professor Ji-Yoon Kim — and while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in a Drama Actress Emmy Roundtable, Oh revealed that while she knew the cast was going to struggle with the character’s name, the significance of her playing a character with a Korean name meant so much to her.
“Ultimately, change is slow … but yes, the character’s name is Ji-Yoon Kim, and that was the first time I played a character who has a Korean name. Oh is certainly no stranger to breaking molds and shattering records, considering the Killing Eve star became the first woman of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes back in 2019, alongside Andy Samberg.
For her performance in the comedy series, Oh has received strong critical praise, and even helped the show dominate the Netflix streaming charts in its first few weeks after release.
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