6 Reasons Why We Should All Aspire To Be A Little More Like Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh is #goals. Here's why.
Sandra Oh just made history three times over at the last Golden Globes. She's the first Asian to host the Golden Globes; the first Asian woman to win multiple Golden Globes (she won her first Golden Globe in 2006 for her work in Grey's Anatomy); and the first Asian woman in 39 years to win a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama. But her celebrity and the amount in Sandra Oh net worth aren't why we look up to her.
Here's why we think Sandra Oh is a queen.
Sandra Oh net worth, bio, career: What you need to know
1. She stands up for what's right.
As early as her school days, Sandra's been sticking to her guns and standing up for her beliefs. In high school, she founded an environmental club and led a campaign against the use of styrofoam cups. Today, she continues to be a feminist icon in Hollywood, and advocates for diversity in Hollywood.
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2. She follows her passions.
Even though Sandra received a scholarship to study journalism, she turned it down to study theatre — much to the disappointment of her parents, who immigrated to Canada from Korea in their twenties.
"It was very, very tough," Sandra said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in 2007. "Because, like, you know, my parents at that time looked down on the arts....It's like one step above, you know, prostitution."
She told herself that if her acting career didn't work out, she'd go back to school, but that never happened. Phew!
3. She's audacious.
Sandra landed her first major role at the age of 19, playing the titular role in The Diary of Evelyn Lau, a biopic on the Canadian poet and novelist's tumultuous teenage years. Sandra had to travel seven hours by bus from Montreal to Toronto and slept in the bus station to make it to the audition.
When she got to the audition, she asked for a moment to focus herself, and lay on the floor for five minutes. "Most people would have kicked her out of the room," director Sturla Gunnarsson recalled to Marie Claire. "I thought it was remarkable that at 19 she had the confidence—and audacity to do that."
4. She doesn't give up.
By the time Sandra made her way to Hollywood, she had several awards under her belt, including a Genie Award (the Canadian equivalent to the Oscar), and a Gemini Award (the Canadian Emmy). You'd think that a Hollywood agent would instantly see her potential, but instead, Sandra was told that she wasn't leading lady material, and was even advised to get plastic surgery.
Though she was basically told that Hollywood had nothing for her, Sandra kept at it. She bagged roles on HBO's Arliss, Princess Diaries, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Sideways. Then, in 2004, she landed the role of Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy, and she was suddenly famous.
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5. She's not obsessed with herself.
Now that she's basically a household name, Sandra is mindful about not letting the limelight get to her head. Sandra Oh net worth is around US$25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, yet Sandra says that she still doesn't consider herself a celebrity.
"I stepped out of doing press because it's too big a price for me, because I just think that if you want to be an actor and if you want to be an artist, it's like, to be known in that entire world, it throws you off your game. It throws you off what I think is really important," she said on George Stroumboulopouos Tonight in 2012. "I have no idea when I stopped being an actor. I do not consider myself a celebrity. I know many actors who don't consider themselves celebrities and I want to publicly make that statement and that differentiation."
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6. She's always learning.
In a 2018 interview with Harper's Bazaar, Sandra shared that she still takes classes and workshops.
"I do it to cultivate closeness to the craft," she explained. "It transcends a lot of the bulls--t we have to deal with and it can change your point of view creatively so that you feel freer. If you are not beholden to studio A, or if you're not beholden to a place of bills (and I know that I am speaking from a place of privilege), then you can just be freer."