‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alum Sandra Oh Celebrates 50th Birthday in Post Shouting Out Former Roles

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Dr. Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy is 50! How would she and Meredith celebrate the decade? Well, Sandra Oh did so by remembering all the fantastic roles of her career.

Oh played Cristina for the first 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. The medical drama propelled Oh to a fabulous career outside Seattle Grace Hospital.

And rather than be maudlin at the thought of 50, Oh embraced the day. In a sweet post on Instagram, she proclaimed “I’m 50 today!” Then she name-checked so many folks she’s cherished in her life from her parents, to castmates, high school friends, her hometown Korean community, even the crew from a Los Angeles Christmas party.

“Thank you to All who have watched and supported and who still want to watch,” the former Grey’s Anatomy star wrote. “I can’t thank you enough. For my beloved who made the book that reminds me who I am, thank you.”

Former Grey’s Anatomy Star Remembered Her Earliest Roles

Oh mentioned some terrific characters she played. There was Evelyn Lau from The Diary of Evelyn Lau. She remembered her first juicy TV characer, Rita Wu from the HBO sports comedy Arli$$. And she also had her early role in Double Happiness on her mind.

She mentioned Ji Yoon Kim, who she’ll play in her next project. That’s the Netflix series The Chair.

No doubt, her best-known roles were in Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve. She received five Emmy nominations for best-supporting actress for playing Cristina, Meredith’s best friend. And she garnered three Emmy nominations for best actress for Killing Eve on BBC America. On the show, which is based in London, Oh played a security operative for MI5. She takes on an off-the-books assignment with MI6, tracking and profiling an assassin named Villanelle.

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Oh said she’s moved past her Grey’s Anatomy days playing brilliant, sharp-tongued Dr. Yang, the resident turned cardiothoracic surgeon. She talked about her role in a recent podcast, Asian Enough.

“It’s very rare, I would say, to be able to see in such a way the impact of a character. In some ways, you do your work as a bubble and you let it go,” she said. “I left that show, my God, seven years ago almost. So in my mind, it’s gone. But for a lot of people, it’s still very much alive. And while I understand and I love it, I have moved on.”

She added that she still loved Grey’s Anatomy. “And this is also why I really appreciate the show,” she said, “that I still get asked this.”

Oh will return to Killing Eve next season, which will be the fourth and final one for the series.

So happy 50th birthday to one of our favorite Grey’s Anatomy doctors.