Sandra Oh Says ‘You Give Less F**ks’ As You Age And It’s ‘The Greatest’

Sandra Oh is getting older and loving it.

The Canadian actress is in the new issue of InStyle, and she’s telling all about her long journey through the film and TV industry.

“It’s really such a powerful time when you’re 23, 24. There is a certain energy and boldness, but I’ve always been driven,” she says. “This industry can be crushing, but I f**king love it. I love it, and I think I would be acting and doing something creative no matter what.”

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Oh also talks about completely embracing the fact that she’s aging.

“I was more insecure when I was 20 than I am at 47. At 47 it’s like, ‘You need me to put on a crazy dress with mirrors? Yeah, sure. I’m going to work the s**t out of this!’ I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s, like, you give less f**ks,” she says. “Aging is the greatest. It really gives you more space to be that person in the mirrored dress who has always been inside.”

Photo: Phil Poynter/Serlin Associates for InStyle
Photo: Phil Poynter/Serlin Associates for InStyle

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The “Killing Eve” star has worked hard over the years to get where she is, though, and that includes landing the role of Dr. Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy”.

“At one point I decided that I only wanted to play characters who were central to the story, so I would focus on that,” she says. “When I auditioned for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ [in 2004], that was a big turning point for me. I went in for the character of Dr. Bailey, who is played by the phenomenal Chandra Wilson, but at the time I just felt like… ’Eh, this is not feeling right to me. Walk away and ask for what you really want.’ I asked them, ‘What else is open?’ It was the character of [Dr.] Cristina [Yang], who was clearly the antagonist, and I remember thinking it was the best part for me.”



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