Oh how we miss Cristina. Starring on ABC’s hit present Gray’s Anatomy for 10 seasons because the fierce Dr. Cristina Yang, Sandra Oh stays within the hearts of diehard followers of the medical drama within the hopes of her return.
After her departure from the sequence in 2014, Oh spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about her exit, her closing scenes, and the road from the present that impacted her probably the most.
Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo | Ron Tom/Walt Disney Tv by way of Getty Pictures
Making the choice
Leaving Gray’s was a serious transfer for Oh. In keeping with Good Housekeeping, the actress began eager about exiting the present in 2012, and even sought out remedy earlier than solidifying her resolution. As soon as she made up her thoughts, she knew it was time. “Creatively, I actually really feel like I gave it my all, and I really feel able to let her go,” Oh instructed the Hollywood Reporter in 2013.
When requested by the publication a 12 months later if she had any doubts through the filming of the final season, Oh admitted that whereas it was a battle, she knew it was the appropriate selection. “I’d undoubtedly get flashes of worry, however I do know that that’s my worry speaking. I’ve been given such a bountiful present of the previous 10 years and, at this level in my life, I select to not reside my life from worry,” Oh stated. “However as shortly because it does, I really feel like I’ve constructed up a reserve to remind myself that I don’t wish to make selections from that place as a result of lots on this city relies on worry, and I don’t wish to be part of it anymore.”
Oh shared that her very closing scene of capturing was together with her onscreen husband Dr. Owen Hunt, performed by Kevin McKidd. The actress described how essential the scene was in representing the standing of the couple’s relationship. “My very closing second of capturing was with Kevin, and it was the ultimate second the place Cristina says goodbye to Owen. It was a ravishing picture of Cristina within the gallery, principally behind glass and tapping on the OR theater under,” she stated. “Symbolically, with that distance, it cinematically tells the story of the place they’re and likewise places a distance that they don’t need between them. It felt proper as a result of it was robust capturing that… It was very full and wealthy — even in the way in which we wished to be nearer to one another, which is precisely like how Cristina and Owen are: They only wish to be nearer to one another. It’s simply not the time now.”
The Gray’s alum additionally mentioned her final scene with Cristina’s ‘individual,’ Dr. Meredith Gray, performed by Ellen Pompeo. At first, Oh wasn’t pleased with the scene. “Within the finale, Scene 44 was an especially essential scene between Meredith and Cristina. I keep in mind studying it and I hated the scene. It made no sense to me and I couldn’t connect with it,” she stated. Oh went on to clarify that someway, regardless of her preliminary response, the scene fell into place. “However generally the place that’s the most resistant is, a number of the instances, the place to mine. It was deeply emotional. It was the final scene that Ellen and I shot. I can’t converse for the way it was for her to shoot that, however on the very finish, I keep in mind feeling for our chests embracing. I’m holding her and I can hear that she’s tearing up. I used to be holding her and it felt like we have been one physique,” Oh stated within the interview.
A memorable line
After 10 seasons on the hit medical drama, Oh had stated and heard numerous strains of dialogue. One particularly caught together with her in a profound method. “I believe again to Scene 44 — the final scene that I shot with Ellen — and this one line that had large particular which means to me,” she shared. “It’s Ellen’s line the place she says, ‘I’m not completed.’ Within the context of the scene, it means one thing else as a result of Cristina is making an attempt to depart and might’t as a result of she doesn’t really feel completed. What was difficult for me was, I was ending. I spent the previous 12 months ending to get the character to this second. However for me, it was the precise interpretation I had of Cristina saying, ‘I’m not completed.’ That speech fills me now. That speech is about how she just isn’t completed. Anyway, I want I stated that extra eloquently as a result of I can not let you know how a lot that line means to me.”
Whereas there aren’t any plans for Oh to return to Gray’s, particularly together with her success on the BBC present Killing Eve, followers are nonetheless hoping that at some point Cristina will get to bounce it out with Meredith yet another time!
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