Sandra Oh is dancing to death and serial killer Villanelle Killing Eve From 2018, she can do it with a smile.
This is one reason why the Canadian-American actor plays Professor Ji-Yun Kim as the head of the newly prestigious but struggling college English department on Netflix’s comedy-drama series The Chair.
As a reward for her discovery of Killing Eve, Oh says, its darker elements make it harder for me to shoot the show. I feel like I want to live in a comedy space. ”
Six episodes of The Chair, Friday in the streaming service, combines humor with the terrible challenges that G-Yun faces at school due to financial difficulties and generational conflicts.
Enrollment in the English department was declining and many professors were adults, whites and stuck in their paths – which did not match the politically correct students of Pembroke University.
Ji-yun is also in a relationship with her head-strong, grade-school daughter Ju-hee (Everly Carganilla). The series from Shoranner Amanda Pete, who turned actor, tries to show family relationships realistically and complexly.
“I went into the mother part of my career, usually it was a death knell for the actresses,” Oh said. “I realized because the parts about being a mother are not so great. But the ones I play are very complete, multifaceted and great to play with.”
Many of the cast were in college, such as Jay Duplessis, Holland Taylor, Nana Mensa and Bob Balban, oh did not attend.
In fact, the show’s focus on academia is not a pull for Canadian – born South Korean immigrants. She first recognized the name of her character.
“I’m been able to notice a very slow change in my career, I’m actually been able to name a Korean and all the characters can say your name. I really liked it,” she said. So it needs to be normalized on the screen. “
Chair shooting is taking place in Pierceburg in March, with eight people killed in a series of shootings in the Atlanta area, six of whom are women of Asian descent. Oh, she wanted her voice to be heard at an anti-violence rally on Pittsburgh Street Corner.
“I know I’m not going to be alone. I want to meet other Asian people,” she said. As we continue, it is important that we all (the) community be present and listen to each other. ”
Oh said she hopes there will be a difference in her screenplays when it comes to representing people of Asian descent.
“I think what I can do in my work is more than I can say in a rally or even in a tweet or article, because it’s not my best medium, I think I can communicate more.”
Oh Killing Eve was in London during the filming of last season, and in 2018 she received the Emmy nomination for Best Drama Series Actress – the first Asian actor in this category. She has had two more nominations since then. She hopes to forge a twisted relationship between her character, Eve Polastry and serial killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer), but is “honest to the characters”.
There is another character of Oh that impresses the audience: Dr. Christina Yang’s role in the long running hospital drama A book on anatomy. Oh left the hit show in 2014. At the beginning of the epidemic, people were trapped – or invented – at home and gathered on show and social media to discuss recent and old seasons of plotlines.
“I think this show is a real consolation to a lot of people during the epidemic,” she said. “It’s amazing to be part of a show that offers that kind of comfort or introduction to the public. It’s a great, great privilege. I’d be glad if people rediscovered it or found it for the first time.”