One of Sandra Oh’s many memorable roles is her portrayal of a vice principal in The Princess Diaries.
The actress returns to the classroom for The Chair which begins its six episode run on Netflix.
She plays English department chair Ji Yoon, a character described by Rolling Stone as a “flawed hero …not as ready to tackle this job as she wants to believe she is.”
“I don’t feel like I inherited an English department,” Yoon says . “I feel like someone handed me a ticking time bomb because they wanted to make sure a woman was holding it when it explodes.”
While obviously lighter than her Emmy-nominated role on Killing Eve, Yoon may be as complex as Eve Polastri.
“What Ji-Yoon goes through is not light at all, but I thought the circumstances were friendlier,” she says to USA Today from London where she is filming the final season of Killing Eve.
Oh has many iconic roles to her credit, perhaps none more beloved than that of Christina Oh on the long running Grey’s Anatomy.
It’s been eight years since she left that program and fans keep yearning for her to return.
“It really speaks so highly to how the show has really found a place in people’s hearts and that I’m so happy to have been a part of that. As an artist, all I can offer is to come along to the things that I’m doing now and hopefully people will like it,” she said to ET.
As for her latest character, she hopes people will see it for than than just a comedy.
“To be able to play a character, that is hopefully, an honest portrayal of a person, a woman, a woman of color, a woman of color who is at a certain position in her life, a single mom, someone who’s trying to be a good daughter, and then maybe have a romance with a friend and keep her institution going, is my activism,” she says to USA Today.
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